JHS Students Attend Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute

Pictured from left to right, Tiffany Kilburn, Norma DeJoy, and Gabriella Rosario.

JAMESTOWN – Two Jamestown High School students were selected to attend the Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute as student delegates in Albany.

Tiffany Kilburn and Gabriella Rosario, along with their advisor, JHS English teacher Norma Dejoy, traveled to Albany for three days to debate key bills in a mock assembly.  The goal of the program is to empower Latino/Hispanic youth with research and debate skills. The students also attended a recognition dinner where college scholarships were awarded.

“This is the second year we have participated in the Institute,” said DeJoy. “The PR/HYLI emphasizes the importance of being part of the political process, at the local, state, and national level. In addition, the students learn valuable skills including research, debate, and public speaking – skills that benefit them both in, and outside, the classroom. It is a great experience for our students who gain knowledge and self-confidence preparing for and participating in the PR/HYLI assembly.”

The students were given four current bills to study. They participated in four workshops at Erie I BOCES to train with regional RBE-RN coaches on the bills and build on their knowledge of the legislative process. The students spent a day at the University at Buffalo’s Law Library where they practiced debating the bills.

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