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BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens
BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

“Our youth are the leaders of tomorrow, and as such, they deserve to have a seat at the table as well as opportunities to be civically engaged,” Richards said. “I’m thrilled to engage our younger community members in envisioning Queens’ future, and working together to create the blueprints to make that a reality.”

Applications to serve on the first-ever Youth and Young Adult Council at Queens Borough Hall are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 23. Those who are interested can apply here.

Teenager accuses 101st Precinct officers of police brutality in Far Rockaway

Maurice Williams, founder of “A Father’s Love,” and Kenny Carter, founder of “Fathers Alive in the Hood,” joined a teenager and his mother outside the 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway on Jan. 14, demanding answers from the NYPD regarding a case of alleged police brutality.

Jelani Scott, 15, and his mother Olga Scott accused officers from the 101st Precinct of abusing and injuring Jelani Scott and his friend, 17-year-old Dorien Mobley on Jan. 3.

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