RAP’s newest YouthVoiceNYC intern is Samuel Pugo, 16, a student at NYC iSchool. NYCiS is an innovative public school with a special focus on technology as an integral part of the learning experience. Samuel has been developing his social media skills through his work there. Samuel initially got involved with RAP as one of the organizers of our first-ever Youth-Led Mayoral Debate in the spring of 2013. He continued to be involved in YouthVoiceNYC campaigns and has since joined the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). YAC members identify issues affecting NYC youth and design educational and advocacy campaigns to address these issues.
Through his involvement with RAP, Samuel has seen how students are able to come together to discuss issues that are important to them and find creative ways to develop solutions. Part of his role as YouthVoiceNYC intern is to help set the agenda and facilitate YAC meetings. With Food Justice on the agenda this year, Samuel will lead activities with the YAC to address important food access issues for New York City youth.
In addition to his work coordinating campaigns, Samuel would like to see more members participate in the Youth Advisory Council. He has already been active in this, speaking to NYC iSchool’s counselors and college advisors to help in reaching out to students. We are very excited to have him on board!