NYS Council of Churches Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum by Christy D’Ambrosio

Next week (Monday-Wednesday, February 20-22), 40 delegates (6 adults and 34 youth) from churches all over New York State will board a bus and travel down to New York City for the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum.  Sixteen (16) youth from Westminster and First Presbyterian Church in Albany will attend.  Many with scholarship assistance from the Presbytery.   

The program is offered through the United Methodist Women’s Seminar Program on National and International Affairs.  Seminars take place in the Church Center right across the street from the United Nations.  This year the program focus is Islamophobia.  The youth will spend the day in seminars created especially for youth involving speakers, film, activities, and lively discussion.  The delegates will also tour the UN building on Wednesday.  In the evenings, we will break up into smaller groups and eat international cuisine, sight see, and one group of 24 is going to a Broadway show and dinner in Times Square.

The group going to the Broadway show will see Come From Away, a Canadian musical, recently opened on Broadway.  The show is based on the true story of when the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland, played host to the world.  What started as an average day in a small town turned into an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander’s air strip on September 11, 2001.  

Stay tuned for photos and testimonials from the participants next week.


Christy was the official Albany Presbytery Registrar for Triennium as well as the Youth Director for
the First Presbyterian Church in Albany.  You can reach her at [email protected] and on her  cell phone 518-423-4763.

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