BY JOE MARVILLI
When it comes to learning about leadership, a select few northeast Queens students are going to get the education of a lifetime.
On April 4, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced the Educational Ambassador Program for high school students within the 19th Council District. Featuring students from four high schools, the program will act as a semi-internship, giving them a glimpse at the responsibilities of a City Council office.
Running from the beginning of September to the end of June, the Ambassador Program will include multiple hands-on experiences in the day-to-day work of a councilman. Throughout the course of the program, the students will help draft legislation, put together charity drives, assist local senior centers and work on community projects with civic organizations.
According to Vallone, the students will get a chance to interact and work with people from the Comptroller’s office, the Queens Borough President’s office, the local police precinct, the District Attorney’s office and more.
To qualify for the program, a student must attend a high school within the district, be an incoming junior, be selected by a principal, guidance counselor or teacher from the school and have an interest in community service, politics or law.
“Each high school in our district will be sending us the best and brightest to become the ambassadors for the rest of the City to see and emulate,” Vallone said. “Providing this opportunity that gives each student every possibility of future success is the least we can do for our children.”
Vallone sat down with the first group of students, due to start next September, to explain what they would be doing over the course of their time in his office. At the end, he gave each of them a Big Apple pin, the same type of pin his father, Peter Vallone Sr., used to give out. The students will all come from the district’s four high schools: Bayside High School, Holy Cross High School, St. Agnes Academic High School and World Journalism Preparatory School.
“The power of this office is now yours,” he said. “You will set the standards for the next juniors.”
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.