Helping NY students find their civic voice
We started NYYCI as a small group of NYC public high school students when we saw that students were taking to the streets, but didn't know how to “Take the Next Step” to get engaged in a sustained way. We wanted to find a way to connect our peers to the youth-led organizations leading the sustained fight for justice.
Our goal is to connect students to long-lasting civic opportunities at the frontlines of the youth activist movement that are otherwise difficult to find.
We are building out a platform with our website, social media and newsletter, to bring together the events, workshops, and internship/fellowship opportunities for students to discover the multitude of options to make a difference in climate change, education, racial justice, and more.
Jason Bohner is an 18-year-old graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. Jason founded NYYCI after seeing a lack of sustained civic engagement amongst his peers. He wanted to create an accessible platform to connect young people to the youth-led organizations fighting each and every day for our futures. Jason understands the power of young people to collectivize and advocate for progress. He hopes to encourage enduring engagement by opening the door for young people to find opportunities for empowerment.
Executive Board Member/ Outreach Leader
Kyle is a senior at the High School of American Studies. Along with Jason, he was an original member of NYYCI, and is extremely passionate about voter registration and connecting students with advocacy opportunities. Born and raised in New York, Kyle loves exploring the city, and loves local initiatives that help New Yorkers.
Executive Board/SM Content Curator
Katarina is 18 years old and a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. She is taking a gap year from school to tutor, volunteer for a political campaign, and work as an Executive Board member and Social Media Content Curator for NYYCI before attending the University of Michigan in the fall of 2021. She is passionate about civics and politics and hopes to help others develop a long-term relationship with civics and politics as well.
Co-Lead Website Manager and Developer
Gisele is a senior at Staten Island Technical High School. She is currently the website manager and helps run the social media for NYYCI. She is passionate about youth engagement in politics, climate justice, and web development. She loves to play soccer and spend time outdoors.
Co-Lead Website Manager and Developer
Giorgia is a high school senior from Staten Island, NY. She is passionate about web development, environmental science, politics, and social justice. She joined NYYCI in 2020 through their Fellowship Program, and is now a Lead Website Developer and Social Media Manager on the Executive Board.
Meet The Team
Madina is a American Pakistani and a senior at UASLE. She is currently a MC at NYCYCI. Madina loves to make artwork, study history, discuss her motivations, and strive toward her inspirations and goals. She loves to be involved in collective work with various organizations.
Emilia is a senior from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, Long Island. She is passionate about being the change she wants to see in politics and her community through direct action and organizational work. She is a staunch advocate for climate change, student voice, and LGBT inclusivity within education and healthcare.
Young Seo Kim
Young Seo Kim is a junior from Guatemala and is one of the Movement Correspondents for NYYCI. She likes to play the guitar and plays soccer in her school's varsity team. She plans to pursue a major in either Political Science or International Relations & Affairs.
Farisa attends a CTE Highschool and is in the 11th grade. She is a movement correspondent and is excited to learn about new organizations. She was raised in NYC (Queens) and has learned a lot about the importance of diversity. Her passions/hobbies include learning new languages (attempted 7 so far) , reading about architectural designing, attending virtual OR sessions, shopping for Japanese stationary and watching interior design shows.
Autumn Swartz is a senior at Staten Island Technical High School. She’s a military child whose lived in Virginia and New York, and is very passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and working towards equality between the different socioeconomic classes. When she has downtime she likes to play sports and sing.
Social Media and Outreach
Keyla is a freshmen in high school! I love to encourage people , I love to have singing/dance parties alone in my room and I love spending time with my friends and family!
Lillian Kim-Mallow is a sophomore at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. She is a Movement Correspondent for the NYYCI. She plans to major in Political Science.
Hello! My name is Idiatou and I a student in High School for Health Professions and Human Services, I am 15 years old and I live in Brooklyn . My hobbies or interests will include anything that’s about bettering who I am as a person, or helping others. I joined NYYCI because I’ve always been a person that speaks up. I’ve always wanted to be a part of something that allows me to speak up about problems happening in our society and NYYCI gives me the opportunity to do that, the opportunity to voice my opinion.
Binta Doumbia student at high school for environmental studies a junior. Passionate about social justice watches documentaries as a hobby. Born in Ivory Coast moved to the United States 5 years ago.
Anissa Eisenberg is a junior at Benjamin N Cardozo high school who’s passions include fighting for equality, journalism, and collecting feminist pieces of art. She is from Little Neck Queens and is a member of the Outreach Committee.
Emma is a freshman at Brearley. She joined NYYCI in the fall of 2020 and is now part of the outreach team. She is passionate about politics, community service, and civic engagement, and hopes to spread this passion to other kids in NYC. She is part of the mock trial and debate teams at her school and enjoys playing basketball.