Local Student Celebrated for Leadership and Community Service

Emma Farley

Late last year, the Westchester County Youth Bureau and Youth Board honored ten youth who have demonstrated leadership and resilience in their everyday efforts. Those nominated by members of the community were selected for their volunteer service performed in the name of acts of service towards others. Honorees received their awards at a ceremony hosted by the County Executive followed by a video created by the Youth Bureau highlighting the award recipients.


County Executive George Latimer said: “I am constantly in awe at the accomplishments and selflessness of the young people in this County – and these 10 students embody that spirit. I congratulate them on their award and thank Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden and the entire Youth Bureau and Youth Board for their work.”


Ten youth from ten different municipalities were recognized by the Westchester County Youth Board at a ceremony with the County Executive for their dedication and volunteerism in their communities and in the world. These extraordinary 11th and 12th graders are impressive in what they have accomplished at such a young age.


Local student Emma Farley of New Rochelle has been committed to serving her schools and community as an advocate for bullying prevention since middle school. She was named a National Youth Leader for STOMP Out Bullying and was invited to represent the STOMP Out national organization at the kick-off of World Bullying Prevention Month and was featured on NBC’s Today Show. Emma is also an advocate for libraries and for brain aneurysm awareness, helping to raise over $50,000 for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Emma’s nominator said she is “a voice for others.”


County Youth Bureau Executive Director Dr. DaMia Harris Madden said: “Under County Executive Latimer’s leadership, the Youth Bureau has been fortunate to implement ongoing opportunities to recognize the amazing accomplishments of youth and adults alike.   However, learning about the contributions of the outstanding youth awardees make us extremely proud. We are confident that those selected will continue to endeavor their time and talent towards good citizenship in their respective communities and beyond.” 


Youth Board President Dr. Alexandria Connally said: “The young people in Westchester County are change agents. I am honored and privileged to be a recipient of their genius.” 


Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC_RNwjeo04&feature=youtu.be