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Yordi and Leira: All-Star Youth Advocates
Yordi and Leira are the CLIA Youth Highlight of the Week. They are both active members of Young Leaders for Change, (YLC) an after school program developed by CLIA to give students the opportunity to direct their own advocacy projects in Baltimore City. Yordi and Leira had the opportunity to visit Annapolis and attend several hearings with the Just Kids Partnership.
Yordi and Leira are members of Young Leaders for Change (YLC), CLIA's afterschool program at Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School. They are fifth graders who have been extremely dedicated to and engaged in YLC. They are respectful, caring, and thoughtful individuals who are eager to be part of real change at their school and beyond. They were invited to represent YLC in Annapolis and both of them jumped at the opportunity!
Yordi and Leira's trip to Annapolis started with a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy's football stadium, where they saw one of the jets used by the Blue Angels.
Once downtown, they were able to observe two hearings; one of the House Judiciary Committee and a second in the Senate Appropriations Committee. They also had a conversation with Delegate Smigiel and met several advocates, students and experts. After having learned about a number of issues in YLC and on the car ride to Annapolis, Yordi started a great conversation with the Delegate by asking why youth in Maryland are locked up in adult jails, "We learned that children over 14 can go to adult jail and their parents won't even be notified! It's terrible."
They wrapped up their tour of the government buildings by seeing the House and Senate chambers in the State House and seeing the room where President Washington resigned the presidency in 1783.
These future advocates and leaders had a great day in Annapolis, including receiving special pins that only staff and representatives normally receive. They were excited to share their experience with the rest of YLC this week. They reported to their peers some of the facts they learned about the juvenile justice system. When asked to sum up their experience, they both grinned saying, "It was an excellent trip!"
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