by Daniel Romero
My name is Daniel A. Romero and my experience in the Y teen leadership program has been amazing ever since the beginning. The program is supposed to be a group of young teenagers, like myself, who try to help solve worldwide problems, or simply help places that are in need. From helping hospitals to entertaining residents at a nursing home, I have never felt this good. It is a shame that we are only able to do this once a week.
Our program teacher Lidia Martinez (Teen Leadership specialist) is an amazing person to work with and was so nice to me on the first day we met. I remember I didn't want to go when it all started, but after the first day I was very interested in what we had talked about that had to do with some problems around the world.
After a couple of classes we held a blood drive at the Y so that we can donate the blood to the hospitals who had a shortage of blood. They had a shortage because many blood donors didn't go to the hospital since Hurricane Irene had hit Manhattan. This is an example of what we do.
Throughout the class these past 2 years there were so many topics we discussed and what we can do to help like war, racism, women rights, LGBT rights, and police brutality. We all know that we can't stop these types of things, but we can sure try. The people I work with are the best and we always work to figure out what to do with any social problem. I hope this program continues going on for a while. I would also like to thank Lidia and Abraham (after school teen program director) because those two are one of kind.
-Daniel Romero, Y Teen Leadership Program