Youth Leadership Class of 2015-2016

The year began at Camp Jewell for orientation….

11154681_10153274948286613_9079413774229215031_o2015-2016 Class Camp Jewell team-building weekend in Colebrook, CT

…. and ended at Camp Jewell for the Allocations Weekend

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Some highlights along the way this year:

Orientation-016We have reviewed and chosen the youths for this years class after a vigorous interview process. We have 12 new members this year joining the 10 returning members to make a class of 22 students! A reception was held for the new members on Wednesday, April 15, and they spent the weekend at Camp Jewell for team building activities.

Click here to read about the group’s experience at Camp Jewell


Photos from their Weekend

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Youth Leaders Select Officers

YL-Officers-045Our Youth leaders have elected their officers for the 2015-2016 class.

Photographed from left to right:
Scott Walkinshaw, Senior at Seymour High School (SHS)- Co President, Alyssa Orlofsky, Junior at Ansonia High School (AHS)- Co Recording Secretary, Christian Armistead, Junior at AHS- Marketing/Communications, Truc Minh Nguyen, Senior at AHS- Co Recording Secretary and Liam Flannery, Senior at SHS- Co President

Youth Leaders Help to Stamp Out Hunger

On Saturday, May 9th, our Youth Leaders helped stock the shelves of the Spooner House after the USPS Letter Carriers food drive.

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Volunteering at Spooner House

spooner house groupA group of Youth Leaders volunteered at the Spooner House in Shelton on Saturday, May 16. The Leaders helped serve breakfast and clean up the kitchen area afterwards. Below are some quotes of what they took away from this experience:

“I had an enlightening experience seeing the selflessness of the other volunteers and the light-hearted people who we were serving. I loved helping out and to give these people a home-cooked, thoughtful meal rather than cooked canned goods felt very satisfying.”

-Kristen Speaker

“Volunteering at the soup kitchen showed how preparing food for people who are in need can make a difference. Helping to make the food showed how safety and team work can be implemented in our lives. Together we helped with the dishes and organized the shelves in the kitchen. We also helped to and cook the food we served. It shows how the little things we do in society can change peoples lives.”

-Sejal Bhargava

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Youth Leaders Volunteer at Special Olympics Bowling

SpecialOlympics-2015-002Youth Leaders were busy the weekend of November 21st, as they were among an army of  Volunteers who participated in the annual Special Olympics Bowling event at Milford Lanes. Youth Leaders volunteering with Special Olympics has been a cornerstone of their Volunteer experience. It has made an enormous impact in their experience. So much so that many Youth Leaders use the experience as part of their college entrance essay.

Pat Tarasovic has been invited to be a Guest Presenter to the staff of all the Special Olympics New England offices during their general session at the New England Special Olympics Conference on October 14th, 2016. The featured topic will be “How to effectively recruit and work with Volunteers.”

Click here for photos from the event


YL-Santa-2015-021Valley United Way’s Youth Leaders were once again invited to help provide a wonderful Santa’s Village theme as they sang all the children’s favorite Christmas songs! The Youth Leaders wore their special Santa hats and jingled bells! For the past five years Bob and Katie Scinto have invited the Youth Leaders to sing for the little children as they anxiously awaited their turn to sit on Santa’s lap and have that special picture taken.  The R.D. Scinto tenants and their families were encouraged to bring a toy for the TEAM’s Toys 4 Kids Annual Toy Drive, a great holiday tradition. Over 100 toys were collected for Santa to drop off to TEAM on his way back to the North Pole as the children returned home with their Santa picture, compliments of Bob Scinto.


The members of this years class are:

Christian Armistead Ansonia High School- Sophomore
Haley Arruda Ansonia High School- Junior
Sejal Bhargava Shelton High School- Junior
Bethany Catlin Seymour High School- Junior
Liam Flannery Seymour High School-Junior
Thomas Komar Notre Dame West Haven- Sophomore
Truc Minh Nguyen Ansonia High School- Junior
Alyssa Orlofsky Ansonia High School- Junior
Askar Patel* Derby High School- Sophomore
Lauren Pawloski* Shelton High School- Freshman
David Perez Ansonia High School- Junior
Taylor Queen Seymour High School- Sophomore
Courtney Salinsky St. Joseph High School- Junior
Matthew Salinsky St. Joseph high School- Junior
Charlie Sampson Derby High School- Junior
Katherine Simonetti Lauralton Hall- Sophomore
Michael Shortell* Ansonia High School- Sophomore
Kristen Speaker Oxford High School- Junior
Anand Vaish Shelton High School- Sophomore
Katherine Wajik Ansonia High School- Freshman
Scott Walkinshaw Seymour High School- Junior
Payton Westine Ansonia High School- Freshman
*New members missing from photo

Follow the links below to see what past classes have done

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