HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislator Jason Richberg, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone have announced that the first-ever Youth Week will be held from May 16 through May 23 to honor, mentor and celebrate young people in Suffolk County.
A collaboration among the Suffolk County Legislature, Suffolk County Executive Bellone, the Suffolk County Youth Bureau, and the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, the inaugural weeklong celebration will feature several events including a job fair, an awards ceremony, and a day of community service.
Suffolk County Youth Week is the result of legislation sponsored by Legislator Richberg and approved by the county legislature last year to designate the third week of May as “Youth Week” starting in 2021. The goal of Youth Week is to recognize children between the ages of 9 and 12 and teenagers, and celebrate their active participation in their communities.
“I want to thank all of our partners and supporters who helped to bring this Inaugural Youth Week to fruition,” said Legislator Richberg, the representative for the 15th Legislative District. “Youth Week is about celebrating our next generation of leaders, encouraging them to stay the path of helping others, and giving young people more opportunities to get involved.”
“Our young people have sacrificed a great deal over the last year, but they have not let that stop them from making incredible contributions to our county,” said Presiding Officer Calarco, who co-sponsored the resolution designating Youth Week in Suffolk County. “We have seen and felt their energy in significant ways, whether they were generously helping seniors secure vaccine appointments or making their voices heard on issues that are important to them. The first Suffolk County Youth Week is our way of saying thank you to our outstanding young residents and letting them know how much we value them. It will be our honor to recognize their efforts, help prepare them for the workforce, and recognize their commitment to their communities.”
“Every day, whether it is through community service, recreational sports, various forms of art, or school clubs, our young people contribute to the vibrancy of our communities in innumerable ways,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “Youth Week is designed to not only provide our youth with the tools they need to continue to succeed, but recognizing and honoring each and every one of them for their outstanding achievements, character, and leadership.”
The first Suffolk County Youth Week event, a virtual job fair, will be held on Monday, May 17. The job fair is designed to improve young people’s workforce readiness and help youth who are looking for summer employment. This event will be preceded by a virtual job training workshop on May 13 to help youth prepare their resumes and offer interview tips. Wednesday, May 19 will bring the Inaugural Suffolk County Youth Awards, a virtual celebration of young people from across the county. This year’s awards will recognize youth who have gone above and beyond in helping their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Youth Week will continue on Saturday, May 22 with a day of service, during which young people will be invited to honor COVID-19 victims by tying ribbons on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Memorial in Hauppauge.
For more information, to register for any Youth Week activities, or to nominate a young person for the Suffolk County Youth Awards, please visit www.scnylegislature.us/YouthWeek.
FULL YOUTH WEEK SCHEDULE AND DETAILS
Preparation event: Thursday, May 13, 3:30PM: Job Training Workshops
This virtual event will help Suffolk youth prepare for the May 17 job fair through resume and interview workshops.
Monday, May 17, 5PM: Job Fair
This virtual job fair will prepare Suffolk County youth for summer job employment opportunities and more. Employers will be present virtually to handle applications and interviews.
Wednesday, May 19: Inaugural Suffolk County Youth Awards
The awards will recognize young people from across the county who have gone above and beyond in helping their community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Suffolk County youth who performed extraordinary community service during the pandemic will be honored in a virtual award presentation. Community service could include COVID-19 relief efforts such as distribution of food, toiletries, face-coverings, etc.
Saturday, May 22: Day of Service
Young people and youth groups may sign up to tie a ribbon on the Suffolk County COVID-19 Memorial in honor of those who lost their fight to this disease. The event will be held at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building in Hauppauge.