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Tues, Feb 12 at Crowne Plaza Hotel: White Plains Youth Bureau Youth attend Westchester-Putnam Youth Summit 

Attendees at the Westchester-Putnam Youth Summit

Youth of the Year, Michael Hunter with Mayor Roach

Jan. 3, 2017: Michael Hunter, Youth of the Year 2016, receiving his award and recognition from Mayor Thomas Roach.

Michael Hunter is a sophomore at White Plains High School. Michael is active in sports at White Plains High School including football, soccer and track and field. He is an academic scholar and has received high honors since elementary school and now continues in High School.

Michael was selected in 6th grade to go on a trip to China with Pritchard Doggett Clark Foundation as a result of getting high grades. He explained that it was the best experience in his life. Michael then went to Beijing and Shanghai during spring break. The trip was helpful as it broadened his exposure to other cultures.

Michael was a part of the Youth Bureau’s Saturday Academy program. His other community involvements include:

  • He volunteers at the White Plains Hospital and the White Plains Library. 
  • Member of the White Plains Youth Bureau’s Youth Court
  • Member of the Toastmasters Program
  • Member of the Westchester Children’s Association Teen Leadership Advocacy group
  • Model United Nations Club at White Plains High School

Michael has also participated Becknell University Sleep Away Engineering Camp and is an advocate for the New York State Raise the Age Campaign. 

Michael has been accepted into a rigorous college course called Science Research program.  This experience has allowed him to learn what it was like to be a college student taking college course and to be a research student. While very challenging, it was rewarding.

Michael finds volunteering and helping others to be a part of who he is.