People In Your Neighborhood
Created by the youth, operated by the youth, founded in 2011, the Rockaway Youth Task Force mission is to empower youth in the Rockaways through civic engagement and volunteer opportunities. They seek to spark social change in the Rockaways through youth leadership and by helping teenagers and young adults to become productive citizens of the Rockaways.
They say behind every good man is a better woman. Enter Silaka Cox Vice President of RYTF. Ms. Cox is a 17 year old senior at Scholars’ Academy. She will be attending NYU this summer where she plans to major in business. She has been a member of RYTF since November 2011.
Silaka became involved in her community because she wanted to do something different to change the perception of youth on the peninsula. Ms.
Cox expressed her concerns for the plight of young women such as low self-esteem, high rate of teenage pregnancy, low graduation rate and the alarming rise of HIV and AIDS cases.
The RYTF plans to address these and other concerns. RYTF recently moved into their new office at 19-20 Mott Avenue, suite 4. The RYTF has many exciting events scheduled such as The Clean Your Block, Clean up the Rock initiative on April 20th. A number of other events are scheduled as well including a youth summit on May 4th, an Open Mic event, resume workshops and voter registration drives.
For more information you can stop by their new office, friend them on Facebook, or follow them on twitter. t@RockawayYouth
Ilyassha Shivers is a Wave intern with a focus on Far Rockaway.