Assemblyman Felix Ortiz greeted some of the students.

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz greeted some of the students.

The reACTION Youth Program students got first-hand experience and an inside look at state government on their Albany Lobby Day field trip. The teens–from New York City public schools–meet with state representatives and organized their own media event to advocate for strong gun safety laws that keep them safe.

The action-packed day included:

  • An in-depth Q&A with staff from the Governor’s office.
  • Meeting with State Assembly and Senate members including Herman Farrell, Jr., Felix Ortiz, Brian Kavanagh and Michelle Schimel.
  • Sitting in on a session of the Legislature.
  • Holding their own media event–planned, organized and run by the students.

Congratulations on a job well done by the reACTION kids!

Joseph, from CLOTH middle school in Washington Heights, put his public speaking skills to work.

Joseph, from CLOTH middle school in Washington Heights, put his public speaking skills to work.

Students called for a stop to gun violence affecting their communities.

Students called for a stop to gun violence affecting their communities.

 

Tyrabia, a student from the High School for Public Service in Crown Heights, addresses the crowd in Albany.

Tyrabia, a student from the High School for Public Service in Crown Heights, addresses the crowd in Albany.

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel speaks at the reACTION gun safety rally.

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel joins the reACTION students at their gun safety rally.

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