Youth in action 2018

Citizenship Pillar Winner:
Kyra-Lee Harry
Brooklyn, New York

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Kyra-Lee Harry
Brooklyn, New York | Citizenship

At just five years old, Kyra-Lee Harry’s passion for helping others was sparked when she received the unexpected and scary news that her mom’s lungs had collapsed on both sides. Though she didn’t fully understand the situation at the time, she knew that one day, she wanted to be a part of the solution and help others, just like the doctors and technology helped her mom. In the 6th grade, Kyra-Lee joined 4-H, and her life was forever changed. Her 4-H leaders and mentors helped her cultivate her passion for service and STEM and encouraged her to become a powerful youth voice in her community. At 15, Kyra-Lee was sworn in as the youngest person to ever be appointed to a community board in Brooklyn, New York. Her commitment to listen to the needs of the youth in her community and her drive to meet those needs led to Community Board 9’s First Annual Forum at Medgar Evers College. The event reached more than 300 young people ages 13-24, and provided training in leadership, mentorship, and workplace skills, along with networking opportunities. Her leadership has inspired other Brooklyn community boards to collaborate with youth for the programs and workshops they create. Kyra-Lee is a dynamic 4-H’er and a freshman at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering.