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Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO and the Mount Sinai Health System congratulate the YOUTHBRIDGE-NY 2019 Honorees and its GRADUATING BRIDGERS

YouthBridge-NY is a nonprofit leadership development organization that convenes and trains young people to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse New York City. Since 1997, YouthBridge-NY youth leaders have been proactively involved in enhancing the leadership and diversity landscape of our city and are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all. The YouthBridge-NY Fellowship is a two-year program for high school juniors and seniors. First-year Fellows participate in monthly skill building workshops and specialized action committees focused on either grant-giving, diversity through art and photography, or an internship to understand diversity in the workplace. After a year of acquiring important leadership skills and experiencing diversity learning, second-year Bridgers are given the opportunity to further enhance and hone these skills. Bridgers meet monthly to learn about community organizing, advocacy, and opportunities in college. Fellows and Bridgers also participate in an orientation summer retreat, special meetings with corporate and city leaders, build friendships with peers from all fiveboroughs, and much more!


Welcome to the celebration! Walk through the Cultural Eye photo exhibit and silent auction. Bidding starts at $35! Grab some appetizers and a refreshing drink before the official ceremony begins.

YOUTHBRIDGE-NY FELLOWSHIP GRADUATION CLASS OF 2019: Opening Remarks Engaging Workplace Diversity Committee Cultural Eye Committee Shared Resources for a Shared Future Committee awards a mini-grant to a non-profit  Bridger Remarks    

AWARD CEREMONY FOR OUR DISTINGUISHED HONOREES Stuart Appelbaum Community Leadership Award HealthFirst Corporate Diversity Award Teddy Otobo-Sheriff Distinguished Alum Award HOSTED BY:


YouthBridge-NY is managed by the Center for Community Leadership at the Jewish Community Relations Council of NY, a proud partner of UJA-Federation of NY.


Stuart Appelbaum became President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on May 1, 1998. He was reelected in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018. He also currently serves as an Executive Vice-President of the 1.3 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Appelbaum previously served as International SecretaryTreasurer, Vice-President, Executive Board Member, Assistant to the President and Coordinator of Special Projects for the RWDSU. Appelbaum is a Vice-President of the national AFL-CIO and a member of the federation’s Executive Council, where he co-chairs the federation’s International Affairs Committee. He also currently serves as a vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO, and a member of its Executive Committee. Appelbaum is a member of the Democratic National Committee where he serves on the DNC’s Executive Committee and co-chairs the DNC's Resolutions Committee. He also serves as the Acting Chair of the DNC Labor Council. Appelbaum served as a delegate to the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions and an alternate delegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store International Union and Industry Benefit Funds. Appelbaum is the President of the Jewish Labor Committee; and he is a member of the Executive Council of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. He is also a board member of the Latino Victory Fund. He is an officer of two global union federations: International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations and (UNI) Union Network International. Appelbaum is President of UNI Global Commerce. He is a Vice President of the Consortium for Worker Education. Appelbaum was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the Regional Economic Development Council for New York City, where he serves on the Executive Committee.


Healthfirst is New York’s largest not-for-profit health insurer serving the needs of New Yorkers. We offer high-quality, market-leading products for individuals and families at every stage of life. We provide Medicaid plans, Medicare Advantage plans, long-term care and other integrated plans, qualified health plans, and individual and small group plans to nearly 1.4 million members in New York City, Long Island and now Westchester. What makes Healthfirst unique is our relationship with New York’s top-rated hospitals which is a real benefit to our members. By working closely with our sponsor hospitals, we can fulfill the company’s mission to put members first and help deliver access to top-quality care We have been part of the community for over 25 years and have more than 20 community-based offices across the greater metropolitan area that serve as local resources for members and providers. We are dedicated to serving all New Yorkers and work closely with community leaders and organizations, like YouthBridge-NY, to promote healthier and active communities.


Teddy Otobo-Sheriff is the Founding Senior Pastor of Richmond Christian Church; a non-denominational congregation committed to “preaching Jesus and loving people.” Born in Houston to West African immigrants and raised in Staten Island, Teddy enjoys personal friendships with faith and community leaders across cultural, ecumenical, racial, and political lines. Teddy has served at some of the largest houses of worship in Staten Island including International Christian Center and Christian Pentecostal Church. He is an active member of the Staten Island Council of Churches. During his teenage years, Teddy was recommended by the College of Staten Island’s Liberty Partnership Program to join a new program being managed by the New York Urban League: Derek Jeter’s Student Leadership Program. As one of the founding participants of the Jeter’s Leaders Program, Teddy promoted academic achievement, healthy living, and positive choices among students, attended Global Youth Village, interned for the Mayor’s Office of New York City, and served as one of the founding participants of YouthBridge. Teddy earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies from Northpoint Bible College, Haverhill, MA., where he was recognized for leadership for his work as founding editor of the college newspaper. When he is not ministering, Teddy enjoys reading books, watching TED Talks, and racking up RedBox points. Teddy’s favorite breakfast meals all contain Raisins, his favorite hangout spots are NYC parks, and his favorite people are his wife, Almena, and daughter, Avenel.


Abigail Jacob Ramaz Upper School

Chelsea Cheung Stuyvesant High School

Max Kaneff Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School

Tess Futterman High School of American Studies at Lehman College

Samuel Kim Forest Hills High School

Aura Glazer SAR High School

Alexander Liu Stuyvesant High School

Rachel Gorman-Cooper New Rochelle High School

Alif Matin The Bronx High School of Science

Cameron Greene Bronx Leadership Academy 2

Harold Miller Academy for Young Writers

Jessica Gruboy Stuyvesant High School

Elliott Ottensoser Hebrew Academy of Five Towns and Rockaway

Ali Harb Razi School Nia Howard Fenton The Calhoun School Kelli Hu Stuyvesant High School Rachel Jacob High School of American Studies at Lehman College

Oscar Rachmansky Eleanor Roosevelt High School Akif Rahman Hillcrest High School Ashten Rodriguez Bronx Collegiate Academy Jocelyn Tang Stuyvesant High School Rachel Weiss Harvest Collegiate High School

CONTINUING FELLOWS Victoria Andre Midwood High School

Ruby Klawans Abraham Joshua Heschel School

Elizabeth Avakov Stuyvesant High School

Keisha Lacayo Bronx Health Sciences High School

Joseph Cabrera Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology

Tara Mavinakere Stuyvesant High School

Vivian Fang Trinity High School

Rosalía Minyety Frank McCourt High School

Beverly Feng Stuyvesant High School

Shayaan Mohammed The Bronx High School of Science

Gail Hafif Ramaz Upper School Florence Hariri Brooklyn Prospect Charter School Maya Hoff Ramaz Upper School

Ethan Oliner Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway Carolina Padilla Brooklyn Technical High School

Zameer Hoque Stuyvesant High School

Osmar Perez Gramercy Arts High School

Rachel Huang The Brooklyn Latin School

Viyan Poonamallee Homeschool

Matthew Jedwab Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway

Sharon Ren Stuyvesant High School

Noa Kalfus SAR High School Christopher Kim Stuyvesant High School

Ayal Smith SAR High School Joshua Song Manhasset High School Tina Zheng Stuyvesant High School

YOUTHBRIDGE-NY COMMITTEES Cultural Eye Committee: Fellows work with staff to understand and capture the many facets of diversity in NYC by taking pictures of themselves, their friends, their cultures, and their communities. Fellows learn to look at the world in a different way. At the end of the committee year Fellows create an exhibit and sell their work. Victoria Andre ● Maya Hoff ● Keisha Lacayo Rosalía Minyety ● Osmar Perez Shared Resources for a Shared Future Committee: Fellows have the opportunity to explore the world of grants within the context of diversity and resource sharing. The Fellows are given money to distribute mini-grants and create an RFP. They receive applications from non-profit organizations addressing diverse issues, and through consensus building choose grant recipients. Elizabeth Avakov ● Beverly Feng Gail Hafif ● Florence Hariri ● Zameer Hoque Rachel Huang ● Matthew Jedwab ● Noa Kalfus Shayaan Mohammed● Ethan Oliner Viyan Poonamallee ● Sharon Ren ● Ayal Smith Engaging Workplace Diversity Committee: Fellows are trained in workplace diversity and professional etiquette in preparation for a six-week summer internship where they are placed at a corporate, government, or nonprofit office. Fellows also research and present an entrepreneurship project at the end of the summer. Joseph Cabrera ● Vivian Fang ● Christopher Kim Ruby Klawans ● Tara Mavinakere ● Carolina Padilla Joshua Song● Tina Zheng

YOUTHBRIDGE-NY BOARD OF DIRECTORS William Abramson Christopher Auguste Martin Bienenstock Suzanne R. Davidowitz Charlotte K. Frank Joanne Jaffe Bradley Korn

Joel Levy Patricia McGann Michael S. Miller Mohammad Razvi Lynn D. Sherman Elizabeth Velez Jason Williams

FOUNDERS (EX-OFFICIO) David Chen Hector Gesualdo* Michael Gill Marvin Jacob

Virginia Kee Serafin Mariel Ira Millstein Dennis Walcott

STAFF Bob Kaplan Founding Director Samantha Klein Program Coordinator


Karen Lander Managing Director

The Jewish Community Relations Council of NY is proud to support

YouthBridge-NY and recognize the 2019 Honorees

Stuart Appelbaum HealthFirst Teddy Otobo-Sheriff and the Graduating Bridgers & Continuing Fellows

Charles S. Temel President Cheryl Fishbein President-elect Michael S. Miller Executive Vice President & CEO

Our sincerest appreciation to

YouthBridge-NY for honoring us tonight

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE GRADUATES, WE BELIEVE IN YOU! Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. ~Malcolm X

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You are our Leaders of Tomorrow!

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