SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Fantastic four steals Albany show

Submitted Photo Michele Starwalt, center, recognized four Chautauqua County residents at the 49th Annual Youth Development Leadership Training Conference in Albany in October. Pictured from left to right are Casey Cannon, Wilfredo Santana, Starwalt, Mallory Wojcinski and Jessica Vara.

Young adults from northern Chautauqua County were saluted and cheered while attending a gathering in Albany. Casey Cannon, Wilfredo Santana, Jessica Vara and Mallory Wojcinski shared their stories with hundreds of youth workers at the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus’ and The Coalition for Homeless Youth’s 49th Annual Youth Development Leadership Training Conference in October.

The four, former at-risk youths, achieved personal, emotional, and career success because of personal advocacy, social education and community assistance. They were the stars of the conference.

Dunkirk resident Michele Starwalt, consultant and Chautauqua County Youth Bureau board member, shared the stories of these tremendous individuals who have all shown persistence and resiliency. “With all the difficulties each faced and the fact that they have all succeeded is a true testimony of a person’s character, drive and determination,” Starwalt told the OBSERVER. “It shows all of us that nothing is impossible.”

For those who missed OBSERVER staff writer Mary Heyl’s article from Nov. 2, we have included the link below.

Former at-risk youths recognized at Albany conference


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