Museum Junior Docent Elijah Washington has received a Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Youth Award (2017) from the African American Men of Westchester (AAMW). The Award for Social Justice honors the Yonkers’ Riverside High School junior for his work in Youth Giving Back, a teen-run club that promotes community involvement. For the club, Elijah planned and implemented the First Annual Yonkers Childhood Hunger Summit, April 2016, which featured film screenings, dialogue sessions about hunger, and a food drive. The dialogue sessions gave community leaders a way to create tangible solutions.More good news for Elijah: this summer he will travel to Spain on a full Global Navigator scholarship from the Council on International Educational Exchange that seeks to prepare students to connect with cultures and impact global issues.
Elijah, who joined the Museum’s Junior Docent program as a freshman in 2014, said, I am glad to be an example that you can do anything at any age and have fun. These accomplishments mean to me that I should never doubt myself anymore, if I want to do something that may seem impossible just go ahead and give it a try. What I hope to gain from going to Spain is to explore new places, meet new people, take an adventure and the most... LEARN SPANISH.