Youthful participation


Five youth leaders from Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County were among more than 300 participants in Habitat International’s recent Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Shown, from left, are (standing) Nicole Floriano, Sacred Heart University Habitat chapter and Youth United (YU) liaison; Jake Noyes, YU publicity director; Tess Osinski, YU president; Liam Archer, YU publicity director; (sitting) Phyllis Machledt, facilitator and Habitat board member; Beth Rafferty, facilitator and youth director, Orange Congregational Church; and Emily Kolodziej, YU education and advocacy. The theme of the conference was ‘Constructive Discontent’ and sessions featured tools and techniques for building a volunteer youth force, advocating for affordable housing locally and globally, running effective meetings and fund-raising.

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