Resolution J1467-2013

Honoring April Leong upon the occasion of her designation for special recognition by Young Movement, Inc.



  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 24, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  April  Leong upon the occasion of her
designation for special recognition by Young Movement, Inc.

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of  the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
April Leong upon the occasion of her designation for special recognition
by Young Movement, Inc.  on Saturday, March 30, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Young  Movement  is  a  501c(3) member-supported action tank
providing research, advocacy, and partnerships on socio-economic  issues
such  as financial literacy and employment alternatives for young adults
and professionals in New York; incorporated in  October  of  2011,  this
organization not only represents its members through research, advocacy,
and  forming  partnerships,  but  ensures the positive results are long-
standing while the unfavorable ones are non-recurrent for the next young
generation; and
  WHEREAS, Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York,  April  Leong  started
her  career  in District 79 as an English teacher and family group advi-
sor; as a young mother raised in poverty, she was determined not only to
create a better life for her children, but also believed that  what  was
good for her children, was good for everyone else's; and
  WHEREAS,  During her teaching career at High School Redirection, April
Leong was awarded the Allan Houston "My Teacher is My Hero Award"; while
at the School, she was responsible for creating many innovative programs
in youth development and community service; and
  WHEREAS, April Leong credits her  experience  as  a  Seek  student  in
Baruch  College  for  teaching her valuable lessons of being an underdog
that was destined to win; her support system at Baruch equipped her with
the necessary foundation that enabled  her  to  not  just  overcome  her
trials  and  tribulations,  but also helped to refine and define who she
was and what she wanted to become; and
  WHEREAS, April Leong learned invaluable leadership  skills  while  she
was affiliated with the Student Government, Security Board of Directors,
Day Care Board of Directors, Student Affairs Board of Directors, and the
Retrenchment  Committee;  she  was  an  integral  member of the team who
brought the nationally recognized Alternative  High  School  Initiative,
Diploma Plus to New York City; and
  WHEREAS, While an assistant principal, April Leong successfully trans-
formed  two  underperforming  suspension  sites  and  received awards of
recognition for outstanding leadership from  her  staff,  principal  and
superintendent;  having earned a Bachelor's degree from Baruch, Master's
Degrees from both the College of St.  Rose  and  Brooklyn  College,  she
conceived,  developed  and opened her own alternative high school and is
now the founding principal of Liberation Diploma Plus High School, where
she continues to be a strong  student  advocate,  educator,  family  and
community supporter, and fearless leader; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition, April Leong also completed her Cahn fellowship
from Teacher's College and is a proud Cahn Alumna; and
  WHEREAS, A true asset to society, April Leong's  distinguished  record
merits  the recognition and respectful tribute of this Legislative Body;
now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  April  Leong  upon  the  occasion  of her designation for special
recognition by Young Movement, Inc.; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to April Leong.


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