Neighborhood House Executive Youth Board Continues Despite Social Distancing

Neighborhood House is Now Accepting Applications for our 2020/2021 Executive Youth Board

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Neighborhood House Executive Youth Board

Neighborhood House is officially accepting applications from high school students in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Addison Township, Auburn Hills, and surrounding communities to apply for their Executive Youth Board. Even while we practice social distancing, Neighborhood House encourages the youth in our community to grow and learn through this opportunity.

In an effort to help prepare local youth to become future leaders and responsible and caring citizens, Neighborhood House offers high school students in the greater Rochester community an opportunity to get involved in serving their community as a member of the youth committee. This group collaborates with the Neighborhood House Executive Director, Board of Directors, and other staff in an effort to gain experience in areas of civic responsibility, community service, public speaking, fundraising, marketing, and fund development. The position also comes with an opportunity to apply for a scholarship to college, generously provided the Bharatiya Temple.

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Zoya Ahmed and Dea Cali

Zoya Ahmed, a senior at Rochester High School and current Executive Youth Board member, says, working with Neighborhood House has allowed me to give back to my community in various ways. I’m thankful for all of the amazing opportunities I was provided with that allowed me to build awareness and grow as a leader.” Not only is this opportunity a way for students to develop their leadership skills, but also to be known in the community as an aspiring young professional.

Neighborhood House is a non-profit agency which collaborates with the community and other social service providers to help those neighbors in financial crisis towards self-sustainability. They assist families and individuals in crisis move toward long-term success through rent and utility financial assistance, food, clothing, counseling, a bike program, transportation services, educational classes such as financial education, budgeting help, job coaching, resume building, parenting classes and computer literacy skills training.

Neighborhood House is seeking applicants from all high schools in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Addison Township, Auburn Hills and surrounding communities. This program has offered youth leadership positions in our community since 2008. Students will serve on the board for one year starting in June 2020 and ending in June 2021. Throughout this program, students will gain leadership, fund development, time management, planning, and communication skills to help prepare them for college and future jobs.

Each year one student is appointed as the chair of the board, the Junior Ambassador. This student acts as the direct contact between the students and Neighborhood House. They are the facilitator for each meeting and keep the board up to date with ongoing projects. “It is through being a Junior Ambassador that I have realized how important empathy is in the whirlwind of busy that is our society” says current Junior Ambassador of the Executive Youth Board, Dea Cali. “My position captured the ultimate lesson of selflessness – it is through others that one grows. Neighborhood House’s mission encompasses empathy and selflessness in all that it does, and I am so grateful for having been a part of it and for the opportunity to contribute to our community.”

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Neighborhood House is taking the proper precautions to provide this opportunity to students. Interviews will take place via video or phone interview. To apply for the Executive Youth Board, please visit their website or contact Nicole Feidner at or call 248-651-5836. Neighborhood House is accepting applications until June 8.

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