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

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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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  • 30 / Apr / 2013

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