Eris Neder, WC Youth Advisory Board
BOCES student named to advisory board
Deciding to attend BOCES was a smart decision, said Eris Neder, a senior at Edgemont High School. When she learned what classes were offered, she realized she could take a course that would put her in a position to pursue professional job opportunities once she graduated from high school
Eris initially considered becoming a nursing assistant student, but later opted to study Computer Information System Medical Administrative Assistant, or CISMAA. This, she said, would help her become familiar with office work, especially as it related to the medical field.
However, what she didn’t know is that the experience would also help her get out of her comfort zone, and be appointed to the Westchester County Youth Advisory Board.
“I’m on the board to help people,” Eris said, adding that as a bonus she feels she will personally benefit as the work will help her get out of her comfort zone.
“I look forward to meeting others on the board and doing something to help,” she said. “I hope I can do something on behalf of the youth.”
“Why not,” Eris said to herself when approached about being nominated for the board. Her mother encouraged her, saying it would be a great experience to work with government officials, especially as she plans to one day become a paralegal.
“I didn’t think I would be accepted,” Eris said. “I am very honored. It’s a big deal in my view.”
As a member of the youth board, Eris will be part of a group meeting with state and county officials to discuss important issues that impact area youth.
“We will be working to determine what we can do to help the youth in our county thrive,” Eris said. “How can we improve what we already have?”
Eris said she hopes the board can address mental health issues she sees her peers struggle with, especially the pressure they are under that impacts their day-to-day life.
Her appointment is just one way the Center for Career Services is working to meet its goal of connecting students to leadership positions within the county, said Garrett Jennings, Work-Based Learning Coordinator at the Center.
“It was a very selective process and came down to a few candidates for the board,” he said. “The screening process was the New York State Senate and Assembly members and legislators. She was nominated by one of our community partners and the staff at Southern Westchester BOCES.”