Helping NY students find their civic voice

We started NYYCI as a small group of NYC public high school students when we saw that students were taking to the streets, but didn't know how to “Take the Next Step” to get engaged in a sustained way. We wanted to find a way to connect our peers to the youth-led organizations leading the sustained fight for justice. 


 Our goal is to connect students to long-lasting civic opportunities at the frontlines of the youth activist movement that are otherwise difficult to find.


We are building out a platform with our website, social media and newsletter, to bring together the events, workshops, and internship/fellowship opportunities for students to discover the multitude of options to make a difference in climate change, education, racial justice, and more.


Jason Bohner

Founder/Executive Director

Jason Bohner is an 18-year-old graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. Jason founded NYYCI after seeing a lack of sustained civic engagement amongst his peers. He wanted to create an accessible platform to connect young people to the youth-led organizations fighting each and every day for our futures. Jason understands the power of young people to collectivize and advocate for progress. He hopes to encourage enduring engagement by opening the door for young people to find opportunities for empowerment.

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Kyle Fallon

Executive Board Member/ Outreach Leader

Kyle is a senior at the High School of American Studies. Along with Jason, he was an original member of NYYCI, and is extremely passionate about voter registration and connecting students with advocacy opportunities. Born and raised in New York, Kyle loves exploring the city, and loves local initiatives that help New Yorkers.

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Katarina Kovacevic

Executive Board/SM Content Curator

Katarina is 18 years old and a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. She is taking a gap year from school to tutor, volunteer for a political campaign, and work as an Executive Board member and Social Media Content Curator for NYYCI before attending the University of Michigan in the fall of 2021. She is passionate about civics and politics and hopes to help others develop a long-term relationship with civics and politics as well.

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Gisele Bury

Co-Lead Website Manager and Developer

Gisele is a senior at Staten Island Technical High School. She is currently the website manager and helps run the social media for NYYCI. She is passionate about youth engagement in politics, climate justice, and web development. She loves to play soccer and spend time outdoors.

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Giorgia Musselwhite

Co-Lead Website Manager and Developer

Giorgia is a high school senior from Staten Island, NY. She is passionate about web development, environmental science, politics, and social justice. She joined NYYCI in summer 2020 through their Fellowship Program, and is now a Lead Website Developer and Movement Correspondent on the Executive Board.

Maryfer Flores

Movement Correspondent

Maryfer is a junior at New Utrecht High School. As a current Movement Correspondent at NYYCI, Maryfer plans on majoring in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice. She's passionate about racial equality, drawing, listening to music, and collecting random knick knacks.

Emilia Brandimarte

Movement Correspondent

Emilia is a senior from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, Long Island. She is passionate about being the change she wants to see in politics and her community through direct action and organizational work. She is a staunch advocate for climate change, student voice, and LGBT inclusivity within education and healthcare.

Farisa Rahman

Movement Correspondent

Farisa attends a CTE Highschool and is in the 11th grade. She is a movement correspondent and is excited to learn about new organizations. She was raised in NYC (Queens) and has learned a lot about the importance of diversity. Her passions/hobbies include learning new languages (attempted 7 so far) , reading about architectural designing, attending virtual OR sessions, shopping for Japanese stationary and watching interior design shows.

Bella Bohner

Social media and Outreach

Bella is Junior at NYU Gallatin studying how the marketing of rap reflects culture through the lenses of race class and gender. She was born and raised in the city and graduated from Beacon in 2018. She is very passionate about music, politics and civic engagement. She hopes to change the music industry into a more equitable institution.

Maryam Oguntola

Movement Correspondent

Maryam is a sophomore at John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a major in law and society. She works as a movement correspondent for NYYCI. She immigrated from Nigeria in 2013 and now lives in New York City. She is very passionate about social justice, immigration laws, and ways to reduce Islamophobia in her community. She loves to read books and write during her free time.

Young Seo Kim

Movement Correspondent

Young Seo Kim is a junior from Guatemala and is one of the Movement Correspondents for NYYCI. She likes to play the guitar and plays soccer in her school's varsity team. She plans to pursue a major in either Political Science or International Relations & Affairs.

Autumn Swartz

Social Media

Autumn Swartz is a senior at Staten Island Technical High School. She’s a military child whose lived in Virginia and New York, and is very passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and working towards equality between the different socioeconomic classes. When she has downtime she likes to play sports and sing.

Madina Amber


Madina is a American Pakistani and a senior at UASLE. She is currently a MC at NYCYCI. Madina loves to make artwork, study history, discuss her motivations, and strive toward her inspirations and goals. She loves to be involved in collective work with various organizations.

Martina Dosa

Upstate Expansion Coordinator

Martine (she/her) is a high school junior in the Syracuse City School District. She is passionate about using values of empathy to work towards education justice. With NYYCI, Martine is excited to be bringing a more accesible civic education space to the Upstate region, especially in her local community of Syracuse. Martine is an avid fan of Google Calendar and long hikes.

Binta Doumbia

Movement Correspondent

Binta Doumbia student at high school for environmental studies a junior. Passionate about social justice watches documentaries as a hobby. Born in Ivory Coast moved to the United States 5 years ago.