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Jacquan Arzu, '11
J.P Mitchel Houses
Jaquan Arzu was born and raised in the South Bronx, USA. He has lived in the The J.P. Mitchel Housing Projects since he was born in 1992. He attended Melrose Community School for elementary and middle school. He attended Validus Prepatory Academy a small high school on the Bathgate Educational Campus in the mid Bronx. Jay was a Youth Leader in New York City. He started when he got involved in the CUNY NYC model city council. He was chosen to participate in the CUNY Model City Council in his junior year. He was given a New York City council district to govern and was handed a thick book containing the neighborhood's demographics. A few days before the City Hall vote, Jay was asked along with two other students to speak on the news channel New York One about the model city council. It helped to improve his speaking skills. Then during the Thanksgiving weekend, the group debated and had a vote in the actual city hall building. Jay became a leader in this area because he felt seriously inspired to get involved in the decision making in his community. He acquired a lot of leadership skills when his high school model UN group traveled to Berlin for the Berlin Model United Nations (BERMUN 2010). When the conference began all the delegations had to meet at a UN building in the center of Berlin. It was announced that every delegation would need to send one person to represent their country's delegation. Jay was chosen by his group to represent the Costa Rican Delegation because of his strong speaking skills. He also was chosen to speak during the closing remarks of the conference. Jay Arzu currently attends Marist College and majors in Political Science.
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