Dutchess County youth group forms to advocate for social justice

At an open house for EPIC, the new youth leadership team forming in northeastern Dutchess County, participants considered what empowering means. From left, Carleton Harris, consultant from the Youth Arts Group based in Poughkeepsie, Rev. Matthew Calkins of Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook and Madeline Lacey, Millbrook High School student. Photo by Helen Baldwin

MILLBROOK — The sign hanging on the door at Grace Church for the open house on Sunday, April 19 said “EPIC: Engaging People In Change.”

“We’re having some debate about whether it should be engaging or empowering,” said Abby Nathanson, director of the new leadership-building program for teens looking to make a change in their communities.

EPIC is based at Grace Church in Millbrook and is for high school students from all the northeastern Dutchess communities: Millbrook, Amenia, Millerton, Pine Plains, Stanfordville, Wingdale and Dover.

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