As a follow-up to nextLI’s 2019 survey of the next generation of Long Islanders, nextLI conducted two focus groups to look at the future of diversity and housing on Long Island. Discussions centered on the changing demographics of Long Island, perceptions of Long Island’s multicultural climate, the racial and ethnic diversity in our communities, the role of school districts in diversity and reactions to Newsday’s Long Island Divided series.

Amityville school board member Juan Leon shares his experiences working with his school district and encourages people to focus on the positive things happening in his community, highlighting the work of teachers and students alike who work to make the school district better. Leon was a participant in one of two focus groups conducted by nextLI.


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