This afternoon (Wed, 10/21): Mason Square youth ambassadors share vision for Springfield’s future with Governor’s staff

Screen shot 2009-10-19 at 10.45.50 PMThis afternoon (Wed., 10/21), a very special group of teenagers in Mason Square, called the Springfield Coalition Ambassadors, will share their vision for Springfield with a group of representatives from Governor Deval Patrick’s office. The Governor’s office for Commonwealth Corps and Grassroots Governance wants to know what’s needed to retain and attract young people.

About the Governor’s discussion series: Over ten weeks between September and November, the Governor’s Office of Civic Engagement and senior officials from the Patrick/Murray Administration will be hosting several community meetings with young adults across the Commonwealth. This listening tour will be an opportunity for the Administration to ask young people to stay and ask for their input on the state’s issues, as well as give them a chance to network with each other and discuss a common vision. Young people are central to the economic and civic growth of the Commonwealth. This initiative is aimed at making sure young people are attracted to Massachusetts; see this as a place to start companies, launch a career and build a home and family. This applies equally to people who are from Massachusetts” making sure they can make their dreams happen here; and to retaining young people who come here for education or work.

About the Springfield Coalition Ambassadors: The Ambassadors are an inspiring group of about forty teens who live in the Mason Square section of Springfield. This group, which emerged from a larger coalition focused on substance abuse prevention, combines substance abuse and violence prevention, youth leadership development, social justice, the performing arts, and international exchange. The result is an exciting example of what young people are capable of, no matter the odds. The Ambassadors program is connected to: Drug Free Communities, The Harriet Tubman Project, Earthdance, The Institute for Development and Training, UMass New World Theater, and The Springfield Institute.

Contact: Marie Graves, 413-363-3772

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21, 4-5PM

Location: Northern Educational Services (NES), 736 State St., Springfield, MA 01109 (parking and entrance off Buckingham St.)

In memory of Julius Ford, whose vision these young ambassadors carry forward.

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  1. […] Mason Square youth discuss health, violence, race, public schools, higher ed, technology, and more Posted on October 22, 2009 by Aron Goldman About thirty young people gathered yesterday to share their perspectives on Springfield with Elizabeth Clay, Director of the Governor’s office for Commonwealth Corps and Grassroots Governance. These highlights from the discussion (video below) give you a sense of their personalities and priorities. You can also see some tidbits from the conversation at the end this story in The Republican. The stories of young people often get told on their behalf–and in unflattering ways. Seeing them speak for themselves makes all the difference. More details about the event here. […]

  2. […] About thirty young people gathered yesterday to share their perspectives on Springfield with Elizabeth Clay, Director of the Governor’s office for Commonwealth Corps and Grassroots Governance. These highlights from the discussion give you a sense of their personalities and priorities. You can also see some tidbits from the conversation on the Governor’s civic engagement blog, and at the end of this story in The Republican. The stories of young people often get told on their behalf–and in unflattering ways. Seeing them speak for themselves makes all the difference. More details about the event here. […]

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