I was in the 3rd grade when my parents told me that I was losing my eye sight. I remember feeling relieved that the reason I was struggling in school was because of this thing called Stargardt’s Disease; and not because I was not smart. My parents were heartbroken for the fear that my life would be difficult because of my degenerative sight.
Since 2007, I have lost a great deal of my sight but I have the most important thing a person can have: a loving, warm home. During my work on the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council, I have met children who are homeless living on the streets or in hotels. These children have to work so hard to do well in school because they have no home to call their own. I have seen them wonder where their next meal will come from and try to figure out how they will be able to go back to school without school supplies. I have seen what it really is to be handicapped.
Through the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council, I have been able to help fill the backpacks of students who have no way to get pencils, notebooks, pens, calculators and paper. My time with School on Wheels, in Brockton, as well as our donation drive as a Council, has been so rewarding for me. It has helped me redefine the word “handicap” and figure out that I am pretty lucky.
Raycela Dasher – Bristol County -October 2013 posted on Nov 13
As I looked at the stack of papers laid before me, I took a deep breath and prepared to write. These papers were more than just another assignment or application. These papers were a chance of a lifetime. As I looked to the top of …Continue Reading Raycela Dasher – Bristol County -October 2013
Education and youth homelessness // Written by: Mary Kate Roffey of the GSYC posted on Oct 4
Education and youth homelessness are two of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council’s initiatives. Throughout the month of August, the GSYC decided to hold ‘Back to School’ drives to collect school supplies for homeless youth. This project allowed the GSYC to make progress on both issues …Continue Reading Education and youth homelessness // Written by: Mary Kate Roffey of the GSYC
Fallon Rice – Governor’s Youth Council posted on Aug 21
Written by: Fallon Rice of the Governor’s Youth Council My name is Fallon Rice and I have been on the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council since November of 2011. I have always been involved in my community, and through that have made connections with many …Continue Reading Fallon Rice – Governor’s Youth Council