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 through service. Each member of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council was responsible for collecting donations for an organization located in their region.
The regions involved in the ‘Back to School’ drives are listed below:
· In Western Massachusetts, members donated to Springfield’s Salvation Army.
· In Central, Eastern, and Northern Massachusetts, members donated to the United Teen Equality Center located in Lowell.
· In Southeastern Massachusetts, members donated to School on Wheels located in Brockton.
· The group representing Cape Cod and the surrounding islands donated to The Housing Association of Hyannis.
The drives were successful and the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council is looking forward to focusing on education in the coming months!
Mary Kate Roffey
Secretary, Governor’s Statewide Youth Council