Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance
On Tuesday a group of about 100 folks from the South Coast region joined us at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for the “What’s Your Massachusetts” series. There was a lively mix of students from UMD, Bristol Community College and community members from across the region including Fall River, New Bedford, Fairhaven, and Westport and beyond. Participants spoke openly about some of the opportunities and challenges they see, as well as good quality of life factors like beaches and an active arts network.
Education was the top issue- from parents talking about the K-12 schools to BCC and UMass Dartmouth students raising higher education issues. One resident suggested hosting forums specifically for middle and high school students to engage them in similar conversations about the issues that matter to them:
Panelists and participants were proud of their regions strong creative spirit. In this clip, one participant mentioned that New Bedford had been dubbed the “Secret City” because of its entrepreneurial spirit and creative talent. He suggested creating more opportunities for younger members of the community to contribute to the creative economy:
Next week join Governor Patrick and young leaders in the Boston area as we continue the conversation on how to make Massachusetts the place where you want to live, work and build your lives. Until then, share your thoughts in the comment section here.
Next Meeting: Thursday, October 8th, 6pm at the Cabral Center at Northeastern University (right after Northeastern’s Regional Career Fair).
Youth Homelessness – Jack Duffy-Protentis – November 2013 posted on Nov 13
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. …Continue Reading Youth Homelessness – Jack Duffy-Protentis – November 2013
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