Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance
Last Thursday, we had a great conversation with Governor Patrick and four dynamic panelists: Joe Porcelli, Emmett Price, Hang Nina Nguyen and Desiree Arevalo.
Over 150 people were there to share their perspectives, questions and suggestions.
Getting started, panelists talked about Boston’s reputation for being unwelcoming, though many participants were interested in reaching out to their neighbors to create a community (like through Joe’s project Neighbors for Neighbors)
The quality of education in urban communities like Boston and affordable housing were major issues discussed in the forum. A Northeastern senior who attended Boston public schools raised a great question in the clip below, and the Governor responded with his own experience, his latest legislative effort to improve education and a request for help:
Affordable housing was another key issue, with Nina sharing her knowledge of programs that can help residents such as the Soft Second Program.
One hour wasn’t long enough to hear all your questions and suggestions, so let us know what you think- what other issues are critical to making Massachusetts a place you want to stay? And if you couldn’t attend- what would you like to ask or recommend?
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