This year our YouthSpeak! Event was attended by 47 youth and 20 adults. We were honored to have Mayor David Narkewicz kick off the event with opening remarks. We appreciated the attendance and support of State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, and staff from the offices of US Congressman Jim McGovern (Keith Barnicle, and Orlee Marini Rapoport), State Senator Stan Rosenberg (Tom Mitchell), and State Representatives Peter Kocot (Diane Szynal). Staff from Community Action Youth Programs and the Franklin Hampshire Career Center helped facilitate conversations, and community partners from Greenfield Gardens, Casa Latina, and The Brick House Community Resource Center were there to lend a hand.
Students engaged in seven distinct conversations, moving around in small groups while the adults stayed still (for the most part) to ask the questions and share their own stories. Below are the questions we asked of youth, and some highlights of their answers.
Students present had a variety of jobs in both the public and private sectors: some worked in groups on community projects, and others worked as interns in a variety of settings including schools, government offices, childcare and senior centers, arts and media organizations, town road crews, farms, landscape contractors, restaurants, stores, etc.
For the most part, responses about how to achieve these goals represented realistic expectations of education requirements and potential pathways. Some fields require an advanced degree while others can start out with on the job training. Vocational schools, and entry level jobs within the fields were identified as resources. For instance, someone who wanted to be a pediatrician explained a plan to start with day care and get basic first aid training while still in high school. The students seemed to have a good grasp of what a transferable skill is.
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