CTI YouthBuild Lowell students participated in an event on March 3, 2016 at Lowell City Hall. They were among those participating in the White Ribbon Campaign that pledges men against domestic violence. There was be a large crowd of city employees and city officials in addition to community members who met this day in City Hall to pledge against domestic violence. Students were among the guest speakers. YouthBuild has built the line of hope display that will be placed in City Hall lobby next week that will display pledges.
The video link below highlights the work YouthBuild Lowell is doing with the Lowell Public School’s career academy program. To date, the first cohort includes five students. Since beginning YB they have all been attending classes, stopped getting high before class and one student received honorable mention on her progress report. These are all students with significant behavioral issues who didn’t make it at the mainstream high school. YouthBuild is offering and alternative way to learn that is proving effective.
TRA Worcester YouthBuild experience to events that signify the transformation that YouthBuild students undergo in the program. The graduation of the class of 2015 was followed by visits from State Legislators during the Mental Toughness Training for the class of 2016. Senator Harriette Chandler, Representative James O'Day and Representative Mary Keefe all visited the program to engage with the students. The photos that you see below are highlights from these two activities.
Legislator Visits During Mental Toughness Training
Recently, State Representative Tackey Chan visited TRA Quincy YouthBuild during their Mental Toughness for the 2016 class. He gave a brief background about growing up in Quincy and his family. He told the students that the city of Quincy is changing and they could be part of that change. He also talked about his education including Brandeis University and the New England College of Law.
He told the students that he has worked various jobs throughout his career but mostly concentrated on public service. He feels that his work ethic got him through tough times. Much of the time it was trial and error when he was planning out his career. His work life ranged from working 70 hours a week to basically having no money.
He let the students know where he has traveled for work and the importance of being a well-rounded person. He encouraged all to always read the newspaper to keep them informed and up to date on current events.
Rep. Chan stressed the importance about listening to someone's opinion, personal views and experiences. He said that arguments and disagreement don't get to solutions.
One of the topics the Mental Toughness participants were really interested in were Rep. Chan’s opinions on immigration. They were very pleased that he had taken time out of his busy schedule to come and talk to them and look forward to presenting their ideas to him in the future.