Train up a child in the way he/she should;
even when they are old they will not depart from it
On Thursday, February 23rd, the Youth Jobs Coalition/I have a future organization held a rally in Boston where 800 youth activists from across the state gathered in Boston at the Old South Church in Copley Square. They marched all the way to the state house where they had two messages for Governor Charlie Baker:
1st message — For him to allocate $13.4 million to fund 5,000 year round jobs for youths in the state of Massachusetts.
2nd message — For the misdemeanor records of all Young offenders to be immediately expunged as soon as the individual reaches 18 years old.
The turnout for this event was awesome! It began at Old South Church and featured guest speakers like Suffolk County’s Former Assistant District Attorney Adam Foss, who recently held a TED Talk in Vancouver BC. Adam blessed a room filled with young listeners with an impactful speech on empowerment. He was later joined on stage by teen performances as well as another powerful speech delivered by City Councilor Tito Jackson.
Exiting the church, Teens began their March to the Statehouse garnering large crowds of people with every block. This was absolutely amazing as the teens were fired up engaging crowds of people as they passed who cheered them on, walked along, and took pictures of this iconic march.
In this moment, with all the fear and division created by the many executive orders passed by President Trump. Seeing hundreds of young people taking action for causes they care deeply about was a reminder that they are the future and with them at the wheel, the future is in great hands.