‘Opportunity Youth United’ Launches in Boston
BOSTON, MA, December 10, 2015—Hundreds of youth, youth workers, and public officials from across the state will come together Thursday, December 10 at the Great Hall in the Massachusetts State House to advocate for increased opportunities for young people living in some of America's most challenging communities. Young leaders from across the state and State House leaders will address how the issues of immigration, educational equity, mass incarceration, and unemployment are affecting young lives, and will urge their peers vote for leaders that will stand up for their interests.
The rally marks the launch of a national movement—called Opportunity Youth United—initiated by YouthBuild USA, Public Allies, Jobs for the Future, The Corps Network, Be the Change, Year Up and other national youth organizations. Opportunity Youth United is designed to provide young adults with a visible platform to address local, state, and national policy changes that can increase opportunity and decrease poverty for young people in America.
‘Opportunity youth’ are young people between the ages of 16 to 24 that are disconnected from both school and work. Opportunity Youth United is made up of opportunity youth and other leaders coming together in local Community Action Teams organized in major cities and rural counties around the country. The Boston Community Action Team, a local chapter of Opportunity Youth United, is organizing the December 10 rally.
WHAT: Opportunity Youth Speak: Our Voice, Our Vote, 2016
WHEN: Thursday, December 10
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Great Hall
Massachusetts State House
WHO: Office of State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
Center for Teen Empowerment
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Boston Student Advisory Council
Just A Start
Madison Park CDC
Ecumenical Social Action Committee