YouthBuild USA hosts Building Better Together 2015
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined members of the business community and graduates from Massachusetts YouthBuild programs for Building Better Together, an event in support of YouthBuild USA.
During her keynote speech Attorney General Maura Healey voiced her support for the YouthBuild model, saying, “We need more YouthBuild programs across the state and across the country.” Healey went on to discuss the importance of reducing barriers to economic security that disproportionately affect low-income youth in the state.
Graduates of YouthBuild programs in Lawrence, Lowell and Brockton each shared how they came to their respective YouthBuild programs and how they used the experiences in the programs to increase their life opportunities.
YouthBuild Brockton alumnus and YouthBuild USA program associate Lashon Amado spoke about how staff members at his program encouraged him to attend community college, which eventually led him to obtaining a bachelor’s degree and pursuing a master’s degree. Since leaving his program Amado has also become an advocate for juvenile justice system reform by serving on the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and has progressed to national and international stages like TEDxPennsylvania Avenue and the Skoll World Forum.
Presenting sponsors for the evening were Boston Capital and JP Morgan Chase & Co. View the full list of event partners.