For Immediate Release - March 21, 2013

GOVERNOR PATRICK JOINS YOUTH OF MA ORGANIZING FOR A REFORMED ECONOMY ADVOCACY DAY

Organizing for a Reformed Economy Advocacy Day Rally
Governor Patrick joins the Youth of MA Organizing for a Reformed Economy Advocacy Day rally on the Ground Staircase at the State House to make the case for investing in education and transportation to unlock growth and opportunity across the Commonwealth. (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office)

BOSTON – Thursday, March 21, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined over 100 members of youth groups and coalitions gathered at the State House for the Youth of MA Organizing for a Reformed Economy (YMORE) Advocacy Day to urge support for strategic investments in education and adequate resources for the youth of Massachusetts. The Governor thanked attendees for making their voices heard about the type of Commonwealth they want to live in, and engaged in a conversation on the importance of youth jobs funding, out-of-school programming and progressive revenue.

The Governor’s FY14 budget includes a $550 million investment in education, reaching $1 billion over four years, to provide universal access to high quality early education for children across the state, from birth through age five; fully fund K-12 education and allow for extended school days in high-need schools; make college more affordable and accessible for high school graduates; and allow our community colleges to expand their efforts to provide students with the knowledge and skill training needed to succeed in the workplace.

The Governor’s FY14 Budget also proposes increasing the Summer Jobs for At-Risk Youth account to $10 million, an increase from FY12, which was funded in total at $9 million. The Summer Jobs for At-Risk Youth funding supports YouthWorks, a statewide program that partners with local workforce boards, employers and youths to ensure that young people get work experience, learn about job expectations, teamwork and career advancement; all the lessons, best learned on the job. Program participants are income-eligible young people ages 14 to 21 that live in Massachusetts cities with the highest levels of poverty, where low-income youth are especially in need of summer job opportunities.

YMORE, founded in 2008, is a coalition of teens from youth groups and coalitions from across the Commonwealth. YMORE advocates for its progressive agenda by educating teens about the state budget and training them to effectively meet with their elected officials. Prior to the event, YMORE members visited legislative leaders to push for progressive revenue to support their FY14 budget priorities.

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