Thanks to organizing $8 million in Mass budget for youth jobs

There are a number of alumni and Fellows who have been working on youth organizing in the City of Boston and also out in the suburbs.  Dan Gelbtuch, JOI 07-08 said “After making a commitment at the Youth Issues Forum and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization’s (GBIO) Gubernatorial Action the Governor has written our request for 8 million dollars for the Youth Works line item into the budget he just released.  This commitment is especially amazing in light of the rest of the Governor’s budget which includes cuts to many other line items (see quote below).  It truly highlights the power of organizing.

“This is a photo of one of my {Dan Gelbtuch’s} teen leaders, Daiquan Bradford, who was on stage with and made the ask of the Governor at both events mentioned above and who made the final ask at a meeting with the Governor last week.”

The story in the Boston Globe, January 27th read: “The governor sought to blunt the bad news by highlighting a few spending increases – notably for youth violence prevention programs that he had singled out as a priority in his inaugural address earlier this month. Spending would double, for example, on antigang and teen job programs that have been hit by cuts in recent years. Special education would receive $213 million more, Patrick said.”

This is an exciting victory for YMORE (Youth of Massachusetts Organizing for a Reformed Economy) and we’re proud of all the alumni (Chris Messinger with Sub/Urban Justice, Dan Gelbtuch of the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, Ilana Lerman,  Liz Manlin and Beth Reisfeld of the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council) and Fellows (Liz Aeschlimann at Temple Shalom, Nina Mukherji of Sub/Urban Justice and Leora Perkins of Gann Academy) who have worked on this campaign.

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