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Friday, April 23, 2021

波士頓市長青年委員會即日起至7月18日接受申請

              (Boston Orange)波士頓市長Kim Janey的青年參與及就業局(Department of Youth Engagement and Employment)(23)日宣佈,即日起至718日止,接受912年級住在波士頓的高中學生申請成為市長青年委員會的鄰里代表。

               波士頓市長青年委員會由85名委員組成,致力改善社區,賦能青少年。有意申請者可上網boston.gov。所有申請者將參加集體面試。

               波士頓市長青年委員會將以議題分成小組。該會去年致力的議題包括公共和平,參與公共事務,教育,藝術及文化,氣候正義,經濟及人力發展,公共健康,並持續領導青年領導改變(Youth Lead the Change)”資本項目。獲選進波士頓市長青年委員會的學生還有機會經由同儕推選,擔任該會連絡員,做為該會和地方社區之間的大使,確保室內青少年都能獲取市府資源及服務。

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS OPEN TO APPLY FOR 2021-2022 MAYOR’S YOUTH COUNCIL

 

BOSTON - Friday, April 23, 2021 - Mayor Kim Janey and the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment today announced that applications are now open for Boston teens to apply for the 2021-2022 Mayor’s Youth Council. The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) is a model of youth inclusion in government and civic engagement that has inspired cities across the nation, and even internationally, to examine how they include youth in local government. Applications are being accepted until Sunday, July 18, 2021.

“Creating opportunities for Boston’s youth is an important part of our efforts in engaging young people in the work of city government,” said Mayor Janey. “I look forward to working with the incoming 2021-2022 Mayor’s Youth Council to learn from their experiences and understand their priorities for the City of Boston.”

The Mayor’s Youth Council is a group of 85 high school-aged youth who are committed to improving their communities and empowering young people in the City of Boston. The number of youth representing neighborhoods is based on census data that indicates where young people live. MYC provides a platform for youth voice to be represented in the city with the goals of: 

·     Connecting youth to city government

·     Building a network with youth leaders from across the City

·     Educating youth about the civic process

·     Encouraging youth to prioritize social change and justice in their own communities

To apply to be a neighborhood representative on the Mayor's Youth Council, students must be Boston residents and entering grades 9-12 (or of comparable age). All applicants will participate in a group interview.

MYC representatives form issue-centric subcommittees based on Mayor Janey’s cabinet structure. In the past year, members of the MYC have worked on a variety of issues, including public peace, civic engagement, education, arts and culture, climate justice, economic and workforce development, public health, as well as continued to oversee the implementation of the Youth Lead the Change capital projects voted on by youth last year. In addition, students on the Council can serve as MYC Liaisons, positions appointed by their peers. Liaisons serve as neighborhood and community ambassadors, helping to ensure that youth around the city have access to resources, programs and services. 

Due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 Mayor's Youth Council was fully remote for the entire program. The MYC Youth Ambassadors connected with each other through virtual meetings, learned about critical initiatives across the city from department leaders, and focused on ways to engage their peers through the planning of impact projects. 

“The Mayor’s Youth Council is an amazing opportunity to get involved in ways you would've never imagined yourself doing. The connections and experiences allow youth to connect, collaborate and create change in their community,” said Salma Murphy, a 16-year-old Youth Ambassador on the Civic Engagement Committee. “I've never felt more immersed in my community and MYC has enabled me to further my critical thinking and advocacy skills and begin my journey into government.”

In the past year, members of the MYC have met with numerous city departments such as the Mayor's Office Immigration Advancement, Civic Engagement, Financial Empowerment, Recovery Services, Arts & Culture, Food Access, Emergency Management, as well as elected officials, to serve as a voice for youth in government. Members commit to creating impact projects through their committees, such as partnering with the Office of Financial Empowerment to host virtual financial literacy workshops for youth all over Boston. The workshops this spring focused on college affordability, building credit, and helping educate young people on how they can start to plan for their financial futures. All engagement opportunities allow MYC members to gain a deeper understanding of Boston residents and communities. 

The MYC is overseen by the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment and partners with longtime sponsor, Northeastern University, to support the Mayor's Youth Council. To learn more and to apply online, visit youth.boston.gov. 

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