The following is a press release from the office of Governor Deval Patrick:
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick hosted members and alumni of the Governor’s Youth Council Monday, July 9 in the State House at the first statewide Youth Council reunion.
The youth shared what they have accomplished as a Youth Council member as well as their goals going forward.
Danisha Dumornay and Jose Rodrigues, both from Stoughton, were among the 30 youth participants at Monday's reunion conference.
“I continue to be impressed with these amazing young leaders. Their commitment to civic engagement make them incredible role models for the next generation,” Governor Patrick said. “I look forward to continuing to work with them to focus on the issues that are important to youth in Massachusetts.”
The Governor’s Statewide Youth Council is currently comprised of 28 young people ages 14 - 20, representing all 14 counties of Massachusetts. Council members were selected to advise Governor Patrick on key issues affecting youth across the Commonwealth.
The 2008-2010 Governor’s Youth Council played a strong role in advocating for the passage of the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying legislation.
The 2010-2012 Youth Council continued to focus on the issue of bullying, and worked with schools and communities to host “No Name Calling Day” on January 25, 2012 to raise awareness against bullying in schools.
The Council is currently planning various anti-bullying initiatives to kick-off the 2012-2013 school year.