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Clark University and Councilman King Celebrate Youth Worker Training Institute 2016 Graduation

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

 

Councilman King, Keynote Speaker

The HOPE Coalition, with Clark University, will be sponsoring the 12th annual Youth Worker Training Institute Luncheon Graduation Ceremony. 
 
This year's keynote speaker for this year's graduation will be Khrystian King, recently elected City of Worcester Councilor At-Large. King has been an advocate for Worcester’s children, youth and families his entire life - beginning as a student leader of an anti-drug program at Holy Name. Ever since losing three friends to gun violence, King has dedicated his career to helping local families rise beyond poverty and violence - from his work in child protection to his nearly 20 years leading the Crompton Park Summer Basketball program.

A first generation American, King graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in Sociology and Psychology, and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons College and a Public Management & Leadership Certificate from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.  
 
Other featured speakers include, YWTI participants Scott Dowling from the city of Worcester’s Youth Opportunities Office and Cassie Giardina from Cultural Exchange through Soccer.  In addition to the participants, the trainers for the Institute sessions, the supervisors and executive directors of participating agencies are also invited. 

The celebratory luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. – noon on Monday, May 2, at the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, 65 Tainter Street. This year 28 graduates at a range of organization in the community including:  Dynamy Youth Academy, Latino Education Institute, Positive Directions, Straight Ahead Ministries, Worcester Community Action Council, Boys & Girls Club, Cultural Exchange through Soccer, Worcester Youth Opportunities Office, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA, YOU, Inc., Girls Inc., and AIDS Project Worcester.
 

Clark University, a partner

The Youth Worker Training Institute is a 15-week educational program to increase the knowledge and develop the skills of youth workers.  This year marks our fourth year partnering with Clark University.  Students are engaged in the YWTI as the primary component of their course, Fundamentals of Youth Work, taught by Jennifer Safford-Farquharson. This is one of the required courses in Clark’s Youth Work Practice Certificate Program. http://www.clarku.edu/programs/certificate-youth-work-practice
 
The addition of students as participants has provided an opportunity for newer, less experienced students to apprentice some of Worcester’s seasoned Youth Workers. UMass Memorial Health Care and Clark University funded the Youth Worker Training Institute.
 
Youth workers play an enormously important role in the lives of young people.  Youth workers are role models, mentors, friends, big sisters and brothers, teachers, and sometimes even surrogate parents.  Increasing the skills of youth workers is an important step towards reducing risky behavior in youth and ensuring that young people lead happy, healthy, productive, and safe lives.
 
With the leadership of Dr. Laurie Ross, the HOPE Coalition was created in October 2000 through a federal grant.  HOPE’s mission is to reduce youth violence and substance abuse and to promote positive mental health and youth voice through a youth-adult partnership in the city of Worcester.  The Youth Worker Training Institute is one of HOPE’s three programs.  The other two are a peer leadership program and a youth-designed mental health program. http://hopecoalitionworcester.org/blog/
 
HOPE consists of seventeen organizations, including the seven YouthNet agencies (Boys and Girls Club, Centro Las Americas, Friendly House, Girls Inc, YMCA, YOU, Inc, and the YWCA), Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, MSPCC, UMass Memorial Health Care (lead agency), the Worcester Youth Center, Community HealthLink, Oak Hill CDC, Worcester Community Connections Coalition, the City of Worcester and the Worcester Public Schools.  Twenty peer leaders representing these organizations meet weekly to lead the planning process.
 

 

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Governor Charlie Baker 

Baker was inaugurated on January 8, 2015 s the 72nd Governor of Massachusetts. 

Prior to that, Baker was a member of the Weld and Cellucci administrations in the 1990s and helped turn a billion dollar deficit into a surplus, helped create a half million jobs and more. 

He was asked to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Servies and then appointed Secretary of Administration of Finance. 

In 1998, the National Governors Association recognized his leadership and innovation by presenting him with their Distinguished Service Award. 

UMass Medical's Commencement ceremony will take place on June 5. 

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Worcester State University 

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito 

Polito was inaugurated on January 8, 2015 as the 72nd lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. 

Prior to that she served as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen from 1995-1998.

In 2001, she ran for state representative of the 11th Worcester district and won, serving her house district for five terms. 

She then ran with gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker as his running mate in 2014. 

She will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Administration, Honoris Causa. 

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Nichols College 

Governor Charlie Baker 

Baker was inaugurated on January 8, 2015 s the 72nd Governor of Massachusetts. 

Prior to that, Baker was a member of the Weld and Cellucci administrations in the 1990s and helped turn a billion dollar deficit into a surplus, helped create a half million jobs and more. 

He was asked to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Servies and then appointed Secretary of Administration of Finance. 

In 1998, the National Governors Association recognized his leadership and innovation by presenting him with their Distinguished Service Award.

Baker will receive an honorary doctoral degree in public administration. 

Nichols' Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 8 at the DCU Center. 

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Clark University 

Catalina Escobar, founder and director of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation 

Escobar is the founder and director of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation (Juanfe Foundation) which provides healthcare services to the most tragic and disenfranchised communities in Cartagena, Colombia. She created the foundation in 2001. 

Prior to that, Escobar graduated from Clark in 1993 with a degree in business administration. She completed an MBA at the INALDE Business School in Bogota. 

She will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. 

Clark's commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 22 

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Assumption College 

Dr. Carolyn Woo, CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 

Woo was named president and CEO of CRS in January of 2012 after a career in higher education. 

Prior to CRS, Woo served as the dean of the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, which has been ranked as the number one business school in the country. 

Woo took part in the 2014-15 President's Lecture Series at Assumption. 

She will receive an Honorary Doctorate. 

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Holy Cross 

The Honorable Harry Thomas, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe 

Thomas serves as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe, the latest stop in his 32 year diplomatic career. 

Prior to that, Thomas served as Ambassador to the Philippines from 2010-2013 and to Bangladesh from 2003-05. 

Thomas is a Holy Cross alum, graduating in 1978 and majoring in political science. 

He will receive an honorary degree. 

Holy Cross' commencement ceremony is set for Friday, May 27. 

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Emmett Carson Ph.D, CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation 

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The foundation's 2,000 family and corporate donor funds support a wide range of causes in the Bay Area, across the country and all over the world. 

Carson has published over 100 works on philanthropy. 

He will receive an honorary doctorate degree of letters for achievement of extraordinary and lasting distinction and for demonstrating personal and professional qualities consistent with the mission and values of Becker College. 

Becker's commencement ceremony will take place on May 14 at the DCU Center. 

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code 

Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code. 

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Saujani will also receive an honorary doctor of science degree. 

WPI's commencement is set for Saturday, May 14. 

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Anna Maria College 

James Brett, President and chief executive officer of The New England Council 

Brett has served as president and chief executive officer of The New England Council since October of 1996. 

Prior to joining the Council, Brett served for more than 15 years as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. 

Brett was honored on 10 different occasions as Legislator of the Year. 

He will receive and honorary degree. 

Anna Maria's commencement ceremony is set for May 21 at Hanover Theatre. 

 
 

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