Welcome! Login | Register
 

Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in New England—Autumn is the perfect time of year for…

Monfredo: Civics Education…A Relic of The Past or Critical Componet to Our Future—According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress

What to Watch For: Patriots vs. Bears—The Patriots welcome the Bears to Gillette Stadium…

Holy Cross at Lafayette Football Preview—Holy Cross visits conference rival Lafayette on Saturday

$73 Million North High has 31% Dropout Rate—In hopes of improving the dropout rate and…

Tom Finneran: I’m Joe Citizen and I Disapprove These Messages—We’re less than two weeks away from Election…

McGovern and Markey Visit WPI to Tour Robotics Lab—U.S. Representative Jim McGovern and U.S. Senator Ed…

Holy Cross Men’s Basketball Predicted to Finish 3rd in Patriot League—Holy Cross Picked to finish 3rd in Patriot…

Fattman Slams Abraham Over Mismanagement—Stephanie Fattman, appearing Tuesday on The Jordan Levy…

See the Great Pumpkin Fest at the Ecotarium with Your Woo Card—The weekend is fast approaching, and GoLocalWorcester brings…

 
 

Governor Patrick Champions Youth Initiative in Worcester

Friday, July 27, 2012

 

Governor Deval Patrick visited Worcester to advocate for his Safe and Successful Youth Initiative and met with the local youth and community leaders at Straight Up Café.

“Initiatives like this one in Worcester are critical to ending the cycle of violence that devastates communities,” Patrick said.  

The Safe and Successful Youth Initiatve was established in May 2011 and has grown to eleven total Safe and Successful Youth locations across Massachusetts.

Patrick took a guided tour of the café at 795 Main Street in Worcester’s Main South neighborhood, which is run by Straight Ahead Ministries and works to help local youth and provide opportunities to juvenile offenders.  

“We must continue to support these programs at the highest levels possible. I encourage the legislature to quickly approve the additional $6 million in funding to keep these programs going,” Patrick said.

Worcester was one of four stops during the Governor’s statewide tour. While in the city, the Governor met with local community leaders and members of city government.

Straight Up Café is a shining example of the program’s success and has worked to employ youth and connect them with a beneficial community.

In 2011, Worcester was awarded $710,065 to identify and provide case management to at-risk youth, connect them and their families to activities and services and provide ongoing monitoring and supervision.

“The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative has been critical to the collective efforts of the Worcester Police Department and our partners to stem the tide of youth crime and gang violence in our city,” said City Manager Michael O’Brien. He added that the initiative’s three main tenets are critical – job opportunities, access to education, and access to health and behavioral services.

Scott Larson, president of Straight Ahead Ministries spoke at the event. Since May, his successful cafe and community center has been providing a safe and helpful environment for area youth.

Straight Up Cafe also offers its own in-house roasted coffee and breakfast and lunch items, and the team is committee to changing and improving the neighborhood.

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.