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Worcester Public Schools Young Alumni Network Set to Launch

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

 

David LeBoeuf

On May 20, the Worcester Public Schools Young Professional Alumni Network will be launching with an inaugural event at Mezcal Cantina in Worcester. The event hopes to bring together any student who graduated from a Worcester Public High School between 2004 and 2010.

David LeBoeuf, a 2008 South High graduate, and Vanessa Acheampong, a 2008 Burncoat High School graduate created the Alumni Network and hope to highlight the positivie impacts that WPS Alumni have had on Worcester.

“There are a lot of efforts to support alumni networks of students who came to Worcester to attend college, but there has never been a space to support individuals that attended the Worcester Public Schools and remained in the city to go to college or settled back in Worcester after college graduation,” said LeBoeuf, a Divisional Program Manager at the Innovation Institute at the Mass Tech Collaborative, “This is an opportunity to bring together an existing community of young professionals in Worcester and explore opportunities for collaboration and growth.’ 

Vanessa Acheampong, Regional Program Manager for the Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers Lanza-Institute Program at North High School said, “As a current educator in Worcester, I envision the WPS Young Professionals Network members serving as mentors for current WPS students. Many current WPS students have aspirations that go beyond receiving their high school diploma, but know little about what steps they need to take in order make those dreams a reality. Having an opportunity to interact with network members provides a unique opportunity for students to receive guidance from someone who was once in their shoes, and has already overcome many of the challenges they are currently facing.”

“Regardless of the specific high school, all of us who attended the Worcester Public Schools share similar experiences,” said LeBoeuf. “These experiences shaped who we are as individuals, and members of this vibrant Worcester community. As policymakers and business leaders look to attract and retain young professionals in the area it’s important to recognize the value WPS Alumni bring to the table. The Worcester Public Schools Young Professional Alumni Network presents many exciting opportunities to serve our city and shape a community that works better for everyone.”

The event will run from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, May 20, at Mezcal Cantina at 30 Major Taylor Boulevard in Worcester. The event is free and light appetizers will be provided. Sponsors of the event include the Initiative for Engaged Citizenship, Oak Hill Community Development Corporation, and the Neighborwoks HomeOwnership Center of Central MA.

 

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