South End youth rally for funding
Youth Jobs Coalition leaders from Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, South End, and Chinatown led 1200 youth at a rally at Faneuil Hall and March to the State House for Youth Jobs on Thursday, February 22.
The youth group called for increased state funding for YouthWorks, which finds jobs for youth with non-profits, and School to Career, a program which secures jobs with companies and hospitals.
"All it took was someone to take a chance on me," Nickeirah Straughter said of her employers at Boston’s Teen Empowerment, where she works in a variety of roles from organizing to babysitting. "Now, I’m doing better than I ever thought I could."
"This is important for me to be here, begging these legislators for more jobs, because we are the future," said Sheraine Blake, 18, a senior at the Boston Community Leadership Academy, as she stood on the State House steps. "And to save kids from being out on the street and doing things they shouldn’t be doing, why not open up more jobs for us?"
South End and Chinatown groups participating included Boston Asian YES, Asian American Civic Association, IBA/Inquilinos, and Teen Empowerment.