This Wednesday, we continued our Conversation in Civic Innovation Series with an event at Roxbury Innovation Center focused on Enabling Youth Employment. Through the collaboration and contribution of Resilient Coders, Youth HUB Boston, Jobcase, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), BCYF’s Division of Youth Engagement and Employment, and the City of Boston, we were able to present two distinct panels that explored both the plight and progress of youth employment in Boston.
We kicked off the night with an incredible keynote by Shari Davis of the City of Boston, in which she explains how Boston raised her: through youth employment opportunities and academic programs, Shari was offered a lifetime of opportunity that she now aims to bring to all of Boston’s youth. We then heard from a youth-led panel on their current experiences in employment, followed by a professional panel working to improve opportunity in Boston.
- Lawrence Brown, Resilient Coders
- Anna Gallagher, BCYF
- Andres Quinones, Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts
- Romaine Palmer, Youth HUB Boston
Moderator: Aimee Sprung, Microsoft
- Ayda Zugay, Youth HUB Boston
- Matt Cloyd, MAPC
- Shari Davis, City of Boston
- Christopher Scranton, Jobcase
Moderator: Kevin Wiant, Venture Cafe
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"how do you code the value of equity?" Great q posited by Matt Cloyd regarding building job match applications #civictechbos
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As forward-thinking as our panels were, we know that solving these issues can’t be done in one night. That’s why we’re working to keep the conversation going. With the help of Agora Town Hall, we’ve set up a town hall discussion of our own, where we encourage members of our community to discuss, contribute, and act through message boards, polls, data visualizations, and more. We want to help improve youth employment in our city, and that starts with you. Join us in the conversation at theagora.co/townhalls/mcyouth.