“Ashoka — a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – has launched a new initiative called Start Empathy. Start Empathy is a community of individuals and institutions dedicated to cultivating empathy in the 21st Century. Our premise is that empathy is a critical skill both for individual human development and for our collective ability to solve problems and build a stronger society. Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of Start Empathy on the web, where we’ll spark a conversation about why empathy matters and how we can cultivate it together, starting in our schools today!”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Vilma Lora, Coordinator
March 20, 2012 Mayor’s Health Task Force
(978) 620-3526 / (978) 687-0331
2nd Annual Lawrence Youth Career & Family Resource Fair Hosted by City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force And Lawrence Public Schools
The 2nd Annual Lawrence Youth Career & Family Resource Fair: Youth Exploring their Future is set for Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 10am—2pm, at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, located at 136 Water Street, in Lawrence, MA. The 2011 inaugural event was a success thanks to the participation of nearly 60 businesses, service organizations and regional educational institutions. This year’s event is gaining momentum and will be another grand event for youth and their families to explore the wealth of opportunities in Lawrence. In addition youth will be able to interview each participant to find out more about career and educational opportunities that are available for them as they complete their secondary education in local schools.
Reinforcing the importance of education as the key to success for the community and its youth the Youth Network Working Group of the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force has joined forces with Lawrence School Department and the Lawrence Adult Learning Center. Youth will find an eager and willing group of business and service professionals ready to explain that their success in education will launch them into many great career choices after they graduate from high school.
Among the various entertainment activities planned for the day, the Lawrence Fire Department will perform a demonstration of a rescue from a vehicle using the “jaws of life” and the UMass Nursing Program will bring their simulator van to expose our youth to a virtual nursing experience. There will be door prizes, music and fun for the entire family. This event is free of charge and open to the General Public.
The Mayor’s Health Task Force (MHTF) is a broad based collaborative of health care, social services providers, environmental groups, academic and research institutions, local businesses, community leaders, city planners and visionaries whose mission is to “develop healthy public health policies and activities that accommodate the changing conditions of the total community, and promotes improvement in the quality of life of its citizens.”
The Health Task Force serves as an advisory board to the mayor by placing public health issues high on the political agenda of the city and establishing new partnerships that build community capacity to address health disparities. The Task Force is a comprehensive effort by community activists to move Lawrence forward as a healthy city in the broadest possible terms.
Taking it to the street: Skateboarders rule hilly Mann Street for a day
EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA
March 12, 2012
Taking it to the street
Skateboarders rule hilly Mann Street for a day
By Jill Harmacinski email@example.com
LAWRENCE - The hill down Mann Street is a pretty good drop. And that’s exactly what Marcus Jimenez and fellow skateboarders love about it.
For five hours yesterday Mann Street, in the city’s Prospect Hill neighborhood, was the backdrop for a competition involving some of the area’s best “longboarders” - skateboarders who use longer, wider skateboards.
"It releases stress and it’s something we like to do," Jimenez, 15, a Central Catholic High School freshman, and mastermind behind yesterday’s skateboarding competition. He’s been working since Dec. 29 organizing the event, which drew longboarders from Lawrence, Methuen and well beyond.
Brian Bishop, a professional longboarder, even came, showing off all kinds of daring moves down Mann Street.
"I think that’s pretty awesome, that we were able to get a pro rider to come to our event," said Robbie Tersolo, 15, of Amesbury.
Some 13 skateboard sponsors, including Loaded and Orangatang, which sell skateboard gear, donated merchandise.
In the past six months, other longboarding events were held in Storrow and Riverfront parks, both in Lawrence. But Jimenez said the skateboarders needed an area where they could hold downhill “slides, flatground and trick” competitive events. At one point during the event, Jimenez held one end of a limbo bar, while longboarders slid underneath and jumped over it.
The hill and the pavement “is perfect,” Jimenez said.
Many of the longboarders are local kids from Lawrence and Methuen who can’t make longboarding events and competitions held in New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Doreen Keraghan, who lives on nearby Ridge Road, watched as her son Scott, 14, competed in and won the limbo longboarding competition. “He goes all over for this, to Salem, N.H. and Andover,” Keraghan said. “They love to longboard. And in keeps them out of trouble,” she said.
Quincy father Paul Murphy agreed. He drove his son Mike, 17, up to Lawrence yesterday and stayed for the five-hour event. The downhill skateboard events are different than skate park visits, he noted.
"They are all really great kids," he said.
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As you know, this weekend the Bread & Roses Centennial Committee is hosting a fundraising concert in Andover, MA at Temple Emanuel. First please take a minute to buy your ticket if you have not already (www.mktix.com/brc) and encourage others to do the same. For those interested in helping out at the event read the following:
SETUP VOLUNTEERS: Arrive at Temple Emanuel around 2pm
Sound people will be there around 11:00 - 11:30 am Can enter Temple Sanctuary at 11:30
Risers will also be there around 11:00 - 11:30 am
Pick up from Merrimack College Sunday morning ( tentative as of 5:00 pm 10/19/11)
Set up - with assistance from Chorus members/volunteers
Break down and load on Truck after concert
Meet and greet Brian Lynch of MIll City Productions
Indicate Sanctuary and provide whatever help is needed.
Chorus: Be available to assist chorus with needs pertaining to Sanctuary/ concert area
( others will be dealing with their green room, etc)
Over all eyes on the entire situation - trouble shoot as needed.
We will have: exhibit stuff to be displayed; reception (food, beverages, decorations, etc) supplies; ticket check in supplies; green room supplies; programs; petty cash; signs and ribbons for sanctuary; laptop, all requiring help to setup.
CLEAN UP VOLUNTEERS:
Arrive around 3:30 pm - this is the time the premier ticket holder reception is winding down.
Park in Temple lot - plenty of free parking, handicapped accessible to building
Enter Temple door ( not school door) ,
There will be two clean ups - after reception ( 3: 30 ish) and after concert is over ( 6:00 ish) .
Begin subtle clean up of reception area - indicating Concert to be begin soon.
* Allows guests time for rest room stop, exhibit review, coat closet if needed
Remove food and beverages - ( see Kathy Flynn, Barbara for containers, covers, etc)
Discard Trash ( trash cans will be available)
Check Sanctuary for any remaining items i.e. coats, programs, etc
* Remove signs, ribbons, etc from Sanctuary
Check Vestibule. Foyer
* Help with packing up Exhibit area
* Help with Risers issue
*help with decorations, etc.
Check Green Room ( chorus room )
* Remove water, cups, etc
* Check for any remaining items that may have been left
Hope to see you on Sunday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you would like to stop receiving these emails.
“I have lived in Lawrence almost my entire life. I have been in the Lawrence Public School system my entire life. People like me, know this city and how it truly is. Whilst an outsider’s observations may prove useful at times, prejudice and bias do not. Lawrence has been my city of opportunities. I have met people, and had many accomplishments here. Reporters, seemed to always be focused on the negative parts of Lawrence that they fail to praise the city for what it has done for the up and coming youth. Various educational programs in place play a key part in some of these children’s lives, including my own at a time. The progress this city is trying to make always goes unseen. I wish, someone would do an expose on how amazing some of my peers and the rest of the youth are.”—Dariana Guerrero, 16, Junior-Math Science and Technology High School, Lawrence, MA
“All right, so I know Lawrence hasn’t been the best city out there for a while now. We have our corrupt mayor, corrupt school system, and corrupt streets, yeah, yeah, I get that. What I don’t get is when somebody from the outside decides to criticize this city for its negatives when they haven’t even gone out of their way to look at the positives. Jay Atkinson’s article in the Boston Magazine, which refers to Lawrence as the “City of the Damned,” basically states that we have little to no hope of surviving as a city. I’d like to think otherwise. I’ve been around the city for a while, and I’ve seen in for its good, and its bad. Yes, there is violence, poverty, and corruption. The city’s been in bad shape, and it has been looking bleak recently. But when I look around, I see a light in the darkness. I see artists, innovators, and leaders. There people who start as young as their middle school years in this city and start to make a difference, and those are the people who will bring the light of Lawrence’s potential into view for our neighboring cities. We’re in a city in need yes, in need of a movement, not all this negative criticism we’ve been getting from everyone around us. I believe the culture developed in this Immigrant City will eventually lead us into a renaissance, a reform in which we finally get the courage to move past the judgments laid upon us and turn Lawrence into a city we can be proud to be from.”—Jerisson DeLaCruz, 17, Senior-Math, Science and Technology High School, Lawrence, MA
“I have been in Lawrence Public Schools my entire life. I’m a senior at Lawrence High School, in the top 5% of my school, and have had many accomplishments throughout my academic career. I’ve never once walked into my school and felt that my life was in danger or that anything terrible was going to happen. Yes, there are negative aspects to this city, but it is only exaggerated by ignorant people who’d rather turn a blind eye to the good aspects and don’t bother to take a look at other cities. I guess it’s easier to be a negligent, lopsided, racially prejudiced journalist than one that actually looks at the facts.”—Elizabeth Rennie, 18, Senior- Performing and Fine Arts High School, Lawrence, MA
“Ok, I really have to be honest about this article. After reading it, I thought this article was the most exaggerated piece of [BS] I’ve ever read. The only reason our city looks so bad is because of our mayor and the whole MCAS thing. I’ve lived in Lawrence for practically my whole life and I have never, ever witnessed or heard of any type of violence before. I mean, I heard it in newspapers, but then again, I hear the same type of [stuff] all over other towns too. My opinion of this town is that it’s just like any other town. There are good parts to it, and bad parts to it. But my cousin has told me of other towns that are worst than Lawrence in MA, and I’ve always felt safe living here. Beside, this article is too based on statistics and other crap. Overall, it’s just the morning news: over exaggerating the truth just to get people’s attention.”—Marielys Gonzalez, 18, Senior- International High School, Lawrence, MA
The city of Lawrence, MA has been in uproar since the Boston Magazine published the article Lawrence, MA: City of the Damned pointing out all of Lawrence’s flaws, it seems, without giving credit to the hardworking residents who might take offense to such claims. While the article is backed up with “facts” it is not anything that has not been said before. Lawrencians are angry that an outsider can boldly say these things without acknowledging the progress the city is making. Above are responses from several students who are outraged.