Sunday, April 18, 2010

Our programs as listed in the state budget recommendations

Connecting Activities: 7027-0019 For school-to-career connecting activities; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the board of elementary and secondary education, in cooperation with the department of workforce development and the state workforce investment board, may establish and support a public-private partnership to link high school students with economic and learning opportunities on the job as part of the school-to-work transition program; provided further, that such program may include the award of matching grants to workforce investment boards or other local public-private partnerships involving local community job commitments and work site learning opportunities for students; provided further, that the grants shall require at least a 200 per cent match in wages for the students from private sector participants; provided further, that the program shall include, but not be limited to, a provision that business leaders commit resources to pay salaries, to provide mentoring and instruction on the job and to work closely with teachers; provided further, that public funds shall assume the costs of connecting schools and businesses to ensure that students serve productively on the job; and provided further, that no funds shall be expended for personnel costs............................................... $2,000,000

YouthWorks: 7002-0012 For a youth-at-risk program targeted at reducing juvenile delinquency in high risk areas; provided, that these funds may be expended for the development and implementation of a year-round employment program for at-risk youth as well as existing year-round employment programs; provided further, that $500,000 of these funds shall be matched by private organizations; and provided further, that funds shall be available for expenditure through September 1, 2011........................................................................................ $3,700,000

Final Info Session Before Big March!

On Sunday, April 25th at 3:00 p.m. we will be holding a meeting to finalize the details of our march to the State House 3 days later. If you are reading this and are not yet a member of S.A.V.E., we strongly encourage you to join us in this meeting and contribute in the final planning of our march. The location is TBD, so just e-mail us at if you wish to join us.
Our plan for the meeting is to begin as a large group outlining the plan of action for the entire day, followed by questions, concerns, and suggestions. This is a communal decision-making process meaning that everyone will have equal input in all decisions, even if they do not have as much experience with our campaign. We believe that more voices always leads to better decision-making.
After this large group outline of the big day, we will break up into smaller groups to work on various tasks that still need to be finished, such as sign/banner making, working on chants, creating props/decorations for the theatrical performance , etc.

Please join us in this important step towards pressuring State Legislators to reinstate funding for these vital programs!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

S.A.V.E. Launches Campus Events

Posted by: Molly Kammien

On Thursday, April 8th S.A.V.E. launched its first public event on the Boston College campus. Through a demonstration in the quad, we spread awareness of our campaign and publicized our group’s mission. Public support was high as students and faculty alike stopped to take flyers and ask questions. Pictures from the event can be found on S.A.V.E.’s Facebook page.

Our next event took place on Wednesday, April 14th. S.A.V.E. participated in Boston College’s World Fiesta Day and collected signatures for our petition. Once again, the BC community was very receptive and committed support to restoring funding to the school-to-career programs. Our ipetition can be found at:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Update 4:15 State House Rally

S.A.V.E. Update
by Annie Spencer

After securing Hope in Action campaign aid, S.A.V.E. is currently working on mobilizing hundreds of activists including high school students to rally at the State House on April 28th.

The day will kick off with an initial meeting at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Copley Square at 10:00am, followed by a march to the State House at 10:15. Once there the assembly will be split in two groups – one will go inside the State House building and distribute information to the senators. The others will stay outdoors and perform the "theatrical" event.

Outside, each high school student will carry a tangible symbol of their career aspirations. A few people, pretending to help the students reach their aspirations, will be dressed up as politician and ignore their needs. The rest of the members will be attracting spectators, inform them of our cause, and ask them to sign our petition.

We plan to end day with a long list of signatures, positive media attention, and a list of allies in the senate vowing to prevent budget cuts for Connecting Activities and Youth Works programs.

These plans are by no means final. Please feel free to add amendments to the agenda and more ideas on how to actually execute the actions detailed above. Specifics on how exactly everything will go down are coming soon. Stay tuned for more updates.