Dear Friends and Fellow Citizens,
Lifelong success in the 21st century demands unprecedented
cooperation and collaboration between and amongst all those
who care for and about children and youth. Moreover, we know
that as state, national and global financial pressures increase,
it is imperative that our voices carry on behalf of those too young
or too vulnerable to advocate for themselves. Nothing less than
our collective future is at stake.
While we realize that weathering the current economic storm is a
priority for Massachusetts, we acknowledge that simply weathering
the storm is not enough. We must do more. We must strengthen
our system, programs and services for all children and youth
from every neighborhood in every corner of the Commonwealth.
We must join forces and take action that will enable us to
emerge from these challenging times stronger than ever before.
We offer the following report as a foundation for a shared mission
to move Massachusetts forward. Developed with input, advice and
ideas from more than 100 citizens from across the state as well
as the resources, studies and best practices of countless youth
organizations and initiatives, this call for collaborative action is rich
and it is relevant. More importantly, it is responsive to the needs
and challenges of individuals, communities and the Commonwealth.
We hope the information and ideas advanced herein will serve
as a universal blueprint for action providing anyone, anywhere
with a glimpse of what is necessary and of what is possible.
We look forward to working with you.
The Members of the Action Planning Team
Go to Planning and Mobilization Guide
Go to Overview Brochure