The Everett Teen Club has created an environment of support and collaboration, which was recognized at the 2011 Shannon Grant Day on Beacon Hill several weeks ago.
Everett Club Member, 17-year old Alejandra, spoke at the Legislative briefing to a room full of legislators, including a number of local mayors and state senators, including House Ways and Means Vice Chairman Senator Stephen Brewer, who represents communities in central and western Massachusetts, and Senator Sal DiDomenico of Everett.
Alejandra spoke about her life before and after joining the Club and how the organization’s staff provided the opportunities and support that showed her brighter alternatives for her future.
Named after Senator Charles R. Shannon Jr., the Shannon Grant provides resources to communities to implement a multi-disciplinary anti-gang strategy encompassing prevention, intervention, and suppression programs utilizing law enforcement, community-based organizations, and government agencies.
The Everett Team works with the probation department, the Everett police, and the Middlesex District Attorney’s office to empower youth to make positive choices.