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DA Leone creates Framingham youth collaborative

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  June 23, 2011 11:29 AM

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Middlesex District Attorney Gerald Leone has teamed up with Framingham community leaders to create a program aimed at positively developing and maintaining youth wellness, safety, and health.

The Framingham Youth Development Collaborative will focus on elementary school-aged children and younger, since issues during youth can often lead to life-altering problems when they become teenagers, according to a statement released Wednesday.

“Young people are our future and it is imperative that we focus on helping them succeed in life by providing as many positive opportunities as we can so that they do not feel compelled turn to a life of drugs and violence,” Leone said in prepared remarks.

Leone initiated the program after establishing and working with the Lowell Youth Development Collaborative. He saw how successful and beneficial the program proved in Lowell, while recognizing many of the same needs in Framingham, according to the statement.

Formed in conjunction with Framingham Police Chief Steven Carl, Reverend Jay Anthony Lloyd and Framingham State University President Timothy Flanagan, the Collaborative is comprised of Framingham-based law enforcement, court officials, public school officials, college and university leaders, non-profit organizations, and United Way of Tri-County.

“Framingham State University is proud to be a community partner in advancing the interests of our town’s youth by improving access to services, employment, and educational opportunities,” Flanagan said.

The collaborative will meet bi-monthly, with the first meeting slated for 8:00 a.m. tomorrow in the Memorial Building’s Blumer Room at 150 Concord Street.

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