"The SPARK Council has worked with my administration to highlight and advocate for their shared values - voter participation and activation, a more equitable and affordable child care system, comprehensive climate change policies, resiliency in our immigrant communities, and much more," said Mayor Walsh. "I am confident the 2019-2020 Council will continue to advocate for their ideas to make Boston better for all."
The 2019-2020 SPARK Boston Council members live in 20 different neighborhoods. The group is 60 percent people of color and includes environmental scientists, marketing experts, public servants, youth workers, consultants, urban planners, artists, students, and more. Approximately a fourth of the Council are native Bostonians, while others grew up as far outside of Boston as Ohio, Indiana, California,Texas, and Jamaica. Thirty five percent of Boston residents were between the ages of 20 and 34 as of 2015, according to an analysis from the Boston Foundation.
"Boston millennials are diverse, impactful, and committed to making Boston a home they can be proud of," said Amy Mahler, SPARK Boston Director. "With the 2020 Census on the horizon, this year's Council is committed to making sure all of our voices are counted. A major theme of our programming for this cohort will be raising awareness and increasing participation in the Census, as renters, those who live in dormitories, recent immigrants, and those with lower income or educational attainment are historically undercounted."
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SPARK Boston, housed in the Mayor's Civic Engagement Cabinet, is responsible for advising Mayor Walsh on issues affecting the millennial population and working with City departments and community stakeholders to help solve those issues. The Council holds monthly meetings and puts on programs focusing on connecting millennials with partners. Programs include neighborhood meetups, voter registration pop-ups, salary negotiation workshops, and Chief Chats, an event series which allows citizens to hear directly from Mayor Walsh's cabinet members on a variety of issues.
"One of the main reasons I moved to Boston was to be closer to the action, in a place full of smart people doing the exciting work of building a dynamic and growing urban community, with the added benefit of more of those people actually being my age," said Intiya Isaza, a new SPARK Council member from Charlestown. "SPARK is a wonderful opportunity to tap into that network and have a seat at the table."
"It's an incredible honor to be selected for SPARK Council, one I certainly don't take lightly," said Audrey Seraphin from Allston. "As a lifelong Massachusetts resident, this opportunity to represent my neighborhood and the arts sector could be once-in-a-lifetime. I'm so thankful to both Amy and Mayor Walsh. I'm ready to get to work and advocate for the millennials of Boston!"
This year, the SPARK Boston program received 183 applications for the Council, showing a robust interest for involvement and engagement. Projects for this Council cohort have included voter registration pop-ups at local breweries, hosting Boston's Creative Economy Mingle for the Chamber of Commerce's FUNinBOS Festival, the Council's first hackathon in the Future of Childcare Challenge, an event partnership with Suffolk University centered on professional development, and the continuation of the Chief Chat series.
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The 2019-2020 Council includes:
- Audrey Seraphin, Allston
Juan Cantu, Allston
Cristian Morales, Allston
Carrolee Moore, Allston
Oscar Lopez, Allston
Claire Coletti, Back Bay
Frank Ulip, Beacon Hill
Kat Waxstein, Brighton
Lexi Kantor, Brighton
Intiya Isaza, Charlestown
Chris Canton, Charlestown
Anita Yip, Chinatown
Latia Holmes, Chinatown
Kaitlin McCarthy, Chinatown
Ayanna Polk, Dorchester
Ellie Sanchez, Dorchester
Stacy Cruz, Dorchester
Kathleen Carroll, Dorchester
Gabriela (Gigi) Coletta, East Boston
Fernando Ortiz, East Boston
Jared Staley, East Boston
Shannon Montanez, East Boston
Aaron Dy, Fenway-Kenmore
Sarah Abkowitz, Fenway-Kenmore
Monee Vance, Hyde Park
Delanoe Johnson, Jamaica Plain
Evelyn "Ellie" Hitt, Jamaica Plain
Daphney Pacouloute, Mattapan
Julia Gueron, Mission Hill
Meredith Moshier, North End
Nicole Shults, Roslindale
KT Merseles, Roslindale
Jhanel Chew, Roxbury
Mark Martinez, Roxbury
Kiara Kerr, Roxbury
Ashli Molina, South Boston
Nayeli Rodriguez, South End
Mike McDermott, South End
Alen Amini, West End
Matt Murphy, West Roxbury
For more information, please visit boston.gov/sparkboston.
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