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Pawtucketville Represented on Youth Advisory Council

With 16th Middlesex State Representative Rodney Elliott on hand for the ceremony, Governor Maura Healey today swore in the members of her Youth Advisory Council.

Included in the group are Pawtucketville’s Nichollas Morais, a Greater Lowell Technical High School student, and Thomas Marshall of Dracut.

Established through an executive order, Council members will advise the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the entire administration on critical issues impacting Massachusetts, such as civic engagement, education, climate, housing, mental health and youth violence.

Nichollas Morais with Governor Maura Healey and State Rep. Rodney Elliott

The Council is made up of 60 young people, ranging ages 16-21, from every region in Massachusetts, who will serve a two-year appointment.

“Every day, our administration is making policy decisions that have a significant impact on the lives of young people for generations to come. Now, through this advisory council, they will have a direct say in their futures,” said Governor Healey. “We hear from young people all the time about the issues that matter to them most – everything from climate, to education, to mental health, to gun violence. This advisory council opens up the door for conversation, recommendations and action. I look forward to working with each and every single member as we work together to make Massachusetts more affordable, competitive and equitable for all.”

“The young people of Massachusetts are deeply motivated, inspired and brilliant. Their perspective on some of our state’s most pressing challenges offer us a new approach toward solutions, and we cannot wait to hear from this advisory council on their ideas,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. “It’s so important that we offer a seat at the table for everyone whose lives will be impacted by the decisions we make as an administration. Our youth are no exception. This advisory council will help us address the issues of today and the future together.”

The 60 young people who make up the “Executive Committee” of the Youth Council will be leading initiatives, listening sessions, and working groups by working with other youth who have applied to the Council. All members are appointed for a two-year term.

The Youth Advisory Council has geographic, racial and gender diversity, and includes members of the LGBTQ+ community. In total, members speak 14 different languages.

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