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An Innovative Resource Fair for 330 Lynn Middle School Students

JUNE 9, 2011

Boston, Mass. - On Friday, June 10, 2011, in a joint program hosted by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, 330 seventh grade students at the Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Lynn will participate in a unique program focused on opportunities, choices and decisions, as well as introduce them to the types of organizations that are available to help them with life’s challenges.

The program, “Your Future, Your Decision,” is divided into three related sessions: A 40- minute assembly in which speakers, including U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, who will speak with students about the importance of making good decisions to achieve future success and a former gang member who turned his life around; a resource fair -- an innovative collaboration with 20 locally-based service organizations that will showcase their resources and programs; and an interactive presentation about bullying by the Essex District Attorney’s Office.

Prior to the event, students will receive a custom-made resource booklet compiling the details of a number of these local organizations. The organizations attending provide opportunities for youth that range from arts programs, outdoor camps, sports, and many volunteer activities. After reading the booklet and attending the “Your Future, Your Decision” event, students will incorporate what they have learned about positive decision-making into a writing assignment in their English classes.

Additionally, on the evening of June 9, there will be an informational assembly for parents, where an Assistant United States Attorney will discuss the impetus for the program, detail the following day’s events, and answer any questions from the parents in the audience.

The “Your Future, Your Decision” booklet and program were designed and organized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Essex DA’s Office, the Lynn Police Department, the Lynn Public Schools and the Massachusetts State Police. The U.S. Attorney’s Office would also like to acknowledge and thank the New England HIDTA for contribution and publishing the resource booklet.



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