Democracy day rJOLIET – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) attended a Youth Democracy Group Day at the Harvey Brooks Foundation in Joliet last Thursday alongside State Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) and State Representative Larry Walsh, Jr. (D-Joliet).

“What an impressive group of young people,” Connor said. “They are clearly paying attention, asking all the right questions, and determined to make real change.  Our future is in good hands.”

The event was held as part of the foundation’s summer youth program, which is meant to help local teens develop work ethics, leadership skills, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Nearly 20 kids from the community attended the event to discuss issues ranging from local water supply to diversity in government.

“It is always inspiring to see a group of engaged and interested young people who are working to shape the future of our state,” said Manley. “It is critical that we encourage them to participate in the political process and work to create positive change in their state and local government.”

The Harvey Brooks Foundation has been active in the Joliet area since its establishment in 1998. Many have benefitted from the Foundation’s decades of work to address a lack of opportunities and to provide opportunities for education and growth, especially in low-income and at-risk communities.

"Being afforded the opportunity to engage with young people in such a meaningful way is a reminder that these are the leaders of tomorrow," said Walsh. "I want to thank the Harvey Brooks Foundation for its commitment to uplifting our youth so they have the ability to recognize their positive impact from a young age. I look forward to our continued partnership which takes a hands-on approach to cultivating young leaders." 

More information about the foundation and the programs it offers can be found on its website.

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