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BV Youth Leadership Academy Update

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

The Blackstone Valley Education Foundation Youth Leadership Academy students are nearly halfway through this year’s program!


Since our last update, the students have reached out to local community leaders to gauge where help is most needed in the Valley. This will in turn help the students decide what community service project they are going to undertake in the coming weeks.


In conjunction with service, the students have been visited by Massachusetts Department of

Corrections Director of Recruitment, Jennithan Cortes to discuss good interviewing skills such as promptness, how to answer difficult questions, and the importance of a follow up.


The group held our most recent session at the Willard House & Clock Museum in Grafton, MA. The docents at the museum gave the students a tour, taught them about the impact of the Willard family on the Blackstone Valley and students wrapped up the session by focusing on their time management skills.


The 2023 BVYLA cohort is looking forward to their community service project, more contact with local business partners, skill building, and their graduation at Asa Waters Mansion this Spring!


Pictured below, students are figuring out their “clock partners” for the day; an aptly themed activity for the Clock Museum.





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