On March 20, State Sen. Eric Lesser, SPARK Boston and General Assembly Boston, hosted a SPARK talk featuring a fireside style chat between Amy Mahler, director of SPARK Boston, and Lesser. Mahler supervises a council of 38 members between the ages of 20 and 34 who live throughout 20 different Boston neighborhoods.
While division and strife mark the national news, the news here in Western Massachusetts is about coordination and collaboration - especially among an emerging group of young leaders in government, business and the nonprofit sector who are tackling our region's longtime challenges with new energy and fresh perspectives.
State Sen. Ryan Fattman, and a handful of his State House colleagues, are among the youngest lawmakers on Beacon Hill.So when the 33-year-old Webster Republican found himself sitting next to state Sen. Eric Lesser, 32, D-Longmeadow, last year, a conversation about their generation soon put in motion an initiative: talk to fellow millennials and hear their concerns.
A group of young senators who set out about a year ago to study the attitudes, interests, frustrations and aspirations of the so-called millennial generation has recommended formally establishing a legislative millennial caucus and creating a scorecard to gauge progress on issues important to young people.