One Minute, One Slide: WalkMA & Framingham Youth Walking Advocates

One Minute, One Slide: WalkMA & Framingham Youth Walking Advocates

Below is a “One Minute, One Slide” presentation shared by a member of the WalkBoston staff.
Text provided is as prepared for this year’s annual event on September 23, 2020 on Zoom.

LeighAnne Taylor

I’m LeighAnne Taylor, Program Manager at WalkBoston.

The WalkMassachusetts Network is a statewide network of multi-sectoral groups working on walking across the Commonwealth.  In February, WalkBoston staff and members of the WalkMassachusetts Network convened for our second Network-wide forum in Framingham to provide opportunity for members to connect and share best practices. During the half-day forum, members shared their local wins for walkability and participated in “advocacy clinics,” aimed to strengthen their walking efforts. We are excited to build on the momentum of this forum and are planning for WalkMassachusetts Network virtual events. Join the network and stay tuned.

The second project I’ll highlight is WalkBoston’s Youth Working Towards Walkable Streets initiative with the MetroWest Boys and Girls Club in Framingham. With funding from the MetroWest Health Foundation, we are working with an enthusiastic group of 6-8th graders to teach them about the elements of walkable communities and to help them build skills to advocate for community change. In January, we kicked this work off with a series of practice-based learning sessions. We look forward to picking this work back up in 2021 and are excited to support these youth leaders in making changes to the built environment and local policies to support safer, more enjoyable walking in Framingham.

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