Senate President Stan Rosenberg & Sen. Lesser Hold First Millennial Engagement Initiative Session in Springfield
Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and Sen. Eric P. Lesser hosted the first session of the Massachusetts Senate’s new Millennial Engagement Initiative at Techspring, the Baystate Health Technology Innovation Center, earlier this month. “Millennials are the future of our Commonwealth, and we need to get more of them involved in the policy making process,” said Sen. Lesser. “This month’s roundtable was an important first step in that process, with millennials from across Springfield coming together to share what matters most to them.”
Joined by Sen. Donald Humason and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Sen. Lesser listened to participants’ views on a number of issues, including the cost of higher education and the need to improve public transportation to and from Boston. Participants included a wide array of students and young professionals ranging in age from 16 to 35, representing healthcare, education, technology and other fields in the Greater Springfield area.
The Millennial Engagement Initiative, chaired by Sen. Lesser, was announced earlier this month by Senate President Stan Rosenberg. The initiative aims to encourage more millennials to become involved in politics and government, and to gain their input in the legislative process.
Millennials, or those born after 1980, are now the largest and most diverse generation in the United States. While a large portion of millennials are heavily involved in community service, a recent Harvard University survey found that only seven percent of millennials reported having participated in government.
“Millennials’ voices and participation in government are needed now more than ever,” Sen. Lesser said. “I’m confident this new initiative will encourage more young people to engage in the political process. Only with their help and input can Massachusetts become a leader in the global economy.”
Elected to his first term at the age of 29, Sen. Lesser is the youngest member of the Massachusetts Senate.