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Reconnecting Youth alum “paying it forward”

BlackieSixteen-year-old Trayvon Alston is living proof of the difference the West Springfield High School’s Reconnecting Youth program can make in a young person’s life, much as it did for Lincoln Blackie.

Blackie, a 22-year-old alumnus of West Springfield High and a May graduate of Westfield State University with a degree in public administration and regional planning, says he faced the same challenges as a student which beleaguered Alston until Reconnecting Youth changed both their lives for the better. Blackie is now a candidate running for state representative in the 6th Hampden District.

Reconnecting Youth…is the same program for which Blackie was targeted and the one from which he benefited – so much so that when he heard of the great strides Alston made in his education from his involvement in Reconnecting Youth he wanted to “pay it forward” and do something for the teen to keep him on a successful path. Read the entire article…

Published in Masslive.com, August 22, 2012