THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED NEW ENGLAND SUMMIT!
Thank you so much for attending HSDA New England Summit. We are so proud of our development of the largest HSDA gathering in history, but we couldn’t have done it without all of you. Your passion, commitment, and drive to improve the world is what keeps us an energetic, powerful organization. We hope you had a great time networking, hearing our incredible speakers, and learning from the workshops. It would not have been a success without you and we hope that you enjoyed your time at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. If you have any feedback for us we would love to hear from you, so that we can organize events like this one in the future. When you have some time, please fill out our feedback survey.
EVENTS AND INTIATIVES
Democratic State Convention: June 1st - June 2nd, DCU Center in Worcester, MA. The Massachusetts Democratic Party is looking for volunteers to help them run the show. Volunteer to learn more about the voting process, listen to speeches from your favorite Democrats, and to be engaged first-hand!
We are excited to share the introduction of rolling committee applications, in which members are welcome to submit applications to committees year-round. If you're interested in getting more involved in the internal dynamics of our organization, please check out the committees down below.
APPLY FOR MAHSD COMMITTEES
Communications Committee: please apply here to join Communications Committee/Graphics Committee. Members will be managing social media, working on projects such as chapter spotlights, as well as learning to create graphics.
Finance and Development Committee: please apply here to join Finance and Development Committee. Members will work on fundraising initiatives and organize tasks involving our growing infrastructure as our organization expands.
JUNE 8TH MAHSD CALL
We will be holding a statewide call on Sunday, June 8th at 7PM. All are welcome, but we ask that chapter chairs fill outthis form, confirming their availability or that of whom will fill in for them. We look forward to hearing about what you’ve worked on over the past few months and welcome in new chapters as well! More information about the call will be dispersed closer to the date.
CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT SERIES
We would like to highlight and commemorate the work that chapters have done over the past year through our new Chapter Spotlight Series! Chapter Chairs, please send us a quick summary of the initiatives your chapter has worked on and provide us with pictures to post on our social media platforms using this link.
CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT #1 FEATURING: WEST SPRINGFIELD
The West Springfield Chapter of the MAHSD, led by Senior Joseph Callahan, had a year filled with action and political engagement. In September, members of the club began work on an environmental initiative to bring solar panels to their school. They encouraged discussion, and defined the savings that solar energy would provide to their school and town. The West Springfield High School Democrats also hosted a State Democratic Committee Meeting that was attended by many state committee members, as well as members of the MAHSD community. According to Joseph, hosting the State Committee Meeting was “definitely worth it and got our names out there.” In the aftermath of the Parkland shootings, the West Springfield chapter mobilized for gun violence reform. They worked with their school administration to plan a school walkout that was attended by over 800 students; Joseph maintains that the school walkout was a “peaceful and empowering moment” and that it “opened up people’s minds.” In addition, many students from West Springfield participated in the March for Our Lives march in Boston as well as State Senator Eric Lesser’s lobby day for East-West rail at the statehouse in October. Voter registration was also on their minds as they have successfully registered approximately 50 students so far this year. The West Springfield Chapter will be holding elections at their last meeting of the year, and is looking forward to continuing their engagement into next year.