FRAMINGHAM – Discovering Hidden Gems is inviting the community to a conversation on shifting the language, said co-found Margie Ann Rosario.
Discovering Hidden Gems, is actively working towards improving the quality of life of our at-promise youth, to promote community engagement, and inclusion in the City of Framingham, said Rosario to Source.
The conversation will take place at the main Framingham Library at 49 Lexington Street on Wednesday, November 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. inside the Costin room. All are invited.
“We will be discussing the current perspective of our community and youth and how much impact the language used can have, such as using the term at risk vs at-promise,” said Rosario.
Rosario co-founded the organization with Julissa Ortiz.
The two grew up in Framingham, and wanted to find a way to give back to the community.
They launched Discovering Hidden Gems, where the motto is “every child deserves to shine.”
“Shifting the language of the view/perception of our community to avoid phrases like “poorest community” or “those people” explained Rosario.
“For Example at DHG we service At Promise Youth,” explained Rosario. “The term “at-promise youth,” we reclaimed from “at-risk youth”. At Promise Youth shows the raw potential that each individual can access within themselves if treated with promise. Society uses “at-risk youth” to describe youth in different situational circumstances that are guiding them towards failure in the educational system, and into the mass incarceration systems or low skilled jobs,” said Rosario.
“To shift the language for us means focusing on the promise, ability, and opportunities,” said Rosario to Source.