“On Being Young & “Out” in Politics”

Alex Morse, Mayor of Holyoke, MA
“On Being Young & “Out” in Politics”
February 23rd
7:00-9:00
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The twenty-two year old Brown University graduate recently won election in his hometown of Holyoke, MA and is serving as the city’s youngest and first openly gay mayor. He has been active in the LGBT community since high school, founding his town’s first gay prom. Come him here speak and bring your curiosity for the Q & A!

 

About Alex: 

Alex Morse was born and raised in Holyoke and is a proud product of the city’s public schools (Morgan Elementary School, Peck Middle School, and Holyoke High School). Alex is an alumnus of Brown University with a degree in urban studies, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college.

Alex served two terms as student representative for the Holyoke School Committee, he is the founder of Holyoke For All, the city’s first LGBT non-profit organization, and for three years he sat on the Massachusetts Governor’s LGBT Commission. He served as President of the Holyoke Youth Commission, where he brought the National Kids Vote Program to Holyoke and started a basketball league for out of school youth in partnership with the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department and the YMCA. He also worked with the Massachusetts Public Policy Institute, Health Care for All, and the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell to write legislation to provide more mental health resources to youth across the state. Alex has also worked with community residents in Holyoke to plan the annual “Stop the Violence” Basketball and Volleyball tournament for youth and families to promote peace and nonviolence in the community.

Alex worked at City Hall in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was mentored for three years by former Providence Mayor, and current Congressman David Cicilline. Alex has also worked for Tapestry Health in Springfield and the Northfield Mount Hermon Upward Bound Program, of which he is also an alumnus. Since 2007, Alex has been a Youth Career Counselor at CareerPoint in Holyoke, where he helps young people access employment and education, works with the business community to identify youth employment opportunities, and manages youth summer employment programs throughout the City.

Alex sits on the Board of Directors for the Holyoke Community Land Trust, the Latino Scholarship Association, the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library, and the Holyoke Public Library Capital Campaign Steering Committee. Alex is also an active member of the Holyoke Youth Task Force, the Holyoke Family Literacy Coalition, the Department of Mental Health Citizen Advisory Board, and Holyoke Unites, an organization working to achieve a 100% high school graduation rate in the City of Holyoke. Alex recently traveled to the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City with other community leaders in an effort to replicate the success of the Zone here in Holyoke.

Alex is the son of Tracey and Kim Morse, brother-in-law to Jessica Morse, brother to Matthew and Douglas Morse and uncle to two nephews and a niece: Gavin, Nathan and Lauren.