BROCKTON – Brockton is known as the City of Champions, and on Monday, April 18, the city celebrated the future of its champions: the youth.

“The first event of its kind in Brockton’s history, Youth Champions Day is a collaborative community event to provide resources to our youth,” Mayor Robert Sullivan said.

“Through various programs, we want to improve quality of life and maximize opportunities for kids.”

Michelle St. James, the Brockton Police Department’s grant coordinator, said the city was able to host the event thanks to funding they received from the state’s Shannon Grant, which is designed to help communities across the Commonwealth combat gang violence.

“The event was supposed to happen in December, but the pandemic put a wrench in our plans,” she said. “It kind of worked out though because it’s beautiful today. The sun is shining, our community is showing up for our kids, and we have so many fun activities lined up for the kids today. ”

Jaydah Teixeira, 15, makes a sand art project at the first ever Youth Champions Day at City Hall Plaza in Brockton on Monday, April 18, 2022.

At Youth Champions Day, kids and their families were able to make sand art, participate in “recovery graffiti,” an art form that helps those who are recovering from stigma or family and friends of those who are, eat food provided both by the city and Chick-Fil-A, learn about their rights and even receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Community Groups and Resources

“24 Hr. Power is a non-profit organization that helps to empower youth and families struggling with addiction and to lessen the stigma through a unique art form called ‘recovery graffiti,'” said Susie Lordi, the founder of 24 Hr. Power and a recovering addict herself.

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