On Adams Street, near the Forbes House Museum and Gov. Hutchinson Field, the land opens up to reveal the Boston skyline. The distant scene offers enough visual room to bring perspective to the viewer. The view of a world beyond Milton, the thought of what people are doing in another city and what’s happening in another community – all come to mind when one gazes through this landscape opening. Young people, particularly middle schoolers and high school students, need this same sense of perspective. They need a sense that they are connected to a larger, greater world and that they are part of a larger community.

Steps underway by volunteers and community organizers will result in a youth drop-in center this fall, a center that is very much needed. And, it is a center that will be for these kids, without parents hovering over their shoulders. That’s important to know, remember and accept as adults. There isn’t enough to do in Milton for kids entering middle school and high school, a point made by an adult facilitator at a recent youth center planning meeting.

A change of scenery, literally and figuratively, will give young Milton residents a step up in avoiding boredom, isolation and loneliness. Thank you to those who are leading the way for the center, including the Rev. John Allen of First Congregational Church and congregants, volunteers, and the Milton Substance Abuse and Prevention Coalition and the Parks and Recreation Department.

– Lisa D. Connell


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