Congressman Ellison Drops in for a Visit
After learning that the Congressman would be touring the Transitions Program at The Bridge, teens in the program did some research. They learned that Ellison had celebrated his 51st birthday the day before.
So, they did what any good host or hostess would do. They baked him a cake.
When the 5th Congressional leader arrived, he was greeted by a group of 16 and 17 year olds, singing “Happy Birthday” and presenting him with a chocolate-frosted cake, topped with an American flag.
After touring The Transitions Program, a recent recipient of a 5-year Federal Grant totaling almost $1 million, Representative Ellison joined the teens for a discussion.
“Never let your life circumstances dictate your future,” advised Minnesota’s 5th District Congressional leader. “There are 7 billion people on this earth and every one is unique, with a unique gift. Find out what yours is.”
Ellison did more than talk. He was a keen listener, probing each youth about their hopes and dreams for the future. He encouraged teens to be active citizens, stay in school, and explore financial aid opportunities to attend college.
The new technology will improve how youth in crisis are connected with services.
The launch for both services is targeted for early 2015.