Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Breakfast
In 1994, Dr. George Storms, community leader, Edna Spencer, Previous Director of Diversity & Affirmative Action, Gordon Hargrove, previous Friendly House Executive Director, and Dorothy Hargrove, previous School Committee Member sought to initiate this city’s youth event in celebration of the legacy and commitment of Dr. King Jr. to improving the lives of young people through education.
The theme for January 2024’s Youth Breakfast is ‘Beyond the Dream: The Struggle for Equity Continues.’
As we continue to embody Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s courage and message to call our democracy into providing access to human rights as an essential part of our civil rights, many of our communities are still fighting for labor rights, affordable housing, access to education, and inclusion and visibility of our most vulnerable communities.
We will celebrate our 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Breakfast on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 9AM. If canceled, the snow date is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 9a.m. The event will be held at the Multipurpose Gym in the Wellness Center at Worcester State University.
The program includes performances, noted distinctions nand awards to our community and youth, university scholarships, and essay/poetry contest.
Poetry Contest Entries
The MLK Jr. Youth Breakfast Poetry Contest is open to 7th – 12th graders.
Poems must be based and address the theme above.
To be considered for the poetry contest, please submit your entry in the Online Poetry Contest Form or send a completed Contest Entry Form (PDF) and your poem via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Awards & Distinctions
Community Service Award
The Community Service Award is given to a youth, twenty years of age or younger, whom exemplifies the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through distinguished community service and academic achievement.
Please submit your nomination form via the Online Community Service Award Nomination Form or email a completed Community Service Award Nomination Form (PDF) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Service Award
Each year the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Breakfast recognizes one individual who has demonstrated exceptional service to our cities’ youth with our “Youth Service Award.” This year, the Worcester State University Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Breakfast committee is seeking your assistance in identifying community leaders who has impacted our youth and who personifies Dr. King’s legacy of service, volunteerism and dedication, who might be considered for the 2024 Youth Service Award.
Please submit your nomination form via the Online Youth Service Award Nomination Form or email a completed Youth Service Award Nomination Form (PDF) to email@example.com