The Irish Institute at Boston College is pleased to have hosted the Young Policital Leaders Program, which took place in Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., October 16 - 26, 2007. Bringing together twelve young leaders from policital parties and government departments, this ten-day program examined how political parties are structured and how they operate within the American political landscape. The program also focused on effective leadership practices and methods to increase youth participation in civic and political life.
The program featured academic seminars and meetings with political representatives and members of non-governmental organizatons in Boston. The academic seminars were conducted by Professor Marc Landy, Assistant Chairperson of the Boston College Political Science Department; Mr. Tom Keady, Vice President of Governmental and Community Affairs at Boston College; and Professor Alan Wolfe, Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and Public Life at Boston College. The participants also met with political representatives and personel such as Ms. Judith Kurland, chief-of-staff for Boston mayor, Thomas Menino; Masachusett's State Representative Peter Koutoujian; and Dr. Kerry Healy, former Lieutenant Governor of Masschusetss. The group visited non-governmental organizations, as well, including O'Neill and Associates, MassVOTE, and the Irish Immigration Center.
The group continued their study of political leadership in Washington, D.C.Massachusetts and Senator Judd Gregg of New Hamphshire. The particpants also visited non-governmental organizations based in Washington, D.C., such as the Human Rights Campaign, the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and the National Organization for Women. by visiting the Republican National Commitee, the State Department, and the Democratic National Committee. The participants had meetings with Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts and Senator Judd Gregg of New Hamphshire. The particpants also visited non-governmental organizations based in Washington, D.C., such as the Human Rights Campaign, the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and the National Organization for Women.