24-Year-Old Mayor: The Story of a Community

Brad M. Griffin | Mar 8, 2012

FYI friend Rudy Carrasco recently featured this story on his blog about the new 24-year-old mayor of Ithaca, New York. Mayor Svante Myrick experienced homelessness as a child, as well as a drug-abusing father.

So what happened?

In part, a mother who relentlessly loved and supported her kids. In part, a smart kid who worked hard despite tough circumstances. And in part, the adults in the community around them. In the local news interview on Myrick, he gives credit this way:

This is not the story of a self-made man. This is the story of a community that conspired together to raise a child.

How many young people do you know who need a community that is willing to conspire to raise them?

I can name several right now from my neighborhood and my kids school. What if we did more than shake our heads and wonder what will happen? Check out this clip for a glimpse of inspiration, then go be part of the revolution:

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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