ONEin3: Brainstorming to better Boston

Some young Bostonians explored Eastie last spring during a ONEin3-organized walking tour.

A board of ambitious young Bostonians is looking to recruit some fresh new faces to help make the Hub a more happening place for its 20 and 30-something-year-olds.

Last week the ONEin3 Boston Mayor’s Advisory Council started accepting applications for new members. Since then, hundreds have reach out to the organization, all vying for a spot on the 24-member board.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino founded the program in 2004 to advise him on policy and programming. Since then it has yielded a neighborhood tour, housing guides, networking events, park cleanups and wiffle ball tournaments, to name a few.

The council is made up of Boston residents between the ages of 20 and 34, because according to city officials, more than one-third of the city’s population is made up of that demographic – hence “one in three.”

“We’re looking to build a council that is very representative of the diverse mix in Boston,” said ONEin3 Manager Chloe Ryan, 25, a former council member.

That means young entrepreneurs, new and lifelong Bostonians, and new parents are all welcome on the council.

“The city is home to young adults from all different walks of life. I’d say overall we are looking for people who are engaged with the city, excited to be here and can think of ways to make improvements,” she said.

Former New Yorker and a 2012 ONEin3er Lily Lynch now calls Boston her home, which is why she decided to do some housekeeping.

“It’s important to make the city a home for that young demographic, and more than just a stepping stone,” said Lynch, 28.

Boston-native Anthony Barrows, 34, spent two years chipping away on ONEin3 projects, often over food and drinks with other members.

“I developed awesome friendships and professional connections,” he said. “Being a part of a group of energetic people committed to bettering the city was a real privilege in and of itself, and the experiences and networks that I’ve developed were a bonus.”

Those interested in applying for a seat on the advisory council can visit www.onein3boston.com.

Check out some of the projects the group has tackled:

  • ONEin3 Break the Bubble Young Entrepreneurs Event brought college students from all over Boston into the Innovation District at MassChallenge to hear from a group of young entrepreneurs who have been successful starting their own businesses in Boston.
  • “Eastie Essentials” was a neighborhood tour and trivia event last year, which was held as a result of a ONEin3 survey that found East Boston to be under-trafficked by the 20-34 year olds compared to other neighborhoods in Boston.
  • The group has also done a housing report on neighborhood priorities for young professionals, as well as guides to showcase the diverse neighborhoods in Boston and inform on housing opportunities including average cost to own and rent.
  • “Neighborhood Nights” brings ONEin3ers together throughout Boston to introduce residents to neighborhood businesses and inspire a positive sense of community, as well as provide an opportunity for networking with neighbors.
  • In 2011, the group put on Boston Shines ONEin3 Team North End Park cleanup.
  • In 2008, ONEin3ers hosted a Wiffle Ball Tournament on City Hall Plaza.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

National

Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…