Save Andover Youth Services!

Save Andover Youth Services!

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Colby Ardizzone started this petition to Town of Andover Select Board and

Andover Youth Services was founded to help and support Andover after there was a mental health crisis that lead to a "rash of teen suicides." William "Bill" Fahey was hired as the Director and became the the driving force who fought to have the Cormier Youth Center built and shaped AYS into an amazing institution that has supported, nurtured, and cared for Andover's youth for the past 27 years.

In May 2021, during the current pandemic, Bill was fired. Within a few months, on August 19, 2021, the remaining four full time AYS staff members, Glenn Wilson, Jacklyn Stackhouse, Anthony Lombardi and Neal Callahan, resigned citing a toxic work environment caused by the Town employees who fired Bill.  

While the Town of Andover has taken the position that its actions were necessary and has hired a few replacement staff at AYS, it is obvious that the Town does not have the best interest of Andover's youth at heart. The programming has been cut to a minimum, the warm and welcoming environment has been sterilized, the annual AYS Tree Lot was scrapped, and the Cormier Youth Center has been left lifeless on school half days and days off - the very times that the kids it was built to help need support the most.

Please sign this petition to let the Andover Select Board and Town Manager know how much much we support AYS and how much we would like them to have this beloved institution restored (in the meantime) with Glenn Wilson, Jacklyn Stackhouse, Anthony Lombardi and Neal Callahan so that they can continue the AYS legacy, programming, and traditions to continue to help all Andover youth and their families with the LOVE and KINDNESS we all treasure!

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