My name is Jake Binnall, and I am a firm believer in youth activism. I believe that decisions being made now will directly have an impact on our future, and that my generation deserves a voice. I want to be that voice. I want to be a part of the discussion.
In High School, I represented the Class of 2016 as Class President, the entire student population of Framingham as Student Representative to the School Committee, and served in various other positions. I love engaging in conversations about important matters and the future with my fellow students, and I love advocating for forward-thinking innovation.
Far too often, decisions are made that will impact future generations without hearing from the voices of that future.
Born in Leominster, MA, raised in Framingham, MA and attending public schools my entire life, I developed a diverse view of the world around me. From a young age, I learned the value of being involved in my community, a good education and financial responsibility.
A Love For Education
From K-2 I was educated at Baldwinville Elementary School, until I moved to the great City of Framingham in the 3rd grade. From then on, I have been fortunate enough to be educated through the Framingham Public School system. It is because of my education here that I have learned the value of community, the value of an education, and my passion for leadership. It is because of my amazing teachers and professional relationships that I have learned the importance of an excellent education, and my desire to ensure the opportunity of such an education to children across the Commonwealth.
Upon graduating Framingham High School in 2016, I continued on to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as the first person in my family to go to college. In May 2019, I proudly earned my Bachelor’s in Political Science and Legal Studies. Then, in May 2020, I will be earning my Master’s of Public Policy.
Not only do I talk about engaging youth in their community, I act on it. Throughout my high school career, and even before that, I consistently engaged myself and my peers in social action. In middle school, I organized teams for the Walk for Hunger and raised funds to donate to Project Bread. In high school, my involvement took off. I continued fundraising for various charity walks, such as the St. Jude’s Give Thanks Walk, but I also began to dip my foot into the world of politics. Since then, I have volunteered and worked for numerous political campaigns, attended the 2014 MA GOP State Convention and served as a delegate to the 2018 MA GOP State Convention, and much more. I am the proud founder and former Chair of the Teenage Republicans of MA, which encourages teenagers from age 13-18 to get involved and educated in the political process.
In Framingham, I served as the Youth and Community Outreach Director for the Framingham First campaign, the former Student Representative to the School Committee, former Vice President of the FHS Drama Company, former President of the Class of 2016, 3-term member of the Community Development Committee, and former chair of the Foundation for Metrowest’s Youth in Philanthropy program. I still serve on the Community Development Committee and am currently a Municipal Collaboration intern for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
During my freshman and sophomore years of college, I served as a Senator at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, representing roughly 30,000 Students. Freshman year, I sat on the Ways and Means Committee, where I was responsible for allocating a $3.1 million budget. The following year I served as the Chair of the Finance Committee. My third year, I served in the Executive Cabinet as the Secretary of the Registry, managing and overseeing over 200 Student Organizations. Now, as a graduate student, I am proud to serve as the Student Trustee representing the Amherst Campus on the UMass Board of Trustees.