Rufus J. Faulk was born and raised in Roxbury by parents who taught the value of service early in his life. Growing up he watched his parents engage in volunteer activities in their community and learned the value of civic responsibility. He was deeply inspired by the community’s solidarity during the historic 1990 visit of the late Nelson Mandela and understood the community’s core identity was in its ability to unify. As a teenager he utilized the resources of neighborhood community centers and afterschool programs and while discovered a capacity for leadership and he developed a sense of social justice. The experience influenced his framework and inspired his vision to serve residents in Seventh Suffolk. Rufus believed Roxbury had enormous potential, so he tapped into his core values and channeled his talents to help the communities thrive. Rufus believes public service is a powerful method to evoke sustainable social change.
Rufus attended Boston public schools and although he was able to persevere through some challenges he recognized the social disparities present within his community. After receiving a bachelor degree in History from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, Rufus was offered a position within Philadelphia’s public school system. He declined the position and decided to return to his hometown to address youth violence, public safety, poverty and other critical issues that continue to threaten the social well-being of his community. His goal to revive, restore, and rebuild is not a catchphrase, it is his core value. Dedicated to building a community around a sense of purpose, Rufus began his tireless mission of advocating for Roxbury residents by forming partnerships, programs and initiatives in an effort to close the achievement gap. As Program Director forThe Boston Ten Point Coalition, Rufus formed partnerships with community based organizations, non-profits, residents and law enforcement agencies in an effort to improve our community’s quality of life and reduce youth-violence. With his mentoring and coaching, these young men develop social and employable skills that position them to provide for their families, protect their communities and live out their full potential. His grassroots work around public safety led him to reconcile gang conflicts, which ultimately led to a decrease in violence in Boston.
I was born and raised in this community and I’ve committed my entire professional life to improving the quality of life of my neighbors and my neighborhood. I have the personal, academic and professional experience needed to provide the leadership to create the legislation and advocate for our district on Beacon Hill, while also having the innovative ideas, energy and relationships needed to galvanize our neighbors & institution in order to address our community’s needs locally.
My top priorities include:
I will continue to work towards breaking the cycle of violence in our community by promoting legislation that puts an emphasis on prevention, reducing recidivism, removing illegal guns from our homes and streets and improving the conditions within our senior living facilities.
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