In Pictures: Gov. Patrick Attends Youth Summit In Westborough

Tiequon Conceicao performs an inspirational rap. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain demonstrates a "manly" hug with help from a foster youth. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Gov. Deval Patrick at the DCF Youth Summit in Westborough. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Gov. Deval Patrick salutes Department of Children and Families Commissioner Angelo McClain during the DCF Youth Summit Thursday Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Gov. Deval Patrick speaks at the DCF Youth Summit in Westborough. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Harry Melendez discusses his PPW (Proving People Wrong) inspirational initiative Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Melendez gets a round of applause from the governor and staff. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Harry Melendez gets a hug from the governor. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Harry Melendez and Gov. Deval Patrick. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Gov. Patrick speaks with reporters after his address. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
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WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Gov. Deval Patrick spoke about growing up in poverty on the South Side of Chicago in an address on foster care Thursday at the Department of Children and Families' Second Annual Youth Summit.  

His family relied on welfare, and while he loved to read, he didn't own a book until he moved to Milton, Mass., when he was 14, Patrick told the gathering at Westborough's DoubleTree Hotel.

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