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Don't Forget Your Mini Grant Application!

The holidays are here, and there's a chance that you made a resolution to better your community, to take a step forward and make a difference.

If so, the Dorchester Youth Council can fund your project!

That's right. If you have an idea for project that will postively impact that Dorchester community, let us know!

Grant Applications are due on January 12, 2007!
Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Boston violence should not be a taboo topic

Guns and knives are two contributors to the exacerbated violence in Boston. But are these vile utensils the only entities to blame? In the premature death of Herman Taylor III, I charge that guns conspired with society to perpetrate this homicide. On July 12, 2006 the 18 year old African American student from Roxbury was killed in his own neighborhood. Taylor was the thirty-seventh murder victim in Boston this year. This senseless death ignited an outcry from community leaders and activists; all demanded a cease to the proliferating violence that has been permeating our streets of Boston. This demand, however, did not receive the sought reaction, as many more have died of violence in our neighborhoods since the passing of Herman Taylor. On September 11, 2006 a peace march and vigil was held to commemorate the life of and to lament the death of Herman Taylor. >> Read More

"Dorchester Girl, 15, made "home run" for Babe's Autograph"

The attached photo was submitted by Peggy Anne Canty of Dorchester at the Dec 2 Road Show.

It shows a baseball signed by the great Babe Ruth, of Reverse-the-Curse fame, along with a newspaper clipping describing how Ms. Canty obtained the autograph as a teenager in 1947. 

 The second attached photo is of Contributor Peggy Anne Canty, who also recorded on videotape for us the whole story behind this great photo. 

This photo was one of 52 contributed by Lower Mills residents at the "Mass. Memories Road Show" organized by UMass Boston's Massachusetts Studies Project in collaboration with the Lower Mills Branch of the BPL, and  SCI Dorchester.

Lower Mills Road Show

The "Mass. Memories Road Show" at the BPL Lower Mills Branch Library last Saturday was wonderful! We received 52 great photos of Lower Mills from the distant and recent past, and all of the contributors, visitors, staff and volunteers enjoyed chatting, viewing the exhibit of Lower Mills postcard photographs organized by FOL member Nicole Manny, and swapping stories and memories about the Lower Mills neighborhood.  A delicious lunch was provided for the volunteers by the Common Ground Cafe.

 In subsequent blog entries, we'll be posting photos and stories from the Dorchester Road Shows - stay tuned!

Christmas Cheer

On Monday November 27, members of the Dorchester Youth Council were found volunteering to help wrap presents for the Dorchester House Multi Service Center's annual Christmas Party. The Council members helped to wrap donated presents that will be distributed to children of the community early this month.

City Spotlights

On Monday November 13th, members of the Dorchester Youth Council joined the After School program and peer leaders of the Dorchester House Multi Service Center for the first in a series of interactive community based performances from the Wang Center's City Spotlights program. Led by Wang Center interns, the workshop fostered interactive performance based on interviews with community leaders in Dorchester and allowed the Youth Council to creatively express their thoughts on their community.

Fields Corner Litter Assessments

On Saturday, November 11, 2006 members of the Dorchester Youth Council participated in the first of three Fields Corner Litter Assessments as part of a year-long Anti-Litter Campaign. Earlier in the week, the council members participated in a training and discussion focusing on litter in Dorchester. This discussion focused on that issues facing litter in the community, specifically, what litter is, what are the most common litter items, and there was some discussion of what might lead one to litter or not litter.

Six Youth Council members then dedicated their Saturday morning to hit the streets of Fields Corner to do a complete assessment of the trash items in the area. In teams of two, the teens spent two hours tallying and documenting the amount of cigarette butts, gum, candy wrappers, and other littered items in twenty-three segments of the neighborhood.

This assessment is the first step in a campaign involving a partnership with the SCI Dorchester Youth Council and Fields Corner Main Streets made possible through a grant from Boston Walkable Main Streets as part of a larger effort to increase people walking through the community.

Trick-or-Treat Canned Food Drive

The Dorchester Youth Council marked Halloween with its Annual Trick-or-Treat Canned Food Drive and collected 350 cans for local food pantries. While they collected cans, the Council members also distributed candidate profiles, made possible through a partnership with MassVOTE.

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