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What Is Going On with the Generation Next Academy...

At GNA, our Peer Leaders work to create engaging programs for teens and other community members. They work to make a difference in the community and serve as positive role models at GNA. Next year, two of our Peer Leaders are graduating high school and heading to college! We are very excited for them (but sad to see them go!) and so thankful for the work they’ve done with GNA and the Dorchester community.

 

LIHN

What high school do you go to?

Boston Latin

Where are you going to college?

UMASS Amherst

What was your favorite part about being a Peer Leader?

Interacting with other teens and meeting new people

What have you learned from being a Peer Leader?

I’ve learned to understand teens and not judge people just because of how they live.

What are some projects you’ve done as a Peer Leader?

Anti-bullying video for LEAPS, Boston Shines, UBUNTU, Walk for Hunger and Mock Trial.

 

ANNA

What high school do you go to?

Boston Latin

Where are you going to college?

UMASS Lowell

What was your favorite part about being a Peer Leader?

Working with youth and meeting new people from the same community as me.

What have you learned from being a Peer Leader?

I’ve learned that there are many types of people in one community and that we can find things in common with others.

What are some projects you’ve done as a Peer Leader?

Anti-bullying video for LEAPS, Boston Shines, UBUNTU, Walk for Hunger and Mock Trial.

 

 


05/04/2012 - 1:50pm

The LEAPS Conference was a 3-day conference where youth participated in peer-led workshops on health and safety in the workplace, workplace violence prevention, worker safety, workers’ rights, sexual harassment in the workplace, youth & union organizing, and community action.

 

Six GNA teens attended the conference. GNA Peer Leader Chris Hoyt shares his experience:

 

My LEAPS Experience!

By Chris Hoyt

My experience at the LEAPS conference was a good and healthy one. We talked a lot about safety-related things in the workplace. We also talked about a lot of sexual harassment cases in the workplace.

I found it interesting when they taught us about working rights for youth and teens my age. I benefited because now I know a lot more than what I knew. We were taught how to take precautions in case we were in a work-related sticky situation. 

My LEAPS experience was great. I met a lot of new people and learned a lot of new things.


05/04/2012 - 1:48pm

Saturday, April 28th, was Boston Shines, a city-wide clean-up project. Gaby from the GNA Teen Center came out to help us clean the Park Street and Geneva area. Community members from all over Dorchester were out there doing their part to make Boston a more beautiful place to live. Thank you, Dorchester!


05/04/2012 - 1:46pm

The Safe Love Dance is a youth dance event for local teens (13-18) that brings them together to dance and to connect with community resources regarding issues of healthy eating, living, and dating, healthy relationships with each other and at home, safe sex practices and STD awareness, self-compassion and self confidence, and respect for oneself and ones community.  Free Admission, Free Giveaways, and Live DJ!

When: February 17th, 2012

Doors open at 6pm (no one admitted after 8pm, so come early). Dance ends at 10:30pm. 

Where:  GNA Teen Center at the Dorchester House (1353 Dorchester Ave.)

So pass along the word, come on out to dance, dance, dance, and to connect with your local resources!


01/18/2012 - 6:29pm

Dr. Dorchester will be taking over the GNA teen center on Thursday, October 27th, 2011. He has a sweet tooth for fun and frights, and will be hosting the Haunted Health Center Canned Food Drive! The event will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and admission is one canned good. Of course, you can bring more if you want! Baked goods and other canned food items will be on sale for donation as well. If you would like more information, you can contact Jason by email or phone at 617.740.2580 or Cheryl by email or phone at 617.740.2231. We really hope you can drop by! Attached is a flyer so that you can help spread the word.

 

Please let someone know if you have any restrictions, please note that the GNA Teen Center is only accessible by stairs. Everyone will be entered into a free candy and costume contest! Free snacks and candy for all. Make sure to come in costume and enter into the All Ages Costume Contest and the $25 Best Costume Prize!


10/17/2011 - 12:42pm

On November 3rd, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Generation Next Academy will be hosting the 2nd Annual DotWell Generation Next Academy College Fair & Health Expo. The fair will take place Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Check it out! The fair will be held @ Dotwell Generation Next Academy @ Dorchester House, 1353 Dorchester Avenue. Check out colleges from all over just down the street! There will also be health organizations exhibiting at the fair, along with activities you can participate in. We hope to see you there!


10/11/2011 - 3:49pm

Boston Neighborhood Network Television, your local public access station, is looking for teens to star in a new talk show! Are there issues in YOUR community you would like to address?  Would you like to be a positive voice for your peers? Would you like to BE ON TV?! Rally your peers towards causes you feel passionate about, and send a message to your whole community. Contact Andre Sparrow if you are interested in participating. Check out the casting call on facebook for more info!


10/11/2011 - 10:08am

Check out all the excitement from the month of June!


07/05/2011 - 11:38am

New: Sign-Ups are now online!

Any teens interested in art still looking for something fun to do this summer? Search no more! Join GNA with art teacher and creator of "Walkin' the Tightrope," Liv Chaffee, as we explore the connection between the art of sneaker design and the art of self-expression with the summer program "Artreprenuers".

Go on field trips, design sneakers and t-shirts (that you can keep after!), meet professionals in the clothing and fashion industry, make new friends, and show off your creations in style at the end of the summer. Artreprenuers runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday from July 11 through August 18 with the grand finale showcase on Saturday, August 20.

This FREE program is open to only a few lucky teens, so don't wait and sign-up today!! Contact Cheryl Brickey (cheryl.brickey@dotwell.org or 617-740-2231) for more information.


07/01/2011 - 11:35am