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Dorchester Youth Council receives honorable mention in MassVote/Eye on Democracy video contest

The youth council members found the video contest to be a very interesting one. We were all very excited when we got the news about receiving honorable mention and about how much money we went (which, in case you were wondering, was $500!). For the members, the goal of this project was to get us thinking about why people were voting in the November 4th election, and what their experiences were.

My favorite part of the event was interviewing people and hearing what they had to say about the election. A lot of people talked mostly about the economy being the main reason why they were voting. After we got all the videos together we gathered together as a group to discuss how we were going to edit these videos. Each member had different ideas, but we were able to choose the one that seemed right for the contest.

I believe that the main reason why this project was so very successful was because the council members put a lot of effort outside of our weekly meetings. The lesson that we all learned was that the key to success is teamwork.

~Michael Magbagbeola
Dorchester Youth Council Member

5th Annual Mini-Grant Community Release

This Monday, December 15th, marks the 5th annual mini-grant community release presented by the Dorchester Youth Council. Every year the council is able to distribute funds to youth led community service learning projects occuring in the Dorchester area.

Groups of youth are invite to come out to the meeting to learn about how they can apply for a grant to fund a project that will benefit the Dorchester community. The community meeting is on Dec. 15th at 6:00 pm at the Great Hall in Codman Square.

Past recipients have included: Dorchester House Teen center magazine, Atlas bully stoppers, Peace Week at Grover Cleveland Middle School, and Build a Garden Program by the Food Project.

Requirements:

* Youth led initiative (adults may act as advisors)

* Project benefits the Dorchester community

* Request of at least $100 for the project

* Applications submitted by January 12

If you know a group of youth who want to make a difference please let them know about this great opportunity. With any questions, or to RSVP, please contact Reegan Matters at 617.740.2319 or at Reegan.Matters@dotwell.org

Your Vote is Your Voice: Dorchester Youth Council’s Take on the Voting Process

This year the election brought out an incredible amount of voters, especially those voting for the first time. In response to this, and as part of the MassVote Eye on Democracy video contest, the Dorchester Youth Council has created a three-minute video about local views on the right to vote and the voting process. Council members interviewed community members both before and after the voting process to gauge expectations and experiences. The answers ranged from praise to criticism, but all participants were passionate about the process.

Although all but one council member couldn’t vote this group of active citizens prove that you don’t have to be disengaged from the political process until you turn 18. This video can potentially impact the experience they have when they begin to vote in just a few years.

DYC Creates MassVote Contest Video

This year the election brought out an incredible amount of voters, especially those voting for the first time. In response to this, and as part of the MassVote Eye on Democracy video contest, the Dorchester Youth Council has created a three-minute video about local views on the right to vote and the voting process.

Council members interviewed community members both before and after the voting process to gauge expectations and experiences. The answers ranged from praise to criticism, but all participants were passionate about the process.

Although all but one council member couldn’t vote this group of active citizens prove that you don’t have to be disengaged from the political process until you turn 18. This video can potentially impact the experience they have when they begin to vote in just a few years.

 

Boston Shines

On Saturday, April 26, 2008, the Dorchester Youth Council participated in Boston Shines in Fields Corner. They first all met in townsfield at 8:45am in the morning.

The gloves and t-shirts went like crazy. The council wants the whole community to know that hard work and a whole lot of cleaning makes a difference.

For more information about the council, go to the council's front page.

Boston Youth and Global Youth Service Day

Who says all youth were asleep during their school vacation? That may have been so for some, but the youth of Boston were on a roll and I’m not talking about stuffing their face’s with one either. On April 25, from 1pm-4pm at the Franklin Park, Global Youth Service Day was put into full effect. Global Youth Service day, April 25-27, is a recognized day when youth all over the world volunteer in their community.

Over 20 youth, who came out, were more than ready to get down and dirty to save the trees of their community. Youth were split into 3 teams which were named by the peer leaders, The Dorchester Youth Council and The Franklin Park Youth Council: Red Fox, Lone Owl and Global Cooling. Each team either raked the massive piles of leaves; chopped down invasive trees and separated the root from the invasive trees, putting them all into a location where it would be easily accessible for the park clean up to retrieve.

After all the hard work, youth were invited to recap their experiences. They were rewarded with homemade pizza and cool drinks to satisfy and replenish their exhausted bodies and hungry stomachs. Who would say no to that? As they ate, they watched THE BEE movie that educated them about bees and their importance to the earth and parks like Franklin Park. Youth were more than excited about the history they have learned, took part in, made and vowed to come out again next year.

The Dorchester Youth Council is a youth engagement leadership program that serves youth between the ages of 12 and 17, who work together to better the Dorchester community through community service learning practices. The Dorchester Youth Council is coordinated through a partnership between Social Capital Inc. (SCI) and DotWell. The Boston Globe Foundation, Lenny Zakim Fund, Massachusetts Service Alliance, Boston Scientific and Sovereign Bank provide major funding.

For more information about the Dorchester Youth Council, please contact Grace Ejiwale, Youth Program Coordinator at Gejiwale@scidorchester.org or (617) 822 8297. Make sure you check out www.mydorchester.org to find out the Dorchester Youth Council’s upcoming events. For more information on partners or the event, go to Boston Cares website (www.bostoncares.org) or the Franklin Park Coalition website (www.fpc.org).

DYC Brings First Don't Spot the Dot Presentation to Dorchester Youth Alternative Academy

On a warm Wednesday afternoon, the Dorchester Youth Council presented their first presentation to inform the Dorchester Youth Alternative Academy about keeping Dorchester clean as part as the Don't Spot the Dot campaign. It was shaky at first, but as each slide went by, the presenters got more comfortable standing in front of the students.

They had statistics, photos of litter in Dorchester, and also a mini skit acted out by DYC. The youth at the academy was engaged as they were broken into groups to brainstorm ideas to stop this habit of littering in the community. The presentation was great and they planned to have more presentations for other youth groups in the future.

The purpose of the campaign is to have public awareness about litter in Dorchester. Many youth are joining in this campaign each time DYC presents it to other youth groups. Last year, the campaign included youth from the Vietnamese American Civic Association and Dorchester Youth Council. This year, they are hoping to see many new youth who are motivated to help the community be spot free.

 

If you and other youth are interested in this campaign and would like to join us, please contact Grace Ejiwale at 617.822.8297 or via email at gejiwale@scidorchester.org

Youth Build Social Capital in Codman Square

On Saturday, March 29 at 450 Washington Street in Dorchester, SCI's Lynn, Woburn and Dorchester Youth council's were building social capital. The youth started their day off with a networking activity to get them aware of what they do everyday but to take it a step further.

The Youth were instructed to state what people might not know about them and then toss the balls of yarn, therefore creating (as you see in the picture to your left) a social capital (relationship) web.

Youth dined on a beautiful and tasty nutritious organic lunch , which was prepared by Miscellaneous. She prepared a mouth watering potato and egg salad, a batch of chicken which was either curry, BBQ or plain, a beautiful crisp bright juicy salad with her famously renowned mustard dressing and tofu.

After lunch, the youth was actively engaged in 3 presentations which all had one theme, social capital. The youth program coordinators from all 3 SCI sites: Lynn, Woburn and Dorchester. The Youth coordinators talked about how music and art are ways people create social change. With music from Billy Holiday "Strange Fruit" and art from J.W. Turner "The Slave Ship", all helped the youth think of how simple things make a difference.

It doesn't take a whole lot of brain power to make something happen. Here is the formula to make social change.

Things you need:

1. An issue to address

2. A medium (canvas, paper, speaking, singing, etc.)

3. The most important piece. You!!!

4th Annual Mini Grant Awards Ceremony

 

 

Youth philanthropy has been a signature part of the Dorchester Youth Council (DYC). Each year, the youth council funds individual youth and youth programs who want to make a difference in the Dorchester community through service learning projects.  Council members are truly committed to funding projects initiated by youth and executed by youth with community service learning at its core.  

On March 20, the Council held its 4th Annual Mini Grant Ceremony, hosted by the Boston Globe Foundation, in honor of youth taking an active role toward improving their communities.  This year’s mini-grant recipients are: The Food Project (Build-a-Garden), The ATLAS program (Bully Stoppers), Close to Home (Acting Out Against Teen Violence Dating), The Teen Center (Teen Magazine and Pool Mural Project), and the Grover Cleveland Middle School Leadership Council (Peace Week).

Council presented a community recognition award to Louis D. Brown Peace Institute at the ceremony for their service project funded two years ago.  The Peace Squad youth organized a marketing campaign to send a visible message of peace by distributing 5,000 Peace Boston buttons, purple ribbons and “Start Peace” t-shirts in the community.  The project also helped increase youth involvement and participation in the Mother’s Walk for Peace with billboards featuring Peace Squad leaders. 

Clementina Chery, Peace Institute President and Founder, shared some thoughts on the impact of the mini-grant, “This campaign taught our peers and other students the importance of leadership and the importance of working together. We all learned that there are more of our peers doing the right things in the community.  Watching the moms (of the victims and the offenders) working side by side gave us the energy to exceed our original goal of 5,000 Peace Boston buttons.”

Over the past four years, the Council members have disseminated over $35,000 in the community to fund youth-initiated projects to make a difference. It has acted as a next step to help the youth of today be agents of active change in specific areas of concern to them like violence, domestic abuse and how media affects the lives of minority youth.  Through this philanthropic initiative, it has increased a greater awareness and a growing desire for youth engagement in the Dorchester community.

The Dorchester Youth Council is a youth engagement leadership program that serves youth between the ages of 12 and 17, who work together to better the Dorchester community through community service learning practices.  The Dorchester Youth Council is coordinated through a partnership between Social Capital Inc. (SCI) and DotWell.  The Boston Globe Foundation, Lenny Zakim Fund, Massachusetts Service Alliance, Boston Scientific and Sovereign Bank provide major funding.  

For more information about the event or the Dorchester Youth Council, please contact Grace Ejiwale, Youth Program Coordinator at Gejiwale@scidorchester.org or (617) 822 8297. Make sure you check out www.mydorchester.org to find out the Dorchester Youth Council’s upcoming events

4th Annual Mini Grant Community RFP

(Dorchester, MA) Money is such a vital currency in order to live especially for youth. It sets standards economically to what they’re obligated to. Being able to get money for things that they want to do to improve their community is more than a step to doing their youthful civic duties, but it sets the tone to how the next generation will be involved.

To celebrate the selected youth-led projects, the 4th Annual Mini Grant Ceremony will be held at the Boston Globe on Thursday, March 20, 2008 from 6pm-8pm located at 135 Morrissey Boulevard. The selected recipients to get funded from the Dorchester Youth Council are as the following: The Food Project (Build-a-Garden), The ATLAS program (Bully Stoppers), Close to Home (Acting Out Against Teen Violence Dating), The Teen Center (Teen Magazine and Pool Mural), and the Grover Cleveland Middle School Leadership Council (Peace Week).

Over the past four years, the Dorchester Youth Council has disseminated over $35,000 in the community to fund youth-initiated projects to make a difference. It has acted as a next step to help the youth of today be agents of active change in specific areas of concern to them like violence, domestic abuse and how media affects the lives of minority youth. Through this philanthropic initiative, it has increased a greater awareness and a growing desire for youth engagement in the Dorchester community.

The Dorchester Youth Council is a youth engagement leadership program that serves youth between the ages of 12 and 17, who work together to better the Dorchester community through community service learning practices. The Dorchester Youth Council is coordinated through a partnership between Social Capital Inc. (SCI) and DotWell. The Boston Globe Foundation, Lenny Zakim Fund, Massachusetts Service Alliance, Boston Scientific and Sovereign Bank provide major funding.

For more information about the event or the Dorchester Youth Council, please contact Grace Ejiwale, Youth Program Coordinator at Gejiwale@scidorchester.org or (617) 822 8297. Make sure you check out www.mydorchester.org to find out the Dorchester Youth Council’s upcoming events.

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