Youth Council Spotlight

The editors of What's Up Magazine have chosen Andrew Klein's, submission, "Boston violence should not be taboo," as the first runner-up of our high school essay contest.

We had many people read the piece and give feedback, and after much discussion, decided that his submission was among the best.

It will appear as a feature in the next issue of our magazine!

Andrew is a first year council member and a junior at Latin School.

To read the article, check out


What do you think?

Civil Rights Speak Out!!

Civil Rights Speak Out! On Monday January 15th SCI Dorchester celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the community proving that the spirit and work of Dr. King has not died and pledging their commitment to use their own skills to end civil injustices. Bringing together citizens of all ages, SCI gathered to celebrate and continue the legacy of Dr. King promoting the concept of January 15th as “a day on, not a day off”.

The evening began with a slide show presentation by Mr. Cagen Luse commemorating the countless activists who, alongside Martin Luther King, fought for equality of all people. Following the presentation, Dr. Kerri Greenidge author of Boston’s Abolitionist local historian and scholar energetically enlightened the audience explaining the civil rights legacies right here in Boston. She challenged participants to embrace to positive images of civil rights leaders in Boston and transcend the negative stereotypes that often plague our community.

 The second segment of the evening reminded participants that the Civil Rights movement is still occurring today. Community members and groups energized the audience with amazing artistic expression. Youth members of the Boston Project Ministries reminded the audience whose footsteps we are following in with a dynamic step dance incorporating quotes from Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream speech.” Keeping the energy up was Terrance Tran, a young rap artist who expressed the views of young people and the importance of ended racism and violence against all people. Talented young Caiana Luse continued the exploration of civil rights with a violin performance and Marym Canty a versatile young dancer performed a mix of ballet and African movement to finish off the segment.
This brought the event to focus on the future and what is to come of the Civil Rights movement. Spoken word artist and Dorchester Youth Council member, Grace Ejiwale passionate proclaimed that there is still a great deal of work to be done until we have fully lived out the dreams of the civil rights activists. She challenged the audience to change systems of oppression in her piece, “American Bible”. The event concluded with all participants joining in unison for a powerful pledge of commitment to individually commit to continuing the fight for justice. Children and adults alike felt empowered and enthusiastic.

Thanks to the generosity of Fair Foods, each participant was able to bring home a cake in honor of Dr. King’s birthday with candy and tea also provided for parents. Continuing the chances for artistic expression participants were able to sign the “Honor the Dream” banner that will be displayed in the near future. The Civil Rights Speak Out sponsored by SCI Dorchester brought together young and old to celebrate and remember the rich history and exciting future of civil rights right here in Dorchester!

Civil Rights Speak Out Success!

SCI Dorchester celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the community proving that the spirit and work of Dr. King is alive and well in Dorchester. Citizens of all ages, gathered to celebrate and continue the legacy of Dr. King promoting the concept of January 15th as “a day on, not a day off”.

SCI Dorchester Celebrates MLK Day

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Making It Happen

The inaugural edition of the Dorchester Neighborhood Guide will be published in April 2007


Become-A-Friend: Dorchester's Getting Neighborly

Please join a growing list of neighbors who have invested in the first publication of the all-Dorchester Neighborhood Guide As a friend, you will not only continue to enjoy being connected to neighbors, organizations,and businesses, but become a part of a community bridging effort to build social capital and increase civic engagement. Your contribution will ensure that other friends, organizations, and business can get connected and stay connected with the Dorchester Neighborhood Guide.

Click here for more information.

Create an Anti-Litter Slogan!

Fields Corner Main Street Anti-Litter Campaign Slogan Contest!

Fields Corner Main Street will be launching an anti- litter campaign in the spring and we need your help to create a slogan. Submit your ideas for a slogan to discourage littering in Fields Corner to FCMS@fieldscor by Friday, January 26. The person who creates best slogan will win a $25 gift certificate to the business of their choice in Fields Corner. For more information, call 617-474-1432.

Congrats! Youth Council Accomplishments!

Congratulations Fritzkeysha Chery, Dorchester Youth Council member since 2005 who is a recipient of this year's Posse Scholarship Award.
Fritz will be attending Denison University in Grandville Ohio on the 4 year scholarship!

Congrats again!
For more information about the Posse Foundation, go here:

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.

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