Youth of Dorchester are the Change in the Community

“It is inspiring to see so many young people together actually making a difference in Dorchester” remarked Senator Jack Hart on Monday June 11, at the SCI Dorchester Youth Council’s “We are the Change Community Showcase.” Youth leaders, elected officials, and dedicated citizens gathered in historic Codman Square to celebrate the positive impact of youth service and the true difference that young people are making in the community. Inspired by the famous quote, “you must be the change you wish to see in the world” teens of Dorchester gathered to prove that they indeed making a positive impact in the community.

The event highlighted the accomplishments of the 2007 Mini Grant Projects funded by the SCI Dorchester Youth Council. Each project had the opportunity to share the impact and experience with the community. Projects included analyzing the media, planting gardens, creating murals, and promoting safe parks. This years recipients Ministries, The Food Project, B.O.L.D. Teens, Dorchester Bay EDC, Smith Leadership Academy, Grover Cleveland Middle School, and Close to Home. Participants engaged the audience with video presentations, speaking presentations, and visuals. Students were then able to ask questions of one another and celebrate accomplishments.

 The Dorchester Youth Council also received citations and honors from Representative Martin Walsh, Representative Marie St. Fleur, Senator Diane Wilkerson, Senator Jack Hart, City Council President Maureen Feeney, and City Councilor Sam Yoon who all offered their congratulations for completing over 1000 hours of community service in the past year. Joining the council was Sonia Alleyne, Vice President of Sovereign Bank and one of the dynamic funders of the $10,000 Mini Grant Process. Dorchester Youth Council member and intern, Grace Ejiwale commented on the event saying, “All from looking at slideshows, videos with spoken words and videos of hurt and angry individuals expressing how violence took a toll on their lives, was over whelming but necessary. All the youth who came exemplified the pillar of salt needed to make a home made meal sweet and delicious.” Congratulations to the SCI Dorchester Youth Council and the 2007 Mini Grant Recipients!!