Think Big Dream Big
On October 22, 2011, more than 300 students from urban communities throughout Massachusetts came to Town Hall, featuring a series of organized discussions designed to give the youth leaders a strong voice and guidance as agents of change in their communities. Nationally renowened hip hop preacher, Eric Thomas was the Keynote speaker for the event.
As part of the Think Big Dream Big initiative 10 students were selected for the summer internship and a part of the planning commitee for the 2012 Town Hall.
Eudcational, Technology, and Youth Program Mini Grants
20 mini grants were awarded to organizations throughout the Commonwealth to assist with educational, technology and youth programming.
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre- Dance for World Community program aims to utilize the power of dance to improve the social and environmental health of our communities locally and across the globe.
New Academy Estates Music Education- Giving the youth a basic overall understanding of music theory, what hardware/software is used in the music industry, and the ability to play at least one instrument.
Georgetown Homes Computer Learning Center- The Program allowed 9 highschool students between ages 14-18 to become EverFi certified and the opportunity to train two younger students in the principles of finances.
Madison Park Development Corporation- Program facilitated both personal empowerment and community-building through access to technology, as well as linking the "digital divide" by providing all interested community residents with access to high-caliber technology and effective computer intsruction.
Grove Hall Project Right- Community based program allowed children between 11-15 to come up with creative ways to build robots using LEGOS and command the robot to do specific task by creating a list of commands using the computer.
Teen Challenge- The program assisted students to recieve their GED.
Boston Police B-2- This program allowed law enforcement to establish a positive relationship with youth in the community and the opportunity to conduct workshops on avoiding gangs and other criminal activity.
United South End Settlements- Created a senior technology cafe where seniors 55 years and older can expand their use of technology while teaching, encouraging and learning from eachother.
Ballet Rox- Giving the inner-city youth of Boston an opportunity to use dance as a tool to unite people and communities in a celebration of diversity.
Castle Square: Tech Goes Home- This program provided students and their families with basic computer literacy programs that focused on using effective communication techniques, finding internet resources as well as job resources.
SoChange- Trained youth on entrepenurship.
Shiloh DBA Arthametric- Through this program, youth were exposed to hip hop, spoken word, theater, and film. Increasing literacy and reinforcing positive forms of expression. The youth apart of this program also had an opportunity to attend the National Poetry Slam hosted in Cambridge MA.
The Dream- Mentoring program which allowed the youth to explore technological, educational and vocational opportunites that exist beyond high school.
Reaching for the Stars- Is a program that offered kids between the ages of 6-21 a safe space to excel in reaching the academic and personal goals established by the staff in conjunction with the childrens family.
IBA- Community building agency focused on increasing the social and economic power of individuals/families through education, economic development, technology, and arts programming.
Roxse Homes- This program aimed to support youth-oriented educational and employment opportunities that promote leadership skills, self-esteem, along with academic improvement.
Youth Organizing Youth- Youth led development organization for kids ages 12-17, provided them with positive mentors, exposure to other community based organizations, and a stipened for every month involved with the program.
DotWell- Used computers to enable youth to increase their use of technology and explore technology as a potential career goal.
Blue Elm Computer and Music Program- Hosted sessions for youth to build positive relationships as well as learn computer skills, music recording and mentorship. Giving the children safe structured activities that otherwise would not be available to them.
The Women's Group- Empowering women in the community, helping sustain good mental health and giving special attention to individuals with personal issues that may be overlooked by larger community providers.
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