Youth Service Awards, 2007 and 2004
2007, The City School was recognized a second time in four years
for our work by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families with the
Innovative Youth Service Award. And in 2004, The City
School was selected from over 75 programs to receive the Innovative
Teen Program Award from the Boston After-School for All Partnership
and The Boston Foundation. Two City School grads, Alexandria Chiu and
Tashiba Grey, nominated us as a place where teens can take on real leadership.
They were honored in 2004.
gone through so many stages at the City School, and I think
only The City School really allows all this room for a youth to be all
these types of people. I had the opportunity to be a youth who
is guided, a youth who guides, a youth taking action, and a youth doing
the behind the scenes work. It's a lot of work, but it's also
all worth it in the end. The City School allowed me to feel more comfortable
than I ever have in such a diverse community. And one way or another
me and [City School grad] Tashiba were able to put what we truly felt
about The City School into our proposal and show the incredible
learning environment The City School has created for both of
us and so many others.
-- Alex Chiu, City School grad, 2004
Welcome, Ruby and Seth!
Please take the time to welcome Ruby Reyes and Seth Kirshenbaum
as The City School's new Co-Executive Directors! They will be serving
as the stewards of the organization starting in the fall of 2009.
School Youth for Dafur
School youth rallied in Washington, DC in April 2006 on a trip to show
support and stop the genocide in Darfur.
D.C. Darfur rally, 2006
Rivera awarded Teen Positive Image Award,
October 2005, Beatriz Rivera was one of six Boston youth chosen for the 2005 Teen
Positive Image Awards at the Mayor's Youth Summit in October . The awards were presented to young people who are making a positive
difference in their communities. At that time, Beatriz was a junior at
the Boston Arts Academy, and very active at The City School and Spontaneous Celebrations. Said Seth Kirshenbaum, Beatriz'
mentor at The City School, "Beatriz is without question the strongest
youth leader I've come cross in my eight years of youth work in New York
City and Boston. She is a powerful role model whose insight, strength
and humor is respected and followed by all." In 2008, Beatriz attends
Pine Manor College with a focus on course work in social justice, and
is the co-Director of the Summer Leadership Program at The City School.
The Door Dinners, Past
Keshav Persad, a graduate of the 2004 Summer Leadership
Program, was quoted in the Boston Herald bout his experience
in the summer program: "The changes I feel are subtle, but they're
in my everyday life and thinking."
2003, The City School was selected from over 200 organizations as a Massachusetts
Catalogue for Philanthropy Charity. The
Catalogue, conceived and supported by the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation
with help from other foundations and corporations, profiled 69 of Massachusetts'
outstanding cultural, environmental and human service agencies. Press
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City School congratulates Niccole Kemani Williams '10
as a new Posse Scholar as she enters Centre College in September 2013.
Nunes andBeatriz Rivera become youngest winners ever!
to Royal Nunes '05 and Beatriz Rivera '04 on becoming
the youngest ever recipients of The Philanthropic Initiative's Boston
Neighborhood Fellows award. The award gives leaders a no strings attached$30,000
grant to support their continued work in the community.
Here for Royal's Press Release
Here for Beatriz Rivera's Press Release
The City School on Uphams Corner News
Teenagers Make A Stand Against The Growing Violence in Boston
6th Annual Youth Summit is taking place April 9th in Uphams Corner.
Past workshops included:
on a Community by Media Coverage, facilitated by Hannah Gale
and Demetrius Armstrong, both City School graduates of 2008's Summer
2) The Justice System facilitated by Stanley Dominique,
Program Coordinator at The City School, and Tatiana Toussaint, Bird
Street Community Center youth leader.
3) Gun Control by Nancy Robinson from Citizens
4) Why Teen Jobs are Important to the Community by
Brittany Morgan and Ambrojah Williams, members of Dorchester
Bay Youth Force.
5) Healthy Relationships, facilitated by Josh Roe,
City School grad.
info please see our GOTCHA Collaborative website www.gotchayouthjobs.org
of the 2008 Special Recognition Award for Activism, Massachusetts Victims
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at the State House, Royal Nunes, 17,
was presented with the Special Recognition Award for Activism at the
2008 Massachusetts Victims Rights Awards for the Mass Office
of Victims Assistance (MOVA). This award supports a survivor of crime
who has transformed the negative experience of his/her victimization
into positive change and healing by promoting the rights of victims
of crime. MOVA strives to provide innovative victim advocacy through
outreach and education, policy and program development, direct service,
legislative advocacy and grants management. Five days later, The
Boston Herald featured Royal on page 2 in a May 5, 2008 article
Up Against Violence."
City School, Royal Nunes is the youth coordinator of the Youth
Outreach Weekends, where he facilitates workshops and develops
interactive curriculum on homelessness and povety. Royal is a resident
of Dorchester and recently participated in his third year of organizing
and fundraising to help lead a delegation of youth in rebuilding work
in New Orleans. Royal's accomplishments include serving as a
Mellon CityACCESS Teen Ambassador, at The City School, participating
facilitating workshops in all of the City School’s programs including
the Prison Empowerment Project, and contributing hundreds of hours of
community service to nonprofit organizations throughout Greater Boston.
A senior at City on Hill Charter School, Royal has made incredible
strides in his community through his work at The City School
in Dorchester, Massachusetts, an organization whose mission is to develop
and strengthen the power of youth to work toward building a just society.
Royal embodies this mission and has been an invaluable contributor to
his community as demonstrated in the Special Recognition Award for Activism.
City School teens and three staff returned from an April spring-break-week
of hard work in New Orleans, making this The City School's third
year of service work for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Organized by City School grad Shane Bass, who is now
our Youth Staff Coordinator (and at age 18, the youngest staff member
we've ever had!) the teens and adults did long hours of debris cleaning,
tree planting, house gutting and even snake finding!
Hosted in New Orleans by Operation Nehemiah, the young people
experienced first-hand the continuing devastation wrought by the hurricane
and met with some of the city's most impacted residents. For a third
year, youth filmed their experiences and will edit that into the film
made from the previous two trips, with hopes to screen the video throughout
Boston. Read one of the adult chaperone's
accounts here. Visit again soon for film screening dates and more.
and adults from The City School and surrounding organizations and neighborhoods
joined together on January 26, 2007 for the first annual PeaceFest,
an evening to honor youth who have died due to citywide violence, and
a time to celebrate the young people who are here actively working for
peace. A delicious buffet, great music, a candle vigil, poetry,
capoiera and entertainment by Optimus, Cable, Akrobatik, Section 8,
Flow Boy, and others brought joy and life to the evening. Thank you
to all who were a part of this event. We look forward to PeaceFest 2008!
2006 and 2007, The City School organized two terrific Knowledge
Cafés that brought people of all ages and backgrounds
together to build community, learn from one another, bridge differences,
and discover new ways to act on our social justice values and beliefs.
Themes included, "Why don't we visit one another's communities?",
and "Do our school systems reflect our educational values?"
City School youth and adult leaders co-facilitated the cafe discussions,
and local restaurants including Caesarias, Chef Lee's Soul Food, Flour,
Merengue Restaurant, Seven-50 Grille, and Yanet's Restaurant provided
the food. Thank you! And thanks to all who participated in these terrific
bridge-building conversations. Visit later this year for information
on our next Knowledge Cafe happening in fall 2008.
Teen Ambassadors, 2007-08
Congratulations to six
City School teens -- Allain Cherenfant, Jeremy Gomes, Neptopha
Jean, Royal Nunes, Alexander Oates and Tram Vu -- who
applied for and won Teen Ambassador positions in 2007-08!
The City School is very grateful to have received a
three-year partnership award from BNY Mellon, offering job and
life skill opportunities to youth selected as BNY Mellon
CityACCESS Teen Ambassadors.
5's Chronicle features The City School
Keeping Kids On Track: The City School
Thursday, December 26, 2004
"Just another typical teenage day. Shahrin Ahsan and Allison Gilman
lobbied legislators at the Statehouse. Jheanell West went to prison.
Emma Doniger and Dorose Desilus visited homeless shelters.
some Boston area students who are turning their after school hours into
meaningful time thanks to a program called The City School."
I stand up here, I urge all of you to stand up now and take action.
Because social justice should be as instinctive and as compulsory
as breathing. You, what will do when you walk out this room, out this
building, out into the world? Will you stand up for others who cannot
stand because we stand above them?
Allentza Michel, Summer
Leadership Program 2000, student staff 2002, Board member 2003-2007