Friday, July 10, 2015

Busy First Week!

Happy Friday! As the first full week of programming comes to a close, I feel more optimistic and excited than ever for the weeks still to come. Our team is working together well, embracing new learning opportunities, and experiencing new things! 

This week's Menino Leadership Forum guest speaker, Paul Burton,
 told Scholars to "dream big, and act now".

I spent this morning at the first John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars Friday workshop of the summer. The workshops, now called Mayor Menino Leadership Forums, take place every other Friday during July and August, and provide an opportunity for all 650 Summer Scholars to get together. This summer’s Forums are paired with Everfi’s Commons curriculum, which centers on civics and civic engagement. To complete the Everfi course, Scholars will write an Op-Ed piece on an issue affecting their community—and one Scholar’s piece will be chosen and published in the Boston Globe! This is just one way in which the Hancock MLK Summer Scholars program provides amazing opportunities for the teens taking part in the program.

Andrea spends time with Woburn YMCA campers.

I also spent this Tuesday on Spectacle Island for the first day of the All Access Boston Harbor program. We brought 358 youth and teens from six different organizations in Braintree, Dorchester, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, and Chinatown out with us on the Provincetown II for an afternoon of fishing, kickball, beach combing, and swimming. I look forward to greeting groups from many more neighborhoods as the summer continues—seven more weeks of All Access to go!

-Amy Gaylord

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