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Youth Programs and SCI AmeriCorps
As you may know, SCI AmeriCorps members serve in many communities with various missions throughout eastern Massachusetts. Below, we've chosen to highlight communities in which our AmeriCorps members have youth leadership service projects.
SCI AmeriCorps member Walquiria 'Kiki' Leguisamon serves with theLynn Youth Health Alliance. Together, Kiki and the LYHA run programs like their MLK Day food drive and a new project collaborating with health experts to bring quality food to public school cafeterias. Another project ofKiki and the LYHA to incorporate healthier food options in corner stores and bodegas. They are in the process of surveying local Lynn stores to assess the feasibility of changing out traditionally sugary and fatty foods with nutrient rich options.
Kiki (L) and LYHA at MLK
Also in Lynn, SCI AmeriCorps member Genesis Barrientos serves with Girls Inc. of Lynn and facilitates projects with participating youth. Some of these projects include drug and alcohol prevention initiatives like pledging to The 84 anti-tobacco campaign. Genesis runs a regular drug and alcohol prevention support group to make sure that the young women in her program are well educated and equipped to deal with the presence of substance issues within their communities.
|Genesis (R) and youth raise tobacco awareness|
SCI AmeriCorps member Jay Wong, serving United Neighbors of Fall River and Partners for a Healthier Community, has started a new support group for young women called WAVE or Women Action Voices Empowerment. Jay's group teaches health, guidance, advocacy, empowerment and academic support to participants. Featured in the photo below, young women from WAVE participate in a leadership and life skills exercise; one of the many ways in which WAVE aims to support its participants.
Jay also facilitates the FaDE group (Facing. Discrimination. Everywhere) which is a sub-committee of the Fall River Youth Violence Prevention Task Force. The mission of FaDE is to start the conversation of discrimination within the City of Fall River. This is a pro-active group, not a reactive group. FaDE focuses on any issue that may fall under the umbrella of discrimination whether it may be; gender, LGBTQ+, age, ability/disability, race, class, religion, etc. This team is a mix of youth, community leaders, and elected city officials.
|Young women of WAVE doing classroom exercises|