I know we had said the date of the event will be Tuesday December 10th, but we decided to make that the dress rehearsal and the deadline date for those who are still considering being part of this amazing event. The dress rehearsal will be held at the Gately Youth Center (70R Rindge Ave behind the Peabody school). Click her for directions Gately Youth Center
Hey Friends! We are trying to raise money for the Boston Living Center.We are having a talent show on December 10th. We are still looking for people that have talent that want to participate in this special event. Everyone is welcome!
We are also selling clothing to raise money. Check out our design.
On November 5th, My City My Voice hosted a Family Night at Gately Youth Center. We had a PowerPoint linked to a quiz game about HIV, a T-shirt survey, and a video interview booth to ask people about themselves and their community. The event was fun, and we got great feedback about our upcoming event, which will be a Talent Show on December 10th.
Hey! Hey! Hey! At Family Game Night on Tuesday November 5th you can be in a movie, test your knowledge against teenagers, and help us pick which clothing design you like best!! So come on down!! Gately Youth Center.
We need artists for December 10th from 6 to 8. Your talent and funds can help raise awareness for a good cause. Come on down all my singers, poets, rappers, dancers, comedians etc. Hurry up and contact Bo because the spots are filling out soon!!
On Wednesday October 9th there was a meeting discussing a center wide volunteer project to increase the awareness of HIV / AIDS and raise money for the Boston Living Center. It will be a community talent show. We were planning on how to present the project to everyone. There is still discussion on where and when this project will take place. We are planning on having the project by the middle or end of December. We are asking for donations and for people who are interested in joining the talent show.
If you have any great ideas where we can have the show please drop us a note.
Incorporating a juicing and smoothie making class into Gately’s Teen Night programming was a highlight of the summer and my time working here. Not only did the teens get to explore the different tastes and textures of fruits and vegetables while making these drinks but they got some knowledge about where they came from and how they were grown.
The health benefits of various produce was explored and the young people became more conscious of how the food they eat makes them feel. We were able to order a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm share for six weeks from the folks at Metro Pedal Powered who delivered the produce they received from Enterprise Organic Farm in western mass to our door by bicycle! We used some of the fruit donated to us by Food For Free along with the local, organic vegetables from our CSA to create juices and smoothies that we then shared with people at the center. We visited an organic farm called Fat Moon in Westford, MA. with an organization called The Move, which gave our participants a first-hand look at how their food is grown and some experience doing the work.
We also took some time one night to take requests from the community as to which fruits and veggies they wanted to eat and went to the local grocery store to purchase them. It was a great opportunity to teach them how to navigate the produce section to find organics and why that is important and why it costs more money. As we were walking back to the center I was telling them how many juice bars and juicing stations within markets there are in NYC compared to Cambridge/Boston when a woman returning to her home from a run chimed in saying “You’re right, there aren’t enough juice bars around here.” Working in the idea of using healthy eating as a way to make a living (selling juice, being a nutritionist, selling recipe books etc.) was a door that needed to be opened for new opportunities for learning to be let in.
When I started the program I wanted them to learn about all of the terminology associated with various health food movements. While these terms are useful in everyday life, a lot of them have become propagated by the economic interests behind them. “Locavore” is a term that describes a person interested in eating food that is locally produced, in the interest of freshness, sustainability and supporting local economy. The producers within this local economy are often behind using these terms to help them engage a customer base that is willing to pay a bit more and maybe go a bit further out of their way to find these products. When our youth see that they can not only be consumers of local, organic products but also potential producers they become a bit more interested in knowing the terms because they see how healthy choices can not only create a healthy body but also a healthy wallet. After all, health food is a billion dollar industry and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a field that you can feel good about being in when you’re making your customers feel good and helping out mother earth all at the same time. With all this new knowledge I am excited to see and hear the changes in the attitudes of our teens towards making food choices. I am curious to hear about their interest in creating an organizational model for making smoothies and juices more available to their community. There are a lot of different directions to take this but it may be up to the young people to push our staff to keep this going.
We’ve created over 20 juice and smoothie recipes this summer using oranges, apples, nectarines, plums, pears, kale, fennel, swiss chard, lettuce, cucumbers, celery, limes, melon, and more! We hope to share these recipes with you soon in a creative way that engages more people in learning about food by preparing healthy drinks. As we move forward a logical next step seems to be creating salads or other healthy meals incorporating fresh, local produce. One thing is for sure, this program made it a much more delicious and nutritious summer!