|Part of our Series: The Community Voice Initiative
~By Jada Cassamajor, Bird Street Youth Member
"At Bird Street Community Center we support two
youth councils that help youth become community leaders, connect
to residents, learn to speak out on issues that youth care about, and
offer ways for youth to give back." says the newest staff member of
Bird Street Community Center Curtis Blyden, Leadership Coordinator.
Curtis works at Bird Street and helps support the youth council in
order for youth members of Bird Street to grow and mature. His main
idea is to open the eyes of all he can and help youth build confidence.
He also does it to help develop their desire to give back to the
"I have been working at Bird Street since
mid-September and have a great relationship with my students. We do all
types of things to help out our community, such as handing out voting
registrations, volunteering to work in soup kitchens, and scheduling
meetings with State Senators," Curtis says. He enjoys his job because
he is really interested in developing youth leaders.
"I would like for more youth to be involved with Bird Street Youth
Councils. Overall, I feel very optimistic with ideas because I can have
a lot of impact on the way my students think and feel. I’m also very
confident and ready be more involved in the community," Curtis states.
He emphasizes how he would like to change the minds of youth about
their views of the community. Curtis has devoted his career to youth
become more involved and he feels that youth can make a difference in
The Bird Street Youth Council exists to help youth find out what they
can do in order to make a difference in our world. We need all those
who are interested in making a great change to help build a stronger
community to contact Curtis as soon as possible to join the Youth
Council. Bird Street would allow you to have a great impact.
The Middle School Youth Council meets on Mondays from 6-8 pm; the
Upham’s Corner Youth Council (high school age) meets on Thursdays from
6-8 pm and some Friday afternoons. All youth council members
participate in our annual job fair, youth jobs coalition rallies,
community service projects, youth philanthropy program, and annual
youth summit. All youth council members receive monthly stipends.
About the Author: Jada Cassamajor
Hi. My name is Jada Cassamajor and I’d like to briefly describe myself.
I think of myself as a girl who always wants to learn more.
As a 13 year old attending Up Academy Charter School of Boston, I have many responsibilities and duties.
Writing articles gives me the pleasure to share my thoughts and opinions. It also helps me express voice for others to hear.
- I am a devoted youth worker who loves to help others.
- I have been working at Bird Street since the summer of 2012
- I really enjoy my job as a Social media worker.
When I’m not working at Bird Street, I love to work
outdoors. My favorite sport is basketball and it really helps me with
cooperation. Working with others is just a natural habit of mine; it’s
like an incurable disease.
Overall, I really
appreciate the fact that I was given the opportunity to write this
article in the news paper. I am and will always be forever grateful.
|Posted: October 22, 2012
Nancy J Conrad