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Bird Street Youth Councils - Growing Community Leaders

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 community.

    "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.

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"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 our community.

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.
  • 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.
Writing articles gives me the pleasure to share my thoughts and opinions. It also helps me express voice for others to hear.

    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

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