May 24, 2010
Today’s Jammin' for Justice Environmental Justice Award honoree is Dorchester Bay Youth Force.
In 2008, Dorchester Bay Youth Force joined a city-wide campaign to stop youth violence, organized by the United Youth and Youth Workers of Boston coalition. Members of Youth Force met with local banks and businesses in Upham's Corner and raised several thousand dollars for a youth jobs fund.
In spring 2009, after significant state budget cuts to jobs funding, Youth Force and REEP organized an emergency gathering, bringing together dozens of Boston teens to strategize an immediate response to the cuts. When the state did not restore the budget for youth jobs and violence prevention programs, the United coalition decided to formally dissolve.
Determined to bring back funding before the impacts of the cuts were felt, Youth Force members began meeting in the fall with youth programs across the city. Read more...