Family & Friends Newsletter: February 2022

The purpose of this newsletter is to highlight our amazing youth leaders and all of the activities taking place in the community that they are involved with. Newsletters include our Youth of the Month, member birthday shout-outs, and any projects they are participating in.

We hope to further engage the mentors and adults in these young people's lives and are available to parents and guardians to answer any questions about our programming. If you need assistance regarding your youth, please feel free to reach out to our Youth Program Coordinator, Mswati Hanks.
Where Are They Now?

Guess Who? It's Melissa!

Find out what she has been up to and how Turn It Around has impacted her life!
Youth of the Month

We’d like to congratulate Rosilda Andrade for being TURN IT AROUND’s February Youth of the Month!! Rosilda has been a member since the beginning of the school year, and has not missed a group, OR an opportunity to do any of our community service projects. Most recently, she was one of 5 TIA members that we took to the Huntington Theatre to see “The Bluest Eye”, a play based on Toni Morrison’s highly acclaimed novel, by the same name. Rosilda is one of our brightest lights at TIA! She always has a smile on her face, and has a quick and witty sense of humor. We’re thrilled to have Rosilda as part of the TIA family!!

-Mswati Hanks,
Youth Program Coordinator
Our second Race Dialogue meeting of the year included a great discussion about what Black History Month means to us and our communities. We look forward to highlighting Black history every month of the year. Thank you to Gabi Coletta for joining in and helping us carry this monthly meeting for nearly two years!
On February 3rd, we held our new member orientation for TURN IT AROUND and welcomed many new faces!
Huge shoutout to our youth members who show up every other Saturday for the Charlestown Resident Alliance Food Pantry. Giving back is a huge part of our values here at TIA and the Coalition - and our youth are always willing to lend a hand.
This month, we welcomed Gabriela Coletta and Tania Del Rio to our TURN IT AROUND Thursdays - where they both shared their missions and passions for running for City Councilor for District 1. A Special Preliminary Election will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, followed by a Special Municipal Election on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Learn more here.
Thank you for helping raise the next generation
of community leaders!