Family & Friends Newsletter: March 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 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 Khalid!

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

TURN IT AROUND’S Youth of the Month for March is Destany Samuel. Destany is one of our newer TIA members, but you wouldn’t know it by the way she throws herself, 100%, into everything we do; And also volunteers for any community service project(s) we’re involved in.

I really can’t wait to see the type of impact that Destany has on TIA and the Charlestown community moving forward! Congratulations Destany! Keep up the good work!

-Mswati Hanks,
Youth Program Coordinator
Another great Race & Equity dialogue took place in March, with Senator Edwards and her new chief of staff, Eduardo. The closer we get to the two year anniversary of these meetings, the more we reflect on the importance of continuing these conversations. The next meeting is in person on April 26th at the Charlestown Peace Park - we hope to see you there!
This month, TURN IT AROUND friends, family & alumni gathered to celebrate Shannon! We are so grateful for the opportunity to all meet up again, reminisce on old times and share with some of our new members just how impactful being part of TIA can be.
We practiced the Japanese tie-dyeing technique of Shibori this month with MGH clinician Linda Forsyth. The purpose of this activity was to see how calm and peaceful we could feel when sitting still and designing the tie dye in our own way. The goal is to hang these up at the Peace Park in Charlestown to instill peace and calm in our neighborhood, while the wind blows through the cloth and the sun illuminates the patters
Reminder to get out and VOTE:
Gabriela Coletta and Tania Del Rio are 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!