SCI in the News

Milford Youth Center's Decathlon Gains Attention from the Milford Town Crier

"Moving and Learning About Nutrition," by Staff, The Milford Town Crier (May 14, 2010)

The Milford Town Crier covered a Nutrition Decathlon, which was a program created by JAG of Milford.  SCI AmeriCorps Member Jennifer Ward, who is currently placed at JAG, played a major role in planning and pulling off this event.  The article is not available online, but is copied below:

Moving and Learning About Nutrition

On Saturday, April 24 the Milford youth center held a Nutrition Decathlon.  This was a free event where kids played games, ran obstacle courses and enjoyed themselves.  Each game focused on a fruit or vegetable category and taught the kids about the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle.  Participants also sampled many different fruits and vegetables.  This event was made possible by a United Health Care and Youth Service America grant.  Special thank you to Whole foods of Bellingham, United Way of Tri-County, Metro West Community Health Care Foundation and the JAG of Milford.

My AmeriCorps Week Event in Dorchester

SCI will host AmeriCorps Week events at the DotWell Teen Center at Dorchester House Multi-Service Center from May 8 to May 15, 2010, kicking off with My Dorchester Night on May 10 at 3:30pm at the Dorchester House gym.


Over 20 percent of students in the U.S. are bullied with some frequency, with the same number reporting that they bully others.  1  Bullying – both face-to-face and through electronic media – is associated with depression, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. As a result of these findings, SCI Dorchester @ DotWell has joined with SCI Milford to create events during AmeriCorps Week to increase awareness of the seriousness of bullying and address how as a community we can provide youth with healthy alternatives to negative behavior.
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Milford Youth Upgrading Fitness Program at Youth Center

"Milford Youth Upgrading Fitness Program at Youth Center," Milford Town Crier
Jen Ward, an SCI AmeriCorps Member serving with the Juvenile Advocacy Group in Milford, is leading a youth group that has made the news in Milford recently.

6th Annual Dorchester FAMILY School Initiative (DFSI) Community Night Resource Fair

“What are you doing this summer?”  For many students and families in Dorchester, this is a difficult question to answer.  According to the National Summer Learning Association, lack of access to summer learning programs is responsible for more than half of the achievement gap between high- and low-income students.   

To bridge this gap, the Dorchester FAMILY School Initiative (DFSI) and the Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative (CLI) held the sixth annual DFSI Community Night resource fair on Wednesday, March 3 from 5:30-7:30PM.  Laura Santel, one of our SCI AmeriCorps Members serving in Dorchester was one of the primary organizers of this event.  Nearly 300 people gathered in the Lee Complex cafeteria, including 197 students and family members from the Fifield, Holmes, Lee Academy, and Lee Elementary Schools and 95 other individuals including event organizers, program representatives, and city officials.  Those in attendance enjoyed student performances; guest speakers, including Mayor Menino; a free dinner; and information on summer programs in and around Dorchester.
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SCI Lynn Helps the Needy

Food DriveSCI Lynn, in conjunction with Compare Supermarket in Lynn, hosted a food drive on February 13th that helped supplement pantries in the area, collecting 230 canned goods and 26 pounds of pasta, amongst other items.  Pictured left to right are Alberto Calvo (owner of Compare Supermarket), Michelle Garcia (Girls Inc’s Part of the Solution member) and GayLynne Samsonoff (SCI AmeriCorps Youth Leadership Coordinator). We would like to thank our donors and everyone who made this event a success including: Alberto Calvo, Mike Kwiatec , GayLynne Samsonoff, LaTosha Duester, Michelle Garcia, Esraa Ahmad, Kathy Lique and Becky and George Richardson.

In addition to this successful food bank collection, Girls Inc. of Lynn recently hosted a bake sale, collecting $497 for earthquake victims in Haiti.  This money was sent directly to Yele Haiti, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living in Haiti.

The Burlington Youth Council is Off to a Strong Start!

To date the Burlington Youth Council has had 3 successful meetings, including one four hour orientation. We have a total of 15 members in the new Youth Council, and we have both Marshall Simmonds Middle School as well as Burlington High School represented. This year, the Youth Council has chosen to focus on drug/alcohol abuse within Burlington. They will begin their work with a survey that they are creating, which will be administered to middle school as well as high school students. The goals of the survey are to look at the overall effectiveness of the alcohol program that is currently in place in the middle school and increasing the awareness of alcohol related issues, as well as to see if the program carries over effectively into the choices high school students make.The Youth Council also hopes to see whether a drug abuse component should be included within the alcohol program, as it currently only covers alcohol abuse. Read more

Burlington Youth Council Begins

Burlington Youth Council is off to a great start!  On Tuesday, February 9th, the new youth council held its first meeting.  Jackie Ekdahl, an SCI AmeriCorps member, led the group.  The Youth Council is a wonderful opportunity for students to create changes for the better within their own community, based on their personal interests and ideas.

SCI is implementing the Burlington Youth Council in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, funded by Comcast. This marks the sixth Massachusetts location replicating the SCI youth leadership curriculum.