- 200+ youth worked in paid internships in STEM, business, entrepreneurship, organizing, and arts internships. Career exploration was complemented by mentorship, intensive training, and mental health supports.
- Youth identified housing insecurity as a critical issue affecting their lives and produced a short film We’ll Shout Before We Get Pushed Out to raise awareness of Chelsea’s housing crisis and how our young people are being harmed.
- Youth shared their immigration stories through an original work, Raices y Alas (Roots and Wings) which was featured on stage at the Apollinaire Theatre Company in Chelsea.
- Youth joined the movement to Reclaim the Vote, focused on expanding municipal voting rights to all residents 18 years and older in Chelsea, including noncitizens.
- Youth entrepreneurs launched five new businesses this year – including a car wash service, apparel and accessory lines, and eyelash services. Youth are continuing to work with mentors to scale their business ventures in 2022.
- Youth interested in STEM fields had an opportunity to intern with researchers from MIT and NASA.
- Youth concerned about mental health impacts of the pandemic forged new connections with mental health professionals at Mass General Brigham and helped raise awareness and reduce stigma among their peers.
- Chelsea youth led the way in getting vaccinated and helped make Chelsea a standout. 95% of youth 12 and up are currently vaccinated.
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