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Teens in our program are resilient and motivated to change their lives and their communities. They are bright, caring enthusiastic young people who, when given the opportunity, show incredible ambition tempered with compassion that knows no bounds. They view their circumstance as temporary and are determined to persevere through a myriad of challenges.
Teen Visionaries is a program that prepares youth for life and work by helping them develop a new vision for their lives. The focus is on improving academics and behavioral health. Case management links the youth and their families to schools and services. Advocacy ensures that each teen receives all necessary services. The objective is to address social, emotional and cognitive factors; develop leadership and job readiness skills; and empower teens by helping them develop skills to recognize and address unhealthy relationships.
'SPREAD THE WORD' Campaign
Spread the Word is a civic engagement campaign developed in collaboration with the Boston Public Health Commission to de-stigmatize and de-mystify mental health in communities of color. Youth Councils lead the project and set the tone. Teen Visionaries is responsible for program design, outreach, recruitment, planning, developing products, training and facilitation. Teens also conduct community surveys, make presentations and facilitate discussions in the schools.
Dayan, age 14, lived with her mother and siblings at Brookview for two years; the family now lives in permanent housing.
Career Goal: Obstetrician
Accomplishments: Started a successful can drive at her school to benefit other homeless families.
"Before I came to Brookview I had a terrible attitude about everything. But everyone here was so nice to me, it made me want to be nice too, and to do better in school and everything. I'm going to be a doctor. I'm going to help women deliver babies."