The Charlestown Coalition News: 
Issue 38
October 2019
We heard you loud and clear -
Rebuild the Peace Park!

The Charlestown Peace Park project has had its share of controversy, especially of late. After a roller-coaster of events leading to the Coalition's decision to post a GoFundMe page, we could not be more excited to announce what's next.
We are extremely grateful and deeply moved by the community's response to the vandalism at our beloved space. We have so many people to thank for donating their time, labor, and money. Because of
your resilience and dedication to the underlying message of the park, we are able to rebuild the space, bigger and better than before.
The Coalition has received a considerable amount of funding to rebuild the park, and we will share with you where every cent donated is to be spent. We have contacted a pro-bono professional landscaping design team recommended by the Charlestown Preservation Society,  COGDesign , to help us create a strategic plan for the park revision. If you would like to get involved in Peace Park rebuild, please contact Ginaya Greene Murray.

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say thank you for helping to bring the community together t o build a place of healing and respite for us all.
Special thanks to:  Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, Charlestown Mothers Association, Starbucks Charlestown, Bunker Hill Associates, Maggie McEvoy, Peggie Dougerty, Barbara Kelley, Doug MacDonald, Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard, The McGrath Family, Private Home Care Services LLC, Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association, and the Charlestown Cooperative Bank.

Young Leaders Visualize Health Equity
Permanent Art Gallery
Congratulations to one of our Turn It Around members, Rahsaun Brown, for his submission to the National Academy of Medicine's  Young Leaders Visualize Health Equity nationwide art project. Rahsaun's poem will be housed in their permanent online gallery along with more than 175 other submissions! These pieces tell the story of how young leaders envision a world in which everyone has the opportunity to be safe, happy, and healthy.

The online gallery is available at You can also search for the hashtag #YoungLeadersArtInAction.

HeART in the Park:
Artwork still available
If you missed our HeART in the Park exhibit, artwork from the, "I Am Resilient," Turn It Around workshop as well as art from the 2016 StoveFactoy "Collaborative Workshop" is still available for purchase.

We have 12 x 12 framed images, as well as note cards and original canvas pieces.  Click here for the price list.

All proceeds will go to supporting the Turn It Around youth group.

Prevention Month Extended!
We are extending our Prevention Month activity for another month! If you have not yet scanned our Turn It Around barcode, here's your chance to learn more about the "Advice to My Middle School Self," activity. And keep an eye out around town since many organizations, schools, and businesses have posted these to bring more awareness to Prevention Month!

Boston Police Department
District D4 Vigil
On Saturday, October 26th, our Program Manager of Addiction and Recovery Services, Shannon Lundin, was invited to speak at the Boston Police Department's District D4 Station where a vigil was held in memory of 3 young men who died of overdose while in police custody. Shayne Stilphen, Cristhian Geigel and the 3rd man (whose family wishes he not be named) were the individuals remembered. The vigil was held to address changes in policies and procedures that must be put in place when dealing with individuals who are impaired and need prompt medical attention while in custody.

Charlestown Lacrosse & Learning Center
The Charlestown Lacrosse and Learning Center is currently offering after-school homework help, tutoring, and mentoring Monday through Friday from 2pm-6pm, and it's free! All students from 5th-8th grade are welcome on a drop-in basis, any day. They also offer educational workshops including engineering for kids, healthy cooking club, young entrepreneurs, and cheese club.

For those interested in playing youth lacrosse, spring season for boys and girls will begin mid-March to mid-June for grades K-8th.

Please contact Executive Director, Reed Catlin with any questions (617)-242-1813 about the Charlestown Lacrosse and Learning Center.

Turn It Around :
Youth of the Month

Ryan Williams is October's Turn It Around Youth of The Month. Ryan is new to the group, and in his first month of being an official member of Turn It Around, he has made a HUGE impact. 

Ryan not only volunteered at the MGH Crossroads Resource Center's grand opening, but he's also been a big help around the office. And he was an integral part of Turn It Around's "Heart in The Park" art show being such a big success. We're so happy to have Ryan as part of the TIA family!

-Mswati Hanks (Youth Prevention 

Voices of Recovery
Alejandro Ortiz
Alejandro Ortiz  is sharing his journey in recovery with us this month.

Click below for the full interview.

Get Connected, Stay Informed
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