The Charlestown Coalition News: 
Issue 29
January 2019
Charlestown Coalition Staffing Changes

Welcome Our New Youth Prevention Coordinator 


We are so excited to welcome the latest addition to the Charlestown Coalition Team, Mswati Hanks!

Mswati is a native of upstate New York and lives in Chelsea, Mass., with his wife and two sons. He has worked with youth in the Boston area for over 10 years.  We are thrilled to have his experience, knowledge and passion helping to elevate our youth prevention efforts in Charlestown.  

When asked to tell us more about himself, Mswati said, "The one word I would use to describe myself is DRIVEN. I am an extremely dedicated and hardworking person who loves mentoring, motivating, and inspiring young people. As an African-American male, and the parent of two teen-age boys, I understand the many difficulties facing youth who are growing up in an urban environment. Through education, music, poetry, sports, film, theatre, and even the outdoors, I've been able expose these kids to a world that many of them had no idea existed or was even accessible. I truly believe that EDUCATION is the great equalizer when it comes to lifting one out of poverty, or any situation for that matter.  And, hopefully, through my work, this is the legacy I will leave behind for these youth."

Ginaya's New Role at Charlestown Coalition

Ginaya Murray Greene will be returning from maternity leave in a new and exciting role for the Coalition and Community. As the new Communication and Events Coordinator, Ginaya will use her creative talents to take our communications and community events planning to a whole new level.  

Edwards Middle School is Developing Change Makers 

One Bead partners with schools and after-school organizations in th e Greater Boston area to provide a customized social impact experience for elementary and middle school students. Their innovative model gives students a $1,000 opportunity to positively impact their own community, while being introduced to topics such as finance, marketing, and public speaking.
Students at the Edwards Middle School chose addiction as an area where they wanted to create change. Jason, a courageous and innovative student who recently lost his mother to addiction, decided to us e his personal experience to help others. He, along with a hard-working class of students, pitched the idea of making and selling bracelets to create awareness and generate funds for prevention and treatment of this devastating disorder. The Charlestown Coalition was honored to receive the proceeds from this amazing project.
We are beyond grateful to the One Bead organization and the students of the Edwards Middle School for choosing us  and inspiring everyone with their wisdom, passion, and determination to bring a creative and impactful idea to fruition!
Learn more about this amazing organization at

Making Us Proud!

Coalition Director, Sarah Coughlin, 
sho wed up to support two former Turn It Around youth group       
me mbers, Franklin Udeh and Jose Garcia, who are both doing big things at Community College of Rhode Island. Their coach could n ot say enough about how much he enjoys coaching these two youn g men, how respectful they are, and how well-liked they are by their teammates and entire coaching staff! Both are graduates of Charlestown High School and excelling both athletically and academically. 
We are so proud of  you Franklin and Jose!!

Turn It Around :
Youth of the Month
Jeremiah is our January Turn It Around Youth of the Month! He is a well-respected, integral part of the group. Jeremiah is an excellent athlete, and an even better friend. His smile can light up a room, and we are so happy that he is part of our team.

-Mswati Hanks

Voices of Recovery
Bill Carrie
Bill Carrie shares his journey in recovery with us this month.

Click below for the full interview.

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