The Charlestown Coalition News: 
Issue 34
June 2019
Coalition Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters for Youth Mentorships
We are launching a new partnership with  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay  t o  increase opportunities for one-on-one mentorships for our local youth.
We are seeking Charlestown residents, at least 18 years of age, who have the availability and passion to mentor, guide and encourage Charlestown youth. It's only a couple of hours a month, but the time spent together will make a huge impact in the life of a teen, and on you!

Join us at our
Coffee Hour on July 16th from 7:30 am-9 am at Anna's Cafe in Charlestown to learn more.

Coalition and Turn It Around Host 10th Annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day 
The Charlestown Coalition and our Turn It Around youth group had a very successful 10th Annual Take Back Day thanks to the help of many in the community, spreading the word and dropping off their no longer needed medications. 

Over the past three years, we have collected more than 185 lbs of expired and unused drugs during this annual event! 
We would also like to thank our community partners who donated gift cards for the event!

Coalition Director Assumes New Role 
Sarah Coughlin, our Director, elected president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) of Massachusetts, assumes her new leadership role effective July 1, 2019. 
During the month of June, Sarah visited Capitol Hill with NASW-MA Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz and NASW CEO Angelo McClain where they lobbied our senators and representatives on important issues relevant to the social work profession and its role in the community. 

Museum of Science Presents
 "Community Conversations" 

Recently, Sarah Coughlin joined a panel of addiction service providers to discuss youth substance use, prevention and recovery during the Museum of Science's series "Community Conversations."

Children's Hospital Provides Support for Community Based Organizaitons
The Office of Community Health at Boston Children's Hospital is now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Partnership Fund (CPF). Through CPF, Boston Children's seeks to support programs and projects that are helping to improve the health and well-being of Boston children, families and neighborhoods. Eligible institutions that are invited to apply include community-based organizations, schools, community health centers or advocacy organizations.
There have been changes made to CPF this year. Please review the guidelines in advance of applying. Grant amounts will now range from $10,000 to $20,000 for a one year period. There are also specific focus areas that Boston Children's will fund through CPF. Applications will be accepted from all neighborhoods in Boston; however, strong preference will be given to projects impacting the Mission Hill and Fenway neighborhoods.

here to access the grant guidelines and additional information on how to apply.  

What a Difference a DA Makes
Rachael Rollins has already had a huge impact in her recently acquired role as District Attorney.

DA Rollins understands the systemic ways in which social structures disadvantage individuals, the environments that promote health disparities, and the devastating consequences this has on crime and public safety.

Rollins spoke at the Mass General Center for Gun Violence Prevention and was also a keynote speaker at the Civil Rights Reception hosted by Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston on June 13th where she shined a spotlight on the 15 years of cutting-edge medical legal partnership with Mass General and posed for a picture with Coalition Director Sarah.
Turn It Around Partners with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for Summer Jobs
(Pictured: Tani Marinovich, President of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay; Teens from Charlestown Zaire Richardson, Fatima Fontes, Anthony Morgardo, Che Hanks; Bridget Ryan, Lead Teach at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay; Kristen Barry, Youth Program Director at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.)

Thanks to a generous grant from Hood Park LLC,  Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and Charlestown Coalition/Turn it Around are partnering to provide employment for Charlestown teens with free Harbor Island cruises and other programs offered to Charlestown residents.
This is the first of a five-year partnership supported by Hood Park LLC. Save the Harbor is hiring four Charlestown teens from Turn It Around as Junior Program Assistants (JPAs) as part of the 2019 Youth Jobs and Leadership. In addition, Hood's support will help Save the Harbor connect hundreds of Charlestown youth, teens and families to Boston Harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands and our region's public beaches with free events and programs.

First Church of Charlestown's Kids Camp

If you have any questions about camp, contact Sarah Maloy at 

Turn It Around :
Youth of the Month
Yanailyz B.
Yanailyz is our June Turn It Around Youth of the Month!

"Yanailyz has been a shining example of what it means to be part of Turn It Around. She has attended every event that we have done, and has been a big help whenever asked. She always has a positive attitude, and is loved and respected by all in our group."

-Mswati Hanks (Youth Prevention 

Voices of Recovery
Ronnie Doe
Ronnie Doe  is sharing his journey in recovery with us this month.

Click below for the full interview.

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