The Coalition News: 
Issue 9
May 2017
Hear from Turn it Around member, Kaltuma, about her experience with
Summer Search Boston!
I got nominated for Summer Search at school (East Boston High School), and basically I've been doing it ever since my sophomore year. You get assigned a mentor and talk to them about anything you want. You talk to them once a week. Even when I graduate, I'll still get to talk to my mentors during my college years and so on.

The mentors and [Summer Search program] help you with anything. If you need help in math, they'll find you a tutor. If you need a job, they'll help you look for a job. If you have problems, you can talk to them and they'll help you through it.

In the past, I've gone on a trip to Colorado and did mountain climbing with groups of people that came from different places. Summer Search helps me with my grades, and they make sure I'm on track in school. In their office you can use computers, grab snacks, and they'll help you with your homework.

This summer, I'm going to Brown University. My mentor at Summer Search picked the program at Brown for me because she thought it would be good for me. They'll ask you what your interest is for college, and I told her it was criminal justice, and they found a college that has a summer program I am interested in. I'll be at Brown for two weeks. We will sleep in dorms, eat food, and take a class.

I want to work in criminal justice by either becoming a lawyer or working with cops or the FBI. If I like Brown, I'm going to apply there for college.  
Prescription Drug Take Back Day 2017
Last year we removed 1,019 unused
prescriptions (over 60 lbs) from our community! 
Please help us make this year's event even more successful by cleaning out your medicine cabinet and/or donating $5.00 gift cards 
Voices of Recovery:
Congrats to our own Shannon Lundin on 13 years in Recovery!

Straight Outta Charlestown:
 Turn it Around Youth of the Month!
May's Turn it Around Youth of the Month is Lataya Hurley! Lataya has consistently been one of the most engaged members of Turn it Around. Over the past year she has gone above and beyond, pursuing summer internship opportunities to prepare for her future career goals, as well as giving back to the Boys and Girls Club youth by assisting with teaching LifeSkills. Lataya is extraordinarily mature, compassionate, and responsible, and I can't wait to see what she does next!
-Olivia Larkin, Prevention & Education Program Coordinator

Let's hear from Lataya herself!

My name is Lataya Hurley, and I am 16 years old and a sophomore at Snowden International High School. Sarah mentioned joining Turn it Around to me and [my boyfriend] Wellington one day, and I was like why not

Turn it Around is fun; you experience new things, meet new people, and I even met the mayor. Just a lot of fun things going on. 

I went to Edwards Middle School, and I met a lot of new people and just started hanging out here. I come to the Charlestown High School football games, and I worked at the Charlestown Health Center over the summer through MGH Summer Jobs for Youth where I shadowed a nurse practitioner. 

As I keep coming back to Turn it Around there's a lot more coming every day. Whatever [Turn it Around staff] is doing now, keep on doing it and expand it because before I was just going to school and going home. 

In the future, I want to become a nurse practitioner. I've only been to New York, New Hampshire and Maine, and I want to travel at least while I'm becoming a NP. Maybe when I come back and have my license, I'll do the whole medical thing in Boston. 
Community Events
Looking for a fun way to stay in shape and meet new people? Join the Co-Ed Charlestown Adult Volleyball League!

Where:  The Charlestown Community Center
255 Medford Street  Charlestown, MA 02129
When:  Wednesdays from 7 - 9 pm 
Cost:  $25/person

For more information, contact Pete Washington at 
617-635-5171 ext. 104
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