Chelsea Green Space, the City of Chelsea and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, April 24th. Arbor Day is a National Day celebrating the importance of trees. To commemorate this special day, Green Space and the City teamed up to join the state in planting 3 trees at the Burke Elementary School Complex. This effort was part of the Greening the City tree planting initiative which seeks to plant 2,000 trees in Chelsea by the end of 2015. For a free tree or more information on this project, please call Maria Belen Power at the Collaborative.
FoodCorps member Madelyn Herzog splits her time working for the Chelsea Collaborative and MGH's Healthy Chelsea Coalition. Madelyn's goals are to increase school gardens and access to healthy foods as well as to expand community gardening opportunities in Chelsea. Here she is pictured teaching a 2nd grade class at the Burke Elementary School Complex about the importance of composting! For more information on gardening in Chelsea, contact the Collaborative!
CTA has been organizing around and involved in legal disputes against David Zak an attorney based in Revere, MA who used discriminatory practices to take thousands of dollars from immigrant homeowners in exchange for promises of loan modifications and foreclosure prevention. He never followed through with his promises of help and legal representation. CTA organized the affected homeowners and with the pro bono legal assistance of Greater Boston Legal Services, brought a case to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The MCAD found Zak guilty of discriminating against 17 Latino homeowners by targeting them with predatory ads for modifying mortgages. He will pay $233,600 in restitution and fines to the victims. This was a significant victory for CTA, the Chelsea Collaborative and immigrant homeowners everywhere!
The Chelsea Summer Youth Employment Initiative relies on the help of community partners and stakeholders to interview the bright young applicants seeking summer jobs. Come on out and help us conduct approximately 250 interviews during the April School Vacation Week. The first round of interviews will be held on April 21st from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Williams School 180 Walnut Street. The second round of interviews will take place on April 23rd from 12 PM to 3 PM at The Collaborative. Please contact Sylvia for more information at (617)889-6080x106.
Members of the community selected names of youth to be interviewed for a limited number of summer jobs through the Chelsea Collaborative. To see if you have been chosen during the lottery, please click here: /sites/default/files/pulled_lottery_names_2015.pdf. Interviews will be held on Tuesday, April 21st. Please call the Collaborative for more information.
The YOUTH PASS is finally here!! After a VERY LONG campaign, the youth pass pilot is finally a reality. Youth in Chelsea will finally have AFFORDABLE PUBLIC TRANSIT! From a regular $75 unlimited monthly charlie card, the youth pass is only $26/month or $7/week for youth between 12-21 years old (with some restrictions)! TO APPLY, CLICK HERE /sites/default/files/youth_pass_paper_application.pdf Application deadline is April 30 and the pilot begins July 1, 2015. Completed applications should be dropped off at the Chelsea Collaborative. LETS GET ALL OF OUR CHELSEA YOUTH SIGNED UP!!
The Chelsea Community Fund recently announced its Fall/Winter 2015 Grantees:
1. Chelsea Artist Collaborative – Charcoll $2,000
2. Chelsea Community Connections $3,000
3. Chelsea Council on Elder Affairs $2,000
4. Chelsea Girls Scouts $2,000
5. Chelsea High School Summer Reading Committee $3,500
6. Chelsea Hunger Network $3,500
7. Chelsea Public Schools Music Department $3,500
8. Theater Zone $2,000
Chelsea Youth, led by the ECO youth crew, participated in the Annual Youth Jobs Rally and March to the State House. Pictured here, Chelsea youth spent quality time with Senator Sal DiDomenico who is a champion advocating for Chelsea youth.
The Environmental Chelsea Organizers (ECO) has been organizing and mobilizing their peers to meet on a regular basis to discuss issues affecting Chelsea youth and to strategize for ways to address those concerns. On a cold March afternoon, more than 50 Chelsea teens attended the second Youth Committee meeting to learn about anti-violence activities being organized through B-Peace and immigration concerns facing youth as presented by the Student Immigration Movement (SIM).
The Chelsea Collaborative Board and Staff offer sincerest gratitude to its Annual Gala Sponsors. Thank you for contributing toward the mission and work of the Collaborative and its community-based committees!