Youth Names Chosen via Lottery for Summer Jobs Program

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 - Apply Now!

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!!

Chelsea Community Fund Announces Fall - Winter Grant Making Decisions

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 Participate in Annual Summer Jobs Rally

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.

50 Youth Participate in Youth Committee Meeting

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).

Chelsea Collaborative Thanks Annual Gala Sponsors

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!

Chelsea Resident and Green Space Member Sylvia Lopez Chavez features "Fresh Air" Portrait Project

Silvia López Chavez project, Fresh Air, explores the environmental and political aspects within air quality issues in Chelsea, MA, inviting the community to participate by sharing their story and serving as models for mixed media portraits. The one-year project is partly funded by a LCC, Massachusetts Cultural Council grant. For more information, please visit Sylvia's website at Chelsea is the smallest city in Massachusetts in terms of land area, with a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km2). It is the second most densely populated city in Massachusetts behind Somerville. Chelsea has one the highest asthma rate incidence along with Revere and Everett. It has heavy diesel trucking corridors that cut through and surround the city servicing many companies and industries. Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) is significantly higher for corridor towns, which is linked to respiratory deceases, lung cancer and asthma incidence. Chelsea is the 3rd most environmentally overburdened community in Massachusetts. It has the highest rate of respiratory illnesses (child-senior), strokes, and cardiovascular disease in Massachusetts. WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives. Changes are starting to happen thanks to the hard work of Chelsea community organizers, residents advocates and leaders who are invested to make Chelsea thrive. We can make this historic city who has welcomed so many immigrants for hundreds of years, a much healthier place to live, work and play for many more to come. The project started as part of the artist's participation in the Process Goes Public exhibition at the Mills Gallery in January 2013

FoodCorps Fellow Teaches 2nd Graders about Importance of Eating Healthy

FoodCorps Fellow Madelyn Herzog taught second graders at the Mary C. Burke Elementary School in Chelsea about the importance of eating healthy and how they and their families can grow food at home or in community gardens. Madelyn is a fellow based at the Chelsea Collaborative and MGH's Healthy Chelsea Initiative where she is working to expand community gardens and school gardens in Chelsea and increasing access to and knowledge about eating healthy and locally grown foods.

Health Care for All

Health Care of All and the Chelsea Collaborative, together with state and local officials, celebrated exceeding local and regional canvassing goals to encourage residents to re-enroll in the Affordable Care Act prior to the February 15th deadline. The Chelsea Collaborative's team of door-knockers battled brutal, cold, snowy and icy conditions to knock on more than 12,000 doors to help Health Care for All reach 300,000 doors in state. Here the Chelsea Team celebrates with Health Care for All Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Chelsea City Councilor Leo Robinson, Chelsea School Committee members Ana Hernandez and Lucia Colon and Chelsea's Health and Human Services Director Luis Prado.

CTA & CLIC Retreat Jam Packed!

Despite the cold, rainy weather, more than 50 Chelsea residents and members of the Chelsea Collaborative jam packed the organization's offices to actively participate in the Annual Planning Retreat carried out jointly by the Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee and the Chelsea Citywide Tenants Association. The committee members evaluated the success and challenges in meeting last year's work plan and devised strategies for implementing even more aggressive and exciting work for 2015.