For Immediate Release
September 15, 2012
Boston Centers for Youth & Families
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, and the Boston Celtics to recognize 14 young people as Summer Stars for their contributions to a positive summer in Boston. The Stars, ranging in age from 8 to 18, were commended at a lunch reception at the Parkman House for serving as role models for their peers and active members of their communities.
“So many young people in Boston are doing wonderful things for our city and deserve to be celebrated,” Mayor Menino said. “We don’t always hear enough about the great work happening in our community centers every day, so I’m proud to recognize our first ever group of Summer Stars. The youth of Boston are the city’s future, and judging by this group, I know our future is bright.”
This year’s Summer Stars were nominated by BCYF staff members, who recognized awardees for a variety of positive contributions, including peer mentoring, fundraising for charities, organizing community clean-ups, volunteering, and consistently going out of their way to help others.
In recognition of their status as the Mayor’s first Summer Stars, several Boston organizations came forward to celebrate the group’s achievements. In addition to receiving a certificate of achievement from the Mayor, the Stars will attend the Boston College/Clemson football game on September 29, Ragtime The Musical at the Strand Theatre, and enjoy a VIP experience at a Boston Celtics game during the upcoming season.
“The Celtics are proud to help Mayor Menino recognize these special kids through the Summer Stars program,” said Rich Gotham, Team President of the Boston Celtics, “It is great to see the next generation taking initiative and getting involved in the community. We are looking forward to honoring them at an upcoming game this season.”
“There were many news stories this summer focusing on the violent actions of a very small number of people and not enough good stories about young people who are role models among their peers and tremendous assets to their community centers. Today, we are changing that with a celebration of the Mayor’s Summer Stars,” said Daphne Griffin, Chief of Human Services and Executive Director of BCYF.
The Mayor’s 2012 Summer Stars include: Rafael Baez of BCYF Archdale, Kenneth Maxwell of BCYF Blackstone, Kyla Simmons of BCYF Cleveland, Liam Attridge of BCYF Curley, Kristen Ruffin of BCYF Girls Leadership Corps, Terrell Boggs of BCYF Jackson/Mann, Francis Shea of BCYF Nazzaro, Christina Wong of BCYF Quincy, Sean McCarthy of BCYF Roche, Owen McKenzie of BCYF Roslindale, Kya Wakefield of BCYF Shelburne, Alonzo White of BCYF Technology Division, JC Pereyra of BCYF Tobin, and Joseph Leydon of BCYF Tynan.
On an average week this summer, more than 16,000 young people were positively engaged in summer programs offered through BCYF, the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency.