On Saturday July 15, after two weeks of organizing alongside Madison Park Development Corporation staff, ServiceWorks teen scholars led the arts and crafts portion of the annual MPDC Unity Day, bringing together community members from all across Roxbury. The event paired a traditional summer BBQ with a variety of activities such as face painting, origami, and sand art, and, as a true display of unity, an interactive tree mural which incorporated messages from individuals throughout the community.
All of this was made possible through the partnership between Boston Cares’ ServiceWorks program and Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC). For two years, Boston Cares has hosted ServiceWorks, and for two years, MPDC has incorporated ServiceWorks into their Workforce Academy Program. Through ServiceWorks, scholars embark on a series of workshops where they survey the issues facing their community and develop the skills they need to organize actions and events that create meaningful change.
Unity Day also serves as an apt sendoff for the second year of ServiceWorks program at Boston Cares and its second wave of AmeriCorps VISTAs. In just one year, the program has engaged more than 460 young adults in community service, empowering them to create the change they want to see in their neighborhoods. Since last August, the program has grown to serve students from all across the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, from Boston Green Academy in Brighton to Sociedad Latina in Mission Hill to El Centro del Cardenal and College Bound in Dorchester.