Kayaking on the Charles

On Wednesday, July 20th, Teen Leadership kayaked down the Charles River for a three-hour team-building exercise. Youth ages 13 to 15 were accompanied by Casey Ferrari, Career Development & Employment Specialist, and Ryan Figueroa, College Access Coordinator. Thirteen-year-old Jon Smith said, “This was my first time kayaking and it was an amazing experience. I can’t wait... read more »

Debut at Jamaica Plain Porchfest

On Saturday, July 9th, four West End House teens appeared in the 3rd annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest. Jonathan, Eteenah, Anthony, and Jennifer performed four songs by Adele, The Plain White T’s, 21 Pilots, and Panic! at the Disco on the steps of Blessed Sacrament Church. Before the performance, our young people worried; they had only practiced for two weeks. However, they overcame... read more »

Teen Leaders Give Back to the Club

The Teen Leadership program at West End House exposes motivated teens to college exploration, career readiness, and community service. On Wednesday, July 6th, the group of 14 teens gave back to West End House by planting sunflowers near the front entrance. Future community service projects include assisting at Franklin Park Zoo on August 3rd, and organizing supplies at... read more »

Teens Donate $5,000 to Animal Rescue League of Boston

As part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Initiative, West End House teens donated $5,000 to the Animal Rescue League of Boston on Wednesday, June 29th. The Initiative gives youth insight into the importance of nonprofits and philanthropy by entrusting them with $5,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. After researching nonprofits across the... read more »

Youth Make Strides Toward Creative Careers

On Tuesday, June 28th, New Balance’s Global Lifestyle Design team came to West End House to advise 20 of our aspiring artists on how to turn their creativity into careers. The New Balance Global Lifestyle Design team — which included employees from Japan and England — answered West End House youth’s questions about day-to-day responsibilities, career paths, and artistic... read more »