Girls Inc. of Lynn

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Girls Inc. group vows to be 'Part of Solution'Originally Published on Saturday, January 26, 2013

LYNN — Girls Incorporated's "Part of the Solution" is looking for a few good ideas to better the city, and it will award mini-grants to the best.

"Anything that would impact Lynn as a whole and make it shine," said Part of the Solution (POS) member Franklin Abreu.

Abreu, 15, joined POS, the only coed group at Girls Inc., just this year and he said he thinks he'll stay "for many more years." He said he likes the idea of helping to plan projects that make the city a better place.

POS is a youth initiative focused on making a positive impact on the city, and part of its mission is empowering other youths to do the same.

POS member Victoria Bene said the group is looking to subsidize youth-driven community projects and will provide grants of $100 and up to $250 for projects it believes show promise. According to Bene, the projects will be chosen by the youth advisory council, which is comprised of 20 to 30 teens from different backgrounds.

"We are able to offer this unique opportunity thanks to Social Capital Inc.," she stated.

Girls Inc. Youth Leadership Coordinator Ingrid Olson, who advises the group, said she came to Girls Inc. via AmeriCorps and funded by Social Capital, a community-building non-profit agency, which wanted to promote a youth leadership initiative.

"They provided $750 so we could do the mini-grants," she said.

Last year POS held a T-shirt design contest that sold the winning design to raise money for the grants. Olson said they gave away two grants, one to the Friends of Rachel at Lynn English High School and another to help with a community garden.

Proposals must be submitted by Feb. 14. Successful applicants will be selected by Feb. 26 but applications will not be considered without a detailed budget, Bene warned.

"Formal and informal groups can apply on the condition that teens are actively involved in the group and have at least one adult advisor," she wrote.

Bene said it doesn't matter if applicants are looking at creating a gardening project, part of a dance troop, or setting up a reading program. "We need your proposals."

Applicants who meet one of the following criteria: community problem solving, leadership development, service learning, or building social capital, may win greater favor, she said.

For an application or more information contact Olson by email at or phone at 781-592-9744 ext. 214.


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Volunteers create teen space at Lynn Public Library


Fourteen teens gave up a day off Monday to move furniture at the Lynn Public Library as part of the Lynn Community Association’s second annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

“I can’t believe this day is here,” said Chief Librarian Theresa Hurley. “I have no words. The kids are absolutely fabulous.”

Hurley has been dreaming of setting up a teen room for nearly a decade. She calls the group the most underserved population in the library.

“They don’t quite fit in the children’s section and they don’t quite fit in the adult section,” she said. “But they’re our future.”

Hurley pointed to one volunteer, Stephen Chapman, 16. She said she has known him since he was a small child coming for story times and she was a branch librarian. It thrills her to know, as a teen, he has a place to go in the library, she said.

The volunteers moved bookshelves, polished furniture and re-arranged tables to create a room amid the second-floor reference section.

“We couldn’t have done this without them,” Hurley said.

Betsy Sanchez, 18, said she had no problem giving up a day off to pitch in at the library, particularly since she will use the room.

“When you come to the library you’re surrounded by other people,” she said. “Now we’ve got our own space at the library.”

Corinn Bacon, 16, admitted that she usually looks up books and information that she needs on her computer from home but, like Bacon, she likes the idea of knowing the library has a room just for them.

Hurley said the work the volunteers from RAW Arts were doing was just the beginning.

“Tomorrow it won’t be like ‘here it is,’ but it will be a start,” she said. “The area will be cordoned off and we have overstuffed bean bags, then we’ll slowly add computers and all the things they need.”

The library was just one project that volunteers tackled as part of the day of service. Community association member Jesse Jaeger said about 120 volunteers worked on nine different projects across the city.

Some of the projects included cleanups at the Ingalls and Brickett elementary schools and the YMCA, Girls Inc. volunteers painted at Lynn’s emergency shelter, Food Corps members served at My Brother’s Table, and community members put together personal care packets for patrons at My Brother’s Table and the shelter.

“Last year, we had three projects and 40 to 50 volunteers so we’ve more than doubled the effort,” Jaeger said.

During the lunch break, volunteers made their way back to Girls Inc. where they were treated to pizza and had the opportunity to watch President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony, he added.

Jaeger called the day an all-round success and said the group is already thinking of ways to make next year even bigger.

“We’re already brainstorming what we possibly pull off for next year’s project,” he said. “We definitely want to make this an annual event.”

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Buy a T-Shirt & Support Lynn

Want to support Lynn and look cool at the same time?

You can get a "Yeah I'm from Lynn and Proud of it!" T-shirt.

These $10 T-shirts were designed by teens in Lynn. Your purchase benefits the United Way Youth Venture. The proceeds go to mini-grants for youth-initiated service-learning, social capital building and/or clean-up projects in Lynn. The shirts can be purchased at: Girls Inc. of Lynn 50 High Street, Lynn

For more information email

Lynn Youth Coffee House

Photo by Steven Depolo

Part of the Solution Youth Council


The Lynn Youth Coffee House

Friday December 7th

8-10 pm.

At Centerboard

16 City Hall Sq.

This FREE event is open to highschoolers only.

Come enjoy a night of live music, spoken word, poetry and more.

There will be free coffee and hot chocolate.


Are you interested in performing? Contact us on facebook!

Gear Up for Winter: Clothing Drive

Photo by Tela Chhe

Winter Clothing Drive

Cradles to Crayons expects to receive 17,000 requests for winter coats. Girls Inc. of Lynn is collecting all sizes for all ages for the Winter. You can make a difference! Donate warm clothes to help local adults & children stay safe and warm.

Girls Inc. will be collecting new and gently used Winter clothing from October 10-November 21.

Please drop the donations in the red collection box in the lobby of Girls Inc. of Lynn,  50 High Street. 

Children's clothes will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.

Adult's clothes will be donated to Bridge House Shelter for Families in Lynn. 

For more information email 

Mentoring: The After-Work Perk!

Mentoring: The After-Work Perk!

Girls Inc. of Lynn Middle School Programs is looking for STRONG, SMART and BOLD women from the community to mentor girls ages 11-14. Mentors will meet once a week from 5-6pm with up to 4 girls onsite. We invite all women (18+) who are interested in learning more to come to our “Mentoring: The After-Work Perk” event on Monday, November 5, 2012 from 6-7pm here at Girls Inc. of Lynn. Please contact Hai Huynh, middle school mentoring coordinator to RSVP for the event. Light refreshments will be served.


When: Monday, November 5, 2012

Time: 6-7pm

Where: Girls Inc. of Lynn (50 High Street, Lynn MA 01902)


Contact: Hai Huynh

781.592.9744 ext. 265

Mini-Grants for Youth-Led Community Service Projects

Youth service project

Great news!

The Part of the Solution Youth Council just received funding to provide a mini-grant opportunity for local youth groups to apply for! The youth council will be awarding two mini-grants, $250 each to community service learning projects in Lynn that are youth-led!

APPLICATIONS are due on FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012 by 5pm.
Grantees will have between May 23, 2012 to July 20, 2012 to complete their project.

Please see attached for the: Mini-Grant Flyer & Mini-Grant Application (word document and PDF)

Please contact Hai VanCong, POS Advisor, if you have any questions at or 781.592.9744 ext. 214

We hope that you will apply if possible! Please feel free to pass this along to any groups that may be interested in applying.

CANCELED: Girls Inc. of Lynn: Volunteers Needed Monday!

Volunteers Needed

**Materials did not come, like scheduled. Check back, as we will likely reschedule.**

Volunteers are needed this coming Monday, March 12 anytime between 1 P.M and 8 P.M. to help send out our largest mailing of the year: invitations to our Annual Celebration Luncheon. 

Come for a half-hour. Come for a couple hours. Any length of time is greatly appreciated!

If interested, please contact Briana Iacovetta, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 781.592.9744 ext. 243.

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