HALT Conference

Please Save the Date for the 12th Annual (HALT) Harmony Among Lynn Teens Conference on Saturday April 10th, 2010 from 4:30-11:00 p.m. at Lynn Tech.  The youth/adult planning committee has been very busy putting together what we think will be another great HALT Conference!  This annual conference gives teens resources to live healthy lives while demonstrating the positive contributions youth are making in the city.  Last year over 350 Lynn teens came out for this event to find out how they could make a difference.  This year's conference will have an anti-violence focus (specific theme to be decided this week).  The evening will include:
    •    Agency Resource Tables
    •    Summer Job Information
    •    Best Pizza in Lynn?  Teens eat & vote! (Over 15 Lynn Restaurants donate their pizzas for this)
    •    Youth Led Workshops
    •    Inspirational Speakers  
    •    followed by a Dance & free give aways!!!!
For more information about the HALT conference contact: Tosha Duester, Girls Inc of Lynn 781-592-9744 ext. 210 or Cathy Rowe, Lynn Housing Authority  781-598-4291

Next Lynn CITYWIDE Youth Council Meeting @ the Boys & Girls Club

The next Lynn CITYWIDE Youth Council (LCWYC) meeting will be held at the Boys and Girls Club on March 8th, 2010 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at 25 North Common Street in Lynn. Refreshments will be served.  

We have already starting planning for the Harmony Among Lynn Teens (HALT) conference & we are starting to plan for our Earthday Park Clean-up and tree planing event in Lynn. If you are interested in being an active member of Lynn's youth community then join us at the Boys & Girls Club in Lynn for the LCWYC!

Attached is the last HALT Planning Meeting notes for anyone who is interested.

If you have any questions please contact the SCI Lynn AmeriCorps Youth Leadership Coordinator, GayLynne Samsonoff at 781-599-1269.

This program is coordinated by SCI Lynn and sponsored by the Cabot Family Charitable Trust, Foley Hoag Foundation, and the Mass. Service Alliance.

Young Professionals Council of Raw Art Works

The Young Professionals Council of Raw Art Works launches on Wednesday, March 24th, 7 to 10pm at Cloud Place, 647 Boylston Street. It is an opportunity to meet with  RAW’s inspiring young artists, view their amazing art work and films, meet other young professionals, and learn about the Young Professionals Council.

YPC Steering Committee member and area realtor Soraya Cacici says Raw Art Works is an organization that “Stole my heart…and continues to amaze me with the impact it has on the kids it serves – kids who might otherwise be on the street or in gangs, who are instead making beautiful art and then heading off to college - because through art therapy and lots of love, RAW has given them the desire to create and the confidence to succeed.”

The purpose of the Young Professionals Council (YPC) is to build awareness and raise funds in support of the mission of Raw Art Works. The Council is comprised of young, enthusiastic professionals who serve as RAW ambassadors to their business associates, social acquaintances, and prospective RAW friends.  Each year over 1,200 youth aged 6-19 participate in RAW’s free programs in downtown Lynn’s Central Square. RAW offer groups in visual and expressive arts led by art therapists, an award-winning film school, leadership development, and teen employment opportunities. In Project Launch, mentors from the community guide RAW’s high school juniors and seniors through the college admissions and financial aid process. RAW graduates have gone on to RISD, Mass Art, Harvard, and USC.

Please click here to RSVP for this event.

Family and Children's Service of Greater Lynn: March Teen Scene Calendar Available

Family and Children's Service of Greater Lynn has made their Teen Scene calendar for March available.  Teen Scene is a great opportunity for youth ages 10 through 14 to participate in fun after school activities.  Family and Children's Service of Greater Lynn Youth Drop-in Center is located at 111 North Common Street, Lynn MA.  Please see the attached PDF for schedule information.

CAEP: Annual Founders Day Black and White Ball

The College Application Education Project (CAEP) will be holding a semiformal ball in appreciation of the community and all their support.  It will be taking place March 20th, 2010, 7 PM at the Community Brotherhood Club (15 Coburn St, Lynn, MA 01902).  Food, fun and prizes are included.  For more information, contact CAEP at 781-595-1022.

Next HALT Planning Meeting: Wednesday, March 3rd

Harmony Among Lynn Teens event planning is underway.  The first planning meeting held on Wednesday February 10th was successful.  Sub-committees were set up and have action steps to take before the next meeting on Wednesday March 3rd at 3:30pm at Girls Inc. of Lynn (50 High St.) on the 3rd floor in the teen center.



For more information contact:
Mrs. GayLynne Samsonoff, EdM, MUP
SCI AmeriCorps Member
Youth Leadership Coordinator
SCI Social Capital Inc.                      
SCI Lynn

Lead Paint Program

Do you have a lead paint problem?  The Lynn Housing Authority has a new program that can help you!  You no longer have to choose between a lead safe environment for your children or housing you can afford.  This program will provide funding in the form of grants and loans for lead paint and soil abatement in 100 units, blood lead screening, economic and training opportunities for low and moderate income homeowners and investors.


Contact LHAND for details:
Patricia Costa
10 Church Street
Lynn, MA 01902
Phone: (781) 581-8624
Fax: (781) 592-6296

Free Legal Help for Haitians Seeking Temporary Protected Status

There will be a clinic for Haitians seeking temporary protected status (TPS), February 27, 2010 10AM - 4PM.  This event will take place at Catholic Charities, 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn, MA 1902.

What to bring:
•    Two passport photos
•    Proof of nationality (one of the below)
    o    Passport (expired ok)
    o    Birth certificate + English translation
    o    Secondary evidence (e.g. national ID from Haiti with photo and/or fingerprint)
•    Proof of date of entry to U.S.
    o    Passport
    o    I-94
•    Proof of residence on and after 01/12/2010 (at least on paper dated between Dec. 2009-January 12, 2010 and one paper dated after January 21, 2010): THE MORE EVIDENCE THE BETTER
    o    Employment records; School records; Rent receipts, Utility bills; Hospital records; Bank statements; etc.
•    Money order
    o    $470 for people between 14 and 65 who want work authorization
    o    $130 for people between 14 and 65 who DO NOT want work authorization
    o    $130 for people over 65 who want work authorization
    o    $50 for children under 14 years old
•    If you cannot pay, you MUST bring all the documentation required for a fee waiver

Please call 617.464.8004 if you have any questions.

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