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星期三, 9月 28, 2016

BPS Celebrates Teens in Print Student Journalists


BPS Celebrates Teens in Print Student Journalists

Caption: New WriteBoston Programming Director Carla Gualdron, a former participant of the program and a graduate of the Boston Public Schools, addresses WriteBoston students

WriteBoston launches new website platform for young people, celebrates latest issue of the Teens in Print youth newspaper, and hires new program director

Boston, MA - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - The Boston Public Schools celebrated over 60 students for the latest publication of the Teens in Print newspaper. The youth newspaper features 70 articles written by 31 Boston students.

"In Boston, we are preparing the future leaders of tomorrow," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "Thank you to everyone who has played a role in WriteBoston's continued success."

Teens in Print is Boston's only citywide newspaper for and by Boston youth, available online at www.bostontip.com. Through a generous partnership with The Boston Globe, the newspaper is printed and published five times a year. Twenty-thousand copies of each issue are distributed to high schools, libraries, and community centers across the city.

"For 14 years, WriteBoston has been helping young people find their voice, and many students are stronger writers and leaders because of its success," said School Committee Chairperson Michael O'Neill. "The Committee is excited to learn of the many positive changes happening within WriteBoston to improve students' writing and help them communicate effectively - critical skills that will serve them well for life."

The event welcomed teen writers from Boston Public Schools and local charter and parochial schools, youth artists from Artists for Humanity, Boston Public School staff and leadership, and special guests from The Boston Globe and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.

"Boston Public Schools' students thrive when they are given supplementary opportunities, such as the experiences provided by Write Boston," said Superintendent Tommy Chang. "We're fortunate to have a graduate of BPS serving as the new WriteBoston Program Director. It is amazing to see students return as alumni and invest in the community that was so integral to their own personal growth and development. Congratulations to everyone involved."

Attendees were treated to ice cream sundaes, an introduction to the recently re-designed Teens in Print website, and the premiere of three new videos produced by youth reporters from the Teens in Print summer program.

Teens in Print also introduced a new Program Director, Carla Gualdron, a former participant of the program and a graduate of the Boston Public Schools. "As I embrace this role, I hope that my "TiPsters" find this year with me as enriching as I did when I was a student," said Gualdron, a graduate of Emerson College and former reporter for the Boston Herald and El Mundo. "My experience with Teens in Print made me realize that, even as a teenager, my voice was one that needed to be heard. It made me realize that it's okay to ask questions, to push the envelope, to explore, be curious, to want to know more about the world."

To close the event, Lydia Ramos, Senior Advisor to Superintendent Tommy Chang, shared remarks on the importance of journalism for Boston youth and how her personal experience as a journalism student shaped her life.

Free and open to any youth resident of Boston, the Teens in Print afterschool and summer program is funded by Linda Walsh and the Walsh family, Blue Hills Bank, the Boston Bruins Foundation, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Summer Fund, and private donors. Teens in Print is supported through partnerships with the Boston Public Schools, The Boston Globe, Northeastern University's School of Journalism, Artists for Humanity, Boston Cares, and AmeriCorps*VISTA.

The Teens in Print after school program is currently recruiting Boston high school students to join the afterschool program, which runs Monday and Wednesday afternoons on the campus of Northeastern. For more information, contact Carla.Gualdron@boston.gov.