Another successful year for EPIC, topped off with holiday cheer!

EPIC: Enhancing Potential, Inspiring Change, is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, John Hancock, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. The program is designed to increase confidence, awareness and decision making in 50 at-risk youth (ages 11-14 years old). The 50 youth begin with a summer experience through a BGCB site, and then participate in small group workshops during the academic year, with ongoing case management support that extends to participants’ immediate family. Students are able to earn a stipend (up to $800.00) over the course of the program for positive participation and attendance.

The 50 EPIC kids came together for a Winter Celebration at John Hancock’s Seaport headquarters last week. The event gathered current youth participants and their families for an evening filled with face painting, cookie decorating, and snow globe building. But the star of the show was youth participant and guest speaker, Faith. Faith’s heartfelt words about the role EPIC has played in her life speak volumes about the incredible impact of this program:

Hi, my name is Faith and I attended the Fredrick Pilot Middle School.  During my experience at the Mattapan Teen Center (MTC) and Camp Harbor View (CHV), I learned a lot about myself, my hidden talents and along the way I had help to make my dreams and goals to come true. My goals were to have my voice heard. I recorded in the studio with Devens and I made 7-8 tracks and at CHV I got to learn how to swim and rock climb which I didn’t know how to do before.  My favorite workshop was communication.  I learned there are different ways to communicate but it’s not always easy.  I also enjoyed learning how to be successful and how to achieve my dreams.   The experience through EPIC helped push me and pursue my dreams and talent while having fun and getting paid! Thank you very much to EPIC, MTC and CHV for the lovely experience. 

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