Youth Development

Multicultural Youth Tour of Whats Now Inc

  • BOSTON, MA
  • www.mytowninc.org

Mission Statement

MYTOWN's mission is to use community and cultural history to inspire youth to be leaders for social change.  We challenge young pepole's thinking about possibilities for themselves and challenge stereotypes about urban communities and the people who live in them.

Main Programs

  1. Programs
  2. Youth Guide Development Program

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Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Greater Boston

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2008

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Ms. Lisa Owens

Keywords

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multicultural, youth, history, leadership, urban, tour, empower

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Also Known As

MYTOWN

EIN

04-3328081

 Number

5574978507

Physical Address

70 Burbank St BSMT

Boston, MA 02115

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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mytown Youth Guides are civically engaged members of their communities who have a deep appreciation of themselves, their personal histories, their neighbors and where they live.  Youth Guides use their power to create positive change at home, at school, at work and in the world.

Programs

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Program 1

Programs

To advance its mission, MYTOWN runs three inter-related programs. MYTOWN?s Youth Guide Development Program equips urban teenagers with the skills and knowledge that they need to be engaged, successful community members. Boston high school students are hired as Youth Guides to participate in an intensive training and employment opportunity that builds essential leadership, communication, work readiness, cultural competence, and critical thinking skills. Youth Guides research their local and personal history and then teach what they have learned to the public by developing and leading Civic Education Projects. Through MYTOWN's Civic Education Projects, a larger public audience is engaged in the organization?s youth-led work. MYTOWN's tours and presentations use the built environment to focus on the accomplishments of ethnic and immigrant communities, the complexities of urban development, and the power of citizen activism. By celebrating the diversity and multicultural fabric of urban communities, MYTOWN's youth-led tours and presentations directly challenge popular stereotypes that primarily define these areas as culturally deficient, crime-ridden and politically apathetic. These Projects provide a platform for cross-cultural exchanges between urban youth and diverse audiences. MYTOWN not only provides access to lesser-known history but also makes history accessible to those who might not otherwise find the subject engaging. Our newest program is focused on launching MYTOWN's BRICK Initiative. BRICK (Building Revolutions In Community Knowledge) is a collection of 21 of MYTOWN's most interactive and engaging learning activities. Sharing these activities will help meet the demand we have had from other youth-serving organizations that want to integrate community history exploration into their existing programs. BRICK activities, combined with training and support from MYTOWN staff and leadership from MYTOWN Youth Guides, provide a framework for organizations to create their own MYTOWN-modeled civic education activities such as slide shows and visual displays of the neighborhood history researched and unearthed by young people in their own communities.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Youth Guide Development Program

Our Youth Guide Development Program (YGDP) hires and trains 50 Boston high school students each year in an intensive employment opportunity that builds essential leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills through researching, developing, and learning to present the “hidden” stories of Boston neighborhoods.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Greater Boston

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Multicultural Youth Tour of Whats Now Inc

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Principal Officer

Ms. Lisa Owens

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jill Lacey Griffin

The Boston Foundation

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