On Sunday, teens from Kids4Peace Boston and from the Interfaith Youth Initiative paired up with Sustainability Guild International to help in the final transformation steps for a beautiful, once vacant, lot in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester.
The Interfaith Youth Initiative is a part of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries which works to mobilize congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries so that, in partnership, we can work more effectively for a just and peaceful society and for spiritual growth and interfaith understanding. We’ve found that CMM is an incredible partner to have, and we’re eager for our communities of youth to continue to work together for lasting, peaceful change here in Boston.
We started with several invigorating ice breakers which brought our two communities together…albeit not hard work, given the teen’s shared enthusiasm for interfaith friendship and working together to make our community better!
After that we piled into the cars and headed over to the beautiful garden lot in Bowdoin-Geneva and got out the rakes, hoes, paint brushes and garden gloves! Check us out in action below. We laughed, played, and formed new friendships while we cleared away the detritus of winter and welcomed in spring!
We ended with a delicious dinner provided by some of our parents while discussing “What’s your problem?!” After reading the article (found here) together, we talked about the issues about which we are most passionate and the “moments of obligation” we’ve experienced which helped shape us. Some of the issues that matter most to us are: building community, anti-bullying work, youth leadership, educational access, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, increasing communication skills for conflict resolution, and gender equality.
Thank you so much to the Massachusetts Service Alliance for the funding that made this event possible as a part of National Volunteer Week…it’s still early in the week so get out there and engage in your community through volunteering!