St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
In Boston's South End
"St. Stephen's and its community support each other in doing God's work.
Together, we bridge the gap between urban and suburban, and between rich and poor."
We celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Services are conducted in English and En Español.
On March 21st, St. Stephen's Youth Programs was honored to host the third annual day of service to celebrate the winners (and losers) of the Superbowl XLIX. Mayors Walsh and Murray were joined by Bill Basl Director of AmeriCorps, which is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. They work with SSYP's local partners: AmeriCorps, Generations Incorporated, Massachusetts Service Alliance, and The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Program. Mr. Basl enjoyed meeting interns serving at St. Stephen's this year through AmeriCorps VISTA and Mass Promise Fellowships, including Brittany Marcum and Jeremy Kazanjian-Amory.
The Mayors and their staff members arrived ready to work and pitched in to help repaint our art/teen room. Other volunteers did projects at the Blackstone Innovation School across the street from SSYP, the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library, and around the neighborhood where retreating snow has left the streets and sidewalks needing a lot of TLC.
During closing comments, three of our teens eloquently spoke about what being part of the St. Stephen's Youth Programs family has meant to them. The mayors complimented each other's commitment to mobilizing community service efforts focused on ending poverty, unequal access to education, and racism. Also offering thanks to all involved were The Right Reverend Alan Gates, and Principal of the Blackstone Innovation School, Danielle Morrissey. See national coverage here.
Youth Jobs Rally
The Youth Jobs Coalition hosted the 6th annual Youth Jobs Rally on February 18th. Young people and adult allies from across the state marched from Old South Church to the State House to advocate for an increase to the statewide youth jobs budget. St. Stephens' community organizers brought over 25 people to the rally.
Researchers, like those at Northeastern's Center For Labor Market Studies have found that providing teens with quality employment opportunities reduces their participation in violent activities, and greatly improves their educational and employment outcomes. Check out this website for more research on the positive impact of summer jobs!
170 volunteers from 24 partner organizations helped beautify the Blackstone Innovation School on Monday January 19th. It was a wonderful turnout! The day included a variety of service projects followed by an afternoon workshop about leadership development facilitated by community organizers from St. Stephen's and B-PEACE for Jorge. The teachers, administrators and staff of the school were extremely grateful for all of the good work that was accomplishment. |See more photos.|
A very special thank you to Meg McDermott, St. Stephen's Youth Programs' South End School & Community Organizer. She has been the driving force behind this partnership fort he past
four years! Thank you, Meg, for your dedication and hard work!
Our youth programs are an integral part of our outreach ministry. Since 2000 we have provided neighborhood children with a safe place to go at the end of the school day. Today we provide successful, year-round, out-of-school time programming for 800 students and about 160 teen jobs. Read About Our Youth Programs and check out a recent video about our partnership with Boston Public Schools.