Growing Up

Posted 28 July 2015 12:00 AM by Jasmine

Coming into week three I was really excited knowing that the City Spotlights teens would be going to the State House to advocate for the arts and the work that they do. These teens were so inspiring and you could see the life that was brought into the room when they were performing. Being the Advocacy Teaching Assistant I have been able to see the process of growth that these teens have done: from writing hopes and dreams on notebook paper to speaking and performing in front of legislators as well as the President of the Senate. I mean, what teen do you know that does that? They were also featured in the Boston Globe newspaper! I could not be more proud of these amazing young people who continue to remind me of why the work I do is so important.

When it came down to preparing for “the ask” that would be presented at the State House, the question that was posed to the teens was, “How have the arts helped them, their families and their communities?” Some of the stories that were shared were life changing and you could see it on their faces and hear it in their voices that programs like this are necessary for their development as human beings. All of these stories were so beautiful and illustrated just how much we need the arts and how much it can save a person’s life. Although they are categorized as teens I have seen more immense growth and strength in just these past three weeks than I have seen in many adults. I have been so fortunate to be a part of a program that creates a space for teens to speak their minds and show their hearts.

I cannot wait to be a part of their flash mob performances and see how amazed Boston will be at these teens and be as proud as I am of them.

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