Mayor Marty Walsh: Your Piece for Peace

In March of 2014, Mayor Walsh kicked off this Peace Initiative at the Dr. Loesch Family Park.  One piece is the Gun Buy Back project, which the BOLD Teens assisted with years back in Four Corners, through Greenwood Family Life Center, and at the Codman Square Health Center.   The primary goal is to reduce all violence in our communities.

Other components include: year-round jobs for teens and younger adults; increased prevention efforts in schools and homes; cooperation between families and all youth and agencies; etc.  Click here for more information.

Peace Events
We work with the Codman Square Neighborhood Council, B-SMART (Boston Strategic Multi Agency Response Team), local merchants and Codman Square partners to reduce crime in the community through city and community partnerships.

Occupational Hazards
Based on several surveys done in the Fields Corner and Codman Square areas, respondents have said that their safety is compromised daily.  BOLD Teens decided to survey restaurants and retail stores such as pharmacies and grocery stores.  In the Fields Corner area, the stores between Dorchester Avenue and Adams Street were surveyed.  Also, in the Codman Square area, the stores between Washington Street and Talbot Avenue were surveyed.  Fields Corner and Codman Square are diverse places in Dorchester. They are filled with corner stores, eateries, banks, law firms, fresh food markets, clinics, and non-profit organizations.

Questions Have you ever been robbed (%) More than twice (%) More than five times (%) Do the police help (%) Did the quality of service change for the worse (%)
Yes 58 82 36 18 64
No 37 18 64 82 36
Total (%) 95 100 100 100 100

Our work resulted from the collaborative efforts with MassCOSH, Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health Work (http://www.masscosh.org) youth to address youth workplace safety.  Our collective efforts culminated in the creation of a train the trainer curriculum, public service announcement, and the passage of the new child labor laws.  Contact MassCOSH for trainings and to support this.

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