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Category Archives: Empowering Our Youth

Don’t Forget About Summer Job Safety Posted on May 19

Don’t Forget About Summer Job Safety

The spring weather has finally arrived – and with it, thoughts of summertime. Beach days, Red Sox games, vacations. And let’s not forget, summer jobs for the Massachusetts youth out there. I still remember some of my summer (and all year round) jobs as a   …Continue Reading Don’t Forget About Summer Job Safety

In Case You Missed It: White Ribbon Day 2014 Posted on Mar 26

In Case You Missed It: White Ribbon Day 2014

The first Thursday in March has been White Ribbon Day in Massachusetts for the past seven years – a  day for celebrating healthy masculinity and pledging to end violence against women. March 6th, 2014 was no different. On that day, a diverse group of artists,   …Continue Reading In Case You Missed It: White Ribbon Day 2014

From Vision to Action: Making Teen Workplace Safety a Reality Posted on Mar 18

From Vision to Action: Making Teen Workplace Safety a Reality

Sometimes a visual is the best way to get a conversation going. Last week, room 437 at the State House was literally filled with conversation starters—posters designed by teens to spread the word on teen workplace safety. They were on display as part of an   …Continue Reading From Vision to Action: Making Teen Workplace Safety a Reality

Raising Awareness About Teen Dating Violence Posted on Feb 14

This February is the second nationwide Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, proclaimed by President Obama in response to the pressing public health issue of intimate partner violence specifically among our country’s youth. Every year, 1 in 10 American teenagers will suffer physical dating   …Continue Reading Raising Awareness About Teen Dating Violence

Promoting Safe, Healthy Summer Jobs for Teens Posted on Jun 5

Promoting Safe, Healthy Summer Jobs for Teens

With school soon ending, many teens will be on the hunt for summer jobs. While work can provide many benefits to youth besides making money—opportunities to take on new responsibilities, learn job skills, explore future careers—it can also pose health and safety risks. Perhaps you’ve   …Continue Reading Promoting Safe, Healthy Summer Jobs for Teens

Massachusetts Teens Speak Up About ‘Safe Jobs for Youth’ Posted on May 22

Massachusetts Teens Speak Up About ‘Safe Jobs for Youth’

Posted by Sara Rattigan, Health Communications Specialist in the Occupational Health Surveillance Program. This April and May have been packed with events all about making workplaces safer for Massachusetts teens. First, Governor Patrick proclaimed May 2012 to be Young Worker Safety Month, an important reminder   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Teens Speak Up About ‘Safe Jobs for Youth’

More Than Words, Indeed: Helping Teens Transition to Adults Posted on Oct 5

More Than Words, Indeed: Helping Teens Transition to Adults

  This is the third in a series of guest posts researched and written by five summer interns with the DPH Youth Violence Prevention Program. Their names are (l to r) Sanjay Raju, Lisandra Carranza, Amy Nwaobasi, Joseph Fox, and Imani Cosby.   When first walking   …Continue Reading More Than Words, Indeed: Helping Teens Transition to Adults

Mending a Village Posted on Sep 15

Mending a Village

 This is the second in a series of guest posts researched and written by five summer interns with the DPH Youth Violence Prevention Program. Their names are (l to r) Sanjay Raju, Lisandra Carranza, Amy Nwaobasi, Joseph Fox, and Imani Cosby. We’ve all heard the saying   …Continue Reading Mending a Village

For Youth, By Youth: Community Transformation in Mission Hill Posted on Aug 24

For Youth, By Youth: Community Transformation in Mission Hill

 This is the first in a series of guest posts researched and written by five summer interns with the DPH Youth Violence Prevention Program. Their names are (l to r) Sanjay Raju, Lisandra Carranza, Amy Nwaobasi, Joseph Fox, and Imani Cosby. Have you ever taken a   …Continue Reading For Youth, By Youth: Community Transformation in Mission Hill