Collecting Supplies Through the Streets of Braddock

 Journal Entries From the Cafe Group 



“I am a unique and warm-hearted person. Now I know that if I put my mind to it, I can do it. So from now on I’m going to work as hard as I can because I know I can do anything. What I liked about this summer is that I met new friends and learned new things. I’ve been able to work this summer and that’s awesome.”




“Yesterday went very well. I finished my café logo and it looks very nice. Yesterday I looked up how you make a mosaic table. You have to use a lot of supplies. You need glass, cement, cement dye and a lot of other things. I can’t wait to start making my mosaic table. I watched several videos on how to make mosaic tables and it is a lot of work but it looks very fun to make. I never made a mosaic table but I will know how to do it. The mosaic table is very nice and interesting. I hope that we start making it by tomorrow because we only have 6 days left of this program and I don’t think I will be able to get that done in a couple of days. But I will try my best to do what I have to do to make the mosaic table and be done. I went and took a walk yesterday and I saw several mosaic things and sculptures that I liked. They were very cool and I’m going to try to make some things like that.”




“Last Friday we learned a lot of stuff like critiques and logos. We started drawing out our logos and then critiqued them. We learned about lines and logos on PowerPoint. All and all it was a good day.”




“So far this summer I leaned how to use Photoshop better. I also leaned that you have to have patience with the Internet because in projects you need it. Also there are many steps to doing construction work. I learned to be more patient with things and learned that not showing up to work without calling can get you loss of pay or fired. You also need to be correct with your measurements when doing things so things won’t be messed up and you won’t have to do it over.” 

Last Week With the T-shirt Group

The T-shirt group is going strong. The best part of last week was probably learning screen printing. Devon learned it on Tuesday and printed the fronts of all the Fifth Avenue Strings shirts while Tre and Devon printed the backs of them on Thursday. They looked totally awesome and I’m super proud of what they’ve accomplished!

On top of getting some shirts printed, we’ve managed to create some awesome designs as well. We’ve decided upon the name “BYP Gear” for the T-shirt group, so we worked on creating a BYP Gear logo. Through many revisions, Tre has landed upon what I think to be the strongest design yet:

Designed by Trevon R. 

When the BYP Gear Logo was created, this allowed Devon the ability to create business cards using this logo. They incorporate the BYP Gear Logo, as well as BYP’s colors:

Designed by Devon C.

As for Alisha, she was a great model when we began to come up with ideas and photos for our catalog pages. She’s been working on her brochure, though she’s not yet finished, so hopefully she’ll get to work on it more this week and create something she’ll be proud to put up online.

In the meantime, on Friday, Devon created a design for the CityReach Church, based on a design they provided him. I know Devon was pretty psyched about the first draft, and so am I:

Designed by Devon C. 

There’s still some more awesome stuff to come, so I can’t wait to see what the youth will think up next. We’ve been commissioned by two different people for T-shirts, so I’m sure we have our work cut out for us. We still need to create catalog pages for our “look book” as well as finish up our designs for the Braddock Boxing Club. I’m proud of what our youth have managed to create in such a short amount of time!


Healthy Practices: Meet Our Youth

Name & Age: Kris, age 17.

Grade & School:  Senior at Woodland Hills High School

First year or returning BYP member? First year.

Favorite Healthy Practices activity?  I like going to Good Shepherd (to teach nutrition at summer camp), teaching swim lessons, and stress relief.

Tell us about your independent project: My project is about herbs and their uses and how you can use them in their diet.

BYP Jr. and Heritage Summer Camp

This summer BYP Jr. has been involved with a variety of projects in our effort to provide positive mentors for younger youth in the community. We spend much of our time at Good Shepherd School where we help out at a heritage summer camp for kids ages 5 to 13. We assist in the classroom, on the playground and on field trips, and during lunch. We also have planned several activities for the youth to travel out into the community. For example, every Tuesday, the camp goes in two groups to the library where they get to pick out books and read with a stuffed animal friend. Three days during the week, the kids also meet with our BYP gardening team who has planned exciting activities for them such as watering the garden, planting seedlings, and playing with a live chicken. So far, the kids have loved seeing the plants grow, the compost form (even though the comics were in there), and eating the flowers from the squash plants. Here are a few pictures from our gardening excursions.

Watering the Youth Garden

Filling the watering cans from rain water barrels and eating some of the delicious flower plants.

Garden Coordinator Jenalee points out some of the garden’s plants.