The Braddock Youth Project participated in a spoken word event on April 18th sponsored by Propel Braddock Hills High School, “Let’s Raise Our Voices Against Violence”. Fifteen participants from Propel Braddock Hills, Propel Andrew Street, and BYP performed poems on the topics of community violence, bullying, discrimination, and non-violence. Sharvel Pulliam of the BYP media team says that he felt, “nervous at first, but after seeing everyone supporting me and so encouraging, I felt really confident with my poem.”
In preparation for the event, the BYP Media Team watched videos of experienced spoken word artists and researched musical works that they admired for inspiration. They also practiced their performances on stage at the Nyia Page Community Center.
BYP members show support for the performing youth.
Sharvel Pulliam looked to poet Maya Angelou and musical artists like Radiohead for the inspiration for his poem “The Waves Roll Tide”.
Autumn Wilson performing her piece “Goodbye”
Quadary Jackson performing “Pride”
Kids from the H.O.S.T. program get a mini cooking lesson from an AmeriCorps-Health Corps Member.
On Tuesday, March 19, kids from the H.O.S.T. after-school program at Good Shepherd site began a 6-week long series on cooking. Their first session included making breakfast burritos. Along with learning to cook, students will practice proper safety rules when working with hot surfaces, sharp objects, and avoiding food contamination.
BYP Jr. members Sonya S. and Ontae S. help cook scrambled eggs for the breakfast burritos.
On Wednesday, March 13th BYP, in collaboration with a group from Winchester Thurston High School, hosted Community Game Night at the Nyia Page Community Center. Participants in the event enjoyed playing Connect Four, Operation, Scrabble, chess, and a wide variety of Wii games. The group of youth from Winchester Thurston donated over 25 games as a result of a game drive they hosted at their school. BYP will continue to hold Game Nights using the donated games. Check our facebook for upcoming events!
The Community Game Night is just the first of a series of collaborations that BYP will work on with youth from Winchester Thurston. On April 19th there will be a volunteer day in the BYP gardens to jump start the growing year. There will be over 40 volunteers from Winchester Thurston along with BYP youth and staff. In anticipation for the summer, we are accepting donations of gardening tools including shovels, hoes, rakes, tillers, hand tools, weed wacker cords, twine, etc. If you would like to donate or volunteer for the event please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Media Team has been busy perfecting their screen printing skills to share with others in the Youth Open Studio every Thursday 3:30pm – 5:30pm in the Braddock Carnegie Library. Teens interested in learning to print their own t-shirts, posters, invitations, and more can learn the art of screen printing from BYP youth!
On January 25th The BYP Media team hosted a Karaoke night in the Braddock Community Center. The event had people coming and going showing off their singing skills! Artists being imitated ranged from Alicia Keys to Michael Jackson to The Beatles, and everything in between. Won’t you join us next time?