Meet the New BYP Members of 2013-2014 School Year Program!

This year we welcome 10 new youth to the School Year Program. After having successfully completed a summer term and six weeks with BYP, we decided to gage the youth on the following questions:

1) What has been your favorite memory with BYP thus far?

2) What do you hope to accomplish with BYP this school year?

This is what they had to say!

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Briel – Library Team

Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory happened at the end of the summer program. All the dancing, eating, and karaoke. We were all together having fun.”

Hope to Accomplish: “I hope to have more artwork published at the library while teaching others about artwork and other things we have learned.”

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Devon W. – Gardening Team

Favorite Memory: “The Collards Cook-off. Everyone was having a good time. It was work but it didn’t feel like work. You could feel the love.”

Hope to Accomplish: “I want to become an intern for the summer. ”

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Inaam – Media Team

Favorite Memory: “My first time coming here, Miss Danielle taught me how to do a design up at the Print Shop.”

Hope to Accomplish: “BYP can help me get a real job. It’s preparing me for the real-world, getting better grades, and having the skills to talk to people.”

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Tiona – Media Team

Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory was the moss graffiti because it was real fun to have the whole BYP helping out and being creative. Also to make something nice on the Nyia Page Center.”

Hope to Accomplish: “I want to become advanced in all of the editing software programs that media offers so to help with my future career endeavors.”

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Chawntay – Mentoring Team

Favorite Memory: “The water-fight was fun at the end of the summer program.”

Hope to Accomplish: “I want to bring up my grades. Doing homework here really helps because it keeps me focused. It’s quiet.”

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Antonia – Library Team

Favorite Memory: “Working in the print studio. It’s a new experience. Never did anything like that before. It’s cool to make your own stuff.”

Hope to Accomplish: “Working on and coming up with new ideas for projects with my team.  ”

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Asia – Media Team

Favorite Memory: “When we had the big party for the last day of the summer program.”

Hope to Accomplish: “I plan on being more social because I’m real shy.”

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Malique – Media Team

Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory was in the summer program when we had the water ballon fight on the last day.”

Hope to Accomplish: “I hope to accomplish a better job in the future because of the help I get here from BYP.”

Resource Race Fundraiser on June 28th!

ResourceCommunityFlyer (1)Join us on June 28th for the Resource Race Fundraiser! All donations collected will be used for scholarships for youth to participate in BYP and for AmeriCorps members terms of service. Made possible from generous donations from Ink Division and Trader Joe’s, the Resource Race Fundraiser will bring together all the friends of KEYS, BYP, and The BCC for an evening full of fun!

BYP Attends Spoken Word Event

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.

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".

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"

Autumn Wilson performing her piece “Goodbye”

Quadary Jackson performing "Pride"

Quadary Jackson performing “Pride”