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City Spotlights Teen Leadership program empowers students to use voices for change

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BOSTON – It’s a summer job like no other.

The Boch Center’s City Spotlights Teen Leadership program gives Boston teens a voice to drive change.

In the past six weeks, about three dozen teens have used music, art, dance and acting to spread a positive message across the community.

The theme of this year’s program is combating stereotypes.

The teens performed their work throughout the city in flash mobs and workshops in community centers. It all culminates with a big showcase on Wednesday, August 16 at the Shubert Theater.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity for the teens to be on a professional stage with professional production values ​​and showcase all the work they’ve worked so hard at all summer,” said vice president and senior director of education at the Boch Center, Corey Evans.

The teens involved have seen firsthand how using music can help convey their message to younger children.

“We take something they like and put a message in it. They’ll probably remember it better than if it were just dictated to them and taught to them like it’s a regular classroom lesson.” 15-year-old Raheema Civil told WBZ-TV.

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Elijah Byrd, returning for his second summer with the program, said this year’s theme at City Spotlights is an important one.

“If you learn to love each other and know each other’s differences, we can make something beautiful out of that,” Byrd said.

Evans calls the teens involved in the program Boston’s future leaders and says they each have something special to offer the city.

You can see for yourself. The showcase at the Shubert is free and open to the public. It starts at 5:30 PM. For more information click here.

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