Author(s): Globe Staff Date: June 11, 1995 Page: 1 Section: CITY WEEKLY
EAST BOSTON – Eight local teenagers have been selected to represent the city this summer at an international youth conference in Boston’s sister city, Strasbourg, France. “It’s a great opportunity for these kids. A lot of them haven’t even been out of the state before,” said Brendan O’Brien, director of the Boston Youth Network, a program for teenagers based at the East Boston Social Center.
The group, which emphasizes tutoring, drug prevention and stay-in-school programs as well as community service projects, was selected by the Boston-Strasbourg Sister City Association. The only hitch: the group needs to raise $4,000 to finance the trip. The city has kicked in $600, and a fund-raiser was held last week. Now the group is selling $2 raffle tickets for wooden benches and picnic tables made as volunteers with Fair Foods, the Dorchester-based organization that distributes surplus food and materials.
Two Saturdays a month, the East Boston youths unload and distribute food for Fair Foods, in addition to other projects. “They come here on the subway and they work so hard. They’re the best kids I’ve ever had,” said Nancy Jamison, who heads Fair Foods. In Strasbourg, the teenagers hope to showcase community service work in Boston and plan to donate a bench or two to the sister city.
For information on the raffle, call the Boston Youth Network at 569-3221 or Fair Foods at 288-6185 or 282-0728.