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HELP WANTED – School Year Jobs with the Boston Youth Fund – Apply Now!

Posted on September 22nd, 2010 by admin in Resources


The Boston Youth Fund (BYF) will be funding a limited number of school year positions at several community-based, faith-based and City of Boston Agencies. Jobs include childcare, administrative, tutoring, and many more. Boston Youth Fund school year jobs pay $8.00 per hour for a maximum of 10 hours per week.

School-Year Program Eligibility Requirements:

Teens interested in applying for BYF school-year employment must be:

  • 15 years old on or before Sunday November 14, 2010
  • Full-Time City of Boston resident
  • Currently enrolled in High School or a young person in a GED/alternative education program
  • Legally permitted to work in Massachusetts and the United States

Application Process:

  1. Review the list of worksites that are accepting school-year applications (see link below).
  2. Decide which worksite that you are interested in applying to.
  3. Download and complete the BYF application for school year employment.
  4. Bring the completed application to the worksite that you would like to apply to.
  5. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please review your application carefully before submitting it to a work location.
  6. Make sure to follow up with the worksite regarding an interview for the position.
  7. BYF Application Deadline is October 15, 2010.

Download & Print School-Year Job Application with a list of the BYF partners that will be accepting Boston Youth Fund Applications through October 15, 2010.

Boston Youth Zone

Vote for the top teen books of the last year

Posted on September 17th, 2010 by admin in Books, Contests


What do  you think were the top books written for teens in the last year?

CLICK HERE to go to the official ballot page and cast your vote!

Voting is only open for teens (age 12-18) – this is a Teen’s Choice Award! The books you can vote for were all nominated by members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.

Voting closes today,  Sept. 17, 2010. Winners will be announced in a webcast at during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23 that we’ll link to from this blog as well.

Here are the books on the list,  NOW GO VOTE!

Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Fire by Kristin Cashore
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Roar by Emma Clayton
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Dragonfly by Julia Golding
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
City of Fire by Laurence Yep

MattapAnime Teen Host Club minutes for 8/30/2010

Posted on August 30th, 2010 by admin in Events

The MattapAnime Teen Host Club met today at its regular time – 2-4. The next meeting will be in two weeks on Monday, September 13th. Today we started planning for our first COSPLAY PARTY!!! (Don’t know what Cosplay is? This is a decent article to help you out). We hope to have it on Tuesday, October 19th from 2-5. We want to have food & drink, music, and entertainment.

  • For Food and Drink, Cris said she’ll be drafting her sister Rebeca to make these cool rice crispie vampire creations. Najah volunteered to make vegetarian sushi. Cris is planning on making edible broomsticks. Clayton’s going to take a trip to a large Asian Supermarket and bring Pokey and whatever other cool Japanese treats he can find. He’ll also be getting drinks (soda, juice, water), napkins, chips, and chop sticks.
  • For Music, Najah’s going to create some playlists on Groove Shark and share them with us. We’ll then figure the best way to get some CDs to play on the library’s CD player.
  • For entertainment, we HAVE to play some Anime. Bleach was suggested. We’ll decide later exactly what we’ll watch. We talked about having chopsticks and something small that would challenge people to improve their chopstick skills – you can only eat what you can pick up with the chopsticks. Clayton’s going to look into getting different colors of playdough so we can make pretend playdough sushi. He’s also going to look into getting supplies to make candy sushi. We also talked about how fun it would be to have a trophy (maybe made of candy sushi?) for best costume.

If you’ve never read Death note & xxholic, everyone really thinks you should! Also, WATCH LUCKY STAR!!!

Another book was also recommended (but its not manga): How Starbucks Saved My Life.

Some awesome sketches were done for a club logo. I’m going to photograph them and upload them soon!

Mattapan Teen Anime/Manga Club notes

Posted on May 17th, 2010 by admin in Books, Events, Resources

The Mattapan Teen Anime and Manga Club, which meets every other Monday in the teen movie/game room, met today and came up with some great ideas of things to do in the future. All teens interested should come to the next meeting on Monday, June 7th from 2-4.

Things the club would like to do in the future:

  • Go on trips to Museums, like the MFA, the Science Museum, and the ICA
  • Go to Cons like Anime Boston and the JUMP festival
  • Conduct a Cosplay workshop and teach each other how to make cool costumes of our favorite characters
  • Bring in a Japanese Speaker and have a language workshop
  • Have a manga/graphic novel storytelling workshop
  • Have an Otaku workshop and share the wide world of Anime & Manga with everyone and increase everyone’s awareness of just how much cool stuff is out there
  • Have an art exhibition of locally created art

The second half of every club meeting is dedicated to watching anime. Today we discussed our favorites and agreed that a goal for future meetings will be to watch an episode or two from as many as possible. We want to provide exposure to new stuff that people are into, so people can decide for themselves if they want to watch more on their own time. Here’s the list of favorites from today’s group:

  • Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • FLCL
  • Air Gear
  • Hitman Reborn
  • Death Note
  • Code Geass
  • Soul Eater
  • School Rumble
  • Baka to Test
  • Elemental Glade
  • Chrono Crusade
  • Clannad
  • Trigun
  • Full Metal Alchemist
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Tora Dora
  • Claymore
  • To Love Ru
  • Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple
  • Peacemaker
  • Boondocks
  • Tsubasa
  • Sakura
  • Afro Samurai
  • One Piece
  • My bride is a mermaid
  • Outlaw Star
  • Case Closed

Teen Book Review

Posted on May 14th, 2010 by afiske in Books, Reviews - Teens

Freaks and Revelations, by Davida Wills Hurwin

Davida Wills Hurwin brings you a book about hate, survival, hope and forgiveness. The book  is very good and is a very great lesson after you read it. Nothing is sugar-coated, which is great because it doesn’t lie. Hurwin tells the truth of real life in the book and shows that everything has bumps along the way.  (Cherokee, Grove Hall)