On August 20th, the Tito Jackson Community Fund and the Roxbury Community held a the Back to School Block Party for Peace! Right in the heart of Roxbury, the youth-centric event had delicious food, drink and live performances available for those in attendance. In addition, school supplies were distributed to those in need.
StuckOnReplay was there to capture the action and we received some great testimony from people making a real difference in the community.
We first interviewed Malika MacDonald-Rushdan, Director of ICNA Relief USA's Massachusetts Field Office and Director of Shelter Operations. Her organization strives to build healthy communities, strengthen families and create opportunities for those in need while maintaining dignity and advocating for basic human needs. Check out their work at icnarelief.org.
Next we heard the success story of Khalia, a student at the New England Center for Arts & Technology or NECAT. NECAT is a career-directed educational non-profit serving resource-limited, chronically unemployed and underemployed adults in Boston. They offer targeted job training, support, and employment services to prepare students to secure and retain career-ladder jobs in the growing food services industry. Check out more from NECAT at their website, ne-cat.org.
Finally, we'd like to thank Tito Jackson and Monica Cannon for organizing the event and welcoming StuckOnReplay.