Juwan SkeensEvent Organizer

    My name is Juwan Skeens, and I believe nothing is impossible for I’M possible. I was born and raised with my family who has owned property for over 50 years in Dorchester, with Christ Temple Church of Personal Experience in Roxbury as our place of worship. I am a Boston Public School Graduate from The Joseph Lee School, Timilty Middle School, and Excel High School, where I was Junior Varsity Debate Champion of the Boston Debate League and Senior Class President of our student body. I am 28 years-old; I’ve manage both the Norfolk Street Bridge and it’s Facebook page since September 2020 to document and advocate for the improvements of our overall public safety. I am a member of Redefining Our Community Civic Association and the director of our community-led Life Skills Training and Wellness Center, that will work with our supporting Neighborhood Associations and Councils to both educate and build generational wealth and wellness for years to come. ROC was founded in 2009 following the innocent murder of Steven P. Odom, the youngest son of Ron and Kim Odom, when we both were 13 years-old in 2007. While going to Boston Public Schools, there weren’t any resources to help us recover from the trauma, so our neighbors came together and said that we did not want to keep crying and started to hold monthly meetings, neighborhood crime watches, and annual block parties to change the perception of our community.

    As a Former Neighborhood Liaison to District 4, I was extremely grateful to work alongside Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell, from 2016-2018, and truly honored to serve my community of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan with attending zoning board meetings and nearly 20 Civic Associations monthly. I’ve had the opportunity to connect both neighbors and businesses to city, state, and federal resources to resolve our concerns. As a D4 Neighborhood Liaison, I founded and was able to spearhead and co-host the Boston Youth Expo in 2017, connecting our Boston youth and families to jobs and after-school programs alongside the offices of At-Large City Councilors Ayanna Pressley, Michelle Wu, and Annissa Essaibi George. In 2016, I was helpful in starting Grove Hall In Color along with Project RIGHT, Ekua Holmes and Nicole Flynt, and I will continue to support annually. From 2018-2020, I served as BCYF/JMCC Youth Worker, managing both a teen program ages 13-18 and their entrepreneurial business venture Boston Body Butter, where they were presented with citations on the Boston City Council floor. In 2021 amidst a pandemic – aside from fundraising, marketing, community organizing for ROC in leading 2 petitions, delivering food for businesses to families around MA, and being a full-time college student – I was also a Covid Community Educator under The Boston Project Ministries, where we were able to develop fliers and presentations to educate our communities to further navigate through the current COVID-19 pandemic, and keep our families safe.

    As a constituent and voter within the City of Boston, I have both a right and a duty to always make sure my community and I are represented, and that we have a seat at the table. Teamwork makes the dream work, and together we are possible!

     

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