We are empowered youth...

... that care about our community.  With every tree we plant, young person we educate on smoking and crime we prevent by helping other youth, we are saving lives and truly improving the community.” 
-Codrington Barzey

We work to make change...

...in our community. We have a voice and want it heard. Youth working with adults and the community working together is necessary to improve our neighborhoods. Together we can make positive policy changes locally and beyond.”   -Alexis Claytor

About BOLD teens

B.O.L.D. stands for Breath of Life Dorchester. We are a youth-led organization focused on environmental and social justice by addressing the health,  and safety concerns of our community. We are youth between the ages 14-18 working to improve the quality of life in our community through education, advocacy and activism. We serve our community through civic engagement and partnerships to effectively improve the health and safety in our neighborhoods.

Fed regulators take tips from Codman Square teens
By  Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter  Sep. 8, 2010

A Codman Square-based youth group has been recognized by a federal agency for their pioneering anti-smoking campaigns. On Tuesday, August 17, staff from the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), an offshoot of the Food and Drug Administration, visited Dorchester to meet with the Breath of Life Dorchester (BOLD) Teens.  

“This is our first trip out of Washington, D.C. to meet with a youth group doing such amazing work”, said Dr. Lawrence R. Deyton, Director of the CTP, in a press release.

The purpose of the visit was to discuss the warning labels that are printed on cigarette cartons. In 2007, the BOLD Teens developed newer, more graphic labels, and distributed them to several local vendors to be placed on tobacco products. The BOLD Teens were one of the first groups in the nation to employ this particular strategy and have been able to spread the labels under contract to at least 15 merchants across Boston....Click here for the entire store.


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