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“When I’m around 80 or 90 years old and I’m in a rocking chair, looking back, reflecting on my life, I want to be able to say I did something awesome for somebody. That I helped people.”
Twenty-three-year-old Stephen has always been the type of person who has cared about other people. Growing up in Dorchester, he saw a lot of good and potential in his community. That’s why he decided when he was still very young that he wanted to help his neighborhood and the people in it.
“I feel like it is definitely my responsibility to help my community. Regardless of skin color, ethnicity, or anything like that. At the end of the day, we all bleed red. I feel like our struggles are similar, so we all should be willing to help our fellow man.”
Which is exactly what Stephen is doing at YouthBuild Boston, an organization that helps young people in the community get on the right track and develop skills from carpentry to property maintenance, to landscaping.
“The hands-on aspect is only one part of YouthBuild Boston. The other part is more life skills, more life changing…People come in with different struggles, but we try to help them see their potential, the best part of themselves. Once you get someone to see that they’re great and they actually believe it, that’s when the change really begins.”
Through helping his students develop job skills and foster life skills, Stephen is helping everyone he meets better themselves and their lives. His work is doing more than just helping people find jobs, it’s helping them find themselves, too.