Over the summer, a small group of teenage girls sat and listened to the women of Loco and Fat Baby from the Broadway Restaurant Group discuss their career paths. Their visit at the wildly popular taqueria ended with the girls learning how to make Loco’s famous guac.
Rachel Titcomb, GM/Director of Marketing of Loco and Fat Baby, Meg Langdon, the assistant GM of Loco, and Kaitlyn Fischer, Bar Manager of Loco) took turns talking about their careers and the day to day tasks to manage some of South Boston’s busiest restaurants. Just one of many workshops and activities that the Tynan SuperTeens experienced this summer.
When you’re a younger teenager, summer can be a challenging time. You’re too old for summer camp but too young for a summer job. Enter the BCYF SuperTeen Program! SuperTeens is a six week summer program designed for 13-14 year old Boston teens to motivate the teens to set goals and begin their leadership journey through educational/recreational workshops, field trips, and service projects. This past summer was the first year for the Tynan Community Center to participate, and by design, the Tynan SuperTeens were all female!
“It was so great to have the BCYF Tynan Community Center join our SuperTeens Summer Leadership Program this year,” said Kate Hennigan,SuperTeens program manager. “These amazing young women embraced every new activity and challenge put before them with such a positive and enthusiastic attitude,” she added.
The 2019 Tynan SuperTeens were made up of Caleigh Houlihan, Marielle Rehm, Talia Scott, Mae Lafferty, Kate Fiasconaro, Mya Donovan, Millie Hynes, Victoria Molina, Lauren Chin and Olivia McCarthy.
Katie O’Connell, a BCYF Tynan youth worker, along with Hennigan, coordinated and planned the schedule for the summer, employed the staff for the program, and most importantly, participate in all the activities. Emily DiBlasi,SuperTeens assistant and Jackie McDonald, SuperTeens supervisor also helped make this summer go smoothly.
“It has been nothing short of a privilege to have spent the summer with such an amazing group of young women and future leaders,” said O’Connell.
From pure fun field trips like Canobie Lake Park, Duck Boats, and Cozdilla, to more inspiration visits to Harvard Medical School MEDscience Module with Mayor Walsh, New England Revolution, a meet and greet at Gillette Stadium, ‘Women in Law Enforcement’ with the BPD, BOCH Center theater workshop, the six weeks of the program were action packed.
The SuperTeens also got real world work experiences like a social media workshop with Comcast, a resume building workshop and cooking class at Boston Public Market.
“This experience opened my eyes to so many career opportunities. I had such an amazing summer,” said SuperTeen Talia Scott.
They also helped out at Cradles to Crayons and the Tynan Block party. After competing in a scavenger hunt against 24 other BCYF sites, the Tynan SuperTeens tied for first place to end the summer.
“I really loved being a part of SuperTeens this summer! I loved the trips we went on and the leadership skills we learned. I would love to be able to do it again,” said Kate Fiasconaro.
For the summer of 2019, it was a season of fun, learning, inspiration and laying the groundwork for our future female leaders. When asked about her summer, Olivia McCarthy smiled and said, “It was such a great experience that I’ll never forget.”
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