13-year-old Mia DiMaggio is a star on the rise!  This lifelong South Boston resident is officially Caught in Southie’s newest (and first) intern and she’s going places! Mia is part of the South Boston Neighborhood House (aka Ollie) S.L.I.P. program.  S.L.I.P. – stands for Summer Leadership Intern Program, and she’s working with us this summer!

This important program will be a transformative part of the teen participants’ summer, providing not just support, encouragement, and guidance, but also fostering personal growth as they transition from childhood to young adulthood.  Through program components that cover everything from academics, job training, volunteering, and social activities, a strong foundation is being built for these kids to have success in their lives.  These young adults are standouts who possess the qualities of being leaders who will positively influence their peers, be role models to younger children, and inspire all they come in contact with.

This summer, they are out in the workforce, taking on jobs at local restaurants and small businesses in the neighborhood – including your favorite local magazine, Caught in Southie.

The S.L.I.P. program was designed to give youth in the community an opportunity to develop valuable career skills from real-world workplace experiences. Kids between the ages of 11 and 14 are placed in internships two days a week at local businesses, where they are given the chance to work and develop the professionalism and knowledge that will guide them to becoming valuable members of the workforce in the future.

Get to know Mia:

Mia will be entering 8th grade at Boston Collegiate Charter School in the fall. She the the sister to PJ, age 10, and the daughter of Paul and Nicole.  She is also the proud owner of two adorable pugs names Louie and Kozmo!  She plays basketball in the summer in the South Boston Kickoff for Kids league in addition to taking dance lessons from the legendary Miss Linda.

Here is a little Q+A with Mia:

Favorite part about the teen program at the Ollie – My favorite part is meeting new people.

What to you hope to learn from your internship – I’m looking forward to learning new info about South Boston including small business and people in the community doing fun thing.

Favorite Restaurant in the Neighborhood – The Seapoint – I love the steak tips and a Shirley Temple.

Favorite Outdoor Spot in the Neighborhood – M Street Park

Favorite Book – The Summer I Turned Pretty

Favorite Movie – Florida Project

Perfect Day in the Neighborhood – shopping and going out to eat

If you could travel to any place, where would it be? The Bahamas because I love tropical places.

Be on the lookout for Mia in the neighborhood!  She will be creating some content for us!





  1. Eddie Downs July 9, 2024 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Love my girl ❤️

    • Maureen Dahill July 9, 2024 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      She’s a good kid!

  2. Margaret McDougall July 9, 2024 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    What a great article about beautiful Mia! Such a great girl.
    Proud great-auntie❤️

    • Arianna Meli Omodei July 10, 2024 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Good job Mia! 🩷 from Ari her best friend 🫶🏻

  3. Marianne OMalley July 9, 2024 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Wow…good for Mia

  4. Marianne OMalley July 9, 2024 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Good for Mia

  5. Debortah Griffin July 9, 2024 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Awesome Mia!

  6. Maureen July 9, 2024 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Good for you Mia, you are the best. Auntie Mo

  7. Carole Sullivan July 9, 2024 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Great article for a great kid

  8. Paul DiMaggio July 9, 2024 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    That was awesome. So proud of my girl!

  9. Barbara Cassio July 10, 2024 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I think that is great

  10. Margaret Lynch July 11, 2024 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Wonderful article! Mia comes from a great family!

  11. Maureen Golden July 12, 2024 at 11:44 am - Reply

    The more I read this article the prouder I am of Mia.
    She is quite a resourceful and determined young lady.
    Mia seems shy at first, but you get Mia talking and it is wonderful. lol

    Auntie Mo

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