Institute for a Healthier Community

Working with the youth of South Boston to enhance the health and wellness of our community in a unique and exciting way.

For almost a decade, our Institute for a Healthier Community (IHC) has been a resource for teens to explore the realms of health, art, and community service.

The goals of IHC are to raise awareness about community and health related topics, to engage youth in positive and fun activities, and to empower them to take on leadership roles. The program is made up of over fifty teens, between the ages of 12 and 18. 

Members attend weekly meetings and workshops, in addition to a variety of events that IHC organizes, including service trips, art programs, tutoring sessions, and so much more.

During meetings, students take part in discussions regarding issues prevalent in the community, such as substance abuse or bullying, or health related topics such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or teen pregnancy. In addition to being educated on the subject, they further discuss resistance/prevention strategies and participate in leadership training workshops. With the resources and opportunities they're given, the teens are equipped to translate this information to their peers, becoming assets to our mission and our society.

Their work continues throughout the nation when the youth take part in disaster relief efforts and community service programs around the country. From Springfield to New Orleans, and New York to Alabama, these South Boston teens spread their culture for change wherever they travel.

For enrollment questions or further detail, please contact:

Mayra Rodriguez-Howard

Phone | 617-464-7423
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Visit the official IHC website to learn more.