Evidence of Project Collaboration
The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative was developed in 2009 in partnership with Vineyard community leaders. At the heart of the Institute’s work is an inclusive community listening and planning process that builds strategic cross-cultural, multidisciplinary alliances and engages people to work together to address issues facing their youth. MVYLI has collaborated with schools and several organizations on Martha’s Vineyard.
Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Guidance Department: Guidance Counselors nominate students to serve as youth delegates to the MVYLI Youth Leadership Summit. The MVYLI College Prep & Field Trip helps students especially those who are first in their family to attend college and to reduce drop out risk of college freshmen. It is a great success, resulting in press and photos hung to inspire youth to attend the second College Field Trip and a video with MVTV intern, featured on MVTV and the Institute’s YouTube Channel. MVYLI youth created the first Multicultural Assembly for both MVRHS and MV Charter School students (800 students).
MVYLI Job Shadow Day matches Vineyard youth with businesses including: Cape Air, Educomp, John Klein, Technology Investor, YMCA of MV Chairman, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital (Operating Room, Emergency Room, Physical Therapy and Rehab and Radiology), Windemere Nursing Home, Psychologist Karen Krowski, Nelson Mechanical Design, Rose Styron, Chairman Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, South Mountain Company, Vineyard Pediatrics, Martha’s Vineyard Financial Group, Galen Films, Film-Truth Productions, Grey Barn Farm, The Farm Institute, Massachusetts Farm Bureau, State Senator Dan Wolf, Senator John Kerry, Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren, and the Spanish Consulate in Boston – and the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.
Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellows: Youth Summit presenters included Emma Green Beach, Shellfish Hatchery, Liz Baldwin, Felix Neck and Noli Hoye Taylor, Island Grown Schools. In 2012 Emma HallBilsBack received a full scholarship plus a gap year for her education as a sustainable farmer.
Martha’s Vineyard Charter School has a representative on the MVYLI Advisory Council; three students served as youth delegates; two participated in the field trip to make presentations to Senator Kerry and Governor Patrick’s staff. Two Charter School youth are representatives to the Cape & Islands Youth Congress that met monthly on Cape.
Martha’s Vineyard Community Television: MVYLI developed 3 internships who’ve created videos featured on MVTV: Chris Pitt produced 3 videos (MVYLI Dreams, Vieques Youth Dreams,Youth Summit Highlights). Intern Meagan McDonough produced video on College Field Trip. Shavanae Anderson produced Passing the Torch and Multicultural Voices on the Vineyard. Shav has partnered with Featherstone Center for the Arts to teach younger students about video production. They have each won the Walter Cronkite Award and Scholarship.
YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard: MVYLI serves as a training opportunity for young people who are hired by the YMCA to serve as after school and summer camp counselors, physical trainers, sports coordinator, and mural painters.
Governor’s Statewide Youth Council: MVYLI has collaborated with the Young Brothers to Men and the Young Sisters program to nominate outstanding youth to serve on this prestigious two-year program.
MVYLI youth are all actively involved with community service projects during the year – from Island Food Pantry, to Red Stocking Fund, to Rotary, winter coat drives, mentoring younger students at Boys & Girls Club and producing educational videos.
NAACP of Martha’s Vineyard: MVYLI youth were inducted as Junior Members of the NAACP Chapter of Martha’s Vineyard at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner at the Harborview Hotel. They were invited to make a presentation at the NAACP Juneteenth Conference that addresses the cultural, social, educational and economic of people of color on Martha’s Vineyard. MVYLI youth will make their Cultural Health Presentation.
Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard: The Institute created an event honoring Walter Cronkite where his grandson presented the first Walter Cronkite Awards to a Vineyard youth and global youth. They have expressed interest in partnering with MVYLI for 2011 for youth leadership program. MVYLI youth serve on Interact Youth group.
Over 20 Island schools, non-profit organizations and community leaders have nominated Vineyard youth to serve as delegates to the MVYLI Annual Youth Leadership Summit.
MVYLI brought ten AmeriCorps NCCC members to Martha’s Vineyard to work on projects with Island partners: Island Grown Schools; Whippoorwill Farm; Baylor Norton Farms, Island Cohousing; Native Earth Teaching Farm; BiodiversityWorks; The Trustees of the Reservations.
Sustainable Vineyard Quest to visit and learn about innovative sustainable energy: Allen Farm, Aquinnah Cultural Center, Island Co-Housing, Wampanoag Tribe, Morning Glory Farm’s windmill, Trustees of the Reservation, Dot’s Dumptique, Edgartown Wastewater Treatment Plant, Hobknob Inn, solar sites like Steamship Authority and YMCA.
Whippoorwill Farms: Andrew Woodruff, served as faculty for the Youth Summit for Sustainable Development.
Martha’s Vineyard Farmer’s Roundtable was coordinated in partnership with MVYLI co-founder Emma HallBilsaback, The Farm Institute and the Massachusetts Farm Bureau to bring some of the 42 farmers together to have better Island representation of their needs and concerns to state legislators.
Martha’s Vineyard Commission: During the Youth Summit, Vineyard youth delegates created the first Sustainable Vineyard Map with the MV Commission’s top cartographer. This is the first step towards engaging youth in the Island Plan, which was developed over the last five years, but without youth involvement.
MVY Radio: MVYLI youth have been interviewed for two special shows to share their dreams and plans.
MV Times and Vineyard Gazette: have featured six articles on the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative.
Plum TV: featured MVYLI youth along with excerpts from the Vineyard Youth Summit highlights video.
MVYLI’s Advisory Council: Rose Styron, Elizabeth Rothwell, Harborview Hotel, Amira Madisen, Wampanoag, MVRHS Alumni, Ana Carvalho, Brazilian, MVRHS Alumni, David Nathans, Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Ann Floyd, Sandpiper Realty, Steve Cal, Budget Car Rental, Kim Conway, Mark London, MV Commission, Nancy Gardella, MV Chamber of Commerce, Matt Malowski, MV Regional High School, Bob Moore, MV Charter School, Noli Taylor, Island Grown Schools and Melinda Loberg, Dukes County Commission.