Supporters of a teen center in Dorchester’s Bowdoin-
Geneva neighborhood urged civic leaders Tuesday morning to help them raise $1 million. The money would be used to continue the center’s middle school program and help quell youth violence by giving young people opportunity and hope.
“Our research has shown us that if we get a kid in sixth grade and we keep them until 12th grade, we can get you into college,” Deborah Kincade Rambo, president of Catholic Charities, which runs the Teen Center at St. Peter’s, said before an audience of about 50 people gathered in the Lower Church of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross where Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans spoke.
O’Malley told the group, which included advertising magnate and philanthropist Jack Connors and James Gallagher, executive vice president of John Hancock, that the Teen Center is part of the church’s response to gun violence in the community.
“Gun violence and crime are such a plague that has taken the lives of so many of our young people,” O’Malley said. “[It’s] so tragic to go to these wakes and funerals of young children, really, and to see the agony on the face of their parents and their siblings.”
The Teen Center, he said, provides the community with a sense of hope and is proof of what can be done to make a difference in people’s lives.
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