Historias de Boston is a new youth employment program designed to engage youth in exploring the connections of the Latinx communities of Boston throughout the city's history. During their 6-week employment program, youth researched and gathered stories of leadership within the three different sites of the National Parks of Boston and the Boston Latino Community. Their final project resulted in oral histories, some focused on their individual personal experiences and others working in groups, to dwell deeper on the similarities and differences between the park sites and the Boston Latinx communities. These oral histories, as well as the still and video imagery they produce, will serve as a means to engage park staff and visitors in new and innovative ways. Interviews were conducted Summer of 2018 and 2019.
Explore the projects below to engage with a youth-led documentation of Boston's Latinx communities. The video and audio from the project is divided into two categories for viewing: the youth's self reflections on the project and their experience and then the group interviews with community leaders including: Albert Vasallo III, President of El Mundo Boston; Massachusetts of Representatives Jeffrey Sanchez; Mayra I. Negrón-Rivera, Chief Operation Officer of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, National Park Service Park Guides: Veronica Carlo, Bruce Heerter, and Lauren Glaser; and National Parks Outreach Coordinator Kim Weglarz.
Click on the playlists below to watch the videos and listen to the audio. You can view the whole collection by visiting here.