Asian Voices of Organized Youth for Community Empowerment (A-VOYCE) is ACDC’s dynamic leadership program for youth from Greater Boston.
A-VOYCE brings youth together to use their voices in affecting positive change in the community through the power of dialogue, storytelling and placemaking.
A-VOYCE serves high school-aged youth from the Greater Boston area, with an emphasis on low-income, immigrant youth. The year-round program consists of a comprehensive curriculum of community development and cultural identity. The curriculum includes lessons on the history of urban renewal and community development, guest speakers from the Chinatown community, interactive and creative workshops and peer trainings by youth from other community and non-profit groups.
A-VOYCE youth have the opportunity to:
Provide volunteer service
Earn money in a summer program
Develop their leadership skills
Attend workshops on resume writing and college planning
Gain public-speaking skills and experience
Learn how to use their voices and organize with community to bring about change in their neighborhoods
Following the training curriculum, A-VOYCE youth move from theory to practice by participating in the See-Town Chinatown Walking Tour. See-Town trains students to lead community tours of Chinatown and give visitors historical, cultural, and personal perspectives of the 100+ year-old neighborhood.