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Heat Emergency in Boston
Mayor Wu announced a heat emergency in the City of Boston through Wednesday, July 17. Cooling centers will be open at 14 BCYF community centers Monday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Nakia Hill

Artist-in-Residence | Cohort 3, 2018-19

Nakia Hill is a writer and educator with a track record of effectively managing and scaling writing programs for urban youth. She specializes in managing creative writing spaces for underserved youth to fuel empowerment and to discover the writer within. With a background in journalism, her work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, The Bay State Banner, and Sister to Sister Magazine. Her latest work is created through a non-fiction lens in the form of poetry and reflective personal narratives. The theme of her work focuses on womanhood, self-care, and resiliency.

'I Still Did It'

During her residency, Nakia held writing workshops at the Grove Hall Senior Center in Dorchester and led a program called "Girls, Write!" at New Academy Estates in Roxbury. During these workshops, she helped young girls and women turn their experiences with resilience into narratives. She then compiled these stories into a published intergenerational anthology called "I Still Did It," which features resilience stories written by girls and women of color ages 10 - 88 in Boston.

Boston artist-in-residence Nakia Hill leading writing workshop at Grove Hall senior center

Women in the Workplace Survey

This survey was created by writer and Boston resident Nakia Hill as part of the Boston AIR program’s effort to explore resilience and racial equity. The survey aimed to help the City better understand how women of color are treated in the workplace in Boston. Questions were designed to get a snapshot of the experience of women in the workplace in Boston. All women who live or work in Boston were welcome to take part in this study. 

This survey was anonymous and respondents had the option to share as much, or as little, about their stories to help better inform our study. This data will be used to advocate for the creation of policies to protect women and improve their experience in the workplace.

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