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Spindle City Corps Year Round Program Underway

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Date: February 6, 2009
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705
Contact: Amy Glowacki, 978-970-5024

Lowell, MA. The National Park Service along with Community Teamwork, Inc. (CTI) has launched the “Developing Young Leaders” program.  This program represents a year-round youth program under the aegis of the longstanding Spindle City Corps program. Since its inception in 1995, Spindle City Corps has offered hundreds of Lowell youth both employment and career development opportunities.

“Developing Young Leaders” builds upon the success of Lowell’s current and long term partnership with Community Teamwork, Inc. to create a year-round program that unites young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years for a demanding schedule of community service and leadership development. It encourages, prepares, and challenges young people from diverse backgrounds to address environmental and social issues in their community. Drawing from the local high schools and the community college, the membership strives to be racially, culturally and economically diverse to reflect Lowell’s population.

The community of Lowell benefits from the program as participants have assisted with events such as the CTI Toys for Tots drive, the City of Lights Parade, Project Wish, Monster Bash, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The Spindle City Corps members are currently gearing up for Winterfest by assisting with the activity at Lowell National Historical Park’s booth at Museum Madness on Saturday, February 7 at the Tsongas Arena. Find the Corps members in their blue t-shirts and create snowmen made from Lowell-woven cloth. During Kids’ Week February 14-21, the Corps members will be leading two workshops where attendees create friendship bracelets.

Did You Know?

Mile of Mills, Lowell National Historical Park

The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.