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Carmen Pola

Carmen was born in Puerto Rico and raised in California, where she worked as a hairdresser before becoming an community organizer. She moved to Boston in the 1970s, settled in Mission Hill, and has been involved in issues of housing, education and civil rights ever since. She was the first Hispanic to run for elected office in Massachusetts and opened the doors for other Hispanics to challenge the system and run for office. At 77, she is a co-founder of the Mission Hill Senior Legacy Project, an effort to create unity among seniors of all races, and is a founding story ambassador of Everyday Boston.

Gabriela Follett

Gabriela (Gabbie) was born and raised in Dorchester (Ashmont area). She grew up playing softball at Town Field in Fields Corner and drinking raspberry slush puppies at Ashmont Market with her brother and sisters. She studied Environmental Studies with a focus on food justice and theater at the University of Vermont. She enjoys a good pun and according to her abuelita, she also can cook the best arepas. Gabbie is a founding story ambassador of Everyday Boston.

George Powell

George was born in the West Indies and raised in Roxbury, where he bought his first pair of shell toe Adidas with money he earned working with his father. A graduate of Boston High School, he took to writing stories and screenplays in prison, and later earned his certificate in the screenwriting program at Emerson College. With that training, he completed a short documentary about Span Inc, the city’s oldest re-entry program, which he considers a major influence in his life. He is currently working on a feature-length documentary about the forces that cultivate the criminal mind. George is a founding story ambassador of Everyday Boston.

Kathy Whitehouse

Kathy (at left) grew up in Charlestown, in an ‘everyone for dinner at mum’s every Sunday’ kind of big Townie family. Being a younger member of such a large brood brought out her nurturing side and fostered her innate strengths. Finding herself a single mom and aunt, she entered into the community by working at Head Start, which was a good fit for her. She also worked for 15 years at the Charlestown Patriot, doing everything from design and layout to photography to proofreading, with an occasional opportunity to put her writing talents to use, much to her delight. Kathy’s work at The Patriot and at Head Start opened the door to many activities and volunteering opportunities which allowed her to be active in her community while remaining hands on with her priority: her kids. Kathy is a founding story ambassador of Everyday Boston.

Corina Pinto

Corina grew up in East Boston, and moved back after graduating from the University of Vermont in 2015 with a B.A. in History. Corina became a community health worker at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center where she worked for two years, serving, educating, and advocating for families whose children had asthma in the Boston area. Through this work, she was exposed to the injustices and inequities that exist in communities of color; she became an advocate for fair housing, tenant and immigrant rights. Currently, Corina is the Ministry Coordinator for Church at the Well, a non-denominational Christian church located in East Boston. Corina enjoys writing poems, painting, and spending time with her family and friends. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Science from the University of Vermont where her concentration is Leadership for Sustainability. Corina became a story ambassador with Everyday Boston in 2016.

Theresa Okokon

Theresa is from Wisconsin. She moved to Boston in 2010 because her soul told her that this is where she was meant to live. When she first arrived to the Boston area, she knew nothing about this place, and she ended up renting an attic apartment in a wealthy Metrowest suburb that was easily accessible to her job by Fenway Park. It took her just over a year to figure out that she was meant to live south of Huntington Ave, she moved to Roslindale, and she has never regretted it. Theresa is a social worker, a yoga teacher, and the Founder of a program called LEGIT.yoga, where she teaches trauma informed yoga around Boston to people experiencing homelessness and other at-risk and often overlooked populations. She is also a storyteller, and truly believes that stories can serve as a way to create community. Theresa likes sandwiches, hammocks and the feeling of not being rushed. She became a story ambassador with Everyday Boston in 2017.

So many people make Everyday Boston stronger. Here are some of the most active in our community. We thank them all.

Nuriana Chaves and Jamarri Young

Nuriana Chaves, of Dorchester, and Jamarri Young, of Mattapan, are Everyday Boston's interns. They are both in their junior year at City on a Hill Charter School.

Eugena Jacob

Eugena Jacob is a 7th grade student at St. John Paul II Catholic Academy in Lower Mills, Dorchester, and the first young person to contribute a story to Everyday Boston. She lives in Randolph and enjoys hanging out with her family and friends.

Scout Labs

Sabrina Kantor, Katerina Stephan, Ciara Selders, Xoee Margolis and Noah Appleby belong to Scout Labs, a social innovation initiative based out of Northeastern University's student-led design studio. They're our personal heroes for designing this website for us, for free. (Illustrations by Xoee!)

Kevin Ballen

Kevin Ballen is Director of ENGAGE Boston, an organization working to ensure that every young person in Boston grows up aware of self, others, and world so they can take positive social action in strengthening their surroundings. ENGAGE is our partner in all youth programming.