Chelsea joined YW Boston as the FYRE Initiative Program Coordinator in October 2021. Prior to working at YW Boston, she served as a facilitator for both Lawrence Sports Academy’s Youth Empowerment Leadership program and Sueños Basketball, where she built out a curriculum through centering the prioritized needs as determined by the participants and emphasizing mental health awareness through workshops on self-esteem, mindfulness and meditation techniques, boundary setting and healthy relationships.
Through the FYRE Initiative, she hopes to build space for and alongside igniters to explore and challenge their perceptions, thoughts and feelings without judgment. Through identifying points of conflict, igniters will have the opportunity in this space to feel out what concepts resonate with them and how they can address the roots of these narratives and emotions that are behind these concepts. This encourages autonomy, allowing the students the opportunity to build on their own ideas, authentic voices + dialogue, as well as beginning to acknowledge and outwardly name disparities in their communities as BIPOC youth.
Her ultimate goal is for youth to identify and feel the collective and personal power behind embracing their authentic selves, as well as establishing their needs from their communities.
Additionally, Chelsea is an artist whose current pieces are centered around radical self-love and body empowerment. Her pieces emphasize body autonomy and reclamation of self as a way to counter traditional machismo/patriarchal narratives.