July 07, 2014

Wentworth Project Named Semi-Finalist in Nationwide Contest

The Brookview House

The Center for Community and Learning Partnership’s (CLP) work with the Brookview House has been named a top-20 semi-finalist in the 2014 Ford College Community Challenge, which seeks to reward student-led projects that are living up to the contest’s theme of “Building Sustainable Communities.”

Headed by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the contest will ultimately award 10 winners a $25,000 grant each to better implement their respective projects. The Brookview House operates two locations in Boston and assists homeless and at-risk families with customized services to help them succeed in life.

The contest entry was born from the CLP’s desire to redesign the Brookview House Teen Center, creating a more welcome space complete with new flooring, walls, and furnishings. If the contest were to receive funding through Ford, such upgrades would be facilitated through student co-op positions, as well as the community building project co+build.

At the heart of Wentworth’s involvement with the Brookview House is Brittany Wilson-Guillermo, BMET ’14. Wilson-Guillermo worked as a student coordinator at Brookview for an Alternative Spring Break trip in 2012 and has also spent time teaching sewing classes to residents with her mother. She now serves as the community project manager for the Teen Center endeavor, working closely with the Brookview House staff, the Wentworth student designers, outside collaborators (including Home Depot), and the CLP.

“Working at the Brookview House has been a rewarding experience,” said Wilson-Guillermo. “If we are granted these funds from Ford, the possibilities we'd be able to create would give the children, mothers, and staff alike something to be proud of. The CLP staff and I eagerly await [a decision from Ford], because we know we can do so much more for Brookview with their help.”

The CLP entered the contest by writing to Ford that they hoped to provide “a nurturing, comfortable space” at Brookview with specific physical areas for studying, meeting, and relaxing. Such a multipurpose space, said the contest entry, would “allow for cross-generational programming, uniting the various populations of the Brookview House in helping women and families become self-sufficient members of the larger Boston community.”

Wentworth has already donated 10 laptop computers to Brookview and is planning to outfit the center with more technology in the near future. “Since we've donated the computers, Brookview has been able to provide more services to not only the children, but to adults as well,” said Wilson-Guillermo. “Just being able to do that alone was humbling.”

An announcement of the winners is expected in September. More information about the CLP/Brookview project can be found in the video below.

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