Youth Leadership Award

Saraphina Jean

Saraphina Eudgie Jean was born and raised in Haiti and moved to the United States in March 2019.  She is the eldest child in her family with two younger brothers and serves as a great role model and teacher as she helps her younger siblings learn about the world.  Saraphina is in her senior year at Boston International High School and is an Honor Roll and High Honors student. She is also a National Honor Society student, President of her class, top speaker in debate class, and will be competing city-wide in Junior Varsity. Speaking, leading, writing, listening to music, working for the greater good of our community, and self-care are Saraphina’s passions.  

Her profound interest in law and politics led to her involvement in Debate, Student Government, I Learn America, a storytelling organization that works with immigrants, and the BOLD Teens, a youth-led organization that focuses on health, social and environmental justice. These organizations allow her to put her leadership and communication skills to good use for the community. She often speaks at monthly community meetings about the health policy work of the BOLD Teens. She also serves as a community leader through BOLD’s movie nights at Dr. Loesch Family Park in the summer and by distributing free meals to youth through the Summer Eats Initiative to ensure youth have access to nutritious meals during the summer months. Lastly, she assists with organizing the Codman Square Farmers Market and the Dorchester Winter Farmers Market bringing farm fresh food to communities in need and is working to increase healthy food options in her community.

Saraphina’s commitment to making her community better is inspiring and she is looked up to by not just her peers but also adults. Next year, Saraphina plans to attend college and choose a major that will help her by bettering the work she has already started.