This annual award goes to a young person in Cambridge who demonstrates the values of Sion Chambers, a lifelong resident of the Port and a dedicated street worker for the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, who passed away in 2011.
In 2015, our fourth annual Sion Chambers Youth Leadership Award recipients were Peterson Philippe and Demitrius Woodson.
Peterson Philippe has demonstrated leadership at the Margaret Fuller House for many years. He enrolled in the School Age Program in 2008 as a precocious but mischievous nine year old, and over the past seven years has grown into a highly intelligent, thoughtful and motivated young man. After graduating from the School Age Program, he worked for several years as a Leader in Training, and then through the Mayor’s Youth and Cambridge Workforce programs as an assistant teacher at the Fuller House. He has been a regular volunteer at many Fuller House events, large and small, such as the Sweet Soul Supper, Area IV Pride Day, and the annual Welcome Summer parties. In 2012, Peterson was one of the youth leaders involved in the construction of the new MFNH playground, and that same year gave a speech at the Kendall Community Breakfast.
Demitrius Woodson was a Margaret Fuller House youth until he was ten years old. As a Senior in high school at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Demitrius was the Captain of the Boys Basketball team. He overcame some adversity during his tenure as Captain that helped him grow as not only a leader but as a young man. He wrote a thoughtful essay about his experiences that was featured in this year’s Sweet Soul Supper Booklet.
In 2014, our third annual Sion Chambers Youth Leadership Award recipient was Elijah Booker.
Elijah Booker is an 18 year old who resides in East Cambridge, Elijah recently graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School with honors and will be attending College in the fall. As an honors student at CRLS Elijah was very active student not only in the class room but in many other was. His other activities included volunteering, he was also a member of the varsity, Basketball, Football and baseball team. In his spare time he worked at the Cambridge Upper School, was a counselor at Cambridge Community Arts center and was a member of the Cambridge Police Department Youth Program. Elijah also enjoys communicating and collaborating ideas with others. He is always looking to find new and innovative ways to solve problems. He calls himself the problem solver.
In 2013, our second annual Sion Chambers Youth Leadership Award recipient was Marcos Pineda.
Marcos is a rising junior at the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. He is a long time resident of Area 4 and has been involved with the Margaret Fuller House for more than 11 years. Since Marcos aged out of the school age program at House five years ago, he has been a Leader in Training, a volunteer at countless community events, and most recently a hard-working staff member in the Summer Explorations Program. This year Marcos shared a glimpse into his powerful and moving life experiences in a speech called “What Margaret Fuller House Means to Me.” As a committed leader and mentor to the younger children in the community, Marcos has been an inspiration to adults and children alike. Marcos hopes to go to college and eventually graduate school to become a social worker, so that he can continue his passionate community work.