RAW Art Works’ Kit Jenkins honored with Community Advocacy Award


Eastern Bank honored Kit Jenkins this past week with their Community Advocacy Award. This award recognizes people who have given their time and talents to address a need within their communities. Jenkins, Co-founder of  RAW Art Works, has dedicated her life to enriching the lives of disadvantaged children through art.

“For more than 25 years, Kit has passionately helped children and teens working as an art therapist and as a leader in the not-for-profit community,” said Richard E. Holbrook, chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank. “My work with and for youth is not just a job — it is a calling … a calling that becomes louder as time goes on and I witness young lives changed in such positive ways due to what RAW provides,”  said Jenkins, who oversees RAW’s fiscal management and coordination of fundraising efforts.

RAW provides free art classes to children between the ages of 6 and 19 in Lynn, integrating leadership development, life and work skills, mentoring, and employment and college preparation into the class offerings.

RAW was recently recognized when a group of middle school students involved in the Real to Reel program recreated the 1984 trailer to Ghostbusters.  The trailer features student directors Emily Silva, Isaac Dreeben, Lizzy Embick, Mia Ventola, Sidney St. Ives, and Taryn Osborne as gender-reversed versions of the film’s iconic characters. The work is completely student produced (even the costumes were made by the students).

You can watch these incredibly talented kids in action in this trailer for GhostBOSters:

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