WriteBoston celebrated the latest issue of the Teens in Print youth newspaper, a new website platform for youth, and a new program director.

New WriteBoston Programming Director Carla Gualdron, a former participant of the program and a graduate of the Boston Public Schools, addresses WriteBoston students

Over 60 students and guests from the Boston Public Schools celebrated the latest publication of the Teens in Print newspaper at a release party at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building on Wednesday evening. The youth newspaper features 70 articles written by 31 Boston students.

Teens in Print is Boston’s only citywide newspaper for and by Boston youth, available online at www.bostontip.com. Through a generous partnership with The Boston Globe, the newspaper is printed and published five times a year. Twenty-thousand copies of each issue are distributed to high schools, libraries, and community centers across the city.

The event welcomed teen writers from Boston Public Schools and local charter and parochial schools, youth artists from Artists for Humanity, Boston Public School staff and leadership, and special guests from The Boston Globe and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Attendees were treated to ice cream sundaes, an introduction to the recently re-designed Teens in Print website, and the premiere of three new videos produced by youth reporters from the Teens in Print summer program.

Teens in Print also introduced a new Program Director, Carla Gualdron, a former participant of the program and a graduate of the Boston Public Schools. “As I embrace this role, I hope that my “TiPsters” find this year with me as enriching as I did when I was a student,” said Gualdron, a graduate of Emerson College and former reporter for the Boston Herald and El Mundo. “My experience with Teens in Print made me realize that, even as a teenager, my voice was one that needed to be heard. It made me realize that it’s okay to ask questions, to push the envelope, to explore, be curious, to want to know more about the world.”

To close the event, Lydia Ramos, Senior Advisor to Superintendent Tommy Chang, shared remarks on the importance of journalism for Boston youth and how her personal experience as a journalism student shaped her life.

Free and open to any youth resident of Boston, the Teens in Print afterschool and summer program is funded by Linda Walsh and the Walsh family, Blue Hills Bank, the Boston Bruins Foundation, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Summer Fund, and private donors. Teens in Print is supported through partnerships with the Boston Public Schools, The Boston Globe, Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, Artists for Humanity, Boston Cares, and AmeriCorps*VISTA.

The Teens in Print afterschool program is currently recruiting Boston high school students to join the afterschool program, which runs Monday and Wednesday afternoons on the campus of Northeastern. For more information, contact Carla.Gualdron@boston.gov.