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Youth leadership program holds 4th annual talent show

  • Excited participants in the fourth annual Greenfield Gardens Youth Leadership program's talent show at the Shea Theater receive their medals on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • Excited participants in the fourth annual Greenfield Gardens Youth Leadership program's talent show at the Shea Theater admire their medals on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • Judges discuss the performances following the fourth annual Greenfield Gardens Youth Leadership program's talent show at the Shea Theater on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline



Recorder Staff
Saturday, August 12, 2017

TURNERS FALLS — Whether it be by singing, dancing or performing magic tricks, local teenagers aged 14 to 18 took to the Shea Theater stage Saturday afternoon to show off their unique talents.

The talent show was the fourth annual organized by the Greenfield Gardens Youth Leadership program, which strives to impart teenagers with leadership skills, get them involved in the community and encourage connecting with one another.

According to Andrea Goldman, president of the Greenfield Gardens’ Home Savers Council, the talent show was first organized the same year the Greenfield Gardens Youth Leadership group formed, with a goal of raising money for charity.

“The kids pick who they want to do it for,” Goldman said. Other fundraisers, like car washes and bake sales, are also held throughout the year.

In the past, proceeds from the sale of show tickets and raffle tickets have benefited the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the RECOVER Project. This year, proceeds will benefit the regional Opioid Task Force.

Goldman said the Greenfield Gardens Youth Leadership program partnered with Spring Meadow Apartments in Springfield for this year’s talent show, with about 16 teenagers from Greenfield Gardens participating and several more from Spring Meadow Apartments. Performances included everything from singing, to dancing, to a magic show.

“There was a little bit of everything,” Goldman said.

Though all participants received medals, a series of judges gave additional awards for the best vocal performance, best soloist, most creative performance, best collaboration, most popular performance, best duo and best overall performance. Another two participants also received leadership awards.

Goldman said she hopes the talent show tradition continues for years to come.

“I’m hoping every year the youth are together, they’ll do a talent show,” she said. “The kids really enjoy it, (and they’re) so talented. They really are.”

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