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Inspiring Stories from Mattapan

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Boston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars from Mattapan and surrounding areas below.

Anisha Goodwin

I’ve always had trouble shopping. I usually struggled with finding things that I felt best represented me so I strayed away from it. I was usually interested in simple but with meaning. Toward the end of last year I decided an attempt to start bringing my visions to life. Read more>>

Jennifer Fischer-Mueller

In the early spring of 2016, as I was the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning in the Brookline Public Schools, a friend who was applying to multiple superintendent positions saw that Canton was hiring and encouraged me to look into it. I did. I became very interested in the Canton superintendent position and, therefore, applied. Read more>>

Jonady St. Germain and Darren Stephens

LIT2LIFT is a lifestyle/fitness brand that was started by Jonady St.Germain and Darren Stephens about 1 and 1/2 years ago. We started this brand after being heavily impacted by the Freshman 15 curse and feeling unsatisfied with ourselves. We’ve always been very athletic and active kids from playing soccer and basketball all throughout high school. Read more>>

Kenyah Browne

TheLastGekko is a Producer, Rapper and Artist. Born and raised in Boston, MA. He has made a name for himself on the independent scene. The journey began at an open mic night known as CHEAP SEATS, A monthly mash-up of local talent showcasing their work. This community would build and grow in support throughout 2014-2015. Read more>>

Patricia Sujballi

Epic Gourmet Boston began, in part, by the overwhelming demand from friends and family to be able to receive prepared food from me on a daily/weekly basis. It had been something I considered and carefully thought through for some time but needed an extra push from those who were tasting my cooking. Read more>>

Peggy V

P’s patties started out of boredom and me wanting to learn how to make Haitian patties on my own. My 1st go around I had my family try it, in which they loved it but still had a few kinks to work out. After a few trials I started P’s patties in December of 2015. Read more>>

Symonne Scott

I have over 18 years of Track and Field experience 10 as a student athlete the last 8 in coaching. I graduated from Moravian College in the spring of 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. uring my collegiate career I was an 8 time NCAA All American Athlete with various records at the Division II and Division III levels. Read more>>

Bernadine Desanges

Since my adolescent years, I was told that I have a welcoming personality, a perceived passion for justice and advocacy, and that I was a talented and versatile public speaker. As a result, I grew up speaking in public and private spaces by invitation and I loved everything about the experiences I had undergone. Read more>>

Efia Bougades

My childhood was one of a rich immigrant family experience as I was raised bilingual and bicultural, in Roslindale. In the 70’s & 80’s, Rozzi was still working class, lots of immigrants, people of all races -a gritty, warm and fantastically diverse section of Boston. Read more>>

Dre Neita

My name is Andre Neita and I’m the founder and head Fitness Instructor at LiveFitArmy. Growing up in the islands, as a kid I was always fit and active. Running around climbing trees, flying kites, and playing football or cricket in the streets. Read more>>

Daphney Pacouloute

In America, it can be difficult balancing between two cultures, but my two cultures add to my identity. Although I was born in the United States (Boston, MA) , my Haitian culture has allowed me to be successful, and determined to help my community. To understand who I am, you need to know how far I have come. When I was younger, my parents passed away. Read more>>

Karla Rosenstein

History, art, and museums have been my passions since childhood. On my first trip to New York City at nine years old, I begged to stay at the Metropolitan Museum of Art just a little bit longer. Years later, I moved from California to New York for graduate school in art history and afterward got my first real job at that very same museum. I moved to Rhode Island when my husband got a faculty position at Brown University and started work at the Newport Mansions. Read more>>

Jaleesa Hines

I created pomelo one day listening to Bobby Womack and Minnie Riperton . I wanted a clothing line that was different from others but offered something special. I grew up loving the look and feel of the 70s and when rummaging through my nanas closet and I always went for her velvet and velour items. For some reason they always made me feel good. Read more>>

Joye Williams

I was at a place where I had been suffering, deep depression, anxiety, overflowing with insecurities and fears. I had found yoga and meditation and had delved into eastern philosophy, holistic health, earth magic, all in what seemed to be a domino effect. I suffered from eczema and at this specific time where I had been using herbs for incenses, sachets, and potions, I had been undergoing a lot of stress, and anxiety. Read more>>

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