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Dedham Youth Commission gets down to raise kids' hope for college

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  May 13, 2013 02:54 PM

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Dedham Youth Commission Disco night

In order to encourage Dedham’s youth to look to its future, Youth Commission Director Robert Blaney is looking to the past, donning his disco duds in the process.

Blaney was out wearing a disco suit and dancing to The Trammps’ “Disco Inferno” on Monday in front of the Dedham Community Theater in Dedham Square, inviting the community to come to the commission’s Get Down for College Bound event.

“We have 60 kids applying for the College Bound program, so double what we had last year, and we’re trying to do more fund-raising so we can let them all in,” said Blaney, who was joined by youth coordinators Greg Cabral and Daniel Willey, both in disco clothes of their own.

Get Down for College Bound will be held at the American Legion in Dedham at 155 Eastern Ave. beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 24.

The evening will include 1970s karaoke, a raffle for Red Sox tickets and an iPod, disco lights and music, as well as food, music, and dancing.

Blaney himself will host a “The Price is Right” style game show with 1970s products, he said.

The price is $15 at the door. For more information, call 781-751-9190.

The College Bound program, developed by Blaney and the Dedham Youth Commission, is in its second year.

The program allows students in the summer between their seventh and eighth grade years to live on a college campus and visit colleges.

For the first time this year, the program will also include a week of job shadowing.

“The goal of College Bound is to excite students about college, expose them to various careers, and encourage them to lead healthy lives,” Blaney said.

The College Bound program is free for all participants who are admitted.

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