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Youth Leaders to Visit TURI


Also contact: Karen Angelo, 978-447-1438 or

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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHAT: The Worcester Youth Center’s Safe Products in Neighborhoods (SPIN) Project is educating youth peer leaders about the health effects of toxic chemicals found in cosmetics and cleaning supplies and how to identify safer products and methods.  The SPIN project received a $14,450 community grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell to educate inner city youths about harmful chemicals found in household products.

As part of their information collection process, 10 youth peer leaders and two Worcester Youth Center staff members will visit the Toxics Use Reduction Institute. The group will visit the TURI library to learn about informational resources and will then visit the TURI lab where they will see testing performed on surfaces requiring cleaning. The group will also participate in an activity run by the lab to test recipes of household cleaners made from simple and safe cleaning ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar. The information gained through the visit will be passed on by the youths to peers back in Worcester.

WHERE:  Pinanski Hall, Third Floor, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224