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Dorchester youth honored by First Lady
First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Boston Latin School student Ajani Boyd. (Photo: Steven E. Purcell)

First Lady Michelle Obama presented Project STEP (Strings Training and Education Program) with the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Mary Jaffee, Project STEP executive director, and student Ajani Boyd, 11, of Dorchester, accepted the award on behalf of the music program.

Author: Steven E. PurcellFirst Lady Michelle Obama, Ajani Boyd, Mary Jaffee.

Chosen from a national pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists, Project STEP was recognized for its rigorous, year-round classical string training program for under-represented minorities that invites them into a world of classical music that might not otherwise be available to them. It is the highest honor for such programs in the United States. The award is administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Project STEP increases academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment, as well as improve literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness among its students. For more information about Project STEP, visit projectstep.org