Karilyn Crockett

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Karilyn Crockett

1995 Global Fellow
Founder of MYTOWN, Inc. with

Karilyn Crockett 1995 Global Fellow

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Use the power of community and cultural history to inspire youth to be leaders for social change by training young people to give tours of their cities.


Since 1995, MYTOWN has been using the process of sharing local history to empower young people and build appreciation of urban neighborhoods. This work has led to the creation of more than 200 jobs for Boston teenagers who in turn have educated over 10,000 residents and visitors.


Karilyn Crockett is currently pursuing a Ph.D in American Studies at Yale University. Her research is an extension of the work of MYTOWN, and seeks alternative ways of describing and documenting the built environment with particular attention to migration, marginality and economic change.

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