Clark LaCossade: Mattapan Teen Center Youth of Year!

Drawn to the Mattapan Teen Center and its recording studios, Clark has thrived in his goal to be a voice for urban youth. He has performed at the BGCB Music Awards and Passing the Mic, and is a spectacular performer at special events.

Clark is not only an avid musician but a spirited and eloquent student. He has additionally incorporated his talent to use music to address social issues into his coursework. For his work, he has received a Citation from the MA Senate for Outstanding Work in Arts Advocacy.

Clark once described his reasoning for studying Arabic at school to a teacher, stating that he wanted to learn a language that would help him to break down barriers and stereotypes, and this thoughtful engagement is precisely what makes Clark a strong role model. He has worked to insure schools receive state funding for additional programing such as Arabic, by testifying before the Joint Committee on Education at the State House. Clark plans to attend UMass Lowell and become a Rap Artist and Recorder and continue to impact youth through his music.