Reason #5: We Can’t Afford to Lose a Generation

Saturday’s Boston Globe describes “a new report called ‘The State of Black Boston’ by James Jennings, a Tufts University professor of urban environmental policy, [who] analyzed 2006-2008 census data to provide a demographic snapshot of Boston’s black community.

The picture included some findings that highlighted long-recognized issues in Boston — significant disparities in jobs, income, housing, and education, adding up to what the report called “vast inequalities reflected in the life experiences of blacks and other people of color compared to whites.’’

It continues, “The report found that about a quarter of Boston residents are black . . .  Blacks had the highest rates of unemployment of any group, and half the household income of whites.

Particularly alarming, Jennings said, were the vast segments of minority youth living in families so poor that they received federal assistance to buy food — half of all school-aged blacks, a third of black kindergartners, half of Latino kindergartners.”

Sometimes we are tempted at the Trinity Boston Foundation to narrow our focus  — to continue to run programs that empower our participants to reach their potential, but not to try to change the underlying systems.  Turns out that we can’t give up the systems work — because in it lies the opportunity to make a difference on a much larger scale .

Please help us continue to work on both levels — to empower individual youth and families to beat the odds and to change the context for the next generation.

Thanks for partnering with us.

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