Tag Archives: Boston youth

Reason #13: Art + Nature + Our Support = Lives Touched and Changed

On days when the weather isn’t too cold or wet, members of our Street Potential program head outside to paint.

What better place to escape the pressures of the streets than a place like Jamaica Pond?

Street Potential is an after-school program for  youth who are committed to the Department of Youth Services. Who have spent time locked up and who know the pressures of the streets all too well.  We work with them on educational and vocational goals. But through painting and creating hip hop music, we start with the deep work that will help them achieve those goals.

The heart at the center of the painting says it all, doesn’t it? That’s the deep work — and the world’s best reason to give.

Thanks for showing our Street Potential members your love.


Reason #11: Working together, we can accomplish so much more.

TEEP superstar students David, Courtney, Standy and Nickie joined TEEP graduates Juan David and Fuad, Trinity Boston Foundation staff and Team Trinity members for the Rodman Ride last September.  The team rode 25, 50 or 100 miles and raised over $50,000  to support TEEP.  Team members trained together, encouraged each other and built friendships that will last for years to come.

You don’t have to wait for spring training to join the team.  Your gift today supports our TEEP students tomorrow.  Thank you!

Reason #9: Families commit for the long term. So do we.

This is a picture of Leon with Trinity Boston Foundation executive director Louise Packard. Leon’s loving parents are teens – his father is a graduate of Street Potential. At Trinity Boston Foundation, we know that most short-term interventions create only short-term change. That’s why we commit to youth and families for the long term.

Sometimes that means we get to be aunts and uncles to another generation of Boston youth.

Please make a gift today and help Leon grow into his full potential.

Reason #8: Give the Gift of Family

Last year, at the Street Potential graduation, we asked the participants what surprised them about the program. “I knew with Street Potential I’d be getting a job, but I had no idea I’d get a family,” one youth said. Street Potential is an intensive program for teenage boys committed to the Department of Youth Services. Participants learn what it takes to be successful through a curriculum that includes job training, art, music, exercise, speakers and field trips. Street Potential provides counseling and everything from academic to systemic support for the families and the young men, many of whom have experienced severe trauma. Our goal is to guide the youth and help them succeed, when many others have lost faith in them and even they question their ability to realize their dreams.

These young men are filled with hope and potential; they just need the support and the opportunities to thrive.

Please believe in these youth as we do and help give them the chance they need.

Reason #7: Getting to the Right High School Makes All the Difference

Tonight was the final night of TEEP’s High School Admissions course, a 12-week program that guides students and parents through the process of applying to and choosing the best possible high school. In the 11 years of TEEP, we have come to realize that the right high school is essential for keeping our students on track for college.

But the process of applying to high school can be bewildering, especially to parents for whom English is not their first language. Each different type of public high school (public exam, public pilot, public charter, and district high schools) have a separate application process and admission requirements. Then there are parochial and independent schools to consider as well as the terrific program, Beacon Academy, which offers students an opportunity for an extra year of academic and cultural preparation for the rigors of an independent school.

Over the course of 12 weeks, TEEP educates our 8th grade students and parents about their options and application process while working to make sure all students end up in the right place. Experienced volunteers are also matched with families as mentors through the entire process.

Students apply to 7-10 schools and last night, at the close of the last class, students and parents walked together with their mentors to drop all of their applications in the mailbox on Boylston Street. Says TEEP’s Founding Director Paul Bowen,  “This is our favorite moment of the course.”

Will you celebrate the accomplishments of our 8th graders by making a gift today? Thank you!

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.

Reason #2: TEEP – Empowering Students to Achieve Excellence

This is a picture of TEEP’s Leadership Development Program 2010-11. These 40 high school students have been with TEEP since the summer before 7th grade. Now they serve as counselors and guides to the 90 middle school students who are following in their path. All of these students will go to college – 100%. They will beat the odds because you have supported them every step of the way.

This fall, Root Cause, a nationally recognized non-profit, chose TEEP as one of the top seven college access programs in Massachusetts. You can read their report on TEEP and also a blog post from Paul Bowen, TEEP’s Founding Director.

Please consider making a gift today in support of our TEEP students. Thank you!