Here are six reasons to support the Trinity Boston Foundation: Nicki, Quinton, Standy, Morgan, Justin and Natalia (not pictured). These are six TEEP students who ran the Boston Half Marathon in October with the adult mentors of Sole Train!, the Foundation’s running club. We couldn’t be more proud of these students, who are part of TEEP’s Leadership Development Program (LDP). The LDP takes students who graduate from the summer program and trains them to be our future leaders through monthly meetings and empowerment groups, college preparation, and academic tutoring.
Who knew they could run 13.1 miles? What else are they likely to accomplish in their lifetimes? We know that that the sky is the limit for our TEEP students.
Please invest in their futures with a gift today.
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.
Today is December 1, and the Trinity Boston Foundation’s fiscal year ends with the calendar year on December 31. That means we have 31 days to reach our revenue goal for 2010. 31 days to reach out to our current donors, our friends, our city-wide partners and those we hope will support our work. We’re going to do that on this blog.
For every day in December, we’re going to offer a reason to give to Trinity Boston Foundation.
31 Days; 31 Reasons. Our goal is to find 1,000 donors who together will contribute $200,000. We’ll need gifts of all sizes – $10, $100, $1000 – in order to reach our goal. Won’t you join us?
Reason # 1: Our Mission: Changing the odds for Boston youth.
Did you know that the high school graduation rate in the Boston Public Schools is only 60%? That an African-American boy in the 9th grade in the Boston Public Schools has, on average, a 7.5% chance of ever earning a college degree? Did you know that violence is the second leading cause of death among young people nationally? Or that an African-American boy born in 2001 in the U.S. has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime? These are the odds – high school graduation, college completion, violence and incarceration – that the Trinity Boston Foundation is working to change. Working in partnership with schools, government agencies and non-profit organizations across Boston.
Together, let’s change the odds.