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Reason #23: Janet and Jay invested in Darlene . . . now she’s on their Christmas card.

Every year since we were married in 2005, Janet and I create a Christmas card from photographs we’ve taken during the preceding 12 months. It’s actually an oversized postcard, which this year contains a record 23 photos. The one in the upper right-hand corner is of a teenager in high school graduation garb with a big smile on her face. The caption on the reverse reads: “Darlene, proud graduate of Brockton High and Trinity Church’s TEEP program.”

We met Darlene in October of her senior year, at a time when she was juggling her regular academic and extra-curricular activities, her responsibilities as a TEEP mentor to younger students, a part-time job for pay, plus the challenging task of selecting and eventually applying to eleven schools.  Paul Bowen, TEEP’s energetic director recruited us to help with the nitty-gritty of her college application process. Although our enthusiasm for TEEP’s mission and our financial support of the Foundation had been growing over the past several years, it wasn’t until we had the opportunity to work with Darlene that we really got excited about the program.

Most of our work was an extended conversation, in person and by e-mail, with Darlene about the principal essay – the iconic “Common App” – she was writing in support of multiple applications. It took me a while to get the hang of being a patient and supportive “editor,” and there were times when Janet had to restrain me from becoming a ghost writer. But judging by the result, our efforts, and most importantly, Darlene’s paid off in a big way when she was accepted at UMass Amherst as a member of the class of 2014.

With Paul’s help and encouragement, we’ve now “re-upped” to work with twin sisters who are now juniors at Boston Latin Academy, a public exam school in Roxbury designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education this fall. It’s an exciting prospect to be helping Alex and Lani on their path to becoming college graduates in June, 2016.

If you’ve become even a tiny bit excited or interested in our TEEP volunteer experience, we’d be glad to speak with you. Paul and Louise are also willing and able to deepen your understanding of this wonderful program. In the meantime, if you’re looking for opportunities to make a big difference in the lives of young people in the city of Boston, make a charitable contribution to the Trinity Boston Foundation in support of the TEEP program before year-end.

Jay Cushman and Janet Shipman


Reason # 16: Courtney is grateful for TEEP’s Leadership Development Program

When I joined TEEP, I was a timid 11-year-old and had a lot of trouble opening up and talking to new people.

After my ninth grade summer in TEEP, I was asked to join the Leadership Development Program. That is when I started to change. The LDP is an environment where I am free to say what I feel. Gradually, I became less shy. Being a counselor helped me start relationships not only with the students, but it brought me closer to the other members of the TEEP staff as well.

The LDP has also opened the door to new opportunities for me. I recently visited Columbia University and I really loved it. I am grateful to be part of TEEP.

Courtney (12th grade)

Reason #6: Once you Discover that you can Run 13.1 Miles; A Goal like College Graduation doesn’t seem as Daunting.

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.