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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 #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.

31 Days of Giving; 31 Reasons to Give

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.