Thank you to everyone who helped make Bostonians for Youth 2013 such a success!
To the 300+ guests who turned out for the event and to all the supporters who made gifts, we have great news: together we have given over $300,000 to support programs that work to eliminate violence and unlock opportunities for Boston's youth.
On April 30th, we heard about growing up with fear:
"I never leave school out the front or side doors. I don't think it's safe." - Kerlie
"I'm scared about the summer...that's when the violence gets worse." -Bethel
"When I hear there's been a shooting after dark and my little brother isn't home from school, I panic." - Luis
We heard why mentors matter:
"Why would someone invest all of their time in me? Later I realized it was because she believed in me." - Jhyjia
"If I had better guidance I probably would've made better decisions, but I didn't have it." - Angel
And we heard about the power of the programs we support:
"When people ask me what's ahead for the future, I just tell them I'm excited that I have one." - Helder
"I'm excited about college. I've been accepted to Roger Williams University on a full scholarship." - Kerlie
"'Running is the art of getting out of yourself more than you've got.' To me, this is Sole Train. This is the expectation we all have of each other and it has nothing to do with running." - David
"Your support helps grassroots, neighborhood organizations like TEEP build safe communities, reduce the violence and change the odds for people like me." - Ana
Since the Marathon bombings we have come together as Bostonians with spirit and unimaginable strength. On May 30th, we did it again, saying no to violence and yes to opportunity.
Your generosity helps save lives. It supports programs that help youth thrive in every way - academic, emotional, social, physical and spiritual.
Thank you again for your support. Together, we really can change the odds for Boston's youth and help them live their dreams.
Louise Burnham Packard
Trinity Boston Foundation