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Power Of Good 28 Sibling Connections

Interview with Cynthia Dantas, Executive Director, and Eliza Kenney, Program Coordinator, of Sibling Connections. Founded in 2005, Sibling Connections seeks to promote “enduring family relationships and community connections for sisters and brothers separated by the foster care system in Massachusetts.” Program services for siblings include: Camp To Belong, a week-long summer camp; Sibling Sundays, a series of year round, monthly one-day reunions; and Weekend Retreats. With the steady rise...


Power Of Good 29 UTEC

Interview with Gregg Croteau, Chief Executive Officer, and Keena Phal, Street Worker, of UTEC. Founded in 1999, UTEC helps formerly incarcerated and gang involved young adults (ages 17-25) from the communities of Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill overcome past challenges and pursue education and career opportunities. Through UTEC’s social enterprises — Mattress Recycling, Woodworking, and Food Services — these young adults gain the work and life skills critical for long-tern success. And...


Power Of Good 27 Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology

Interview with Tony Benoit, President of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (also referred to as BFIT or “B-Fit”). Located in Boston, BFIT is an affordable 2-year, career-focused college serving over 500, highly diverse students from the Greater Boston region. Through personalized support, hands-on learning, and industry-informed curricula, BFIT prepares graduates for jobs in technology, engineering, health, electrical work, construction management, robotics & automation, and...


Power Of Good 26 Boston Schools Fund

Interview with Will Austin, founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Schools Fund (BSF). Launched in 2015, the BSF seeks to increase the number of quality classrooms available to Boston families by investing and providing technical assistance to promote the growth of high-performing, high demand traditional public, charter public, and private schools in the city. To date, BSF supports 24 schools in this effort. The BSF also runs Boston Schools Finder, the only citywide online...


Power Of Good 25 Office Of The Child Advocate, Massachusetts

Interview with Maria Mossaides, Child Advocate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this role, Maria ensures Massachusetts state agencies provide children under state care with quality services and that children receiving these services are protected from harm. Her office collects and analyzes data and makes policy and practice recommendations to legislators, agency leaders and staff to improve service quality. Her office also hears and seeks to address concerns about children...


24 Boston Uncornered

Interview with Mark Culliton, CEO and Michelle Caldeira Senior Vice President of College Bound Dorchester, and the founders of Boston Uncornered, an initiative that pays formerly gang involved youth to complete high school equivalency programs and pursue college degrees. Boston Uncornered is based on a theory of change that paying former gang members up $32,000 per years for an education stipend and other support services minimizes their criminal and violent activity. In this way, the...


Power Of Good 23 Boston Celtics Playbook Initiative

Interview with Dave Hoffman, senior director for community engagement for the Boston Celtics. With an increase in national awareness and activism related to racial profiling and police harassment, Dave was asked by the Celtics’ leadership to develop a proactive and thoughtful organizational response in the form of a community outreach initiative. Dave began by meeting with members of the 2016-17 Celtics team, such as Avery Bradley, Al Horford, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and...


Power Of Good 22 Shooting Touch

Interview with Lindsey Kitteridge, co-founder and executive director of Shooting Touch, an international sport-for-development organization that uses the power of basketball to deliver global health education, intervention and empowerment to at-risk youth, women and their families. Founded in 2007, Shooting Touch is a lean program with two program directors, two post-collegiate athletic fellows, and 21 coaches, operating two core programs. In Boston, they run G3 (Getting Girls in the Game)...


Power Of Good 21 Becoming A Man Boston

Interview with Shawn Brown, Executive Director of Becoming A Man – Boston. Launched in Chicago in 2001 and brought to Boston in 2017, Becoming A Man (B.A.M.) is a school-based social emotional support program that helps at-risk young men in middle and high school navigate difficult circumstances, challenges and emotions in their lives that often derail future school and life success and limit their opportunities. The core of B.A.M.’s model is the creation of one hour clinically-based...


Power Of Good 20 The BASE

Interview with Robert Lewis, founder and president of The BASE. Launched in 2013 and headquartered in Roxbury MA, the BASE is a nonprofit that provides urban, predominantly black and Latino student athletes in Massachusetts and Chicago with year-round, high-level baseball and softball training, academic tutoring, post-secondary application and financial aid assistance, and access to college fairs and academic scholarships. In just four years, the BASE has served over 8,000 boys and girls...


Power Of Good 19 College For Social Innovation

Interview with Eric Schwarz, founder of the College for Social Innovation. Launched in 2015, the College for Social innovation brings together colleges and social sector organizations to create fully credited, ‘life-changing’ fellowships for undergraduate students. Each fellowship is designed to provide students with mentor-rich, real-world learning internships that address critical, current social issues, while at the same time building students’ problem-solving, self-reflection, and...


Power Of Good 17 Paul Epstein School Social Worker

Interview with Paul Epstein, a social worker at Brookline High School, a large, diverse urban-suburban high school of 1,800 students near Boston, Massachusetts. Over his 18 years at Brookline High School, Paul’s role has extended way beyond in-school counseling and academic support. His ‘whatever it takes’ approach means everything from helping evicted and homeless families find housing, starting a landscaping business to offer his students jobs, finding teenage moms childcare, bringing...


Power Of Good 16 CURYJ

Interview with Michael Muscadine, Mar Velez and Indigo Mateo from Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, (CURYJ, pronounced “courage”). CURYJ interrupts cycles of violence and poverty by motivating and empowering young people who are impacted by the criminal justice system to make positive change in their lives and become leaders in their community. Youth participating in CURYJ develop leadership, research and community organizing skills, engage in community art and...


Power Of Good 15 Because Black Is Still Beautiful

Interview with Marilyn Jones, a formerly incarcerated black woman and drug addict who ultimately became the valedictorian of her junior college class, completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and is now pursuing her doctorate in education. Marilyn founded her own nonprofit, Because Black Is Still Beautiful, to counter negative stereotypes and deficit model perspectives of the black community – perspectives she encountered all through her life and as a student in higher education....


Power Of Good 14 CodeSquad

Interview with Emmy-nominated web producer Andrew Ott, founder and Executive Director of CodeSquad, a non-profit that trains underrepresented adults from Greater Boston to become web developers and begin new careers. Launched in 2016, CodeSquad offers intensive training in web development skills such as HTML, JavaScript and Node.JS, as well as in soft skills like effective communication and entrepreneurship. After a bootcamp-style training, CodeSquad works to place each graduate in a...


Power Of Good 13 Yoga For Amputees

Interview with Marsha Therese Danzig founder of Yoga For Amputees a social enterprise with a mission to provide health, wellness, freedom of movement, psychological healing and spiritual renewal to amputees through yoga education, training, and research. Marsha is a below knee amputee herself, and the first amputee yoga teacher in the U.S. In addition to teaching both regular clients and amputee clients, she trains other yogi instructors on how to work with clients with disabilities. She...


Power Of Good 12 You're With Us

Interview with Michael Plansky, Founder and President of You’re With Us, a nonprofit that creates inclusion opportunities for young adults with disabilities. You’re With Us helps these young adults join college groups, teams, and clubs. This includes: coordinating recruitment and placement of youth into groups; serving as a liaison between families, schools, and college partners; training college student mentors; developing Positive Experience plans for each young adult; facilitating...


Power Of Good 11 A Moment Of Magic (CMSV)

Interview with Kylee McGrane, a graduate of the Mount and the co-founder of A Moment of Magic, a nonprofit organization that enlists college students to volunteer at children’s hospitals and social service agencies to provide creative play and companionship to young, often seriously ill patients. Activities include: princess visits, superhero visits, personality and athlete visits, direct family support, and inter-family connection. A Moment of Magic is the largest organization of its kind...


Power Of Good 10 Be You Stay True (CMSV)

Interview with current Mount undergraduates and student athletes Andrew Curiel and Neeko Zeno, founders of Be You Stay True, a NYC based youth basketball program that balances basketball skill development with positive youth development. Be You Stay True offers a counter model to many other youth basketball programs, such as AAU basketball and travel teams, that too often place high pressure on kids, foster negative or self-centered behaviors, and ultimately take the fun out of the game.


Power Of Good 9 Glamour Gals

Interview with Rachel Doyle, founder and executive director of Glamour Gals, a nonprofit that organizes student-led chapters in high schools and colleges across the country to visit senior homes in their communities. Founded in 2000, Glamour Gals recruits teen volunteers to provide ongoing companionship and complimentary beauty makeovers to women in senior homes. Glamour Gals uses makeup as a tool to provide seniors with personal attention and caring touch, as well as the opportunity to...