For the past two years I have worked at a fantastic school in Boston, Fenway High School. Fenway is a Boston public-pilot school that was created in 1983 to provide educational equity and opportunity for Boston students who are talented but have lacked the opportunities that many of their more affluent peers in the suburbs receive. Fenway's 377 students come from neighborhoods across Boston, more than 55% of Fenway students' first language is not English, with many having recently immigrated to the United States, and 72% of our students are considered "high needs" by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Despite these challenges, our students persevere and succeed: nearly 90% of last year’s graduating class matriculated to college this fall.
In the two years I have worked at Fenway I’ve had a number of roles, from special education aid and tutor, to my current role as the Ventures Program Director. The Ventures program is a unique opportunity for our senior class. The program is broken down into three parts: a third of the year the students work on career research and preparation, the next third of the year is about financial literacy, and the final third of the year I connect every student with an internship that will hopefully help put them on a path to a successful career or college experience. These are opportunities that I believe every young person should have, but within the Boston Public school district, Fenway is the only school that provides this type of post-high school career and life preparation.
Fenway is only able to provide opportunities such as the Ventures program because we have to fundraise 15% of our budget each year. In an effort to help raise the funds that help support the great programs we provide at Fenway, I’ve decided to run the 123rd Boston Marathon on April 15, 2019 and raise $5,000 for the school. Any donation you can make is appreciated and will be utilized to provide opportunities for Fenway students that will help establish a more equitable educational playing field.
Thank you for all of your support and showing my students that people believe in them.