I am proud to be the only Team Framingham runner to be running the Boston Marathon in support of Discovering Hidden Gems, a new non-profit based in Framingham. Discovering Hidden Gems’ mission resonates deeply with me, as they aim to increase the quality of life of at-promise youth in Framingham through recreational and educational experiences. Throughout my years teaching at Barbieri, I have noticed the disparity between the students who have access to the amazing programs our community has to offer and those who do not. Each year when I notice kids who are missing out, I try to help in a small way by connecting them to resources…but it has always felt like not enough. When I met Margie Ann Rosario and Julissa Ortiz (founders of DHG) at the Team Framingham event to meet the charities selected, I knew immediately that they would be the charity I selected! They KNOW the communities where many of these children live, have grown up there themselves, and are passionate about closing the gap.
Discovering Hidden Gems:
Discovering Hidden Gems is dedicated to improving the quality of life of at-promise youth through recreational and educational experiences. We focus on our youth's abilities, creating access, community engagement, and inclusion. At DHG we believe every child deserves to shine. Every program offered targets the development of skills to help each child reach their full potential. Every event is created to implement community engagement and inclusion. We empower our youth to create their personal vision for themselves and we encourage them to take steps towards making those goals their reality. We believe our youth, with your help, given these opportunities, will succeed and become contributing adults to our community.
We set the following expectations for our youth: Try your best, Be yourself,Express yourself, Be accepting of others, and most importantly have fun!
We ask you kindly to please make a donation today.Your contributions will directly make a positive impact in the lives of many children and youth ! ❤