My name is Derron Golden and I’m very excited to announce that this year I will be running the Boston Marathon, my first ever marathon, while raising money for an amazing cause! I have the unique opportunity to run with Team Brookline and fundraise for the Brookline Teen Center, BTC, a place that truly means a lot to me, as I have been a Youth Leader at the BTC since its opening in 2013. Growing up in Brookline, despite its affluent reputation, I became accustomed to the socio-economic imbalances of this city and am so proud to be apart of an organization that works to break down some of these barriers amongst teens. Coming from the area in the city where many of our current members live, the High Street projects, I wish I had a place like the BTC when I was younger. The BTC is an incredible space that provides a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for teens of all backgrounds to come relax and hang out with friends, explore new opportunities, workout, seek out undiscovered passions and sometimes just take a break from the everyday stresses of being a teen.
In addition to being a safe space for teens, the BTC also provides programming centered around social justice, fitness and wellness, job search assistance, music production and innovation opportunities in the makerspace. But all of this amazing youth work is only possible with your help!
Working at the Brookline Teen Center, I can promise you that any donation made will have a significantly positive impact on our youth and the Brookline community as a whole. Any amount will go a long way for our teens and I thank you in advance!