A message from Tenacity about COVID-19
Dear Tenacity Family,
Our community, our state, the U.S., and the world are grappling with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
I wanted to personally reach out to you and provide an update on the actions that Tenacity is taking to help prevent the spread of the virus and support the health and well-being of our students, staff, AmeriCorps Fellows, and volunteers and our communities.
Following recommendations of local, state, and federal health authorities, we have suspended all in-person programming, effective March 16, and all Tenacity staff and AmeriCorps Fellows are working remotely. We will continue to monitor the latest information and guidelines provided by the by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to COVID-19, and we will continue to make the best decisions we can for the safety of the community regarding the resumption of in-person programming.
As we seek to act with care for each other, our students and families, and our communities during this uncertain time, the team at Tenacity is actively working, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools, the Boston Parks and Recreation, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, and other collaborators, to develop new ways to stay connected that allow us to prioritize safety while continuing to advance our critical work to support students and their families.
A sample of the youth service activities already underway or in the planning stages are listed below. Our aim is to offer remote learning opportunities to continue building reading, writing, and life skills. Just as important is to make sure that our students are staying physically active as much as possible.
- Virtual Book Clubs for Middle School Academy students
- Daily literacy-related quotes, riddles, activities, and Tenacity throwbacks from Ms. Li at the Curley, published on Instagram at @The_Real_Ms_Li
- A virtual study field trip to the British Museum in London
- Daily ‘solo tennis’ drills and challenges published on Instagram at @CP_solotennis
- Direct, individual contact with every single student and his/her family across all sites on a bi-weekly level
- Virtual interactive workshops on Financial Literacy at both the College Prep (high school) and Post-Secondary Services levels
- Interactive Skills Modules that fall under College Prep’s four main categories (Academics, Fitness & Wellness, College & Career Readiness, and Life Skills), each suited to a particular grade.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to best serve and protect our students, staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps Fellows. We’re learning new phrases like “social distancing,” but we’re focused on discovering new ways to support one another and help give our students the confidence to keep moving forward on a pathway to post-secondary success.
We are privileged to serve our community and look forward to seeing you soon.
Edward W. Eames
Founder & CEO
At Tenacity, we envision the day when every student in Boston graduates from high school and achieves post-secondary success.
Tenacity’s mission is to enable post-secondary success by improving the scholastic, character and physical development of less advantaged urban youth through a combination of literacy, life skills development, family engagement, and fitness/tennis.
Offered in partnership with Boston Public Schools, Tenacity’s programs provide a Pathway to Post-Secondary Success through a combination of academic enrichment, mentoring, family engagement, and tennis/fitness coaching which together improve educational outcomes for students, increase graduation rates, and help transform the lives of the youth we serve.
Tenacity’s Pathway programs enable young people to build self-confidence and explore success as students, mentors and leaders. We open educational and career pathways that offer countless opportunities for personal, civic and professional growth. The outcomes are striking. Tenacity has maintained a 95% high school graduation rate among students who have completed our Middle School Academy, with 80% of these graduates going on to higher education. Currently, over 6,000 youth participate in Tenacity’s in-school, after school, and summer programs annually.
School Year Pathway Programs
The Elementary Program introduces 4th and 5th grade Boston Public School (BPS) students to the game of tennis and to the Tenacity Pathway. Offered at three BPS schools twice a month, the program fosters a positive, competitive spirit in participants while providing valuable lessons in self-control and sports etiquette.
Middle School Academy
Offered in partnership with four Boston Public Schools, Middle School Academy is Tenacity’s core school-year program. The program provides 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students with academic enrichment, social/emotional support, and tennis and fitness coaching, building a foundation for success both inside and outside school.
College Prep offers graduates of Tenacity’s Middle School Academy the academic support they need to achieve educational success, graduate from high school, and plan for college or other post-secondary pursuits.
Post-Secondary Services provides our high school graduates the support and guidance they need to face the challenge of college and other pursuits that lead to productive and rewarding lives.