2016 Tenacity Fall Newsletter
TENACITY COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
In this issue:
Taking on The Ivy League
Roughing It in the White Mountains
CP + PSS Adventure Group Gets Moving
College Prep and PSS Connect with Families
Fall 2016 College Enrollment
Middle School Academy News and Innovations
New Balance Launches SERVE Mentor Program
Connecting Elementary Students to Tenacity
A Summer Well Spent
Summer in the City
Tenacity Marathon Team
The Show Your Tenacity Gala
Taking On the Ivy League
We caught up with recent high school graduate Sonny Huang to dish about his Tenacity experience and his plans for Princeton, where he is a freshman this year.
A star in the classroom and on the court, Sonny Huang has excelled throughout the Tenacity program.
How did you get connected to Tenacity?
I started in the middle school program when I was in the 6th grade at Edison K-8 School. My first experience with Tenacity was when one of the staff came to my school, the Edison, during lunch time. He was asking if people were interested in playing tennis and sharing that there was a cool afterschool program called Tenacity. Before Tenacity I played a little tennis with my mom, so at that point I was pretty interested, and I asked them to sign me up.
In the middle school years, what did you find most helpful about the Tenacity program?
Well, definitely the literacy part, because for me, English is my second language. I came to America in 2007 when I was in 5th grade. Picking up a new language was really hard and adapting to the new culture was a tough thing to do. But once I was at Tenacity, we read books every day. There were new vocabularies that we had to learn, which helped fortify my English.
You mentioned that you played a little tennis before starting the program. Did Tenacity help spark a much larger interest in tennis?
It definitely did. Tenacity helped me in terms of my skills. I would go there after school and hit with the coaches. The summer sites definitely helped with my game as well. I was playing with a lot of good kids and improving my strokes. I learned to keep a consistent rally and started to enjoy the game more. I love competing with friends and coaches. I feel like that’s where the fun part is. Competing. It makes you always want to get better.
Where did you go to high school?
I went to Saint Sebastian’s School, which is a private school in Needham. Before Saint Sebastian’s, Tenacity was helping me with looking at high schools and the program they introduced me to was Beacon Academy. So I actually went to Beacon Academy for a year and Beacon Academy helped get me into Saint Sebastian’s.
What was it about Beacon Academy that you felt was so helpful?
Well, the premise of Beacon Academy is to strengthen your math and English skills to better prepare you for high school. At that point I didn’t feel like I was as well prepared as I possibly could be, so taking the extra year at Beacon helped me develop important learning skills. For example, they taught me how to annotate effectively and better manage my time. In addition to that, their intense English program made me a closer reader and a better writer.
Were you involved in the Tenacity Summer Tennis & Reading Program?
I consistently worked at the summer sites over the past few years. This summer, like last year, I worked three weeks, and the year before that I worked the full summer.
Overall, what did you find most beneficial about participating in the Tenacity program?
I would say definitely the new opportunities and academic support that Tenacity offered to me. For example, Tenacity got me scholarships to Windridge Tennis & Sports Camps for two summers, which was really fun. Tenacity also got me scholarships to play at Longwood Cricket Club for many summers. There, I was able to improve my tennis skills and meet a lot of new people. Then during senior year, Tenacity helped me a lot with my college applications.
Were there specific staff at Tenacity who you found particularly helpful?
Well in the middle school program I remember the program director Brian Tuttle, who definitely had a big influence on me in terms of helping me out with my tennis and literacy. He was very friendly and supported me a lot. Once I got to high school, even though I couldn’t attend the monthly meetings, I feel like staff-wise I maintained a close relationship with Andrew. I’ve known him since middle school. He helped me with high school selection and my high school essays.
So now you’re heading to Princeton. Any idea what major you’ll pursue?
I want to major in Economics, and probably minor in math.
Will tennis factor into life at Princeton?
Probably club tennis. Tennis has always been one of my big passions so I’ll definitely want to continue that.
Are there any other things that you want to share about your Tenacity experience?
I want to emphasize the opportunities that Tenacity offered me. If it weren’t for Tenacity, I don’t think I would be where I am. It opened a lot of doors for me both academically and socially.
Roughing It in the White Mountains
Staff members Adriana DeSouza and Carlos Lopes led our first ever CP & PSS Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) overnight camping trip in the White Mountains. The group of students and staff camped in tents and prepared food by campfire. To outfit the trip, gear was borrowed through AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program. During the day, the group enjoyed swimming and hiking on the trails surrounding Mt. Cardigan.
College Prep + PSS Adventure Group Gets Moving
Tenacity College Prep and Post-Secondary Services (PSS) staff plan lots of outings for students throughout the summer and school year. The outings get students out into nature and often expose them to activities they are trying for the first time. The trips are a great way to help build new skills and boost self-confidence while also building camaraderie between staff and students. Over the summer, trips included kayaking on the Ipswich River. This fall, trips included an all-girls hike to the summit of Mt. Major in the White Mountains.
College Prep and Post-Secondary Services Connect with Families
Parent Café/Game Night
To promote family engagement, the College Prep/Post-Secondary Services and Middle School Academy teams hosted our first ever Parent Café/Game Night on October 23rd. Over 50 people including students, families, and staff joined together at the top of the Bolling Building for cool games, great food, and a wonderful afternoon! Some fun moments included an intense 2K tournament, lively rounds of Uno and Heads Up, and a father/son chess match. Dudley Square Grille, as well as families and staff, provided their favorite dishes, including Trish McGuiness, Assistant Director, Middle School Academy, who prepared brownies and cookies that were a huge hit!
Our Parent Café/Game Night was a success, in large part due to the extensive efforts of Tenacity staff members Adriana DeSouza, Trish McGuiness, and Ashley Carey. A special shout out goes to Ashley, who led our team in these efforts and who poured her heart into ensuring that every student and family member in attendance had a positive experience.
Demystifying the Financial Aid Process
Sarah Cohen, Manager of Post-Secondary Planning and Success, assisted by CP/PSS teammates Oneda Horne, Jelani Townsell, Carlos Lopes, and Carolyn Acosta, ran a very successful family workshop on October 22nd at the East Boston YMCA. Sarah turned the financial aid application process into an easy to understand science! Our 12th grade families gained both a new understanding of the process and began their financial aid applications early. A second workshop is planned for November.
Meet the New CP and PSS Team Members
Keyana “Key” Michel will be working with College Prep (CP) students in grades 9-11 as a Student and Family Support Coordinator. Key comes to Tenacity with an amazing zeal and strong experience with BPS students, having served as a City Year Corps member at the English High School. Most recently, she worked as a Therapist with ABA Behavioral Counseling. Key is a long time Boston resident and graduate of both UMass Amherst and Brookline High School.
Carlos Lopes, an alumnus of the Tenacity Pathway Program, joins Tenacity as a Post-Secondary Support Coordinator. Carlos brings valuable insight into the post-secondary student experience. As a graduate of Beacon Academy, Tabor Academy, and Tufts University he has been engaged with Tenacity for many years. Lastly, as a tennis player and former Longwood Summer Scholar, Carlos brings a wonderful enthusiasm for the sport to the CP and Post-Secondary Services (PSS) program. Carlos has done, and done well, all that we dream our Tenacity students will accomplish. No doubt, he will be invaluable as a teacher, advisor, mentor, and support to Pathway students.
Fall 2016 Post-Secondary Enrollment
Tenacity high school seniors who graduated last spring have matriculated into an exciting array of colleges and post-secondary programs.
|American University*||Newbury College*|
|The Boston Conservatory*||Princeton University*|
|Bridgewater State University*||Suffolk University*|
|Bryant University*||UMass Boston*|
|Bunker Hill Community College||UMass Dartmouth*|
|College of the Holy Cross*||UMass Dartmouth – College Now Program|
|Eastern Nazarene College*||University of Notre Dame*|
|Empire Beauty School||U.S. Marine Corps|
|Framingham State University*||Wentworth Institute of Technology*|
|Hillsboro Community College||Year Up|
|Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts*|
|Mount Holyoke College*|
|New England Conservatory of Music*||*Four-Year College or University|
Middle School Academy News and Innovations
New MSA Literacy Curriculum
The Middle School Academy (MSA) program re-calibrated the literacy curriculum into three distinct year-long strands — Identity, Social Justice and Civic Responsibility, and High School and Future Goals. The purpose for this recalibration was to standardize thematic content across all sites and to provide our highly talented staff of youth educators a robust compilation of developmentally appropriate resources that more effectively meet the needs of our middle school students. Creating year-long strands will also allow for deeper integration and discussion, increasing student engagement and elevating and expanding student achievement. These deep dives into focused curricula will help students better analyze, evaluate, and synthesize complex ideas and consider multiple perspectives. To highlight this, each student will be completing a year end culminating project that reflects the content taught across the year.
MSA Program at Irving Middle School Expands
The Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale is Tenacity’s newest Middle School Academy site.
The Middle School Academy program at the Washington Irving Middle School has more than doubled its student roster this year with a current total of 45 students. With this increase in enrollment comes more enthusiasm that is brought into the literacy and tennis blocks every day. To balance the increase in students, Irving staff are planning more intently, incorporating stations as much as possible to maximize student learning in small groups. Staff are also allotting more space and time for relationship-building with the students, recognizing that with more students, the process will take more time to unfold. The Irving staff is being mindful of the slow work of relationship-building while knowing that, by its very nature, there are stages of instability that still lead to progress and growth.
Re-alignment of OST site staffing structures
In order to streamline collaboration across our three Out-of-School-Time (OST) sites and improve the efficiency of the MSA staffing structure, OST sites went through a re-alignment. The simplified structure now establishes combined roles of Site Director/Academic Coordinator and Tennis & Fitness/Family Engagement Coordinator, more tightly infusing the student support component of the Family Engagement role into the tennis domain.
New Technology Twist in Literacy League
Students from all six Tenacity sites diving deeper into the RadioRookies podcasts during Literacy League held at the Irving Middle School.
This year, in a new twist to our Literacy League tradition, podcasts will be included among the types of literature students meet quarterly to discuss. The most recent Literacy League event on October 21st featured four podcasts produced and developed by WNYC through their “Radio Rookies” collaboration. Tenacity students participating in this event created their own podcast in the model of the high school students whose stories were featured in Radio Rookies.
High School Selection
13 Tenacity 8th graders from the Umana went on their first school visits to Boston Community Leadership Academy and New Mission High School.
As part of the process of helping students find the “right fit” high school, Tenacity Middle School Academy (MSA) and College Prep (CP) staff work closely with 8th grade students and their families to explore in-district public (Boston Public Schools), out-of-district public, charter, and private school options. Factors like a student’s interests, strengths, and areas of growth, along with school location and specialty programs offered are some of the items that are considered in the matching process. One-on-one interviews with students have wrapped up and staff-led group visits to area high schools have begun. In November, MSA and CP staff will jointly host a “Packet Night” where students and their families are presented packets that contain descriptions, application procedures, and deadline information for the schools that have been determined to offer the best matches for each student based off of feedback provided by students and families throughout the process.
Girls Got Game
For the October Girls Got Game event, 15 girls participated, representing all six MSA sites! Students and staff alike enjoyed an icebreaker, a fitness activity, and a variety of tennis games.
Girls Got Game is a monthly event that brings together girls from all six Tenacity Middle School Academy sites to play tennis or pursue other fun fitness/athletic activities, team build, and talk about successful women in the media and sports. The goal of Girls Got Game is to create a space where the participants feel empowered and also to encourage a culture of competition, respect, and friendship among the girls.
Meet the New Middle School Academy Team Members
Cathy AuGuste joins Tenacity as the new Site Director/Academic Coordinator at Curley K-8 School. Most recently, Cathy worked with middle school students in the Steps to Success program in Brookline Public Schools. Cathy has a M.A. in Teaching from Simmons and extensive experience working with both middle school students and AmeriCorps Fellows.
Curtis Blyden has joined the team at McCormack Middle School as the Family Engagement Coordinator. For the last three years, Curtis worked with middle school students at Match Charter Public Middle School in Jamaica Plain. Prior to that, he worked at Bird Street Community Center in Dorchester as a youth leadership coordinator. That role followed several years of international experience, both in Romania and also as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia.
Zack Goodstein, who spent the 2015-2016 school year as a Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellow at the Jackson | Mann K-8 School, has joined the team there as the Tennis & Fitness Coordinator/Family Engagement Coordinator. Zack established a wonderful rapport with students and families last year and is eager to build on that momentum. Zack holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Philosophy, from Clark University.
Mike Szkolka has joined the team at McCormack Middle School as the Academic Coordinator. Mike is a native Bostonian, grew up in the Boston Public School system, graduated from UMass Boston, and completed a stretch of teaching at the Edwards Middle School. Mike has spent the last few years in the New York City Department of Education as a New York City Teaching Fellow and teaching in the Manhattan Alternate Learning Centers.
New Balance Launches SERVE Mentor Program and Increases Support to Tenacity Through SparkStart Initiative
Tenacity has been awarded a $225,000 SparkStart Grant by the New Balance Foundation. The award continues the New Balance Foundation’s longtime support of Tenacity’s programs with an increase of $50,000 over the previous year’s grant. The grant will be used to support Tenacity’s Pathway to Post-Secondary Success and Summer Tennis & Reading programs.
Tenacity partners with Boston Public Schools, Boston Parks & Recreation, and community organizations to provide school-based and out-of-school time academic and social support as well as tennis and fitness instruction. Since 2002, the New Balance Foundation has contributed over $1.1M to support Tenacity’s school-year and summer programs. In addition to the foundation grant, New Balance Athletics, Inc. is providing approximately $60,000 worth of athletic shoes and apparel for staff and kids. Launched in fall 2016, the Tenacity/New Balance SERVE Mentor Program connects New Balance associates with students from the Jackson Mann School in Brighton. Over 20 associates will use their personal and professional skills in Tenacity’s weekly programs, helping students with homework, literacy, and tennis/fitness activities.
“We’re honored to receive such a substantial gift from the New Balance Foundation,” said Ned Eames, Tenacity Founder and CEO. “Tenacity’s programs help narrow the opportunity and achievement gaps for Boston students from under-resourced communities and support from partners like New Balance help move our mission forward.”
“Tenacity and the New Balance Foundation share a commitment to building successful futures through health, fitness and academics. We are pleased to support Tenacity’s growth and we are excited to add an employee volunteer program element to our relationship this year,” shared Molly Santry, Senior Manager, Global Philanthropy at the New Balance Foundation.
Connecting Elementary Students to Tenacity
The goal of the Tenacity Elementary Program is to build a recruitment pool of candidates for Tenacity’s Middle School Academy (MSA) while providing valuable lessons in self-control and sportsmanship. Elementary Program students who get hooked on the fun activities, camaraderie, and interaction with our staff are encouraged to join the MSA program when they reach 6th grade.
Tennis isn’t just great exercise, it also helps kids develop valuable life skills. Playing tennis nurtures the development of work ethic, discipline, and responsibility while also enhancing mental strength and problem solving skills. Tennis also can improve social skills. Children learn the importance of teamwork when playing doubles or being on a team. By using smaller courts and foam balls, our students are able to achieve faster stroke progression and rallying success. After learning forehands, backhands, and volleys, they quickly progress to playing games like King of the Court.
A Summer Well Spent
Three of our amazing junior staff members from this year’s Summer Tennis & Reading program share their thoughts on the program’s impact, both personally and for the students and families they served
What did you find most enjoyable about working for the Summer Tennis & Reading Program?
Nevon: I liked how everyone worked as a team, the drivers, the workers, the Reading Coordinator (RC) and Tennis Coordinator (TC). The first day we decided what each person would feel comfortable doing, like whether they would prefer reading, tennis or either one, and we just set rules on the first day, that’s what I liked.
Omar: Basically the whole summer, meeting different kids and working with different groups. At my site we only had a morning program since we didn’t have any students in the afternoon, so instead we had a bunch of partner programs. I liked working with different organizations and teaching different kids how to play. Also the RC and the TC both did a good job. I never felt like I was at a loss or didn’t know what I was doing. They always made sure I felt comfortable and they also gave us a chance to lead the games sometimes. Also, the RC this year gave us the opportunity to read books to the kids. So they gave us a chance to develop leadership.
Felix: It was a chance to be a good role model for a younger generation of students. I liked how all the kids, if you are enjoying it, they’ll enjoy it too. They go based off your attitude towards the game and your energy. If you’re into it, they’re into it too.
Nevon: I liked that too. The kids were energetic and you’d give them piggyback rides and they would be like you can’t do a cartwheel, so I would do a cartwheel. It was fun to challenge each other.
What do you feel like you learned?
Nevon: I learned how to lead games and activities and stuff like that. I learned different ways to moderate activities, like there is more than one way to play a game.
Omar: How to deal with little kids. The job I had before was working with just middle school kids. Most of the kids in the Tenacity program were between the ages of eight and twelve, so I wasn’t used to working with kids that young.
Felix: Problem solving and how there are different ways to play a game and how you can change things up for different ages and for the weather.
Tell us about the community building visits made by Boston Police officers.
Felix: The first police officer stopped by to talk with the kids and he actually played tennis with the kids for 10-15 minutes. The second one was an officer who came to the afternoon program and he gave out free ice cream to the kids. And a third officer let them play in the police car. All the kids got in and were taking pictures. The seats are really hard!
Omar: At my site they came once to give out ice cream but they would also come by to check in on us whenever they were cruising through the neighborhood.
How many years have you guys worked for the Tenacity summer program?
Omar: This is my first year.
Felix: This is my third summer.
If you think back three years ago or two years ago, in your first couple years with Tenacity, how have you guys grown or become more mature or taken on different responsibilities?
Felix: I grew in taking the step of being more of a leader. Basically speaking about and leading things on the courts – like group games with the kids and different activities.
Omar: I’d say mine is basically the same thing. Like more leading and having more patience, basically. Problem solving with the little kids. Most of the time when they had a problem, like when they would argue about cutting in line and who was there first or they wanted the same racket or whatever, I would tell them to do rock, paper, scissors and that was how to get them to agree on the position or go wherever they were meant to go. It’s fair and even a little bit fun.
Nevon: Facilitating. Like whatever activity I am running on the court, if I feel like it isn’t working out, I change it to a different game that I feel the kids would like better. I can figure out what games they like and then switch it up to run smoother.
Do you guys have a sense of how your participation impacts the neighborhood that you’re working in or the city you live in, the bigger picture of what Tenacity does and what you helped do for families in Boston?
Felix: You can build trust with the families to come back to the Tenacity program. I mean they showed how much it meant because they asked if we were going to be back for next summer. Building relationships with the parents and families was important.
Omar: Some of the kids at my site didn’t even want to leave when program was over. They wanted to stay because they were having so much fun.
Felix: One day, to show their appreciation, a group of the families came by and they gave the staff a $75 gift card to go get food for everybody. They also gave us a bunch of Gatorade and a bag of ice.
You guys are out there on the court providing a service to young people that we hope you are proud of, and that you understand the impact that it makes for families that might not be able to afford other types of programs. Instead of that kid being home watching TV or playing video games, he or she is out having fun, getting exercise, learning, reading, socializing, and making friends.
Omar: Definitely, and it also exposes them to different things. So like where I live, most of the kids either play basketball or football. If you tell them you play tennis, they look at you like something is wrong with you. It’s good to help them explore different things and make them realize that basketball and football aren’t the only sports you should be playing.
Summer in the City
The 2016 Summer Tennis & Reading Program spanned across 23 sites in Boston and 5 sites in Worcester, providing over 5,000 kids with a fun, free educational program while also providing Tenacity Pathway students with jobs and leadership development opportunities.
Summer Tennis & Reading Program Quick Facts
- In Boston, 23 sites ran for six weeks. Six sites added an additional 7th week. There was also an advanced tennis site in West Roxbury for 18-20 players. Boston STRP served 4,200 kids.
- In Worcester, five STRP sites ran for six weeks, serving 800 kids.
- Boston STRP hosted an intern program with 10 interns. The interns were students graduating from 8th grade into 9th grade and moving from Middle School Academy into College Prep. The internships provided the students an opportunity to assist with leading and running the summer sites, providing valuable leadership experience.
- 41 Tenacity Pathway students worked at summer sites this year. Hiring Pathway students to help run the summer program is a win-win. Students gain valuable job experience and the program gains staff who are passionate and invested.
The Importance of Summer Learning
During summer vacation, many students lose knowledge and skills. By the end of summer, students perform, on average, one month behind where they left off in the spring. When students attend a summer learning program like Tenacity’s Summer Tennis & Reading Program (STRP), they interact with positive role models, learn how to work with others, take responsibility, build meaningful relationships, accept guidance and develop decision-making skills. All of these life skills nurture independence and confidence, creating a foundation that will serve them the rest of their lives.
A STRP staff member leads a small reading group.
A daily reading curriculum provides age-appropriate, engaging reading activities that help stem summer learning loss for students participating in the Summer Tennis & Reading Program.
Returning a serve during STRP morning warmups.
Tennis and fitness activities not only keep kids active and teach new skills, they also serve as a catalyst for building self-confidence and positive social behaviors.
Making a point during STRP reading time.
Longitudinal studies indicate that the positive effects of participating in a summer learning program endure for at least two years after participation.
AmeriCorps: Changing Lives and Communities
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. However, AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce.
Seven Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellows participated in the AmeriChoir, singing the national anthem at the 2016 AmeriCorps Opening Day Ceremony
Since the program’s founding in 1994, 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.
The 2016-2017 Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellow crew poses for a group shot at the Opening Day Ceremony.
At Tenacity, our AmeriCorps Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and bring a vast array of skills and career interests. However, they do all have one thing in common – a passion to give back, build a stronger community and inspire change.
Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellows work directly with our Middle School Academy students, bringing learning to life. Their commitment and energy significantly increases the impact of Tenacity’s efforts to narrow the achievement and opportunity gaps for the youth we serve. They support students both inside and outside of the classroom, playing a pivotal role in ensuring that our students learn the skills they need to be successful in high school, college, and beyond.
AmeriCorps Fellow Opportunities for 2017-2018
We are seeking great people to fill our Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellow roles for 2017-18. Do you have a loved one or neighbor who will graduate from college next spring or summer? Or is there someone you know who is considering a career change and thinks education mixed with tennis and fitness might be a great next step? If so, this could be the perfect opportunity.
Tenacity offers a one-year service opportunity leading to a rich experience in youth development, whole child education philosophy, and urban education in our Middle School Academy (MSA) program. Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellows lead middle school youth and teach a literacy and tennis/fitness curriculum in one of our six partner schools in Boston. Responsibilities include leading small groups of students in various academic and fitness activities in an after-school or school-day classroom setting during the school year. Fellows also help create lesson plans for literacy blocks as well as tennis and fitness blocks, recruit and manage volunteers, assist in data entry, and facilitate family engagement initiatives. In the summer, Fellows take leadership roles, running summer camp sites in Tenacity’s Summer Tennis & Reading Program. Please help us spread the word. You’ll find a thorough overview and details on how to apply at: https://tenacity.org/americorps. For more information, email: Apply2BFellow@tenacity.org.
Tenacity Marathon Team
Caroline Lane, a longtime member of Tenacity’s Board of Directors, will continue as Tenacity’s B.A.A. Charity Program Liaison and Marathon Team Manager. Lindsey Woods, Tenacity’s Director of Annual Giving and Special Events, will co-manage the team and fundraising activities. Caroline shared: “We are grateful to the B.A.A. for selecting Tenacity to be part of the 2017 Boston Marathon® Official Charity Program, and I am thrilled to lead a new team toward two significant goals – completing the Boston Marathon – every marathoner’s dream – and raising awareness and funds for Tenacity’s programs.”
Since 2013, Tenacity Marathon Team runners have raised over $580,000 to support our Pathway Programs. This year’s team is aiming to push that total past $700,000 by April 17, 2017.
To support a runner and help us reach our goal, visit the 2017 marathon team’s page at: www.crowdrise.com/tenacity-marathon-team.
The 2017 Show Your Tenacity Gala
Save the Date for the 2017 Show Your Tenacity Gala!
Celebrate with Tenacity and more than 600 business and community leaders at our annual gala, honoring the power of education and celebrating the accomplishments of Tenacity Pathway students. The gala theme, Show Your Tenacity, highlights the many ways that our students, staff, board members, partners, volunteers, and supporters demonstrate our namesake quality. The evening will be filled with fun, friends, and fine dining to go along with exciting entertainment, inspiring stories, and exclusive auction items. Mark your calendars and come out to show your support for the tenacious students we serve. Together we can help ensure that Boston youth from under-resourced communities have an opportunity to grow, learn, and ultimately realize their full potential on their Pathway to Post-Secondary Success.
The 2017 Tenacity Gala
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel
425 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
Rogan Robbins Advertising Provides 2017 Gala Branding Support
Michael Rogan, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, and Seth Robbins, EVP and Senior Art Director, of Rogan Robbins Advertising, are generously providing pro bono branding and design support for Tenacity’s 2017 Show Your Tenacity Gala. In previous years, Baldwin/Clancy/Rogan Advertising provided pro bono support.
We are thrilled to work with the dynamic duo of Rogan Robbins whose creativity will help shape the look and feel of this year’s event. Many thanks to Mike and Seth for their invaluable expertise.
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