“A breakthrough moment was the work I did with Jose. Jose had poor grades and didn’t like doing homework. I worked with him every day and talked with his parents often. In tennis he became one of the best 6th graders in our program. This influenced his confidence and his grades started to rise. The thing that sticks with me the most was when he got an A in Language Arts. That, to me, meant everything.”

Gabriela Cohen, Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellow
Arivu AnukantBachelor’s Degree
Northeastern University
Nadia ChangBachelor’s Degree
Salem State University
Lissette DeleonBachelor’s Degree
Mount Holyoke College
Hector FloresBachelor’s Degree
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Felixaura PenaBachelor’s Degree
Bridgewater State University
Ernest SandeferBachelor’s Degree
Northeastern College of Professional Studies
Kelvin VelozCertificate in Automotive Technology
Porter and Chester Institute
American University*Hampshire College*Princeton University*
Assumption College*Harrt School of Music*Salem State University*
Bay Path University*Harvard University*Salve Regina University*
Bay State College*Hillsboro Community CollegeSimmons College*
Boston College*College of the Holy Cross*Stonehill College*
Benjamin Franklin Institute of TechnologyLasell College*Suffolk University*
Bentley University*Lesley University*UMass Amherst*
The Boston Conservatory*Lincoln Technical InstituteUMass Boston*
Bridgewater State University*Longy School of Music of Bard College*UMass Dartmouth*
Bryant University*Manhattan School of Music*UMass Lowell*
Boston University*Mannes School of Music*University of New Hampshire*
Bunker Hill Community CollegeU.S. Marine CorpsUniversity of Hartford*
Colby College*Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts*University of the Arts*
Columbia College (Chicago)*Middlebury College*University of Rhode Island*
Curry College*Morgan State University*Wentworth Institute of Technology
Eastern Nazarene College*Mt. Ida College*Wheaton College*
Emmanuel College*North Carolina Sports UniversityWheelock College*
Fisher College*New England Conservatory of Music*William Penn University*
Fitchburg State University*Newbury College*Worcester Polytechnic Institute*
Framingham State University*Northeastern University*
George Mason University*Northeastern Foundation Year
Hamilton College*University of Notre Dame**Four-Year College or University

Tenacity Marathon Team Surpasses Fundraising Goal!

Tenacity’s Boston Marathon Charity Team raised $140,000 in 2016 to support Tenacity students on their Pathway to Post-Secondary Success. 14 team members successfully completed 26.2 miles in the blazing sun on Patriots’ Day. Afterward, the team celebrated at the Hampshire House post-marathon party, which was generously donated by Tom Kershaw.

We wish to express our sincere appreciation to the Boston Athletic Association for continuing to include Tenacity among its elite organizations in the Charity Program. Since 2013, over $580,000 has been raised for Tenacity by our marathon teams.

Special thanks to Stan Mescon for outfitting the team in New Balance, and to Bill Achtmeyer, Larry Greenberg, and Bud Schultz for their continued generosity.

We are indebted to our runners for their steadfast commitment. Notably, Jacqueline Gannon who has run for the team for three years and has raised a total of $45,000 and Doug Reeves who has not only fundraised on his own behalf, but has also made a personal donation to every Tenacity Marathon Team runner over the last two years.

We hope that the Boston Athletic Association will select Tenacity to be a member of the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program again next year!

– Caroline Lane, Tenacity Board Member, BAA Liaison

Bobby Gourdeau runs past the iconic Citgo sign in the 2016 Boston Marathon.

“Running the Boston Marathon for Tenacity was an amazing experience for me. Not only did I cross this off of my bucket list, more importantly, I ran in an effort to help the underprivileged kids of Boston. For that, I am extremely grateful and honored. Because of this, I plan to continue to stay involved with Tenacity moving forward!”

– Bobby Gourdeau

Jacqueline Gannon, Haley Thompson, and Maggie McGoldrick (L-R) before the start.

“This is the third Marathon I have run for the Tenacity Marathon Team. Knowing that I’m raising money for a cause that’s impacting my own community in important ways is inspiring.”

– Jacqueline Gannon

Lou Sorgi making his way down Beacon Street near Coolidge Corner - mile 24.

“Getting the chance to run the Boston Marathon while supporting Tenacity was such an amazing and worthy experience. A tick off the bucket list!”

– Lou Sorgi

The 2016 Show Your Tenacity Gala

The May 21st gala was a moving tribute to the power of tenacity. Staff members Oneda Horne, Drew Hendrickson, and Jelani Townsell, along with Tenacity parent Maytee Pena and Tenacity graduating senior Jordy Baez, helped illustrate the powerful impact that Tenacity’s programs have on the lives of our students. The stories shared by each of the speakers underscored why it is important to continue chipping away at the opportunity gap that many Boston students face.

The annual gala is our largest fundraiser and with over 550 supporters in attendance, Tenacity raised more than $830,000! The money raised will help ensure that our work to level the educational playing field will continue to serve an increasing number of students. Our mission would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters and partners. Together we are making sure that underserved Boston youth have an opportunity to grow, learn, and ultimately realize their full potential on their Pathway to Post-Secondary Success.

Below is a small sample of images from the evening. View the full collection of “Photo Booth” images by clicking the button.

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