If you know me, you know how passionate I am about giving back to the Boston community, and for the last two years, I have sat on the board for Boston Partners in Education. It is a remarkable organization that works to further improve the academic achievement of Boston’s public school students by providing them with focused and individualized volunteer support. What I love most about Boston Partners is the direct impact we get to make on the lives of our young people. The assistance and commitment the volunteers provide helps at-risk youth realize their skills and gain self-confidence by reading to them, sharing career stories with them and so much more. In fact, I started my journey with Boston Partners in Education as a “Big Cheese” Reader four years ago. Big Cheese Reads is an initiative that brings community and cultural leaders to middle school classrooms to speak about the role of reading and literacy, and its importance in life and career success. This year, BPE has brought 565 volunteers into classrooms to mentor over 3,300 students in 51 Boston Public schools. I’m proud, to say the least, to be a part of this organization.
During my visits, I like to joke with the kids that when I was their age, I did not focus on my reading skills like I should have. After that, I emphasize to them how crucial reading has been in my life. I make it apparent that it’s something I use at work every day and sufficient reading skills are imperative in the business world.
I recognize how important the Boston Partners’ initiative is because I would not be where I am today without my mentors and teachers. The volunteers of Boston Partners provide opportunity and so much more to children that don’t have the resources to succeed like they should. Most BPE students show an increased interest in academics, improve their performance in math and language arts, demonstrate an increase in self-confidence and improve their overall study habits.
I am honored to sit on the board of such an amazing program, and I highly recommend getting involved either as a mentor or a Big Cheese Reader. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, check out their website bostonpartners.org, or visit them on LinkedIn.