Verizon Awards Boston Partners in Education $10,000
January 4, 2011--Boston, Mass. – On December 16, 2010 Verizon executives Stacey Antonino and Stephanie Lee presented Pamela Civins, Executive Director of Boston Partners in Education a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to further Boston Partners in Education’s work helping struggling students in the Boston Public Schools achieve their academic goals, stay in school and graduate. The check presentation took place at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown and they were joined by Simon Ho, the school’s principal.
“Boston Partners in Education appreciates the support we receive from the Verizon Foundation. With the Foundation's investment, we are taking our School Volunteer Program and revamping it so that we better serve K-12 students in the Boston Public Schools. With this grant, we will continue to strengthen our processes of matching students nominated by their teachers with volunteer academic mentors to provide them tutoring and mentoring in the subjects of math and English Language Arts during the school day. We are excited to be partnering with the Verizon Foundation on this important work,” says Pamela Civins.
The money generously donated by the Verizon Foundation will go towards expanding and strengthening our core program – the School Volunteer Program. This program has been serving K-12 students in the Boston Public Schools who are in need of academic assistance by matching them with trained, volunteer academic mentors. Teachers request this extra help by nominating students individually or in small groups. With the funding awarded to us by the Verizon Foundation we will improve on our current model by serving more students and deepening our relationship with our partner schools; encouraging volunteers to return and work with their students over multiple years; measuring the impact academic mentors have on their students; and working with teachers so they use volunteers more effectively over the year to benefit their students.