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The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation Announces Bill Russell Mentoring Grant Recipients
Thursday, May 17, 2012 - BOSTON – The Bill Russell Legacy Committee, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced the recipients of the first Bill Russell Mentoring Grants at last night’s Boston Celtics game.
The Bill Russell Legacy Project, along with the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and Mass Mentoring Partnership, developed a Mentoring Grant program in Russell’s name to ensure Russell’s passion for mentoring children is carried on by expanding the resources for mentoring programs in the city of Boston. The programs receiving grants totaling $51,300 thanks to the Bill Russell Legacy Project are:
- Adoption and Foster Care (AFC) Mentoring, $15,000, to launch a new program targeted for LGBT mentees in foster care through one-to-one mentoring and the group leaders workshop series. The goals include improved self-esteem and future outlook on life, better school attendance and improved attitudes towards school.
- Generations Incorporated, $25,000, to expand the Reading Coaches program in four Boston Public Schools, including the Blackstone, Dever, Kenny and Martin Luther King, Jr. schools. Each student will receive at least 35 sessions with a mentor, who helps the student focus on reading improvement.
- The DREAM Program Inc., $11,300, to expand summer programming for elementary and middle aged students in public housing in the lower Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. The goal is to bridge the gap between the ending and beginning of the school year with events, activities, and trips.
“We are so proud to play a role in this effort that reflects Bill’s dedication as a long-time champion for youth mentoring,” Mass Mentoring Partnership’s President and CEO Marty Martinez said. "This effort is part of our focus to drive resources to organizations with a strong commitment to high-quality mentoring and these grants will enable the organizations selected to inspire future generations of our city's youth.”
To learn more about the Bill Russell Legacy Project, please visit www.billrusselllegacy.org.