On Friday, December 7th over 250 investment professionals joined City Year Boston’s 10th annual Investment Community Breakfast sponsored by Wiel, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Our incredible guests and sponsors raised over $515,000 in support of City Year Boston’s 30 teams of young adult leaders working in 29 Boston Public Schools.
Our inspiring program featured Wyc Grousbeck, Lead Owner of the Boston Celtics; Shane Totten, Senior AmeriCorps member; and Dan Primack, Axios. The speakers share a fierce belief in the power of young people and implored guests to support the young people in their lives and help them to ask the important questions to become better students and people.
Wyc’s entrepreneurial spirit has led him to many different ventures including working Highland Capital Partners, purchasing the Celtics and winning their storied 17th national championship, and serving as Chairman for Mass. Eye and Ear. It is this entrepreneurial mindset that Wyc works to foster in every vein of his work. With a son born with vision impairment, Wyc witnessed they ways accessible and individualized education can have an enormous impact on a child’s education.
"The goal is to have the students learn to be empowered and make a positive difference in the world...I think this precisely describes what City Year AmeriCorps members do. You selflessly dig in and help make an essential difference. I deeply appreciate all that you do." - Wyc Grousbeck
Shane, our Senior AmeriCorps member speaker shared his challenges with reading comprehension at a young age and feeling “othered” because of his need for one on one attention. It is that kind of one on one attention that Shane loved to give to his students at the Tobin K-8 school last year. Like his fellow 250 AmeriCorps members Shane works with students on attendance, behavior, and coursework to help students stay in school and on track for high school graduation. Whether it’s small incentives like playing an intense game of Uno in the City Year team room or teaching study habits that set students up for success, City Year AmeriCorps members like Shane work with students to help them see their potential. Shane shared with our attendees how his journey with City Year has cemented his passion for education and his plan to attain his master’s degree in teaching from Boston University and teach in Boston Public Schools. A fellow alumnus of City Year Boston, Dan Primack, Axios, delivered a powerful call for support showcasing the invaluable skills City Year taught him.
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We would like to sincerely thank all of our generous guests and champions for investing in City Year’s work. If you missed the event or would like to support City Year Boston; donate here. Looking for more ways to engage with CYB? See more stories like Shane's on social media or find service events on our Volunteer page.