This morning, the Boston Bar Foundation held its inaugural Society of Fellows Appreciation Breakfast at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. The Breakfast was an opportunity to recognize members of the Society for their support of the BBF and to celebrate what their generosity has allowed the BBF to accomplish in the last year.
Nearly 75 members of the Society of Fellows joined 20 representatives from legal services organizations receiving BBF grants in the coming year to mingle and discuss the essential funding provided by the Society of Fellows program.
BBF President Lisa Goodheart expressed her gratitude for the commitment of the Fellows and introduced speaker Teresa Alleyne, Senior Career Specialist at the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC). In her role at the PIC, Teresa counsels high school students on professionalism and connects them with paid summer internships. She has worked closely with the BBA on one of its public service initiatives, the Summer Jobs Program.
The Boston Bar Foundation funds all of the pro bono and public service initiatives of the BBA, including the administrative coordination for all 65 jobs in the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program as well as the complete funding for 15 nonprofit and public sector positions for teens.
Teresa shared with the Fellows the positive impact of the program on the diverse group of young people she supports.
“You are at this breakfast because of your generosity and dedication to expanding access to justice and improving our community,” Teresa said. “You provide such invaluable training, and it means so very much in their life. They learn way more than you can possibly imagine.”
As Senior Career Specialist, she teaches young people about how to find success in a professional setting.
“But from my office, it is mostly theory,” she remarked. “It is because of the generosity of the Boston Bar Foundation that Boston public school students – my students – get a chance to put their skills to the test.”
She contrasted the decreasing availability of jobs for young people with the BBF’s increasing support of the Summer Jobs Program.
“I appreciate the BBA and BBF stepping up and providing increasing opportunity for young people over the years,” she emphasized, “When as a nation, the only thing increasing for young people was unemployment.”
Teresa’s poignant and lively remarks about just one of many, many programs the BBF is able to support with the help of the Society of Fellows were truly inspiring.
Fellows are invited to social and networking events throughout the year and recognized in BBF publications, on the BBF website and at BBF fundraising events. To learn more about joining Boston’s leading attorneys in the Society of Fellows, click here or contact Tara Trask at [email protected] or (617) 778-1984.
Click here to view more images from the event.