This month I would like to share with you a cause close to my heart, Cristo Rey Boston High School. For over 10 years I have been involved with this amazing organization that puts inner city kids on a path to attending a four year college. Again this year 100% of the graduating seniors were accepted to four year institutions. A large majority of them will be the first in their families to attend college.
Last week we attended and sponsored their annual Academic Signing Day Gala at which the top five ranked seniors shared their personal stories and announced which school they will attend in the fall. It was a touching reminder of how dedicated these students and their families are to their education.
Cristo Rey Boston High School is a private Catholic school that serves families whose median incomes are at/around the federal poverty line. The students have longer academic days and a longer school calendar to compensate for their four-day school schedule. The Cristo Rey model centers on the fifth day of each week, which is dedicated to the word-study program that funds the majority of the students’ education – the remaining coming from the families’ modest contributions and private fundraising. The school creates teams of four students (one in each grade) who provide entry-level clerical and administrative services to 135 companies across Greater Boston. For many students this office experience is like a year-long internship, exposing them to the corporate world for the first time.
Stop Loss Insurance Brokers is proud to support this program and I would be delighted to tell you more about it if you are interested in learning more or exploring the idea of having a work-study team join your organization.
(Pictured are: Denise Doyle, Bob Mulhern, Margaret Jones)