Let’s catch up

Hey, it’s been a while! We know you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting to hear from The Boaz Organization for Youth… right?!

We’ve just been so busy over here that we haven’t been able to settle down and tell you about our progress. But from now on, we’ll be posting each week to give you snippets of the excitement. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to receive our blog posts in your inbox!

 

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[@theboazorg Instagram] As February comes to a close we celebrate a very successful first month in our new office! Pictured above is the stunning view from our floor.

Here are our updates from the past six months of 2016:

  • On January 27, we became an official, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization!
  • On February 1, we moved into our beautiful, tiny office in downtown Manhattan. We’re located at 222 Broadway, New York, NY 10038, inside the WeWork City Hall center. WeWork is a wonderful community of start-up companies, independent professionals, for-profit companies and not-for-profit companies.
  • In February, Saumya, Hannah, Maira and Alexa joined The Boaz team as interns to help with research, outreach and development.
  • From March 14 to 24, The Boaz team attended workshops, panel discussions, and networked at the United Nations 60th Commission on the Status of Women. Topics discussed included how to identify the signs that someone has been sex trafficked or is engaged in
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    [@theboazorg Instagram] An inspiring panel of strong and powerful social entrepreneurs, paving new roads for women across the world to make change and let their voices be heard.

    commercial sexual exploitation, the important role that men and boys have in promoting gender equality, and how women have created their own ways of letting their voices be heard in the male-dominated worlds of publishing and television broadcasting.
  • In March, we held a conversational English workshop with youth.
  • In April, we enrolled our first client in a bilingual GED program.
  • In April, the team began planning the first Boaz Summer Program. For the month of July, we will host English classes in the mornings, and arts, dance, sports, and gardening workshops in the afternoons. The goals of the program are to improve students’ comfort with English, to foster friendship and peer support among the youth, and to provide them with opportunities to express themselves through art and exercise. The program is free and open to immigrant youth under age 21 of any nationality, who entered the US without a parent or legal guardian.

 

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  • On May 3, The Boaz launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for its Summer Program production. We have raised $3000 online and offline! We are so, so thankful to those who helped fundraise and to those who donated.
  • On May 13, our founder, Lydia, was accepted to the Executive Directors’ Leadership Circle at the Foundation Center. The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.
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    Over 6,000 unaccompanied minors are known to be in the New York City metropolitan area, but the actual number is likely higher than this. These are children and teenagers who have survived an arduous journey alone to arrive in New York City.

    Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world with the resources they need to achieve their goals. The Leadership Circle is a monthly peer group meeting hosted by the Foundation Center where executive directors of small organizations share challenges and strategies impacting personal and organizational success.

  • On May 19, The Boaz Organization for Youth was offered a memorandum of understanding contract with USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services to provide resources to unaccompanied minors under the Safe Passages II program. USCCB/MRS is one of the nine resettlement agencies in the United States that has cooperative agreement with the State Department to provide reception and placement services for refugees arriving in the US. Through our contract with USCCB/MRS, The Boaz will conduct Home Studies and provide Post-Release Services to unaccompanied minors who have been detained and are being, or have been, released.
  • On May 23, we received our first five clients through USCCB/MRS. They are all from Guatemala and range in age from 7 to 17.
  • In May, Cat, Jessica, Hemeden and Mustapha joined The Boaz team as interns to continue research work, help launch the Boaz Summer Program, write grant proposals, and increase our social media presence.
  • In June, Miranda was brought on as our first part-time staff member! She will advise on business development and help manage the team.
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    [@theboazorg Instagram] We’ve been approved as a location on Google Maps!

  • On June 1, The Boaz was nominated and approved to receive donations from Google, and for all donations made by Google employees to be matched by the company.
  • On June 9, Lydia was elected to the Nominations Committee of the Board of the National Association of Social Work (NASW), New York Chapter. NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 132,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
  • Over the course of our work so far, we have collaborated with social workers, community organizers, lawyers, nonprofit fundraising specialists, teachers, activists, digital marketing specialists, graphic designers, filmmakers, photo branding specialists, accountants, professional dancers, public speaking coaches, business planning specialists, translators, and professionals in the fashion industry.

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    Team meeting: Alexa, Lydia, Miranda and her dog, Frankie.

We are extremely grateful for the support we have received thus far from interns, volunteers, collaborators, friends, donors and mentors.

 

To check out some photos and posts about our happenings, follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @theboazorg, and like our page on Facebook!

To donate, find us on Venmo at @theboazorg, or contribute on our crowdfunding site here: Donate.

In next week’s blog post we will talk about our mission, vision, and the four programs that make up The Boaz Organization for Youth. Stay tuned!

 

 

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