In 2017, Jaquan Bennett was in Mattapan looking for a bite to eat when he met a man working in the Boston Center for Youth and Families Streetworker Program that works to prevent violence and connect kids and families to important resources. The streetworker told the then-27-year-old about a city program that could help him learn a skilled trade.
Joshua Curtiss of South Boston zigzagged across a patch of dirt this summer as he tried to capture a goat, a circus-like chase that the 19-year-old found both amusing and frightening during an eye-opening trip to remote areas of Kenya and Tanzania.
“I didn’t know if it’d attack me or what,” Curtiss recalled with a smile
Prior to launching the BASE, Robert Lewis Jr. was the vice president of philanthropy at The Boston Foundation, where he was making an impact in the community by granting about $20 million to various efforts.
For someone who had spent years trying to make a difference by improving the lives of others, that role might have seemed like the perfect job.
A few years ago, Denzel Florvil found himself fresh off a stint in prison and full of uncertainty about his future. He had no car, no high school education and no confidence that he could successfully interview for a job.