St. Stephen's Youth Programs
To learn more about St. Stephen's youth progams, visit their website or read the July 2016 Boston Globe article about their B-SAFE program.
Read what St. James's parishioner Kate Hornstein had to say about her work with St. Stephen's in spring 2016.
KATE HORNSTEIN INVITES US TO CONNECT WITH ST. STEPHEN’S YOUTH PROGRAMS!
Dear Friends in Christ,
I have just begun my second month of working as part-time Director of Development and Communications at St. Stephen’s Youth Programs (SSYP). As you may know, SSYP grew out of the needs of the community surrounding St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, a mission church in the South End of Boston.
The South End and Lower Roxbury
St. Stephen’s Youth Programs contributes to the health of underserved communities by helping school- age young people along the path to successful adulthoods. I am working out of an office in the Church of St. Augustine and St. Martin (Episcopal) on Lenox Street in Lower Roxbury. SSYP serves boys and girls, ages 5 to 18, from Boston and Chelsea. Most are Latino/a and/or African American, and many speak English as a second language. A few newcomers to the program come from China. Most of SSYP’s students live in dense, substandard public housing, at or below national poverty rates. All of our students are affected by the daily stress of living in poverty and being surrounded by violence.
Why I’m here
Why am I here? I have worked in fundraising for many years, most often for organizations serving children, and improving their health and educational outcomes. I feel called to organizations that aim to empower students and their families to make the changes they would like to see in their neighborhoods. SSYP is doing that just that with the spiritual underpinning of the Episcopal Church.
B-READY and B-SAFE
SSYP runs a school year afterschool, B-READY, and a summer camp program, B-SAFE. The “B” actually stands for “Bishop.” The late Bishop Tom Shaw was the catalyst for B-SAFE, a program that aims to give children in under-resourced neighborhoods a safe, fun place to spend their summers and continue their year-round learning. St. James’s contributes to B-SAFE through its support of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
I need you!
I need you to pray for me! And I need you to pray for the children SSYP serves. I would love for you to come visit me at St. A&M or at St. Stephen’s. The program has a constant need for volunteers, especially in May and June when college volunteers head home. We need plants, pots, seeds, and gardening supplies for the children’s garden at St. A&M. We need small groups to provide afternoon snack or a meal on a regular basis. We need children’s books - both gently used and new.
Please contact me - even if it’s just to say, “I’m praying for you!” - I pray back! And please let me know if you’ve worked with SSYP in the past so I can recognize that. Thank you beloved community of St. James’s for your support.
Kate Hornstein, Kate@ststephensbos.org; www.ssypboston.org