MY TURN is a dropout prevention and intervention solution for off-track youth in cities characterized by high poverty, high unemployment, and poor educational outcomes. Founded in 1984 in Brockton, MY TURN has helped more than 20,000 youth overcome obstacles to further their education and obtain career-ladder jobs.
Thanks to the Greater Worcester Community Foundation for its recent donation of $15,000 to MY TURN.
Thanks to the Brooks Foundation for its recent donation of $10,000 to MY TURN.
Thanks to the Patrick Carney Foundation of Bridgewater for its recent donation of $5,000.00 to MY TURN.
Thanks to your great contributions and efforts we were able to raise $5,800 from the 2KWalk forKids
The 4th Annual Brittany W. Allsopp Memoral Scholoarship Golf Tournament
Friday May 6th 2011
Helicopter Ball Drop: 50/50 Raffle. Purchase a raffle ticket with your assigned ball number, for $5 each. Sold numbered balls are placed in a bag, picked up by a helicopter and dropped on the green. the closest ball to the pin wins 50% of the proceeds!
Congratulations to the Students in Fitchburg & Leominster on for a wonderful recognition ceremony program
WHY WE WALKED ON APRIL 16th
The stories of the young people who come through the doors of MY TURN’s drop-out prevention and intervention programs are often harrowing. Challenging economic situations, unstable home lives, court involvement, teen parenthood, repeated educational failings—the kids we serve across nine communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have often experienced tremendous strife at a young age. Around the holidays, particularly,
I am reminded of one such story—not at all unlike the stories of the thousands of other youth MY TURN has served over the past 26 years—but one represents the hope MYTURN is able to provide for youth as they make gateway decisions in their lives, hope that is made possible through the generosity of people like you.
Ashley, a young teen from Brockton who came to MY TURN, spent one Christmas Eve in the car where she had been living for five weeks. Because of a difficult family situation, she felt that living in the car was safer than being at home. She relayed the facts of her terrible story as calmly as I would discuss the weather. She was not looking for pity or sympathy. She was just answering a question I had posed to her during an interview for a MY TURN scholarship—just one of many facets of our program that helps deserving youth secure a high school diploma or GED and go to college—where I asked her to relate an example in which she faced a difficult obstacle or situation and what she did to resolve it. She said she faced lots of difficult obstacles in her life, but this was the one she was most proud of.
Although I was shocked to learn of her circumstances, she asked me not to make a “big deal” out of it. After all, she was still going to school every day. She had it “under control.” She didn’t want to go to a relative’s house or a shelter out of the area because she had promised her little sister that she would graduate from high school. She said couldn’t leave the area without it affecting her grades and graduation. She said she had a plan go to college, to become her sister’s guardian and to find a place for them both to live while she went to school.
I was speechless. Statistically, kids who face circumstances like Ashley aren’t the typical success stories. However, this time it was different. This time we had an enormously capable young woman, motivated by love for her little sister and now, with MY TURN, was surrounded by people who cared and people who could help her reach her goal.
That’s exactly what we did. With the help of our network of community collaborators, we managed to protect Ashley and her sister and find temporary housing for them both, all while providing her with the case management, academic tools and support needed to help her graduate on time.
Unfortunately, there are thousands of young people out there facing the same obstacles as Ashley, and many don’t make it on to graduate from high school. But every day for the past 26 years, MY TURN has worked tirelessly to give each young person we serve an opportunity to achieve their dreams.
Now, more than ever we need your help. The demand is greater and resources are fewer. During our preparation for the Downtown 2K Walk4Kids we ask that you think of Ashley and so many others like her who are involved with MY TURN. We ask that you help us achieve our goal of raising funds to directly support the youth in your community. There is no such thing as a small gift—any and all are appreciated. Please click here to below make a secure donation via Paypal.
Or if you prefer a more traditional method, please send your check to:
156 Main St.
Brockton, MA 02301
Many thanks, and have a safe, happy and healthy spring.
Founder and Volunteer CEO
P.S. Ashley got the scholarship. She attended college in the Boston area. She graduated from college and last we heard she was working for a social service agency.