Youth Enrichment Services (YES) has recently received a $15,000 grant from the New Balance Foundation.
The donation consists of a $10,000 grant that will support YES’s four season Track & Field program for Boston youth. Every year, over 350 youth participate and are introduced to the principles of track & field and develop into active, healthy, and confident youth. The remaining $5,000 is an emergency Covid-19 grant.
This summer, youth ages 9 – 13 will have new activities and challenges and experience the complete realm of track and field: running, throwing, and jumping. Consistent small groups will be led by adult and teen coaches three nights per week at Moakley Park’s Saunders Stadium (South Boston) and English High School (Jamaica Plain).
YES is fortunate to have supporters like the New Balance Foundation to support YES programs during these difficult times. YES is able to safely get outside and active with Boston youth this summer by following COVID-19 guidelines from the State Department of Public Health. Programs were modified to meet these requirements and include: logging visitors for contact tracing; logging as well as increasing the cleaning and sanitation of the equipment; administering health checks for participants, staff, and volunteers; requiring masks; practicing social distancing; and reducing group size and numbers served.
About the New Balance Foundation – The New Balance Foundation is a charitable foundation established in 1981 and funded by New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. The Foundation’s mission is to support effective charitable organizations which perform humanitarian services for the betterment of children and local communities. Please visit the Foundation’s website at www.newbalancefoundation.org.