Jenzabar Foundation Awards Three Student Groups “Best in Class” Distinctions for Leadership

September 16, 2009

The Jenzabar Foundation recognizes and supports the good works and humanitarian efforts of student leaders serving others across the global community. In conjunction with its second annual Student Leadership Awards, the foundation honored three Wheelock-based programs—SPARK the Truth, Jumpstart, and the Philanthropic Association of Youth—with its Best in Class distinction.

SPARK the Truth is youth-led community action initiative that works with students from Boston Public Schools to foster positive changes in our city and our schools. It was founded by Boston Public School students and Wheelock College students after they attended the October 2007, Bridges to Hope and Understanding: Exploring Truth and Reconciliation" Youth Symposium at Wheelock College with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Jumpstart is a leading nonprofit organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Since Wheelock became a Jumpstart sit in 2005, the program has brought at-risk preschool children and college students together through one-to-one mentoring relationships. Through this partnership, these preschoolers build the language, literacy, and social skills necessary to succeed not just in school, but also in life.

Philanthropic Association of Youth (PAY) is a youth-led foundation that was created as a result of the course "Bridges to Hope, Understanding, and Changing the Social and Academic Outcomes of the Youth of Boston" taught by Dr. Felicity Crawford. Wheelock offered this college-level course to Boston public high school students free-of-charge.


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