The Three Point Foundations GrowTwoGrow Project | City of Ideas

Posted 11/22/2012 by Collaborate Boston Application

Issue to be Addressed:
The mission of The 3-Point Foundation is to strongly influence young boys in Boston to reach their full potential by fostering character development, academic improvement and basketball growth. We strive to create a program that has a lifetime impact on our student athletes, inspiring them to become college graduates and good citizens. 

The 3-Point Foundation's new "Grow2Grow" program will help our kids feel the satisfaction of growing their own food at a local garden, which they will, in turn, distribute to people in need around the community. Through that outreach and feeling of accomplishment, the kids will themselves grow as young citizens which is a key component of our program's mission.

Project Proposed:
The 3-Point Foundation is part of a collaborative effort to help under-served boys ages 9-13 from Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. Our program has a holistic approach to uplifting the lives of not only our direct participants, but also the members of the community around us.

With the essential collaboration of a handful of established organizations, we enroll our boys in a year-long enrichment program comprised of academic development, athletic improvement and community service.

The "Grow2Grow" project is a service project that we believe will help our kids strengthen their character and sense of civic duty. Our 20 boys will design and develop a sustainable city garden, and use the vegetables they grow to help provide nourishing food to Boston's homeless.  The kids will not only give back to their fellow citizens, they will receive informative instruction on gardening and sustainable methods for cultivating their own food supply.

Our student athletes will be responsible for all aspects of the garden. The vegetables from this garden, together with food donated by our collaborator, Roche Bros, will be put into bag lunches. The boys will then distribute these lunches themselves to people in need at neighborhood organizations.

Role of Collaboration:
Neither the 3-Point Foundation nor our "Grow2Grow" project would be possible without the collaboration of other for-profit and non-profit collaborators in our community. Below is a list of these collaborators and their role in the "Grow2Grow" project:

1. No Books No Ball is the oldest youth winter basketball league in Boston. It is based at the Shelbourne Center and serves 300+ boys and girls aged 7-16 from Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. The kids who participate in the 3-Point Foundation all come from No Books No Ball, and are individually nominated by the director. 

2. The Reggie Lewis Center provides a safe physical space for our program. Our participants love coming to the center where they can do homework, get MCAS prep, socialize and take advantage of the fantastic athletic facilities.

3. Roche Bros is a phenomenal, for-profit partner without whom the "Grow2Grow" project could not exist. Through their generous donation of non-vegetable food, our kids will be able to provide complete lunches to people in need.

4. The Elisha Project is dedicated to feeding the hungry in and around Boston, showing each recipient that "love that is due every human being." Their logistical support and expertise will help ensure that the grown food and contributions from Roche Bros will successfully reach those in need.

5. The Food Project will provide the essential curriculum and instruction to turn our kids into knowledgeable and successful gardeners. The skills developed through "Grow2Grow" will show our kids that they can provide their own sustenance, and will ideally foster in them not only an appreciation for helping but also for gardening.

Impact:
Winning a Collaborate Boston prize from The Boston Foundation would be a tremendous honor and privilege. It would enable us to launch and support our "Grow2Grow" project which will serve and benefit many Boston residents, from our participating kids to the needy adults to whom we will provide meals.

With our students already in place, we would use the prize money to acquire the supplies and space, and to add any necessary staff resources, to get the project off-the-ground and to support it throughout our program year.

Unlike many youth initiatives, the "Grow2Grow" project can demonstrate early and quantifiable results. Amongst these are the quantity of food produced, the number of meals created, the number of people served, the monetary value of the food produced, the savings generated by growing our own food, and more. In addition, there will be qualitative results to the project including the impact of learning about and developing new skills amongst our kids, the satisfaction they get from feeling they have grown something that helps other human beings, and the appreciation of the recipients who will receive healthy and locally grown food from young members of their own communities.

Other information:
Due to its mission of supporting Boston boys to become college graduates and good citizens, the 3-Point Foundation is fortunate to attract excellent student-athletes, families, partners and supporters from across our community. If we receive a Boston Foundation prize, we would try to influence even more social, athletic and academic success in Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester through our network of diverse, involved and enthusiastic collaborators.

Primary Contact:
Andrew Mirken, CEO, The 3-Point Foundation

Andrew is a passionate basketball coach and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience. In addition to leading the 3-Point Foundation, Andrew is the head boys' basketball coach at the Rivers School in Weston, MA. Over the years, Andrew has also dedicated himself to strengthening urban basketball programs at the BABC, the Boston Shootout and many Boston schools.

Beyond coaching, Andrew has been a successful entrepreneur and businessperson with experience in operations, sales and marketing. He is also the father of two young boys and the husband of a former scholarship women's basketball player at Northeastern University.

Partner 1:
Tony Richards, Director and Founder, No Books No Ball

Tony's program is a broad based community action initiative that teaches children sportsmanship, athletic prowess and academic aptitude through teamwork, coaching and mentoring provided by civic-minded, volunteer role models.  The student athletes in this program develop high self esteem, confidence and a greater appreciation for the importance of education in achieving the American dream

Partner 2:
Keith McDermott, Director, Reggie Lewis Center

Keith oversees this multi-use facility which is not only an exceptional athletic center but also a safe and accessible resource for the community-at-large. Both the Center and Kevin share a commitment to helping and serving the Boston community, especially youth and the elderly.

Partner 3:
Rick Roche, Co-Owner, Roche Bros.

Roche Bros./Sudbury Farms is supermarket chain founded in 1952 in Roslindale, MA. Today, there are 18 locations and the family-owned company is run by the founders' two sons, Ed and Rick. At Roche Bros., there is a deep commitment not only to outstanding customer service and quality inside the stores, but also to supporting the local communities outside the stores.

Partner 4:
Selvin Chambers, Executive Director, The Food Project

The Food Project envisions a world where youth are active leaders, where diverse communities feel connected to the land and each other, and where everyone has access to fresh, local, healthy and affordable food.

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