On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) and Mayor Thomas M. Menino will present six Bostonians with the Boston Neighborhood Fellows (BNF) Award. Now in its 22nd year, BNF is an awards program administered by TPI and funded by an anonymous donor that provides recognition and direct financial support to individuals with initiative, creativity, vision and leadership who work to serve the community of Greater Boston.
Fellows are nominated by an anonymous group of spotters who recognize ordinary citizens engaged in extraordinary efforts to transform lives, improve their community and make Boston a better place to live and work. Each year, the BNF program recognizes these individuals for their unsung effort and awards winners with a no-strings-attached cash grant. Since its founding in 1990, the BNF program has given almost $6 million to 132 outstanding Bostonians.
The BNF awards ceremony is a chance to publically credit these quiet leaders and give them an opportunity to share their powerful stories of community change. Held at City Year’s headquarters in Boston, the event is open to the public, but pre-registration is required through TPI.
This year, The Philanthropic Initiative's selection committee has selected the following people as the 2012 Boston Neighborhood Fellows:
Sayed A. Mohamed-Nour, Nubian United Benevolent International Association (NUBIA), Inc.
Sayed A. Mohamed-Nour is a master gardener who knows how to grow both plants and people. Since his arrival in Boston, Sayed has tirelessly tilled its urban soil, helping countless members of his own and other communities grow their own food. If he had his way, our city and our people would be in constant bloom: growing, nourishing ourselves and each other.
Jim Greene and Shirley Edwards, The Eighth Pole at Suffolk Downs
Jim Greene and Shirley Edwards are the heart and soul of the Eighth Pole at Suffolk Downs, a unique organization that provides backstretch workers with the support and services they need in a way that respects their rights and protects their dignity. They are a constant and beloved presence at the track who have helped hundreds on the path of health and recovery. They have earned “the complete trust that opens doors to care,” as one of their volunteers said.
Jumaane Kendrick, Boston Public Health Commission
A true “wild child” not long ago in his days at Dorchester High, Jumaane Kendrick has grown into a man described as “an exemplar of forgiveness” who has comforted victims of violence and kept others from taking that path. For the young people and adults he serves, Jumaane is an example of true and profound transformation, a life dedicated to the good.
Audrey Porter, My Life My Choice
Audrey Porter tells her story of successfully exiting the commercial sex industry to reach adolescent girls in danger of exploitation. As Associate Director of My Life, My Choice, Audrey has mentored many in their efforts to escape; reached hundreds in her prevention workshops and counseling; and helped change the systems that enable exploitation of children.
Beatriz Rivera, Beantown Society, The City School, Kilombo Novo, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center
Beatriz Rivera channels her passion for social justice into action to stop violence and build healthy community. Her clear voice calls others to take a better path; her creative and resourceful organizing and action show us the way to get there.