Boston Beneficiaries

Chicago Beneficiaries

Our Mission

The mission of FTBNL is to improve the world through education, leadership and the healthy development of youth and families.

FTBNL supports nonprofit agencies that share our commitment to urban youth and families.  Our Boston and Chicago partners work on the front lines with disadvantaged youth and their families, concentrating on health, education and leadership development.

Boston Beneficiaries


One of the oldest minority-based non-profit organizations in the City of Boston, Roxbury Youthworks is a community-based organization whose mission is to create healthy families and strong communities; to inspire young men and women to recognize and develop their strengths; and to prepare them to lead independent and self-sufficient lives. Since 1981, it has been combating the roots of juvenile delinquency in the inner city neighborhoods of Boston by providing community-based support, positive alternatives, innovative programming, advocacy and an array of social services to young people and their


Steps to Success is a comprehensive educational achievement program providing academic, social development, and family support services to low-income students and their families. The program seeks to break through the attitudes and substantive barriers that mark poor children for failure, seeking to overcome the confining conditions and characteristic stereotypes of poverty. Steps to Success is dedicated to building the aspirations, skills, and confidence of low income students, so that they can succeed in school and make college education a reality.


City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time service, in exchange for an educational scholarship, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these idealistic leaders make a difference in the lives of children and transform schools and neighborhoods across Greater Boston. This year in Boston 140 young people – called corps members – will improve students’ academic success and contribute to a more positive school environment, engage parents and community members, and develop valuable leadership skills.


The West End House Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to inspire and enable young people from diverse backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Through a wide range of innovative activities in education and technology, leadership development, the arts, and athletics, the WEH Boys & Girls Club transforms critical after-school hours and summer time into opportunities and alternatives for at-risk youth. Since 1906, the West End House has been a place of belonging for thousands of children from immigrant and urban families. We serve children and teens ages 7 – 18 and have over 1,000 members. Today, the West End House continues this tradition of serving children from immigrant families, many who come from around the world including South and Central America, Asia and the Caribbean.


The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship allows Boston area high school students a cash scholarship to the college of their choice. Students are nominated by a FTBNL non profit partner and selected for their high financial need and high educational potential! Students are living in Boston and have overcome extraordinary challenges such as homelessness, violence, cancer, loss of family members, language and cultural barriers but all have proven academic success by being accepted to some impressive colleges.

Without The Gammons/FTBNL scholarship, these students would not be able to attend college. Since it’s inception, FTBNL has sent 46 Boston area students to college by awarding them over $300,000 in scholarships. FTBNL not only has given cash awards but has been instrumental in helping the students navigate college, financial aid and integrate successfully in their first year and adds extra support to ensure their success. They are also paired with a Gammons Mentor, an adult from the FTBNL Circle of Friends who partners with them to ensure their success at college and in their careers.

Chicago Beneficiaries


Family Reach Foundation provides financial relief and heartfelt support to young families fighting cancer by alleviating the burden of everyday expenses that accumulate during a patient’s treatment including mortgage payments, transportation and utilities, as well as medical costs not covered by insurance. Family Reach has partnered with high quality hospitals in New England, California, New Jersey and New York and is now expanding into Chicago with help from FTBNL.


Girls in the Game (GIG) provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities as well as health education and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls ages six through 18. GIG uses sports to teach girls about the important life lessons of teamwork, voice, leadership, confidence and healthy choices. GIG reaches over 3300 girls in 9-14 age range with over 80% of the girls from low-income homes.


The Peace Basketball League is a new organization sponsored by The Faith Community of St. Sabina to fight violence in Chicago’s south and west sides. The organization sponsors a year around late night basketball league for 320 at-risk young men ages 15-30. In addition, the Peace Basketball League provides workshops on conflict resolution, gun violence alternatives, job-readiness and adult education.


CCC’s mission is to create a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. It serves 3,000 children annually through choirs in 51 public schools, after-school programs in 8 Chicago neighborhoods, and the internationally acclaimed Concert Choir – known as The VOICE of Chicago. The majority of children served come from low-income homes with no other access to music education.


Garfield Park LL strives to make a difference in the lives of the Garfield Park, Austin and North Lawndale youth through the discipline of team play in baseball. GPLL has enjoyed great success in the last 4 years, having grown to over 400 boy and girl players. It has been crowned champions of the Major League Baseball Urban Initiative Tournament, has hosted the Little League Illinois District 12 tournament, runs an ACT prep course for its athletes and provides a safe haven for urban youth.


City Year is wholly focused on fighting the national high school dropout crisis. They leverage the talent, energy and idealism of corps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in schools to help students stay on track – and get back on track – to graduate. City Years Long-Term Impact goal is to ensure that over the next 10 years, 80% of students in the schools that City Year serves reach 10th grade successfully. Students who reach the 10th grade on track and on time are four times more likely to graduate than students who do not.


Wapiti’s mission is to create an enjoyable environment centered on the developmental aspects of rugby focusing on the finest qualities of the game – integrity, physical fitness, responsibility, skill development and sportsmanship – while also having fun. Particular focus has been on placed on inner city outreach and partnerships with Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District. The Chicago Public Schools are introducing rugby as an after school program at selected schools and The Wapiti have completed two successful seasons in this program.