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 non-profit agencies that share our commitment to under-resourced youth and families. Our Boston and Chicago partners work on the front lines in disadvantaged neighborhoods 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 families.


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 and Chicago 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 its inception, FTBNL has sent 200 Boston and Chicago area students to college by awarding them over $600,000 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.


The BASE provides student athletes with year-round, superior baseball and academic training, access to college fairs and showcases, professional visits and academic scholarships available through partnerships with several colleges and universities throughout the country.

The BASE also trains and supports a growing network of youth baseball coaches, many of whom are BASE/Astros alumni. The organization has built a strong set of relationships with government, private sector, community leaders, colleges and universities, other not-for-profits, private foundations, and individuals who are committed to changing minds, lives and the status quo.


Fresh Truck is working to radically impact community health by celebrating food culture and getting fresh food to people that need it the most. We operate two renovated school buses as mobile food markets and interactive learning spaces. In 2018, our year- round Weekly Market will reach more than 20 community locations at the same place, at the same time each week, and we will host more than 140 Pop-Up events to promote food and health.


Project 351 is relentlessly idealistic and strategic about developing the next generation of community-first service leaders. Annually, hometown educators select an 8th grade Ambassador from each of Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns for their exemplary ethic of service and demonstrated values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. A special premium is placed on the recognition of unsung heroes and quiet leaders, and the rich diversity of our Commonwealth. Over a year’s term, Ambassadors develop the courage, confidence, and capabilities to lead as community builders, upstanders, and agents of positive change. In an era marked by polarization and division, Ambassadors step up, give back, reach out, stand together, build hope, and demonstrate the transformation made possible by communities united in common purpose.


ZUMIX is an East Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to building our community through music and creative technology. A core belief is that music is the most powerful means of developing adolescent self-identity. Our award-winning music and creative technology programming is designed to equip youth with the tools necessary to reach their full potential, while creating a safe space for youth to explore who they are and who they want to be. Through community events, ZUMIX provides access to top-quality arts experiences for a low-income, under-served neighborhood.


Our mission is to ignite girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that support girls’ healthy development. Ultimately, our vision is to create a mentor-rich community in which every girl has access to the individual nurturing, guidance, and support she needs to become a confident, competent and caring adult. We are a national model for gender-sensitive mentoring for girls which can be replicated in other mentoring programs.


Beacon Academy provides a transformational year between 8th and 9th grades to promising, motivated and hard-working students from Boston and surrounding urban areas. Inspired by a challenging curriculum and stimulating co-curricular experiences, students learn vital academic skills and develop habits of mind that empower them to change the trajectory of their lives. They emerge as active learners with increased confidence, critical thinking skills, and broader vision, prepared to thrive at competitive independent high schools that share our commitment to their success. Beacon Academy supports its alumni as they continue their journeys. The school welcomes opportunities to work in partnership with teachers and schools to help create and maintain inclusive communities for all.

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.


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.


The BASE provides student athletes with year-round, superior baseball and academic training, access to college fairs and showcases, professional visits and academic scholarships available through partnerships with several colleges and universities throughout the country.

The BASE also trains and supports a growing network of youth baseball coaches, many of whom are BASE/Astros alumni. The organization has built a strong set of relationships with government, private sector, community leaders, colleges and universities, other not-for-profits, private foundations, and individuals who are committed to changing minds, lives and the status quo.


The all-black talented team from Far South Side neighborhood of Morgan Park! Family run for decades, their success inspired conversations that dug far deeper than line drives and late-inning heroics. Panelists on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight explored how the goodwill generated by Jackie Robinson West might kindle long-term investment in the poorest parts of Chicago. Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell lauded the kids for lifting the spirits of an entire city by providing an escape from “the daily bombardment of death and mayhem.” The New York Times credited the group with prompting “a dialogue on race.” Mayor Emanuel went a step further, declaring the boys “America’s team.”


Urban Warriors is a program of the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative (YSVP). Urban Warriors provides a structured curriculum-based program, that pairs experienced veterans with youth exposed to violence in some of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods. These two groups share common life experiences–surviving in hostile environments and striving to cope. Together they discuss and process their experiences with violence, develop and share coping skills, and identify the strengths they have developed and how they can channel them to benefit their communities. This trauma-informed approach fosters a unique supportive relationship between military veterans and youth. Researchers have reflected on the striking parallels between the experiences of child soldiers around the world and gang members in the United States; accordingly, the many lessons learned from international child soldier research may also apply to gang members in the United States.


Becoming a Man (BAM) is a school-based counseling program that guides young men to learn, internalize and practice social cognitive skills, make responsible decisions for their future and become positive members of their school and community. A study by the University of Chicago found BAM increased on-time high school graduation rates by nearly 20% and reduced violent crime arrests by 50%. This school year, BAM will serve 6,000 students across more than 90 Chicago Public Schools.

Working on Womahood (WOW) is a multifaceted school-based group counseling program that works to improve social emotional skills for adolescent girls exposed to traumatic stressors. About two-thirds of young women in WOW exhibit significant symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder at the start of the school year, and of those, about two-thirds experience a reduction in symptoms at the end of the year. The University of Chicago Urban Labs has just launched an evaluation of WOW’s impact on mental health and educational outcomes. This school year, WOW will serve 1,750 students across about 30 Chicago Public Schools.