YW Boston’s F.Y.R.E. Initiative awarded Alexion Charitable Foundation Grant


YW Boston is the proud recipient of a grant from the Alexion Charitable Foundation to support our youth program the F.Y.R.E. Initiative. YW Boston is one of sixteen organizations to receive a Local Needs grant in 2020, which are presented to “organizations in Alexion geographies with initiatives dedicated to emotional well-being, educational opportunities, and diversity and inclusion in communities of greatest need.” February 2021 marked the one year anniversary of the foundation.


F.Y.R.E. stands for “Fierce Youth Reigniting Excellence.” With Alexion Charitable Foundation’s support, the F.Y.R.E. Initiative will continue to empower girls through a curriculum incorporating social justice education, positive identity development, and civic engagement. As Alexion Charitable Foundation states, they are supporting this program for “advancing diversity and inclusion in the city” and equipping “girls with the tools they need to build collective power and make meaningful changes in their schools and communities.”


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About YW Boston’s F.Y.R.E. Initiative

With the F.Y.R.E. Initiative, launched in the Fall of 2019, YW Boston facilitators conduct a 12-15-week leadership development series for girls grades 6th through 9th. The series brings together social justice education, positive identity development, and civic engagement, culminating in small group civics projects. This model takes place in schools or Out of School Time programs, and it is developed to operate in a “girls group” structure rather than a traditional classroom structure. Core to the program is an effort to provide experiential learning opportunities and dialogue to build understanding and increase social-emotional learning.