Introducing Wes Enicks as our Executive Director

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Dear friends and supporters, 

The Board of Directors at Generations Incorporated is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Wes Enicks. Wes will join the organization on October 25, 2017.

With the support of the Barr Foundation, the Board of Directors engaged Third Sector New England to help guide the organization through the leadership transition. After a comprehensive selection process with a number of highly-qualified candidates, the Board unanimously selected Wes to lead the organization into a new era of growth.

Wes is a proven leader who has a significant commitment to public service and thirteen years of experience in development, marketing, organizational management, and sales. Wes comes to Generations Incorporated from Big Sister Association of Greater Boston as their Vice President of Development and previously served as Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 

"I am honored to be chosen to lead Generations Incorporated," Wes said recently, "and I'm drawn to this role and organization because it is an intergenerational literacy and mentoring organization whose services not only address the importance of education, but strengthen individuals and communities in the Greater Boston area by providing a pathway out of poverty."  

We hope you will join the Board of Directors, Generations Incorporated's staff, and the organization's 300 older adult mentors in welcoming Wes Enicks as Executive Director. We look forward to introducing Wes to each of you in the near future and to continuing to work together to bring young children the gift of literacy through strong and meaningful intergenerational mentorship.

Sincerely,
Board of Directors at Generations Incorporated

Generations Incorporated

We envision a day when all children are proficient readers when they enter 4th Grade. Literacy is the key to academic success and can be a path out of poverty.

Generations Incorporated strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through Grade 3. We also provide meaningful opportunities to older adults who serve as literacy volunteers in our partner schools and after school programs in low-income communities.

Celebrating 40 years of service to Greater Boston

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For the past 15 years, Generations Incorporated has been led with focus, vision, and passion under the stewardship of Executive Director Mary Gunn. We announce that Mary will step down from the organization on June 30, 2017, leaving behind a legacy of the importance of service and mentorship in impacting the lives of young children, families, and older adults to empower and strengthen communities.

The two-hour cocktail reception will feature a night celebrating the importance of mentorship in Mary Gunn’s life, both as a mentor and mentee. Event committee members include (but are not limited to): Tommy Chang, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools; Dianne Kelly, Superintendent of Revere Public Schools; Joshua Kraft, Nicholas President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston; Phyllis Segal, Vice President of Encore.org; Keanne Henry, CEO of AARP Foundation Experience Corps; Jason Sachs, Director of Early Childhood Education at Boston Public Schools; Doug Dickson, Founder and President of Encore Boston Network; Emily Shea, Commissioner of Elderly Affairs at the City of Boston; and Mike Festa, State Director of AARP MA.

Generations Incorporated’s Board of Directors is thankful for the 15 years of service to the organization and has engaged Third Sector New England (TSNE) to assist with the transition process. Board President Harvey Salgo states, “Generations Incorporated has grown to be a successful and highly-impactful organization under Mary’s leadership. It has been a great honor for me to serve as Board President for an organization that dives so deeply within the community to help uplift its families and young children.”

This year it is our privilege to hold our annual event in honor of Mary Gunn. Please save the date of June 1, 2017 from 6-8pm to join us in celebrating Mary's 40 years of service to Greater Boston.

Generations Incorporated

We envision a day when all children are proficient readers when they enter 4th Grade. Literacy is the key to academic success and can be a path out of poverty.

Generations Incorporated strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through Grade 3. We also provide meaningful opportunities to older adults who serve as literacy volunteers in our partner schools and after school programs in low-income communities.

Welcoming New Board Member Wai-chi Mok

We are so pleased to introduce our newest member of the Board of Directors: Wai-chi Mok. Wai-chi, a Director of Strategy and New Business Solutions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, is a global healthcare executive bringing over 15 years of life science, health plan, and strategy consulting. In addition to her professional pursuits, Wai-chi also has a strong interest in mentoring young businesswomen, classical music, and supporting underserved communities.

Generations Incorporated looks forward to having Wai-chi work closely with us as a key member of the Board of Directors in supporting experienced community volunteers helping young readers grow.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Generations Incorporated. This organization stood out for its strong, dual mission of enhancing literacy for the youth and promoting social engagement and wellness for older adults. I am impressed by the demonstrable results on both undertakings and am inspired to work with the great group of Board Members, staff and volunteers in our pursuit for an even stronger, inter-generational community."  

For a full list of our Board of Directors, click here.

Generations Incorporated

We envision a day when all children are proficient readers when they enter 4th Grade. Literacy is the key to academic success and can be a path out of poverty.

Generations Incorporated strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through Grade 3. We also provide meaningful opportunities to older adults who serve as literacy volunteers in our partner schools and after school programs in low-income communities.

Generations Incorporated Highlights

This past year was filled with some great highs. Our 25th year will be best remembered as the year we successfully implemented and executed the final year of the Read to Succeed Strategic Plan. In 2016 we rolled out new programs, implemented new systems for data collection, and designed new strategies for small group tutoring. In addition to supporting this new generation of young readers, we also supported our older generation of volunteers with new training programs, most notably in technology informational sessions.

Together with the incredible support of 275 Experience Corps older adult volunteers we impacted the lives of over 3,400 children in grades K-3 in 19 sites in Boston and Revere. 

Some other notable highlights from this year:

  • A grant from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund supporting Generations Incorporated's technological expansion to assist in our data collection efforts to track students' progress and further support the efficacy of our programs.
  • Our Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 award in support of our Reading Coaches program for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.
  • In February, we were selected as a subgrantee of a Social Innovation Fund grant from our national partners, AARP Experience Corps, which will allow us to scale our programs in the Boston Public Schools over a 4 year period.
  • In April Patricia Larts, our cherished site team leader at Trotter Innovation School, received her Boston Neighborhoods Fellow award, recognizing the impact she has as a community leader in Dorchester.

and most importantly of all:

  • Celebrating our 25th Anniversary on June 9th with our friends, community and corporate partners, and distinguished guests -- our volunteers!

I look forward to another year of bigger strides, greater impact, and real change. It's a new generation at Generations Incorporated, and join us in achieving #ReadingExcellence25!

Yours,

Mary Gunn