Devens School laptops
In a little over a year, Marcony has worked relentlessly to advocate for our children and schools.
He secured a $5,000 donation from the Cambridge Health Alliance Foundation for laptops at the Devens School so students could prepare for MCAS testing, which is now administered electronically.
Advocacy for students in housing crisis
When he heard about the homeless student population, Marcony brought in the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance and won a $30,000 grant to help homeless students and their families in crisis to cover emergency expenses for food and housing. This assistance has helped improve absenteeism, school grades and graduation rates.
“One of the proudest moments I’ve experienced was when I attended the special graduation ceremony this year at Youth Harbors, a local organization working with students in housing crisis, whose assistance to several Everett High School students helped them overcome difficult barriers to graduate,” Marcony recently said. “They have bright futures ahead.”
Marcony helped sponsor two Everett High School (EHS) graduates who are launching a mentoring program designed to “empower students to recognize their potential and giving them a network to succeed” by connecting them with members of the community.
Azeb Freitas and Faith Pinho unveiled their plans for the “Crimson Community” at the final School Committee meeting of the year in June. The two, who were introduced by Ward 5 member Marcony Almeida-Barros, spoke eloquently and passionately about their experiences as EHS students and how beneficial it is to have strong mentors help you prepare for college and/or the workplace.
“This is exactly the type of program that enhances and empowers our students to recognize their full potential,” says Almeida-Barros. “That’s why I was honored to sponsor this item at our last School Committee meeting and bring Azeb and Faith to present their fantastic initiative.”
According to Freitas and Pinho, the Crimson Community will serve as an “extra layer of support for students, to supplement the excellent work provided by EHS guidance counselors, teachers, and administrators.” The network of mentors will include “EHS alumni, residents, and anyone who demonstrates a loyalty to the city.”
The Crimson Community will take shape in the coming months. Freitas and Pinho are working with administrators to launch a six-month pilot program in January of 2020, starting with 15 mentorship pairs that will be required to meet in person once a month and communicate at least once a week. A research-based curriculum and detailed guidelines and policies will be established, although mentors will be encouraged to mold each mentorship to the specific needs of each student.