One Hen and America SCORES Boston Unite to Expand Service-Learning for Under-Served Youth
One Hen, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of its flagship One Hen Academy program and related infrastructure by America SCORES Boston, a top Boston youth development organization and One Hen partner since 2012. The strategic combination of these two nonprofits is poised to create one of Boston’s most innovative and effective youth enrichment programs, uniquely positioned to serve the academic, physical, and socio-emotional needs of thousands of inner city youth.
SCORES & One Hen Announce October 6th Gala to Showcase Their Union
One Hen, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of its flagship One Hen Academy program and related infrastructure by America SCORES Boston, a top Boston youth development organization and One Hen partner since 2012. Established in 1999, SCORES partners with Boston Public School teachers to offer under-served students programs that develop the whole child. SCORES' innovative blend of soccer, poetry and service-learning has been nationally recognized by the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Forbes Magazine and others.
One Hen Academy will become SCORES’ flagship service-learning program. The www.onehen.org website will be integrated with americascoresboston.org and expanded to serve as the organization's online education platform, supplying curricula and teaching tools to help youth build micro-businesses and invest the proceeds in global and local causes that students choose.
The strategic combination of these two nonprofits is poised to create one of Boston’s most innovative and effective youth enrichment programs, uniquely positioned to serve the academic, physical, and socio-emotional needs of thousands of inner city youth. Together, SCORES and One Hen will empower youth to create positive change in their lives, in their communities and around the world. Our programs will inspire students to improve their health, to be engaged students and to become productive global citizens.
In the immediate term, SCORES and One Hen will focus on combining personnel and operations under the leadership of the SCORES Board and program leadership team (Executive Director John Maconga; Chief Operating Officer Andy Crossley; and Program Director Dwayne Simmons). Going forward, SCORES will support the use of One Hen Academy throughout the America SCORES national network serving 10,000 students at more than 175 public and charter schools in 14 major cities.
Katie Smith Milway, One Hen, Inc. co-founder, board director and author of the One Hen storybook, looks forward to expanding impact for both organizations and to joining the SCORES Board as part of the transaction.
“In a fragmented social sector, it’s a great thing when mission-aligned nonprofits can combine forces to grow both reach and effectiveness. We are particularly excited about the leadership and vision of America SCORES Boston and its fit with our goal to help kids use business for social good – their own and their communities.”
John Maconga, Executive Director of America SCORES Boston, sees a deeper partnership with One Hen as supporting the organization’s long term education, enrichment and impact goals.
“As we continue to advance program quality to help urban students be successful in school and life, we are delighted to take our partnership with One Hen to the next level, and expand and deepen the already-significant impact we make helping Boston youth grow 21st Century skills in leadership, collaboration and innovation.”
On Thursday, October 6 from 6:00-9:00 at The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, America SCORES Boston & One Hen will co-host a celebration to mark their union. The event will feature the SCORES program in action on an indoor soccer field, One Hen youth entrepreneurs in a Kids Market and exciting raffle prizes and auction packages. Boston’s best restaurants will offer World Cup-inspired dishes from around the world. Registration is at http://2016celebration.eventbrite.com.
About One Hen
One Hen, Inc. was established in 2009 as an outgrowth of the 2008 children’s book One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference and the educator movement it inspired. One Hen effects its mission to empower kids to become social entrepreneurs who make a difference for themselves and the world by equipping educators with resources to inspire kids to four values: financial responsibility, personal initiative, global awareness and giving back. Through the One Hen Academy, storybook, and a website of free games and activities, young people (grades K-8) are challenged to start their own small businesses for social good. Since the organization’s inception, more than 7,000 students have participated in the full One Hen Academy program. To date, these programs and resources have reached over 40,000 children in more than 140 countries and across the United States.
About America SCORES Boston
America SCORES Boston offers at-risk youth in Boston Public Schools an innovative blend of soccer, academic support and enrichment programs that foster the development of the whole child – as an athlete; a student; and a caring, confident, and engaged member of the community. SCORES serves over 1,400 youth each year and is one of the largest and fastest growing school-based after-school programs in Boston. The organization has implemented service learning programs using the One Hen curriculum for the past four years and has been a leader in after school enrichment programming for more than 16 years. Founded in 1999, America SCORES Boston is an independent, federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit and an affiliate of America SCORES, founded in 1994. For more information, please visit www.americascoresboston.org.