The goal of the Fencing Academy of Boston (FAB) is to improve the lives of at-risk children in low-income, urban communities by providing them with an activity that will increase each participant’s physical fitness, teamwork capacity, self-confidence and –control, leadership skills, work ethic, academic achievement, and positive outlook on life. Starting in the fall of 2007, FAB will lead afterschool and summer programs that combine fencing and academic tutoring. The first class of 15 third graders come from a public school in Roxbury where almost all families are low-income and many students speak English as a second language or have limited English proficiency. These students will be supported in their athletic, academic and personal pursuits for the next ten years, until they graduate from high school and move on to college. Each year, 15 new students will join this life-changing program. As they grow older, students will be expected to take on roles in the leadership of the Academy, in teaching younger students, and as school and community leaders. They will be supported in their search for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities, as well as in the college search and application process.
Head Coach Cesar Morales, himself an immigrant for whom English is a second language, will be in charge of the athletic programming. Academic programming will be run through a community service program based at Harvard, I am an undergraduate. In addition to a volunteer webmaster/graphic designer, a summer intern, and a pro bono lawyer, I will serve on our staff as the Executive Director and as an assistant coach.