Why We Do This


 
 

Vision

ALL IMMIGRANT YOUTH HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED

 
 

Mission

to empower immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences

 
 

What Guides Us

 

STUDENTS FIRST

We place the dreams and needs of students at the forefront of every action, every decision.

Sense of possibility

We believe that every immigrant student has unique strengths, the ability to overcome obstacles, and the potential to achieve lifelong success.

AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS

We understand that learning and growth require authentic relationships, and work hard to develop a deep connection with every student, volunteer, and partner.

CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT

We operate with humility and continuously evaluate the impact of our work to ensure we are doing our best for our students.

 

Who We Are


OUR TEAM

BEN CLARK - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR →

BEN CLARK -
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

SANDRA CAÑAS - CAMBRIDGE PROGRAM DIRECTOR →

SANDRA CAÑAS - CAMBRIDGE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

ANNA LEVERSEE - SOMERVILLE PROGRAM DIRECTOR →

ANNA LEVERSEE -
SOMERVILLE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

BRYANNE MAHONEY - DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR →

BRYANNE MAHONEY -
DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

ALEX HOUSTON - PROGRAM OPERATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER →

ALEX HOUSTON -
PROGRAM OPERATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

DEBBIE KLEIN - CAMBRIDGE SENIOR PROGRAM ASSOCIATE →

DEBBIE KLEIN -
CAMBRIDGE SENIOR PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

GEORGIA LEDERMAN-PROGRAM ASSOCIATE  AMERICORPS MASSACHUSETTS PROMISE FELLOW→

GEORGIA LEDERMAN-PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

 AMERICORPS MASSACHUSETTS PROMISE FELLOW

CLAIRE TAKHAR- PROGRAM ASSOCIATE HIGHLAND STREET AMERICORPS AMBASSADOR OF MENTORING→  

CLAIRE TAKHAR-
PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

HIGHLAND STREET AMERICORPS AMBASSADOR OF MENTORING

 

 

OUR Board of directors

JONATHAN STEIMAN Chair →

JONATHAN STEIMAN
Chair

W. EASLEY HAMNER Vice-Chair →

W. EASLEY HAMNER
Vice-Chair

JONATHAN ('JP') PAUL Treasurer →

JONATHAN ('JP') PAUL
Treasurer

ALLYSON ALLEN Secretary →

ALLYSON ALLEN
Secretary

KRISTI JOBSON Chair, Program and Personnel Committee →

KRISTI JOBSON
Chair, Program and Personnel Committee

MARY PAT PRADO Chair, Development Committee →

MARY PAT PRADO
Chair, Development Committee

SHARON MARIE MAY →

SHARON MARIE MAY

TRI HO →

TRI HO

AMAN ADVANI →

AMAN ADVANI

JOSEPH SEQUEIRA, M.D. →

JOSEPH SEQUEIRA, M.D. 

HELEN JACKSON →

HELEN JACKSON

BEN CLARK Ex-Officio  →

BEN CLARK
Ex-Officio  

 
 

volunteer committee

Our Volunteer Committee is made up of Enroot volunteers dedicated to creating a stronger, more engaged volunteer community. 

 
PICTURED: Liz Blanco, Ariella Pasackow, Tal Havivi, David Bach, Suvd Tsolmon NOT PICTURED: Lauren Fragoza

PICTURED: Liz Blanco, Ariella Pasackow, Tal Havivi, David Bach, Suvd Tsolmon

NOT PICTURED: Lauren Fragoza

Enroot was established in 1938 as Cambridge Community Federation, a philanthropic federation with a mandate to coordinate the development of charitable funds, to assess needs in the community, and to distribute funds accordingly amongst federation members. In 1951, the organization rebranded as Cambridge Community Services (CCS), a community development agency which assessed community needs and designed programs in response. CCS served as a neutral convener, technical assistance provider, and catalyst for positive social change. Since the agency’s inception, community building had been at the heart of every undertaking.  Since pivoting to direct service, CCS has played a central role in providing and coordinating youth employment, education and career services across Cambridge.

During the past 78 years, Cambridge has changed dramatically, from a manufacturing-based economy to the diverse, capable, resource-rich city it is today. Throughout this change, we have remained true to our mission as a Cambridge-focused community-development organization. However, recognizing these shifts in community demographics, the Board of Directors engaged in a long-term strategic planning process and emerged with an inspiring new vision for the future. Recognizing 24 years of success for the City Links program, the organization’s mandate is expansion: sustainable growth of a program whose alumni graduate college at double the rate of their peers, with substantially increased self- confidence, advocacy, and leadership skills. While the population of low-income and new-immigrant families in Cambridge is not growing at the pace of previous decades due to rising property values and a declining stock of affordable housing, many neighboring communities have seen their immigrant populations grow substantially. 

After conducting a detailed landscape analysis exploring surrounding communities and schools, with the help of a pro-bono team of Deloitte consultants through Inspire, the Board of Directors approved the first program expansion site at Somerville High School, in collaboration with the Cambridge program.

Our identity has grown and changed along with our students and community for the past 78 years. Our fourth core value of “constant improvement” demands our continued improvement and evolution and we are excited to re-brand as Enroot. We spent a year refining our mission and values, and turned our attention to updating our name, to better reflect the future of our work. Continuing to grow the Cambridge program to 80 students in the Fall of 2016, Enroot will expand to serve the low-income immigrant population at Somerville High School. With a diverse set of students from around the world, as well as a large population of undocumented and unaccompanied minors arriving each year, Cambridge and Somerville each represent exciting opportunities for Enroot to pursue its mission of serving low-income immigrant youth.

WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER OF ENROOT