Nurtury CEO awarded Barr Foundation Fellowship
Wayne Ysaguirre, President and CEO of Nurtury, has been awarded a fellowship from the Barr Foundation in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Greater Boston’s children and families in need. Ysaguirre is a Roxbury resident.
Four times since 2005, Barr has named a class of twelve Fellows, making a long-term commitment to each of them and facilitating their connections with one other. Fellows are selected for their outstanding contribution to Boston and their potential to drive positive change for years to come.
“The Barr Fellowship extends from the Foundation’s commitment to invest in effective, visionary, and collaborative leaders,” says Jim Canales, President of the Barr Foundation. “Barr Fellows are leaders who motivate others, drive change, and produce results. We couldn’t be more pleased to introduce the 2015 Class of Barr Fellows.”
Ysaguirre has served Nurtury in many roles for over 18 years, starting out as a teacher, and most recently leading Nurtury through a $17.1 million capital campaign to develop, create, and finance the innovative Nurtury Learning Lab in Bromley-Heath Public Housing Development. Nurtury’s mission is to give Greater Boston's youngest children in need, birth to age five, the opportunity to reach their full potential by investing in school readiness, promoting healthy development, and strengthening families.
“The Board of Directors and I were very excited to hear of Wayne’s appointment to the fellowship,” says Gayle Slattery, Chair of Nurtury’s Board of Directors. “He is a very talented and innovative leader and we believe that he, Nurtury, and the other fellows will benefit from participation in the prestigious fellowship program.”
The Barr Fellowship includes a three-month sabbatical, the opportunity for global travel, and leadership retreats over three years. Fellows’ organizations also receive financial support to ensure effective interim management during a Fellow’s sabbatical, to promote organizational development, and for mentoring of emerging leadership.
For more information about the Barr Fellowship, visit: www.barrfoundation.org/fellows.
Founded in 1997, the Boston-based Barr Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in New England, with grantmaking focused on providing quality education, mitigating climate change, and enhancing cultural vitality. For more information, visit: www.barrfoundation.org.
Nurtury CEO pens early ed op-ed in Commonwealth Magazine
Nurtury’s President and CEO, Wayne Ysaguirre, wrote an op-ed featured in Commonwealth Magazine today: Early childhood ed key to reading skills.
"The best way to improve reading proficiency in Massachusetts is to develop a statewide, holistic strategy to provide access to high quality early childhood education and relevant supports for families. Such an approach could speak to the significant gaps that universal preschool does not address in the first three years of a child’s life, as well as ensure the sustainability of such an approach by connecting families with the resources they need to create a healthy, stable environment for their young children."
Read the full article.
Nurtury raises over $200k at First Annual Night for Nurtury
Photo credit: Mim Adkins
On Thursday, October 2, 2014, we held the First Annual Night for Nurtury at our brand-new Learning Lab in Bromley-Heath Public Housing Development. Event tickets sold out and the event raised over $207,000 for Nurtury’s programs.
We honored two individuals, Lou Casagrande and Jonathan Lonske, who have supported Nurtury in a big way. The Natural Play Area was dedicated to Lou in a pre-event ceremony.
We also showcased the #handstand4hope video by our friends at Hill Holliday. If you haven’t seen the video yet, visit the webpage they built for us. If you’re so inspired, please do a handstand. Snap a pic. Flip it. Upload using the hashtag #handstand4hope. Let’s help turn these kids’ worlds right-side up – together.
Night for Nurtury Gala
COME SEE WHAT WE SEE: Nurtury is proud to announce our First Annual Night for Nurtury gala event will be held on Thursday, October 2nd! Join us for a fun night of flavorful bites, sips, and tunes to celebrate all of Nurtury’s programs at our brand-new, flagship location. See the event page for more information about the event and how you can purchase tickets.
Nurtury CEO discusses Learning Lab with WBUR
Nurtury's President and CEO, Wayne Ysaguirre, recently sat down with WBUR's Learning Lab blog to disuss our own new Learning Lab and the organization's refreshed philosophy around our child-family-community approach. The blog post features 3 great videos of Wayne -- check it out!
“Kids come with families, and families depend on communities,” Nurtury President and CEO Wayne Ysaguirre said in an interview at the new facility. “Unless we focus on all three at the same time, and find the interrelationship between the three, then our strength in any one of those silos is insufficient to serving those families.”