What is Shooting Touch?
Shooting Touch is an international nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts whose vision is to create a world where people from disadvantaged communities have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. The mission is to use the power of sport to educate and empower at-risk youth, women and their communities to live healthier lives.
Since its inception in 2007, Shooting Touch has grown from a grassroots basketball program in the United States to an international non-governmental organization that has served over 25,000 youth and women from six different countries. Shooting Touch uses the convening power of basketball to achieve these objectives: 1) Promote equal access to physical activity and wellness; and 2) Provide health monitoring and health educational services.
Shooting Touch implements two signature sport-for-development programs:
ST Boston: Providing 175 girls ages 9-17, with opportunities to participate in supportive and female-friendly programming that provides on- and off-court health education, mentorship, empowerment and academic support.
ST Rwanda: Serving over 1,000 youth, ages 7-21, and 400 women 21+, from 4 rural communities in the Republic of Rwanda’s Eastern Province.
What is the Young Professionals Board?
As Shooting Touch continues to grow and embark on their journey to use the power of sport to educate and empower at-risk youth, women, and their communities, they aim to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the Greater Boston area to become involved in carrying out their mission and vision.
The Shooting Touch Young Professionals Board (YPB) is comprised of like-minded individuals in their 20s and 30s that have a passion for sports and giving back to youth, women, and their communities. Members will be responsible for marketing the mission of Shooting Touch as well as planning and fundraising through a variety of initiatives.
When committing to The Shooting Touch YPB, the term will last for one (1) year, from May 2019 to April 2020. As long as the member fulfills all of the commitments throughout the year, members will be welcome to apply for an unlimited number of terms.
The Shooting Touch YPB will have a variety of leadership roles that will be voted on by the members of the YPB. Those positions are: Board Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Clerk.
Monthly Meetings. The Shooting Touch YPB will meet monthly, usually on a Monday night at 6:30pm. The meetings will either be in person at a location in the Greater Boston area or a conference call hosted by Shooting Touch.
Fundraising. When committing to The Shooting Touch YPB, a member is committing to a minimum fundraising “give or get” of $1,500. This will be done through three (3) initiatives:
Summer Cruise - Members will have an opportunity to sell tickets to family, friends, colleagues, and others in their network for a Summer Boat Cruise in the Boston Harbor on Thursday, August 8, 2019. Ticket prices will vary depending on the YPB’s input and will include access to the boat and one (1) raffle ticket. There will be music and a cash bar available on the boat as well.
March Madness Bracket Challenge - Members will recruit family, friends, colleagues, and others in their network to participate in the Shooting Touch Pool for $15/bracket. Each individual can purchase up to ten (10) brackets to be entered to win a variety of prizes provided by Shooting Touch.
The Scalabrine Classic - Members of the YPB will be responsible for the planning, marketing, and execution of The Scalabrine Classic, a 3v3 basketball tournament hosted by former Celtic and current NBC Boston Sports Commentator, Brian Scalabrine, in late March 2020. Members of the YPB will work alongside the Director of Operations to organize the logistics of the tournament, recruit teams to participate in the tournament, and then execute the tournament the day of of the event.
Marketing. All members of the YPB are expected to assist Shooting Touch in spreading the word about their brand and mission, whether that be through word of mouth, sharing social media posts, and/or introducing new members to our community.
By being involved in The Shooting Touch Young Professionals Board, there are number of benefits you will receive for your participation:
Being a part of something that is larger than yourself. As a member of the YPB, you will have a DIRECT impact on Shooting Touch’s ability to provide our services to youth, women, and their communities both in Boston as well as Rwanda.
As a member of the YPB, you will have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals that sit alongside of you on the YPB, as well as having access to the network of Shooting Touch, which includes being introduced to the Board of Directors and Advisors. Please note, the YPB Chair and Vice Chair will have the opportunity to attend one (1) Board of Directors meeting to report on the status of the YPB.
Each member of the Young Professionals will receive two (2) tickets to the Shooting Touch annual Gala in September.
If you fundraise over $10,000 in one (1) term, YPB members will have the ability to visit the Rwanda Program with all travel, accomodations, and meals paid for by Shooting Touch. Travel must be mutually agreed upon by the YPB member and Shooting Touch.
How To Apply
Those interested in applying for The Shooting Touch Young Professionals Board should complete the application no later than Friday, April 26th by clicking here.