SCV: “Well, I’m confused. If I’m a young man, fortunate to get into a good school how is it that I am being deprived?”
This is when Ties to the Future’s President- Jonathan Cohn, an earnest young man and trader by day looks at me and addresses me:
“No, well that’s part of it. What a lot of people don’t realize, is that although the government helps a lot of children attain a private school education that will hopefully give them a leg up by sheer virtue of the increased resources they have at their disposal as opposed to a lot of public schools and don’t get me wrong, they are a lot of good public schools in the city, it’s nearly not enough. The problem so often is that the kids don’t have access to the types of extra curricular activities and experiences that we believe are invaluable in creating well rounded individuals. The type of individual who can mix with a variety of people, draw on intellectual rigor, but also the arts, music, culture, social programs and importantly going on to mentor others. ”
It’s then when an excited Mr Andrew Gamache, the group’s official tech whiz kid geek (as he likes to call himself…) and jumps in (one could be confused for a moment that a group of young men getting so passionate about the liberty and affirmations of other individuals as opposed to who gets to talk to the blond is disorientating but very refreshing…):
“Look, it’s just not about getting into a good school. Sure we want as many people as possible to get a stellar education, but what we really want to do is ensure a value system that goes a long way. But that takes funds. It’s one thing to get a scholarship to attend Spence or Browning, but it’s another to then go home and deliver pizza because the family has to make ends meet. That’s where we want to step in. We want to help cultivate those nominated individuals who we see as going on to being potential denizens of society. Who want them to have the things we have, we want them to see the world the way we have been fortunate to see it and we want to embolden them. The programmes they all cost money, and without access to funds (the government wont pay for extra curricular social programmes) that child is limited in their progression. It’s something not many people know about, but it needs to be addressed.”
SCV; “I’m curious, why are you all up in arms about this? Why do you care?”
Stuart Orenstein; “Because we all felt, even with our education and privileges we were still wishing for more. Wishing that there was an alumni, a recourse to people who had come up through the system who could guide us.