New Partnership with Emmanuel College and Expansion of UMass Boston Partnership

“Forming connections with students is the best part of my experience at 3Point so far. Knowing that they trust me enough to ask me questions and talk to me is a great feeling” - Laura B.

An impactful part of 3Point’s program design is college students mentoring and facilitating the small group work done by our youth. Having doubled the number of youth being served by 3Point this fall, we have been looking to expand the number of colleges with whom we partner. This fall, 3Point began a new partnership with Emmanuel College, a world-class school with undergraduate and graduate programs located in Fenway. Emmanuel College’s undergraduate programs in elementary and secondary education prepare students to be leaders in student learning and development, with a deep concern for social justice. Collaborating with Sr. Karen Hokanson SND, associate dean of education, students from Emmanuel’s School of Education are making meaningful contributions in the 3Point classroom in four of our partner schools in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Hyde Park.

The University of Massachusetts Boston, with whom we have collaborated for many years, has devoted significant resources to institutionalizing the participation of its students in 3Point’s classrooms. Notwithstanding post-COVID challenges, Dean (Interim) Laura Hayden and Associate Professor Angi Stone-MacDonald, have contributed significantly to helping 3Point meet the challenge of increasing the number of college students from UMass Boston in our classrooms. We are deeply grateful tho their efforts and to the students from UMB.

The newest member of the 3Point team, Vahsaun Givans is 3Point’s new chief operating officer. He has extensive experience in the non-profit and educational sectors by way of the Boys & Girls Clubs, City Year, and Boston Public Schools. Mr. Givans also comes to 3Point with impressive credentials, including an undergraduate degree concentrating on sport management and communications from Colby-Sawyer College, non-profit certifications from Tufts University and Boston University, and a master’s in education from Boston College.

“Nipsey Hussle stated that the highest human act is to inspire. I believe in impacting our youth by providing them with a path to equity”.

Vahsaun can be contacted at 617-908-2968 [cell], 617-302-9880 [3Point phone number], or

Another new member to the 3Point team is Jeffrey Mestre. Currently serving as a classroom coordinator and teaching at several of the partnership schools (New Mission High School, Rafael Hernández, and John W. McCormack Middle School). Mr. Mestre’s background includes teaching in multiple educational settings, serving as a program coordinator at a non-profit after-school program, and working as an Applied Behavior Analyst. He received an associate degree from Bunker Hill Community College and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from UMass Boston.

“As a lifelong member of the Boston community, 3Point has enabled me to mentor and teach students that come from similar backgrounds. It’s an opportunity to be a role model and to give back to the community in a way that can create true change and lasting impact. Watching the growth that young adults experience is a motivating factor that makes each day in the classroom something to look forward to.”

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