Q: Why does Eagle’s Nest seek to help boys only, rather than both boys and girls?

A: It is hard to overestimate the challenges facing urban youth today, both boys and girls. Many experience crime and drug-ridden neighborhoods, failing schools, and an overall lack of opportunity, often without the presence of positive male role models.

Roughly two-thirds of African American children in this country are raised without their fathers in the home, and out-of-wedlock births now top fifty percent among Latinos as well. Many have gotten involved in alcohol and drug abuse, and some in crime. Boys who grow up with such a broken view of manhood almost inevitably end up repeating the cycle as broken men themselves, and like their own fathers, they too often end up fathering children that they do not provide for and raise.

At Eagle’s Nest, we seek to follow the Lord’s admonition in Isaiah 1:17: “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless….” We value all children—both boys and girls—as created in God’s image, and equally loved and valued by Him. However, the Lord has called us to focus our ministry on boys, so we have created a program just for them. With God’s help, we will build boys into strong men, who will in turn, break the cycle of dysfunction and brokenness, and one day become faithful husbands and fathers, thus blessing their whole community, women and girls included. These men will themselves become the positive male role models that their communities so desperately need.

Q: How can parents be involved in Eagle’s Nest activities?

A: We welcome parents to get involved in helping Eagle’s Nest. They can serve as field trip chaperones, help with tutoring and fundraising efforts, and serve at the summer cookout. For other ways in which you can volunteer please call, 617-879-0994 or e-mail info@enlc.org

Q: Do you perform background checks on all adults who work at Eagle’s Nest?

A: Yes, all staff and volunteers are subject to the State of Massachusetts Early Education Care (EEC) regulations that require Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks and fingerprint-based national and state criminal history background checks, in addition to the current Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Department of Children and Families (DCF) checks.

See attached link for more information:

Background Check

Q: Are there other ways that you guarantee the safety of the boys?

A: Staff and volunteers are never alone with a student and all are supervised at all times.

Q: Are you never open during school holidays or snow days?

A: We are open during the summer break, but not during other school holidays or snow days.

Q: Are the boys separated into groups by age?

A: Yes, the boys are separated into three groups: kindergarten through third grade, fourth through sixth grade, and seventh and eighth grade.

Q: How do the different ages interact?

A: Older students take on junior mentor roles, passing on what they have learned to younger boys. They also assist with homework and in other areas, as needed, and they play some sports together.

Q: Are my contributions to Eagle’s Nest tax-deductible?

A: Yes! You will receive timely receipts for your financial support, which is fully tax-deductible.