On April 16, 2015 the Boston Police Foundation donated a total of $23,600 to the Boston Police Teen Academy and the Boston Police Department Union Food Trucks.
Chairman Richard Parry, presented a $13,600 donation to the Boston Police Teen Academy to provide 60 local teens the ability to participate in the program. The Police Teen Academy includes sessions showcasing different Boston police divisions, such as the gang unit, as well as other police agencies, like the MBTA police. There are also lectures on diffusing tense situations among peers and helping forge trust between police officers and adolescents in the street. The program participants also partake in a daily fitness regimen, which includes push-ups, sit-ups, a run, and medicine ball exercises. In addition to picking up life skills, the students also earn minimum wage to participate in the program, allowing them to pay for clothes for school, buy books for college, or just help out with family expenses.
Chairman Richard Parry, also presented a $10,000 donation to the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society, Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association and the Boston Police Superior Officers Federation to provide approximately 3,000 meals to all BPD officers and first responders working throughout the day during the Boston Marathon.