Esteem Boston Educational Institute (Self Esteem Boston), is a tax exempt
nonprofit charitable organization. Founded in 1993 by Marion B. Davis,
initiated by her experience in the development of her own self-esteem.
Marion founded Self Esteem Boston with the vision of providing self-esteem
programs to everyone in the Greater Boston area regardless of ability to
pay. Self Esteem Boston’s programs blossomed into a dynamic service delivery
program for individuals in shelters and transitional facilities across
Boston and is working to fill several gaps in services for people at-risk in
Self Esteem Boston is funded by a
public/private partnership of State Government and private foundations.
For 24 years, our agency has helped over 75,000 service providers,
individuals and families build their
Self-esteem and essential life
skills as a foundation for building healthy relationships and job readiness.
We do this by providing participants with:
1) education about the principles of self-esteem and how
it determines the quality of our lives
2) training in concrete skill development
3) support towards making effective, healthy life choices
Self Esteem Boston’s programs have become important to a wide variety of health,
educational and skill development programs such as job readiness
programs, substance abuse recovery, prerelease programs, domestic
violence shelter and transitional living programs, shelters and
transitional programs, human service programs, and public health
programs. It is our belief that all of these programs are our potential
Marion B. Davis, Founder, Executive Director, is an inspiring,
energetic and dynamic visionary leader. She originated
the idea of Self Esteem Boston in 1993 with a vision of providing self-esteem
programs to everyone in the Boston area regardless of their
ability to pay. Marion oversees all program operations.
Over the past decade, Marion has hosted both radio and television
programs on self-esteem on Boston Cable Television.
In 1999, she was Host and Producer of "Speaking Up: Elders
Taking Action on Health Care Issues", a 12-part cable television
show for senior citizens on advocating for ones self in
the health care system. She has appeared on WBZ Radio
on the David Brudnoy Show and the Norm Nathan Show, Channel
4 News, WB56 News, WHDH Channel 7 News, and public service
programs City Line and Urban Update. She has been featured
in Boston Globe and North Shore Sunday articles, and was
chosen as the Boston and Cambridge TAB's "Person of the
Year" in 1999.
||Jeri Levitt, M.A.
Co-Founder of Self Esteem Boston and brings 33 years of
experience in the public and nonprofit sector in program/policy
development, policy research, and community outreach.
Jeri oversees all administrative and program scheduling