We’re pleased to announce the second recipient of the Zandy Bard Fund, Heinz Thomas-Vital, a 19-year-old who grew up in the Port neighborhood and still resides there with his family. Heinz got bit by the filmmaking bug while interning at Cambridge Community Television with the Office of Workforce Development’s Next Up program. During his internship, he has made his own short film about his favorite places in Cambridge and directed an episode of CCTV’s new series, Black Excellence Project. He’ll be taking on a paid internship with the Foundation and CCTV in April, helping to develop a series of short videos featuring people and groups tackling intractable, social problems in Cambridge. He follows Alfred Taylor, who held an internship at the Foundation last summer, working on the Falcon Pride Scholarship.
“It’s exciting to be working on this project,” said Heinz. “I have so many fond memories of growing up in Cambridge, it’s a special place for me. Getting to share the stories of Cambridge…it feels good!”
We’re incredibly thankful to the Bards for their generous support of Cambridge youth, and that of the many other donors, as well as the opportunity to work with Heinz as he gains more experience in film making and partners with us on an important project telling Cambridge’s impact stories. It’s opportunities like this—new experiences backed with support from our community—that can make a difference for our young people as they grow into their futures.
With gratitude to the many donors who have contributed to this fund, we invite additional support to continue backing opportunities for Cambridge youth for years to come. Donate now to the Zandy Bard Fund.