Bold New STEM Collaboration Caps Off Successful Year

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By cultivating partnerships, Boston After School & Beyond is equipping young people with the skills needed to navigate the challenges of college and careers. The new BoSTEM collaboration illustrates this approach.

unnamed (13)Massachusetts employers report increased demand for employees with strong STEM skills, yet they have difficulty finding these employees. At the same time, student achievement and interest in STEM subjects drops precipitously by the middle school years.

To address this gap in opportunity and readiness, Boston Public Schools, Boston After School & Beyond, Citizens Schools, the United Way, and many organizations have joined forces to engage all 10,000 middle schoolers in meaningful STEM experiences by 2020.

We look forward to expanding on this and other innovations as we create more and better learning opportunities for Boston’s youth. We hope you have a joyful holiday season and a happy new year.

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Mayor Praises Expansion of Summer Learning, Challenges City to Serve 10,000 Youth in 100 Programs

unnamed (9)In July, Mayor Walsh joined BPS Superintendent  Chang to announce that over 5,600 Boston youth will participate in 79 summer programs as part of the Boston Summer Learning Project, a public-private effort boosted by nearly $2 million in private funding. The Mayor also issued a challenge for greater expansion.

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Over 1400 Badges Awarded in Boston’s First Badging Pilot

This summer, Boston After School & Beyond piloted its digital badge system in partnership with six STEAM-focused Summer Learning Community programs. Using a common set of criteria and a central database, these programs awarded 1422 badges to 297 students for their demonstration of five social-emotional skills.

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Partnership Council Calls for Stronger Focus on Social-Emotional Skills for High School Re-Design

unnamed (11)BASB, in partnership with the City of Boston, BPS, and the Boston Opportunity Agenda, held a public gathering at the ICA/Boston to re-imagine high schools of the future. Among 140 attendees from 92 organizations, strong consensus emerged around the need to elevate skill development and data sharing as foundational elements of this effort.

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BASB Board Elects Boston’s Chief of Education and Superintendent

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At its annual meeting in May, BASB’s Board of Directors elected two new members: Rahn Dorsey and Dr. Tommy Chang. Mr. Dorsey, in his capacity as the Mayor’s Chief of Education, will serve as an ex-officio member of the Board. The Board also honored the great service of John McDonough and formally transitioned over tonew BPS Superintendent Dr. Chang.

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A special thank you to our funders:

Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Boston Opportunity Agenda, Boston Public Schools, Charles Hayden Foundation, City of Boston – Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Eos Foundation, Every Hour Counts, Klarman Family Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Noyce Foundation, The Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, The Wallace Foundation, and Yawkey Foundation.