June 2014: A Time for Growth

 Friday, June 20, 2014 


Today, on National Summer Learning Day, we are ready for a summer full of learning, fun and new experiences.

In Boston, summer is a time for students to immerse themselves in the city’s natural, neighborhood and cultural institutions. Organizations of all sorts are providing Boston’s students with transformational learning experiences that will propel them into the next school year and create memories to last a lifetime.

Through the Boston Summer Learning Project, we are proud to work with the Boston Public Schools, Boston Opportunity Agenda, The Wallace Foundation and other funders, researchers and more than 40 programs to explore ways to use the summer months strategically. Together, we are:

  • Using the community as a classroom, from the Harbor Islands to college campuses to workplaces;
  • Identifying how to teach and measure skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and persistence;
  • Engaging English language learners in full-day programs to provide context for learning and to build background knowledge;
  • Measuring and improving program quality.

I hope you will visit our web site to learn more about how these partnerships are coming together during the summer to support and inspire young people.


Wishing you a great summer,


Chris Smith, Executive Director, Boston After School & Beyond



Our Supporters:

Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Boston Opportunity Agenda, Boston Public Schools, Charles Hayden Foundation, City of Boston/Boston Centers for Youth and Families, Eos Foundation, Klarman Family Foundation, National Summer Learning Association, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and The Wallace Foundation.

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