Learning continues beyond school hours.

Boston Beyond coordinates a citywide network of school and community providers offering fun, safe places for kids to learn after school. The Boston Public Schools is one of our core partners. Together, we’ve expanded high-quality after-school offerings for our city.

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Boston Beyond’s network operates high-quality, free and low-cost after-school programs in every neighborhood. Browse network offerings and discover the right program for your student.


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ACEDONE – ACE-ZONE

Program Details

Students will be able to achieve their goals through our SEL focus enrichment courses, which will include creative arts, fitness/wellness and also field trips through out the community. Our students are also set to have college students from 4boston (Boston College) organization to tutor them and provide homework support to ensure their academic success.

Hawa Yassin
hawa@acedone.org
200 Heath St, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130
10/02/2023 - 05/09/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Self-Regulation, Self-Efficacy, Creativity

Grades Served:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Program Topics:

Arts, Literacy, Cultural Identity, Academic Enrichment

ACEDONE – YIC

Program Details

The YIC program is created to give youth the opportunity to lead by valuing their voice the opportunity to lead by valuing their voice. The program framework works to hire alumni creating a network of visible success and a safe space with staff that represent the youth.

Hawa Yassin
hawa@acedone.org
48 John Eliot Sq, Boston, MA, 02119
01/02/2024 - 04/26/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity

Grades Served:

9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

STEM, Academic Enrichment, College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity, Arts

Afrimerican Academy – Afrimerican TV

Program Details

Our program’s special approach is twofold: Firstly, this program builds upon the foundation established during our summer program. The majority of our students are already well-oriented to our mission and methods. Over the course of seven weeks during the summer, they have delved into narratives surrounding cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion. They have also honed their skills in creating compelling Google Slides presentations. This prior experience equips them with a solid understanding and readiness to engage in deeper learning. Secondly, Afrimerican TV’s project-based learning approach offers a comprehensive and highly practical learning experience. Through this platform, students not only acquire knowledge but actively apply what they’ve learned. This hands-on approach allows them to witness firsthand the direct impact of their education on real-world projects, enhancing the engagement and impact of their learning journey. This approach is a powerful catalyst for developing skills, fostering creativity, and cultivating a profound understanding of the subject matter. Within the realm of Afrimerican TV’s social media engagement, this approach takes shape through student involvement in the active management and analysis of social media content. By applying technical data analysis techniques to evaluate social media metrics, students gain valuable insights into audience engagement and content effectiveness. This hands-on participation in managing a real-world social media presence not only elevates their executive skills but also provides a tangible application of their learning. It underscores the comprehensive and practical nature of Afrimerican TV’s educational approach, strengthening the connection between theory and real-world practice.

Marlon Solomon
msolomon@afrimericanone.org
10/30/2023 - 05/17/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships

Grades Served:

10, 11, 12, Alternative Education

Program Topics:

College Career Readiness, STEM, Cultural Identity

After School Arts Program (ASAP)

School-based Services Available
Program Details

What makes our program unique is the exclusive access to creative mentors and professionals working at the top of their fields. ASAP also offers an expressive arts therapy component by licensed professionals which is optional. We are working with youth who are severely impacted by trauma, so we have an all inclusive, interactive workshop built into our curriculum. This allows for each individual to learn at their own pace.

Dominga Martin
info@afterschoolartsprogram.com
02/12/2024 - 04/20/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance

Grades Served:

8, 9, 10, 11

Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, Arts, STEM, Literacy, Academic Enrichment, College Career Readiness

Agassiz Village Summer Camp – Leaders in Training (LIT) Program

School-based Services Available
Program Details

Agassiz Village expands horizons for under-resourced children from Massachusetts as they transition from their communities of poverty to our beautiful 330-acre lakefront overnight summer camp in Maine. Not many programs take youth out of their communities for multiple weeks where they are free from influences within their communities. For much of the summer, youth are immersed in outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, swimming, and archery we well as hands-on workshops that provide goal setting, financial literacy, team building and mentoring opportunities. In addition, during the school year kids participate in peer to peer and instructor led mentoring sessions, visit local colleges and universities, are helped with college essays or resume building, and are provided opportunities to visit area corporations and see various employment trajectories.

Camille Naldini
cnaldini@agassizvillage.org
09/01/2023 - 07/01/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy

Grades Served:

11, 12

Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment, College Career Readiness

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership – After School Homework Help & Enrichment

Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to be supported with their out of school work by local high school and college students in a safe learning environment. They will also engage in various enrichment activities such as arts & crafts, karate, yoga, cooking, science experiments and sports.

Jaime Buckley
617 287-1601
jaimebuckleyl@alldorchestersports.org
1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA, 02122
10/02/2023 - 04/30/2024
$$$$$1 - $249 per semester

ACT Skills Developed:

Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset

Grades Served:

K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Program Topics:

Sports, Arts, Academic Enrichment

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership – Basketball/Fitness

Program Details

At this program ADSL not does prioritize “winning above all else”. While we believe competitive sports are important, we stress the importance of “Team Dynamics” and building leadership skills. We focus on the elements of “Grit” Guts, resiliency, integrity, tenacity. We offer peer to peer learning from an early age which we find leads to self confidence and better self-regulation. The intent behind this type of interaction is to increase the likelihood of making healthy decisions.

Jaime Buckley
617 287-1601
jaimebuckleyl@alldorchestersports.org
1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA, 02122
10/07/2023 - 04/30/2024
$$$$$1 - $249 per semester

ACT Skills Developed:

Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships

Grades Served:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Program Topics:

Sports

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership – Fall Soccer

Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to be supported with their out of school work by local high school and college students in a safe learning environment. They will also engage in various enrichment activities and sports activities where they will be able to gain new skills.

Jaime Buckley
617 287-1601
jaimebuckleyl@alldorchestersports.org
1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA, 02122
10/03/2023 - 04/30/2024
$$$$$1 - $249 per semester

ACT Skills Developed:

Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships

Grades Served:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

Sports

Asian Community Development Corporation – A-VOYCE Chinatown

Program Details

Through A-VOYCE, youth will have the chance to be equity-centered designers, shaping their community for the community, by the community. They will develop skills in empathy, self-efficacy, sense of belonging, project management, and public speaking.

Emma Ishida
emma.ishida@asiancdc.org
38 Oak St, Boston, MA, 02111
10/12/2023 - 05/31/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Efficacy

Grades Served:

9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

Arts, College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity

Asian Community Development Corporation – A-VOYCE Malden

Program Details

Through A-VOYCE, youth will have the chance to be equity-centered designers, shaping their community for the community, by the community. They will develop skills in empathy, self-efficacy, sense of belonging, project management, and public speaking.

Emma Ishida
emma.ishida@asiancdc.org
11 Dartmouth St, Malden, MA, 02148
10/11/2023 - 05/29/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset

Grades Served:

9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

Arts

Beantown Panthers – Learning Enrichment Program (English High)

School-based Services Available
Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to learn from and work with adult professionals who look like them and share thei experience. This will allow us the ability to meet them where they are and help them to become responsible learners.

Winford McRae
617-506-3512
info@beantownpanters.com
144 McBride St, Boston, MA, 02130
09/11/2023 - 06/14/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships

Grades Served:

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

Literacy, Academic Enrichment, College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity, Sports

Beantown Panthers – Learning Enrichment Program (New Mission)

School-based Services Available
Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to learn from and work with adult professionals who look like them and share thei experience. This will allow us the ability to meet them where they are and help them to become responsible learners.

Winford McRae
617-506-3512
info@beantownpanters.com
655 Metropolitan Ave, Boston, MA, 02136
09/11/2023 - 06/14/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity

Grades Served:

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

Academic Enrichment, College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity, Sports, Literacy

Beat the Odds – Creative Youth Development Program

School-based Services Available
Program Details

We create a brave space where we address mental health and trauma while providing the resources and mentorship to Boston?s under resourced youth to explore their creativity through music and arts. Our staff care deeply for our students, and maintain relationships that extend way beyond the classroom. Our staff reflects the demographics of our participants and have shared lived experiences, so that they can relate to each other and form trusting relationships. At this program, students are able to unleash their creativity through the arts while addressing their mental health needs and building resiliency to go out and be future leaders in their communities.

Camila Pagan
camilarp@btoboston.org
960 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA, 02118
09/18/2023 - 06/28/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking

Grades Served:

9, 10, 11, 12, Alternative Education

Program Topics:

Academic Enrichment, College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity, Arts

Beat the Streets New England – M.A.T. Time

School-based Services Available
Program Details

No other program in the country combines M.A.T. TIME?s social-emotional development, trauma-informed mentor coaching, and restorative justice practices with wrestling to engage and evolve youth. Our programming transforms the traditional coaching philosophy with an approach centered on personal and communal growth and youth development through wrestling. Mentor-Coaches help foster self-awareness, leadership, and integrity in young athletes, allowing them to reach their full potential. Wrestling is just the tool we use to help engage and showcase development in our young adults.

Brett Poirier
brett@btsne.org
205 Townsend St., Dorchester, MA, 02121
09/12/2023 - 03/17/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships

Grades Served:

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Alternative Education

Program Topics:

Arts, Literacy, Academic Enrichment, College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity, Sports

Bikes Not Bombs – Youth Pathways Youth Apprenticeships (Tuesday – Saturday)

School-based Services Available
Program Details

Longstanding cultural beliefs suggest that cycling is an activity primarily for white, economically advantaged people. This damaging stereotype and the centuries-long legacy of disinvestment in marginalized communities have led to stark disparities in bicycle infrastructure. Graduates of BNB?s Bike School programs are eligible to progress on to paid Youth Apprenticeships, through which they develop post-secondary career pathways, grow as leaders, and advance transportation equity in their own communities. Youth Apprentices hone a range of twenty-first-century skills and apply these skills within the context of work with tangible impact. Youth Apprentices progress through the following operational areas over the course of three years: 1) as co-instructors in Bike School; 2) as community organizers in our BOCA) team to build a healthier and more sustainable world by engaging in research, community organizing, workshop facilitation, event planning, and public speaking; 3) as part of our bike collections and recycling team; and 4) refurbishing bikes and attending to customers in our mission-driven full-service Bike Shop and Training Center.

Elyse Oliver
857-991-8372
elyse@bikesnotbombs.org
284 Amory St, Boston, MA, 02130
10/30/2023 - 05/17/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy

Grades Served:

9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

STEM, Outdoor Exploration, College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity, Sports

After-school matters.

The after-school hours represent a tremendous opportunity for students to extend on what they learn in school, build critical skills, and develop socially and emotionally.

Students who participate in evidence-based after-school programs show improved school attendance, greater engagement in learning, and improved graduation rates (Huang et. al, 2008).

Students from low-income families who are most at-risk experience the greatest gains (Vandell et al, 2007).

Boston After-School Spotlights

FAQs

If your child is enrolled in a school that located in the city of Boston or attends a METCO program, they are likely eligible for one or more of our network’s programs. Individual program eligibility requirements vary, so you should check the individual websites of programs that match your needs.

All after-school programs in the Boston Beyond network are free or low-cost to students and their families. These high-quality programs are paid for through public funds and grants to ensure open access to children from all economic backgrounds.

Each program operates its own application process. Search the database above and then visit the websites of the programs that interest you to sign up.