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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Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center – Red Oak Afterschool and Summer Program

Program Details

At this program students get support for homework, work with an art specialist to create art and music and engage in games indoors and outside. We place an emphasis on building a community and supporting cultural pride and tolerance for difference.

Kathy Choi
617-635-5129
Kathy.choi@bcnc.net
38 Ash St, Boston, MA, 02111
09/07/2023 - 06/21/2024
$$$$$250-$499 per semester
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ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, Arts, Literacy

Boston International Newcomers Academy – X Block

Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to design their own clubs and be supported in their personal goal setting. We take a project-based approach so students can work together to find solutions to community problems.

Sharon Smith
ssmith18@bostonpublicschools.org
100 Maxwell St, Boston, MA, 02124
09/25/2023 - 06/07/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

9, 10, 11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

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

Boston Lions Track Club & Mentoring

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

what’s special about my program is that each and every student athlete receives a customized, goal planner that catered to their wants and needs to succeed. Students will have a chance to play leadership roles amongst their peers, they will also have a chance to switch roles for the day and run the program as they see fit in hopes of learning and understanding leadership skills, conflict resolution, providing mental and physical support where its needed.

Tomorrow Taylor
617-922-5910
bostonlionstrackclub@gmail.com
75 Malcolm X Blvd, Boston, MA, 02120
08/28/2023 - 06/30/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

K0, K1, K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Alternative Education

Program Icon Program Topics:

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

Boston PAL – G.R.O.W.

Program Details

Through the GROW program, students will have the chance to build self-esteem and develop social, leadership and problem solving skills. GROW SY 22/23 will be offered for a total of 32 weeks and focus on supporting the youth in academic achievement as well as life, social and gender specific skills and cultural experiences. There will be weekly virtual and in-person dialogues and presentations of current events and issues effecting our young girls including; social media, bullying, trauma, mental health, social justice, sexual assault and abuse. We will support the girls and their families with virtual tech and academic support as required. The girls will also participate in the Synergy project, a youth/elder community relationship building project. This year, students will have several special guests/workshops and field trips for hands-on exposure to civil engagement, self-advocacy, the arts, physical and mental health, healthy relationships and public speaking as well as weekly dance and yoga fitness classes. We will also have sports opportunities in swimming, volleyball, tennis and basketball. The school year will start off with a team building day retreat with Ron Burton facilities and the Swimming in Blue initiative will teach water safety, CPR and first aid training.

Jamila Gales
jamila.gales@pd.boston.gov
1 Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA, 02120
11/01/2023 - 05/10/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, Sports, Arts, STEM, Literacy, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

Boston Scores – Eliot K-8 Middle School Program F22

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

There are two especially unique aspects of our program. At Boston Scores, 7th to 8th-grade students have the opportunity to not only develop their soccer skills with the guidance of an encouraging Coach-Mentor, but they get the “Game Day” experience of playing as a team against another school and getting to put on their very own team jersey. Interscholastic athletic competition is not an opportunity that is readily available to most other BPS students in this age group. Second, it is often said that youth sports, when done well, provides an endless procession of teachable moments that students can apply to their classroom success and to their broader life. In our program, we actually provide the environments for students to put those team-based SEL skills into practice alongside their friends in other new and challenging settings, such as the team Pitch event (Fall) when the team pitches their One Hen social enterprise plan to a panel of community members to microloan funding and the year-end Sell Days (spring) when the students bring their product or service to market and raise funds for a cause of their choosing.

Ive Mendoza
ivelisse@bostonscores.org
585 Commercial St, Boston, MA, 02109
03/25/2024 - 06/07/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

7, 8

Program Icon Program Topics:

Sports, Academic Enrichment

Boston Scores – Hurley Middle School Program F22

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

There are two especially unique aspects of our program. At Boston Scores, 7th to 8th-grade students have the opportunity to not only develop their soccer skills with the guidance of an encouraging Coach-Mentor, but they get the “Game Day” experience of playing as a team against another school and getting to put on their very own team jersey. Interscholastic athletic competition is not an opportunity that is readily available to most other BPS students in this age group. Second, it is often said that youth sports, when done well, provides an endless procession of teachable moments that students can apply to their classroom success and to their broader life. In our program, we actually provide the environments for students to put those team-based SEL skills into practice alongside their friends in other new and challenging settings, such as the team Pitch event (Fall) when the team pitches their One Hen social enterprise plan to a panel of community members to microloan funding and the year-end Sell Days (spring) when the students bring their product or service to market and raise funds for a cause of their choosing.

Ive Mendoza
ivelisse@bostonscores.org
70 Worcester St, Boston, MA, 02118
03/25/2024 - 06/07/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

7, 8

Program Icon Program Topics:

Sports, Academic Enrichment

Boston Scores – Mario Umana MS Academy

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

There are two especially unique aspects of our program. At Boston Scores, 7th to 8th-grade students have the opportunity to not only develop their soccer skills with the guidance of an encouraging Coach-Mentor, but they get the “Game Day” experience of playing as a team against another school and getting to put on their very own team jersey. Interscholastic athletic competition is not an opportunity that is readily available to most other BPS students in this age group. Second, it is often said that youth sports, when done well, provides an endless procession of teachable moments that students can apply to their classroom success and to their broader life. In our program, we actually provide the environments for students to put those team based SEL skills into practice alongside their friends in other new and challenging settings, such as the team Pitch event (Fall) when the team pitches their One Hen social enterprise plan to a panel of community members to microloan funding and the year-end Sell Days (spring) when the students bring their product or service to market and raise funds for a cause of their choosing.

Ive Mendoza
ivelisse@bostonscores.org
312 Border St, East Boston, MA, 02128
03/25/2024 - 06/07/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

7, 8

Program Icon Program Topics:

Sports, Academic Enrichment

Boston Showstoppers – Uplifting Young Women

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

What makes Boston Showstoppers special are that we only serve inner city females between the ages of 7-19 years old as well as have peer mentors who were once in their shoes at some point. In a society where athletics are so male dominated and over priced, we provide a safe place that is not only rare in the city but is 100% free to them.

Clinton Lassiter
lassiter15@gmail.com
74 Union Park St, Boston, MA, 02118
09/11/2023 - 06/26/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

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

Program Icon Program Topics:

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

Boston String Academy – Allston Youth String Academy

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

BSA?s unique approach nurtures every child?s potential guiding them to reach their highest levels of academic and musical excellence and to develop a lifelong love of music. BSA’s youth orchestras serve as a model society in which an atmosphere of competition between individuals is replaced by shared aspiration and investment. The youngest students receive daily instruction in a group setting, complemented by a weekly private or semi-private lesson. The older children come together several times a week for string ensemble, chamber music and private lessons. BSA’s youth leadership empowerment program is designed for high school students who have participated in the youth orchestra and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. The goal is to provide high school students with an excellent performing arts foundation. Students participating in the youth leadership program gain work experience, learn about professional musician opportunities, and network within the performing arts career and academic fields. The high school interns teach and serve as role models for the younger children in the orchestra. BSA is the only program in the United States to adopt the Colourstrings Method into its curriculum for the beginner students Through its partnerships, BSA advances its goal of providing rich learning opportunities to foster student independence and self-advocacy and to promote student success while respecting each other?s differences. These partnerships deepen our connection with each community and strengthen our ability to provide high quality instruction and a musical foundation that is traditionally available only to higher income students. No other youth orchestra programs are offered in these communities.

Mariesther Alvarez
978-660-7601
bostonstringacademy@gmail.com
43 Holton St, Boston, MA, 02134
09/11/2023 - 06/14/2024
$$$$$500-$999 per semester
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ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

K1, K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Program Icon Program Topics:

Arts, Academic Enrichment

Boston String Academy – Chinatown Youth Orchestra – Afternoon Program

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

BSA?s unique approach nurtures every child?s potential guiding them to reach their highest levels of academic and musical excellence and to develop a lifelong love of music. BSA’s youth orchestras serve as a model society in which an atmosphere of competition between individuals is replaced by shared aspiration and investment. The youngest students receive daily instruction in a group setting, complemented by a weekly private or semi-private lesson. The older children come together several times a week for string ensemble, chamber music and private lessons. BSA’s youth leadership empowerment program is designed for high school students who have participated in the youth orchestra and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. The goal is to provide high school students with an excellent performing arts foundation. Students participating in the youth leadership program gain work experience, learn about professional musician opportunities, and network within the performing arts career and academic fields. The high school interns teach and serve as role models for the younger children in the orchestra. BSA is the only program in the United States to adopt the Colourstrings Method into its curriculum for the beginner students Through its partnerships, BSA advances its goal of providing rich learning opportunities to foster student independence and self-advocacy and to promote student success while respecting each other?s differences. These partnerships deepen our connection with each community and strengthen our ability to provide high quality instruction and a musical foundation that is traditionally available only to higher income students. No other youth orchestra programs are offered in these communities.

Mariesther Alvarez
978-660-7601
bostonstringacademy@gmail.com
351 Boylston st, Boston, MA, 02116
09/11/2023 - 06/14/2024
$$$$$1,000 or more per semester
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ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

Arts, Academic Enrichment

Boston String Academy – Chinatown Youth Orchestra – Morning Program

School Icon
School-based Services Available
Program Details

BSA?s unique approach nurtures every child?s potential guiding them to reach their highest levels of academic and musical excellence and to develop a lifelong love of music. BSA’s youth orchestras serve as a model society in which an atmosphere of competition between individuals is replaced by shared aspiration and investment. The youngest students receive daily instruction in a group setting, complemented by a weekly private or semi-private lesson. The older children come together several times a week for string ensemble, chamber music and private lessons. BSA’s youth leadership empowerment program is designed for high school students who have participated in the youth orchestra and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. The goal is to provide high school students with an excellent performing arts foundation. Students participating in the youth leadership program gain work experience, learn about professional musician opportunities, and network within the performing arts career and academic fields. The high school interns teach and serve as role models for the younger children in the orchestra. BSA is the only program in the United States to adopt the Colourstrings Method into its curriculum for the beginner students Through its partnerships, BSA advances its goal of providing rich learning opportunities to foster student independence and self-advocacy and to promote student success while respecting each other?s differences. These partnerships deepen our connection with each community and strengthen our ability to provide high quality instruction and a musical foundation that is traditionally available only to higher income students. No other youth orchestra programs are offered in these communities.

Mariesther Alvarez
978-660-7601
bostonstringacademy@gmail.com
38 Ash St, Boston, MA, 02111
09/11/2023 - 06/14/2024
$$$$$1,000 or more per semester
Student Icon

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

K1, K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Program Icon Program Topics:

Arts, Academic Enrichment

Boston Youth Sanctuary

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

Rooted in and driven by community need, the daily after school programming at BYS includes the following services: ? Transportation ? Nutritional meal ? Mentoring ? Individual therapy ? Group therapy ? Expressive arts therapy ? Dance and movement ? Trauma-informed yoga ? Gymnastics ? Free play on the playground and gym ? Homework time, supported by staff ? Family resources and support services ? Care coordination and educational advocacy ? Community-building activities, e.g. daily Closing Circle reflection ? Access to therapeutic support of in-house dog ? Rotating enrichment activities included but not limited to: o Dance group o Fitness group o Gender-based empowerment group o Sensory Squad Group o Mindful Gardening o Trauma informed Yoga o Theatre Rangers o and other staff-driven workshops

Jordan Wright
jwright@bostonyouthsanctuary.org
2216 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA, 02124
09/11/2023 - 06/21/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, Arts, STEM

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras – Intensive Community Program

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

What sets ICP apart from other instrument training programs is that students are fully integrated into BYSO?s prestigious orchestra program from day one. From the time they enter the program as beginners, ICP students attend weekly rehearsals alongside all 500+ members of BYSO?s six ensembles. This gives the youngest ICP students a sense of belonging in the broader BYSO community, underscoring the key premise that ICP is not a stand-alone initiative separating students of color from the general BYSO student body. Instead, students recognize that they are a crucial part of the fabric of BYSO from the outset. Moreover, participating in weekly rehearsals allows ICP students regular opportunities to hear the orchestras that they aspire to join. Consequently, ICP students do not merely learn how to play an instrument, but also develop the skills of listening, group dynamics, peer accountability, empathy, and open-mindedness within the inspiring context of the larger BYSO program. ICP also provides consistent opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills through peer mentorship, strengthening bonds between students and preparing them to take on further leadership roles as they enter adulthood. The strong sense of identity and community that ICP provides contributes to an overall program retention rate of 94%, and also has a substantial social benefit for ICP families that continues beyond the time a student is in the program.

Nickolette Cartales
nmcartal@bu.edu
855 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA, 02215
09/10/2023 - 06/09/2024
$$$$$250-$499 per semester
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ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

K1, K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Icon Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, Arts

Boston’s Bridge to Excellence @ Blackstone

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School-based Services Available
Program Details

Boston’s Bridge to Excellence (BBTE) mission is to provide enrichment programming that empowers youth from economically distressed areas to become leaders of change in their communities. We help youth in grades K through 7th to build academic skills, develop leadership skills, and engage in experiential and service-learning opportunities so they have the tools needed to reach their full potential in a global society. No matter what school BBTE is located in, your child will participate in our programs that are led by trained, dedicated, and caring Educators who will guide your child through our core program areas. These core programs consist of character & leadership, education & career, health & life skills, sports, fitness & recreation, and creative arts.

Dejon Rice
617-245-8340
dejon.rice@bostonsbridgetoexcellence.com
380 Shawmut Ave, South End, MA, 02118
09/11/2023 - 06/20/2024
$$$$$1,000 or more per semester
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ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

K0, K1, K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Program Icon Program Topics:

STEM, Literacy, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

Boston’s Bridge to Excellence @ Holmes

School Icon
School-based Services Available
Program Details

Boston’s Bridge to Excellence (BBTE) mission is to provide enrichment programming that empowers youth from economically distressed areas to become leaders of change in their communities. We help youth in grades K through 7th to build academic skills, develop leadership skills, and engage in experiential and service-learning opportunities so they have the tools needed to reach their full potential in a global society. No matter what school BBTE is located in, your child will participate in our programs that are led by trained, dedicated, and caring Educators who will guide your child through our core program areas. These core programs consist of character & leadership, education & career, health & life skills, sports, fitness & recreation, and creative arts.

Dejon Rice
617-245-8340
dejon.rice@bostonsbridgetoexcellence.com
40 School St., Boston, MA, 02124
09/11/2023 - 06/20/2024
$$$$$1,000 or more per semester
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ACT Skills Icon ACT Skills Developed:

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

Age Group Icon Grades Served:

K0, K1, K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Program Icon Program Topics:

STEM, Literacy, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

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.