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’s Bridge to Excellence @ King

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
77 Lawrence Ave, Boston, MA, 02121
09/11/2023 - 06/20/2024
$$$$$1,000 or more per semester

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

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

Program Topics:

STEM, Literacy, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

Boston’s Bridge to Excellence @ Mildred

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
5 Mildred Ave, Boston, MA, 02126
09/11/2023 - 06/20/2024
$$$$$1,000 or more per semester

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

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

Program Topics:

STEM, Literacy, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

Boston’s Bridge to Excellence @ Up Dorchester

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
35 Westville St, Boston, MA, 02124
09/11/2023 - 06/20/2024
$$$$$1,000 or more per semester

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

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

Program Topics:

STEM, Literacy, Outdoor Exploration, Academic Enrichment

Boston’s Higher Ground – Surround Care Coalition After School Program

School-based Services Available
Program Details

One special component of our program is that we are targeting currently or formerly homeless students to be among those enrolled. Our desire is to track educational outcomes for these children in order to demonstrate how stable housing plays a tremendous role in ensuring that students are learning and advancing at grade level.

Jokaimy Caceres
ost@highergroundboston.org
302 Walnut Ave, Boston, MA, 02119
11/13/2023 - 06/14/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

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

Program Topics:

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

Boxing Power and Fitness

Program Details

Become instructors themselves, we personify the EACH ONE TEACH ONE cliche. With an inclusive environment

Donald "Deke" Houston
857 939-5691
deke2deke@gmail.com
1514 Dorchester Ave, #A, Dorchester, MA, 02122
09/09/2023 - 06/30/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, Self-Regulation

Grades Served:

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

Program Topics:

Sports

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester – Marr Clubhouse

School-based Services Available
Program Details

participate in hands on, fun and engaging programming. They will develop menaingful adn supportive relationships with trusting and caring indivudals. Children of all abilities can take part in our programs.

Brendan McDonald
bmcdonald@bgcdorchester.org
1135 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA, 02125
09/11/2023 - 06/14/2024
$$$$$1 - $249 per semester

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

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

Program Topics:

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

Bryce’s Journey – Social Skills for High-Functioning Children with ASD/ADHD

School-based Services Available
Program Details

Children have time to exercise and let out the stresses of the day through physical games. They work in groups and individually with the licensed social skills worker, playing games and having conversations that are specifically designed for children with ASD. They gain confidence in themselves, meet friends, and learn how to manage a variety of social situations and emotions.

Michelle Jenkins
617-980-5236
brycesjourney@outlook.com
1179 River St, Hyde Park, MA, 02136
09/20/2023 - 06/17/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

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

Camp Harbor View – 9th Grade RISE Program

Program Details

A combination of structured programs that focus on college and career exposure combined with intentional SEL/Wellness work.

Omar Carranza
ocarranza@campharborview.org
46 Plympton St #2, Boston, MA, 02118
10/02/2023 - 05/28/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

9

Program Topics:

College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity, Academic Enrichment

Camp Harbor View – LIT Program

Program Details

Through a variety of workshops that take place weekly, as well as extended workshops on the weekends, young people receive programs across a variety of areas that promotes skill development as well as post-secondary planning.

Josh Waxman
jwaxman@campharborview.org
46 Plympton St #2, Boston, MA, 02118
10/02/2023 - 05/30/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity, Academic Enrichment

Catholic Charities of Boston – Teen Center

School-based Services Available
Program Details

The Teen Center offers a unique drop in concept with close ties to the community and the families that it serves. The program offers a balance of academic, recreational, and college preparedness for youth in a non judgemental environment that encourages self-expression and respect. Students attending the program are given the chance to voice their opinions, respect the opinion of others and build positive self-awareness through gender specific focus groups, community role model connections and caring staff throughout the year.

Joao Dos Santos
617-464-8155
joao_dossantos@ccab.org
275 West Broadway, Dorchester, MA, 02127
09/11/2023 - 06/28/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

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

Program Topics:

Cultural Identity, College Career Readiness

Center for Arabic Culture – After School Learning Academy

School-based Services Available
Program Details

At CAC we offer an inclusive, secular and non-political language and music programs, welcoming everyone regardless of their background. At our program, student will have the chance to learn from a team of highly experienced and talented language, music, and art teachers. They will learn about the diverse cultures in the Arab World and the Middle East. Student will realize that the Arabic language is a language that they can use in their future careers and to communicate with their families. In addition to learning music and playing instruments, the students at the CAC programs will learn about Arab musicians, poets and singers who played a vital role in the development of Arabic and international music.

Alma Richeh
617-893-1176
info@cacboston.org
15 Basile St, Boston, MA, 02131
10/17/2023 - 06/30/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Program Topics:

Arts, Literacy, Cultural Identity, Academic Enrichment

Chica Project – Hennigan School

School-based Services Available
Program Details

Our curriculum “Chica in Bloom – Cultivating My Future: A Life, College, & Career Readiness” integrates participant needs and is grounded by Clonan-Roy, Jacobs, Nakkula?s theoretical framework, “Towards a Model of Positive Youth Development Specific to Girls of Color-Perspectives on Development, Resilience, and Empowerment.? Through CP?s public health work, our community challenges anti-Black and Latinx discrimination and disparities, and their intersection with patriarchy and economic injustice. Ensuring that our work is community-led and driven, we offer the highest level of youth leadership development, as Black and Brown youth make decisions about our projects? themes, facilitate meetings and workshops, and lead the Community Engagement for racial-justice focused Public Health education and outreach initiatives. Integrating Community for Just Schools Fund?s framework for culturally affirming SEL, we center deep relationship building to both uplift intersectional identities and help CP youth express themselves fully, and live authentically in a way that elevates their cultural and ethnic identities.

Claudergine Aspilaire
programs@chicaproject.org
200 Heath St, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130
10/10/2023 - 05/31/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

6, 7, 8

Program Topics:

College Career Readiness, Literacy, Cultural Identity

Children’s Services of Roxbury – Youth, Purpose & Partnership

School-based Services Available
Program Details

Our program is centered by three critical components: Technology Access & Exploration, Digital Skills & Production, Healing Centered Engagement. Technology Access & Exploration: In today’s digital age, equitable access to technology is essential for personal growth and community engagement. YPP recognizes that many youth face barriers to accessing technology and its opportunities. By providing participants with the tools and resources they need, the program levels the playing field, enabling them to acquire digital literacy skills, access information, and harness the power of technology for learning, creativity, and community outreach.? Digital Skills & Production: In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, digital skills are essential for personal and professional growth. YPP recognizes the importance of equipping participants with these skills. Through digital skills and production training, participants gain technical proficiencies and learn to express themselves creatively and advocate for change using multimedia storytelling. This component empowers participants to share their stories, engage their communities, and amplify their voices on critical social issues.? Healing Centered Engagement: The YPP program recognizes that many young people have faced difficult experiences and hardships. To address these challenges, the program prioritizes healing-centered engagement. ?A healing-centered approach to addressing trauma requires a different question that moves beyond ?what happened to you? to ?what?s right with you? and views those exposed to trauma as agents in the creation of their own well-being rather than victims of traumatic events.? ?Shawn Ginwright? By fostering a supportive and understanding environment, participants can heal, build resilience, improve their emotional well-being, and positively contribute to their community. This approach encourages young people to embrace their true selves, cultivate healthy relationships, and use their experiences to grow and reach their full potential.?

Harry Harding
hharding@csrox.org
10/16/2023 - 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, Alternative Education

Program Topics:

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

CitySprouts – East Cambridge Young Leaders Program

School-based Services Available
Program Details

The Young Leaders Program is a summer and after school program for middle schoolers ages 11- 14 (rising 6th graders through 8th grade). In the Young Leaders Program, kids learn about making their community a safer, more sustainable place to live through growing plants and exploring the natural environment in the city. The Young Leaders Program is for middle school youth who live or go to school in Boston or Cambridge. It is tuition-free to families.

Melissa Wender
mwender@citysprouts.org
197 Vassal Lane, Cambridge, MA, 02138
09/18/2023 - 06/14/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

5, 6, 7, 8

Program Topics:

STEM, Outdoor Exploration

CitySprouts – Roxbury Young Leaders Program

School-based Services Available
Program Details

The Young Leaders Program is a summer and after school program for middle schoolers ages 11- 14 (rising 6th graders through 8th grade). In the Young Leaders Program, kids learn about making their community a safer, more sustainable place to live through growing plants and exploring the natural environment in the city. The Young Leaders Program is for middle school youth who live or go to school in Boston or Cambridge. It is tuition-free to families.

Melissa Wender
mwender@citysprouts.org
906 Albany St, Roxbury, MA, 02119
09/18/2023 - 06/14/2024
No CostFree (No Cost)

ACT Skills Developed:

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

Grades Served:

5, 6, 7, 8

Program Topics:

STEM, Outdoor Exploration

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).

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.