Because skills are the common denominator
Boston Beyond’s coalition of partners commits to cultivating a common set of skills that every young person needs to thrive. We’ve carefully selected cross-cutting skills—like teamwork and perseverance—that employers seek, colleges require, and research links to success in all spheres of adult life.
We work with out-of-school-time providers to embed these skills into engaging, developmentally appropriate curricula. As students work on real-world projects, they get to practice these skills in meaningful ways. They come away more motivated to learn and empowered to pursue ambitious goals in school and beyond.
Why are skills so important?
Skills like communication and self-regulation factor into almost every aspect of life success.
- In school, children need skills to manage emotions, focus on challenging content, and interact positively with peers and adults.
- In college, students need skills to organize their time, study effectively, and seek support when they encounter challenges.
- In the workplace, skills help individuals solve complex problems, communicate ideas effectively, and collaborate with others.
- Throughout life, skills help us navigate institutions, advocate for loved ones, participate in our communities, and make wise decisions about our wellbeing.
These skills aren’t magic or innate. Like reading and math, they can be taught and strengthened with practice. That’s why our network draws on best practices in education and youth development to help students build proficiency in each area and the confidence to reach their potential.