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Boston’s STEM community assesses progress, pursues vision for the future

Thursday, July 18 – Today representatives from Boston’s youth development organizations, corporations, STEM-rich institutions, research partners, and the Boston Public Schools gathered to share successes and assess the progress of the BoSTEM initiative, as well as…

Cancelled: Youth Job, Summer Learning, and Resource Fair

The City of Boston’s Department of Youth Engagement and Employment has decided to cancel this event due to COVID-19 concerns. Thank you for your understanding.

Partnerships for Social & Emotional Learning Initiative Brings ‘More & Better’ into New School Year

As the Partnerships for Social & Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) entered its third school year this September, the participating school and community partners received an extra infusion of “rocket fuel” to take their aligned SEL practices to the…

2019 Summer Debrief & Celebration: 10 Years in the Making

At the 2019 Summer Learning Debrief & Celebration, Superintendent Cassellius shared how summer learning will play a key role in her strategic agenda. She reflected on her own summer experiences among the 150+ education and community…

Measuring What Matters: How Data Can Drive Outcomes for Students, Programs, and Communities

It is well-known across industries that data can, and often must, drive business decisions to yield stronger outcomes. In the business of out-of-school time programming, it is no different. Using data for improvement spans all sectors,…

Second Annual STEM Week Highlights Gaps & Opportunities

Exposure.  Access. Representation. These concepts emerged as resounding themes from the second annual Massachusetts STEM Week, shedding light on the challenges the Commonwealth still faces in helping its residents attain and succeed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,…

New National Academies Report on Summertime Experiences in the United States

Cites Boston as an example; recommends action from government, philanthropy, and the business community. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine states summer is a chance for youth to continue developing, but for…

Summer Learning For All: Thinking Beyond Boundaries

Anniversaries are natural points of reflection, and in Boston the summer of 2019 was an opportunity to do just that. In the 10th year of our citywide summer learning model, we looked back on what it…

Reaching New Heights at Camp Harbor View

Khandace has participated in Camp Harbor View’s summer program for the past three years. She began as a camper and then joined the 9th grade pilot program this past school year to prepare her to be a…

New Report: Summer For All

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Boston summer learning, this new Boston Beyond report shares the top lessons learned from the past 10 years. Learning from the growing number of students and partners engaged each year,…

Boston Students Begin “5th Quarter” During National Summer Learning Week

City Recognized as National Leader in Innovative, Enriching Summer Learning  BOSTON – Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – Students from across Boston this week start the “5th Quarter of Learning,” using the city’s amazing natural and local resources as…

Hands-On Learning at Thompson Island

For the past nine summers, Boston middle schoolers have been learning on a 204-acre island classroom through Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center’s Connections program. From ropes courses to salt water marshes, students who visit the…

Sociedad Latina Encourages Youth Expression

Michael Berthaud, a rising sophomore and computer science major at Wentworth Institute of Technology, was not excited when he first learned he would be participating in Sociedad Latina’s summer program.  At age 12, he was looking…

Aiming High at Harlem Lacrosse

Quan is a rising 7th grader at the Mildred Avenue K – 8 School who started the Harlem Lacrosse program last summer. Since entering the program, Quan has grown as both a student and an athlete. “He…

Exploring Professional Options through Apprentice Learning

Nevaeh has an impressive resume, participating in experiences at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Vertex Pharmaceutical, Trinity Financial, and the State House. At 14 years old, she understands the realities of employment in a wide variety…

Celebrating 10 Years of Summer Learning at the Burke

Closing opportunity and achievement gaps for high schoolers may sound like a lofty goal, but for the five-week Summer Learning Academy at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, the unique combination of academic support, mentoring, enrichment,…

Boston Summer Learning Reaches Record High Student Participation in 10th Year

BOSTON – On Monday, May 20th Mayor Walsh, incoming Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, school officials, and community partners gathered at Zoo New England to launch the 2019 5th Quarter of Learning, Boston’s nation-leading summer learning model that will reach over 14,000…

SEL Builds Adult Confidence to Serve Youth

“It seemed like a wild idea,” says Shaunda Lewis, Program Director of Social and Emotional Learning, of beginning the SEL Circle– a series of workshops on social and emotional learning topics for all programs in the…

Social and Emotional Learning: Boston Putting in the Work

On Tuesday, January 22nd school leaders and educators from Boston Public Schools joined their youth program partners for the mid-year convening of the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI), an initiative fueled by the Wallace Foundation to help schools and…

BoSTEM Network Kicks Off Year 2 with United Way and Program Providers

Thank you all who attended this year’s BoSTEM Year 2 Kickoff Event on October 3rd. The morning was filled with inspiring speeches and panel discussions by leaders from BPS, the Mayor’s office, the United Way of…

Most Students Ever Participate in Boston’s 5th Quarter of Learning

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – More than 12,500 Boston students pushed back the summer slide this year, participating in 145 programs – an all-time high showcasing the city’s nation-leading 5th Quarter of Learning, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and…

Louisville Learns from Boston’s 5th Quarter Model

Carmen Coleman (Chief Academic Officer – JCPS) speaking with Freedom House students. On Monday, July 23rd four education administrators from the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville paid a special visit to Boston in hopes of gleaning…

Representatives Chynah Tyler and Liz Malia Visit 5th Quarter Sites

This month, two Boston State Representatives got the chance to join in on the summer learning fun! 7th Suffolk District State Representative Chynah Tyler visited Madison Park Technical High School with her staffer, Ryan Dominguez on Friday, August…

Boston Celebrates National Summer Learning Day!

Today, June 12th is National Summer Learning Day: a day to celebrate all of our amazing summer partners! Boston After School & Beyond is excited to announce that the 2018 Boston Summer Learning Community will reach…

Boston Public Schools: Critical Thinking

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the 2018 ACT Skills Summit. Critical Thinking involves applying, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion. Dr. Amalio Nieves, the Assistant…

Breakthrough Greater Boston, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, The Steppingstone Foundation: Growth Mindset

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the 2018 ACT Skills Summit. Growth Mindset involves believing that talent and intelligence can be developed and improved through continued learning, practice, and effort….

Second Annual ACT Skills Summit Explores Critical Thinking, Teamwork, and Growth Mindset

Hundreds of educators, policymakers, advocates, and funders gathered at Boston University on Monday, June 11 for Boston Beyond’s Second Annual ACT Skills Summit. This year’s Summit built upon last year’s, taking a closer look at one…

Dr. Fritz Ettl: Teamwork

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the 2018 ACT Skills Summit.   Teamwork involves working constructively and cooperatively with others in pursuit of a common cause or objective.   Dr….

Trinity Boston Foundation, Hale Reservation, & Freedom House: Critical Thinking

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the 2018 ACT Skills Summit.   The afternoon session on Critical Thinking focused on Reflection, and the role that it plays in developing…

Boston Hosts U.S. Conference of Mayors, Shares Summer Learning Successes

On June 9th, 2018, mayors from cities across the country including West Sacramento, Albuquerque, and Memphis visited the Franklin Park Zoo to learn about Boston’s 5th Quarter — an innovative model of summer learning, in which…

The PEAR Institute: Growth Mindset

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the 2018 ACT Skills Summit.   Growth Mindset involves believing that talent and intelligence can be developed and improved through continued learning, practice, and…

Crossroads, Harlem Lacrosse, & Thomas J. Kenny School: Teamwork

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the 2018 ACT Skills Summit.   Teamwork involves working constructively and cooperatively with others in pursuit of a common cause or objective. Lisa Bower…

MA State Senate Adopts Summer Learning Amendment

Thanks to the advocacy of our partners, the Senate this week adopted the Summer Learning Amendment (EDU 183) at $500,000. The full text can be viewed below. This amendment would help students across the Commonwealth boost academics and…

Skill Badging Initiative Looks Ahead in Its Second Year

As Boston Beyond looks towards the second year of its badging initiative, numerous prior and prospective partners came together at a badging lunch in April to learn how the program will evolve in the coming year….

Wellington Management Illuminates Team Building in PD for 5th Quarter Partners

A roomful of educators attentively participated in a professional development session on Effective Team Building led by Wellington Management at the NonProfit Center on Tuesday, April 10th. Rebecca Walker and Linda Platt, the duo from Wellington…

Boston Celebrates Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week 2018

Boston is proud to participate again in Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, a week-long celebration of the individuals that power high-quality out-of-school time experiences for youth nationwide. This year is the second year we have participated in this…

Leaders from 29 U.S. Cities Call for Continued Investment in Expanded Learning Systems

BOSTON – More than two-dozen leaders from American cities last week called on federal policymakers to reject the Trump Administration’s proposed draconian cuts to high-quality after-school and summer learning programs as they begin to craft the Fiscal Year (FY)…

Mayor Walsh and Superintendent Chang Announce Significant Expansion of BoSTEM Initiative

  Mayor Walsh and Supt. Chang address the press and a group of students at the Umana Academy On Thursday January 18th, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang joined leaders of…

Program Profile: Technology and Skill Building Come Alive at Dearborn STEM/Empow Studios Summer Learning Program

Several students scurry to the front of the classroom and quickly huddle in awe, as they watch a 3D printer begin to zig zag and build a student’s design of a keychain. Such enthusiasm is common…

Program Profile: Artward Bound Inspires College Preparation and Self-Expression

A typical day for the students of MassArt’s Artward Bound program consists of morning math and ELA classes, followed by an entire afternoon focused on art. This time is spent expanding the students’ skill sets, working towards finding their…

Certified Observer Network Expands to 45 Individuals Representing 23 Organizations

After a successful pilot of Boston After School & Beyond’s Certified Observer Network in the fall of 2016, 31 individuals completed their training in May 2017 to join the network. During the two-day training provided by the National…

Program Profile: Students Become Scientists through Haynes EEC-New England Aquarium Partnership

The buses pull alongside Carson Beach on a sun-splashed day, and when the doors open, 40 kindergarten and 1st graders dash to the shoreline. But this isn’t your typical day at the beach. These young scientists are…

Program Profile: Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention Employs Novel Strategy to Promote Mindfulness, Self-Regulation

The Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention serves 60 youth who have been referred by their classroom teachers and school social workers to the Summer Spot to receive additional academic, emotional and social support. The Summer Spot is AIP‘s summer…

Program Profile: Calculus Project Advances College and Career Readiness

On the Emmanuel College campus, situated in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, 130 students are busy manipulating fractions, expressing algebraic equations, and examining complementary angles. It’s a typical day at the Calculus Project site for these incoming 7th,…

Program Profile: Burke Summer Learning Academy Shapes Young Men into Leaders

For students at the Burke Summer Learning Academy this program is “a great thing that has happened.” This summer learning academy supports sixty young men entering grades 9 and 10. For five weeks this summer, youth…

Berklee City Music Boston: Understanding the Social-Emotional Needs of Youth

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit. Berklee City Music Boston serves about 70 youth from Boston through their summer programs, the Summer Employment Program and the Summer…

Program Profile: DotHouse Health Helps Students Find Their Creative Voice

Consider the following question: “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you do?” So begins a day at the DotHouse Health Center-Boston Public Schools (BPS) Summer Learning Academy site. There, 30 incoming 7th and incoming…

State Rep. Adrian Madaro visits Summer Learning Academies at Mario Umana Academy

Last week, State Representative Adrian Madaro (D-1st Suffolk) came to see two stellar Summer Learning Academies sites in action: America SCORES and YMCA of Greater Boston. A lifelong resident of East Boston with a strong commitment to youth development,…

Boston Globe Editorial: A Life-Changing Summer for Every Boston Kid

Boston Globe Editorial | July 5, 2017 For Dorchester parent Roberto Cardoso, the pressure to find a summer camp for Lianna, his 8-year-old daughter and only child, never goes away. He’s already worried about what she’ll…

The PEAR Institute: Neuroplasticity, the Brain, and Student Self-Concept and Growth

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit. Caitlin McCormack, Manager of Training and Curriculum at The PEAR Institute, shared with workshop attendees how neuroplasticity – the brain’s…

St. Stephen’s Youth Programs: Striving to Thrive – Feeling Safe, Feeling Big, Feeling Connected

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit.   St. Stephen’s Youth Programs serve approximately 850 students in grades K-12. Through St. Stephen’s programming,students access academic support, employment…

Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center: Being Your Best Self – Supporting Student Success

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit.   Thuan Nguyen and Tia Lites facilitated a workshop on strategies used by Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center on cultivating…

Scholar Athletes: ACT Skills Mapping for Program Development

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit. Boston Scholar Athletes is an athletics based program serving students in 19 high schools across Boston. Through Boston Scholar Athletes,…

Courageous Sailing: Connecting to Succeed

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit. Jen Bodde and Ashton Smith presented Courageous Sailing’s approach to fostering healthy communication, teamwork, and relationships. Courageous Sailing involves three…

The PEAR Institute: Using Art and Literature to Build Empathy

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit. Melina O’Grady, School Support Coach and Trainer at The PEAR Institute, shared with workshop attendees how empathy – the ability…

5th Quarter of Learning Launched for the Summer

On June 14 at the Harvard-Kent Elementary School, education leaders and policymakers announced the beginning of this year’s “5th quarter of learning,” a public-private partnership that provides engaging learning opportunities to students throughout Boston during the…

Program Profile: Community Boat Building and Haley School Students Launch Boats in JP and Fort Point

In celebration of the completion of the 2016-17 school year, students in Community Boat Building programs and its sister program at the Haley Pilot School launched rowboats and canoes crafted during their programs in Jamaica Pond…

HMS MEDScience: Think Like a Scientist!

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit. HMS MEDScience is a high school STEM program that operates as an embedded component of students’ anatomy, biology, and physiology…

The PEAR Institute: Metacognition Activities for Afterschool and Summer Programs

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit. Caitlin McCormack, Manager of Training and Curriculum at The PEAR Institute, shared with workshop attendees how metacognition – awareness of…

Phillips Brooks House Association: Training for Critical Thinking – Aligning Staff Development with Creative Curricula

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit. Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) serves 850 youth from grades K-12. Twenty percent of the youth served at the program…

New Skills Framework Unveiled for All Boston Educators at the ACT Skills Summit

Hundreds of educators, policymakers, advocates, and funders gathered at Boston University on Monday, June 5 around Boston After School & Beyond’s new Achieve, Connect, Thrive (ACT) Skills Framework. The ACT Skills Summit was an exciting day…

Joint Committee on Education Advances Summer Learning Bill

Joint Committee on Education Advances Summer Learning Bill The Joint Committee on Education reported favorably on a bold summer learning bill this week, advancing it to the House Ways and Means Committee. Sponsored by Committee Chairwoman Alice…

Sociedad Latina: Teaching Achieve Skills through Design Thinking

Sociedad Latina: Teaching Achieve Skills through Design Thinking This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit. Lydia Emmons, Program Director at Sociedad Latina, shared with workshop attendees at…

Co.Lab Teaches 25 Girls Coding, Photography, and Collaboration over April Break

This April vacation, RedHat Software, in partnership with Boston University, Boston After School & Beyond, and Sociedad Latina, transformed City Hall Plaza into a high-tech STEAM learning lab for 25 girls from the Timilty Middle School and the Mario…

Boston Celebrates Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week 2017

Boston is proud to participate in Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, a week-long celebration of the individuals that power high-quality out-of-school time experiences for youth nationwide. This year, in honor of Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, Boston After School &…

Boston Beyond Launches Certified Observer Network

In the fall 2016, Boston After School & Beyond (BASB) in collaboration with the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) launched the Certified Observer Network – an in depth training opportunity designed to enable program partners…

Headmaster and Students Testify At State House in Support of Summer Learning

On March 16, legislators and education leaders convened at the State House to discuss a proposal to expand summer learning opportunities to youth throughout the Commonwealth. Sponsored by Chairwoman Alice Peisch of the Joint Committee on Education, An…

State House News: Urban Summer School Bill Pitched to Help Close Achievement Gap

By Matt Murphy | MARCH 17, 2017 STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Summer school is often thought of as a punishment. But what if it didn’t have to be? As state education officials look for ways to shrink the achievement gap for…

The Myth of the Scientific Method

Written by the BPS Science Department: Pam Pelletier, Director of Science & Technology/Engineering, and Holly Rosa, Assistant Director of Science & Technology/Engineering School is in full swing and teachers and students are developing their rhythm of teaching and learning…

Three Strategies to Maximize Attendance in Summer Programs

On January 27, summer program leaders explored best practices to increase student attendance. Three programs with historically high attendance rates shared their proven strategies, and break-out groups discussed methods for improving attendance at different grade levels. Katie Tosh, Boston…

Chairwoman Peisch Refiles Summer Learning Bill

Building on strong momentum from last session, Chairwoman Alice Peisch, Joint Committee on Education, refiled bold legislation to vastly increase the number of students across the Commonwealth accessing high quality summer learning opportunities. Nineteen representatives have signed on as…

Program Profile: Lena Park CDC Provides Access to 21st Century Technology and STEAM Educational Experiences

Providing affordable housing, clinical and social services, STEAM focused youth programs, college and career prep programs, and technological skill building experiences, Lena Park CDC supports its residents’ physical, financial, and mental well-being while expanding their access to 21st century…

300 GE Employees Dive Into Boston’s Afterschool Programs and Nonprofits

Collaboration is the key to success. On January 18th, 300 General Electric employees saw this mantra come alive across Boston’s rich landscape of afterschool partners. The GE Foundation, its philanthropic arm, strives to transform communities and…

Program Profile: MGH Science Fair Mentoring Program Connects Students with Medical Science Professionals for One-On-One Learning

Connecting students from the James P. Timilty Middle School with mentors from Massachusetts General Hospital, The MGH Science Fair Mentor Program allows students to form strong, personal relationships with STEM mentors, helping them broaden their interest and awareness…

Program Profile: Community Boat Building Transforms Boston’s Waterfront into a Rich Learning Environment

Offering students boat construction and marine science experiences, Community Boat Building provides students with opportunities to apply mathematics to real world projects and build connections to Boston’s waterfront and maritime industry. Serving predominantly low income youth of color, a…

Press Release: Boston Public Schools Receives Wallace Foundation Grant to Help Students Develop Social and Emotional Skills

BPS will partner with Boston After School & Beyond for initiative Boston, MA – Thursday, December 15, 2016 – The Boston Public Schools will share a $400,000 grant with Boston After School & Beyond, a local…

Latino STEM Alliance Visits the BROAD Institute

On November 22nd, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard hosted twenty-eight students from the Latino STEM Alliance, offering them opportunities to learn about DNA and gene editing and meet real researchers working on cutting edge projects. During the…

Program Profile: Citizen Schools Connects Middle School Students with Local Professionals

Drawing professionals, community mentors, and college students into middle school classrooms to serve as mentors, Citizen Schools enables students to engage in hands-on learning experiences led by local experts. Through its apprenticeships program, Citizen Schools helps students learn…

[Video & New Report] Chris Smith Represents Boston Summer Learning Community at National Academies Workshop

In August 2016, Boston After School & Beyond’s Executive Director Chris Smith joined national experts and thought leaders for a public workshop in Washington, D.C. hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. During his opening remarks…

Program Profile: MathPOWER Supports Success in Math through Teaching Social-Emotional Skills and Math Practices

Teaching middle school students to understand and apply math practices, MathPOWER supports its students’ success in math by fostering perseverance and critical thinking and solidifying their understanding of core math concepts. “Our mission is to promote advanced mathematics…

Program Profile: Latino STEM Alliance Builds Awareness of STEM Careers Through Real World Engineering Challenges

Engaging students in real world engineering challenges, Latino STEM Alliance teaches the engineering design process while allowing students to explore STEM careers and authentic applications of STEM. Through this BoSTEM program, underrepresented students in STEM including girls and…

Mayor Walsh, Community Leaders Unveil New National Summer Learning Research

“Mayor Walsh, Community Leaders Unveil New National Summer Learning Research” City of Boston Press Release Excerpt 11/2: Mayor Martin J. Walsh today unveiled the results of a national survey which showed Boston’s summer learning effort outpacing its…

The Mott Foundation Celebrates Lights On Afterschool with Community Boat Building

On Thursday, October 20th, The Afterschool Alliance hosted its annual Lights On Afterschool event, a nationwide celebration of afterschool programs. As a part of this celebration, Gwynn Hughes of the Mott Foundation paid a visit to Boston After…

Program Profile: CitySprouts Teaches STEM and Food Justice Through Hands-On Kitchen and Garden Experiences

Integrating garden based learning experiences, cooking experiments, and investigations into food systems that track produce from the farm to the grocery store, CitySprouts teaches students important STEM skills and content while exposing them to new fruits and vegetables…

[VIDEO] Boston Celebrates Lights On Afterschool 2016 Lights on Afterschool is the only nationwide event recognizing afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. Boston After School & Beyond is…

Boston Awards Nearly 2,600 Badges in 2016

Digital badging is gaining traction across Greater Boston. Since the initiative’s inception in 2015, interest in using badges to recognize skill development outside of the classroom has risen dramatically. This year, the initiative expanded to 11 programs serving…

36 Boston Middle Schools Implement Hands-On Learning During Boston STEM Week

Last week, 36 middle schools across Boston took part in Boston STEM Week, suspending normal curriculum and transforming into hands-on learning labs offering 20-25 hours of project-based learning. Hosted by i2 Learning, this immersive STEM experience allowed students…

Program Profile: Sociedad Latina Offers Youth Led STEAM Experiences that Build Creativity and Cultural Pride

Integrating academic support and hands-on art and design learning experiences, the Sociedad Latina STEAM Team provides Latino middle school students with opportunities to develop math and science skills while engaging in self-expression and celebrating their shared cultural heritage….

Washington Post: New Evidence that Summer Programs Can Make a Difference for Poor Children

By Emma Brown | September 7 at 7:00 AM During their long, languid summers, lots of children forget the lessons they learned in school. But the hot empty months pose an especially big academic hurdle for poor…

Program Profile: America SCORES Blends Hands on Science, Soccer and Poetry to Create Whole Student Athletes

Integrating athletics, creative writing, arts, community service and STEM experiences, America SCORES provides students with opportunities to express themselves, collaborate with others, and engage in a healthy active lifestyle. Through this BoSTEM program, students work to build confidence and leadership…

Program Profile: DotHouse Generation Next Academy Teen Center Promotes Holistic Health through Supportive Relationships and Hands on Learning

Offering a variety of enriching experiences in a safe and supportive environment, the DotHouse Generation Next Academy Teen Center addresses a broad vision of youth health through its summer and school year programs for young adults. The Teen…

Youth Today: Longer Summer Programs, Consistent Participation Needed for Learning Gap, New Report Advises

By Allen Fennewald, with Sarah Barr | September 8, 2016 Students who regularly attended summer learning programs experienced lasting increases in mathematics and language arts abilities, as well as an increase in social and emotional competency, according…

City Press Release: Boston Summer Programs Boost Math, Reading, Social-Emotional Skills

RAND, Wallace Study Affirms Goal Set by Mayor Walsh, Superintendent Chang BOSTON – Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – Elementary students with high levels of attendance in Boston’s voluntary summer learning programs earned a clear advantage in…

Data Findings Point to Highly Effective School Year Partnerships in 2015-16

On August 30, Boston Beyond’s school year partners gathered for the semi-annual AQP and BoSTEM Summit to explore cohort-wide program quality trends for the 2015-16 school year, debrief about last year‘s data collection process, hear an update from Boston Public Schools, and…

Program Profile: Escalera Prepares Students for Success in College and Careers

Fostering student growth and achievement with a unique curriculum of college readiness classes, Escalera: Steps for Success provides rising high school juniors and seniors with the skills they need to pursue higher education. Partnering with the Boston…

Program Profile: Thompson Island Students Learn through Exploration of Native Ecosystems

Engaging students with hands-on learning and adventures in nature, Thompson Island Outward Bound transports students from the city to the great outdoors, expanding on the traditional classroom experience to build students’ character and comfort with nature. Youth at…

Program Profile: Students Explore the Great Outdoors and Hands-On Learning at Camp Ponkapoag

Pulling students from the urban environment of Boston, YMCA Camp Ponkapoag acquaints rising fourth and fifth graders with the great outdoors while helping them develop skills that they can apply both in school and in life….

Youth Leadership Series: High School Programs Provide Opportunities to Transform Youth into Leaders

At the Summer Learning Summit on March 22, 2016, site directors from the Boston Summer Learning Community learned about the Youth Leadership Policy and Practice Brief and committed to expanding the opportunities they offer for youth leadership within…

Commissioner Chester and Vice Chair Morton See Outdoor Learning Come to Life at YMCA Camp Ponkapoag

Nestled in the Blue Hills, YMCA’s summer program at Camp Ponkapoag provides students a unique learning experience that blends rigorous academic instruction with exciting enrichment opportunities. This week Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education;…

Youth Leadership Series: Boston Summer Learning Community Middle School Programs Focus on Youth Leadership

At the Summer Learning Summit on March 22, 2016, site directors from the Boston Summer Learning Community committed to expanding the opportunities they offer for youth leadership within their respective programs. Two programs that work with…

Program Profile: Horizons Combines Innovation and Consistency to Build Confidence

This summer, students at Horizons get to experience summer learning in a hands-on way. Located at Dedham Country Day School, this Boston Summer Learning Community partner provides 132 students in Pre-K through seventh grade with safe,…

Commissioner Chester Joins IBA Students at Blackstone School for Community-Based Learning

This week, students at Summer Learning Project site Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) hosted some special visitors. Commissioner Mitchell Chester, joined by Cliff Chuang and Rachelle Engler Bennett from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, stopped by…

Program Profile: Students Build Portfolios, Teamwork, and Real-World Skills at North Bennet Street School and Madison Park Carpentry and Locksmithing Program

Combining school year knowledge with teamwork and community improvement, students at the North Bennet Street School and Madison Park Carpentry and Locksmithing Program utilize hands-on learning to build much more than just construction projects. The program, a new…

Program Profile: Year-to-Year Connections Foster Culture of Community at Boys and Girls Club Sumner

With a few exciting field trips and two weeks of quality curriculum and enrichment to boast, Boys and Girls Club Sumner is off to its best start yet, says Site Director Nina Vansuch. Incorporating the arts, leadership opportunities, and…

Chairwoman Peisch Observes Work-Place Learning at Boston PIC/Sociedad Latina’s Escalera Program

Building on recent visits to elementary-school and middle-school Summer Learning Project programs, policymakers concluded this series at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Representative Alice Peisch, Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, and DESE staff Cliff Chuang, Keith Westrich, and Nyal Fuentes were…

Program Profile: Learning Expands Beyond the Classroom as IBA Students Explore their Community

Students at Summer Learning Project site Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) have had a great first two weeks of summer learning full of field trips, learning, and the arts. With the essential question, “What is community?” in mind,…

Youth Leadership Series: Courageous Sailing Builds Leaders at Sea, on Land, and in the Classroom

t the Summer Learning Summit on March 22, 2016, site directors from the Boston Summer Learning Community learned about the Youth Leadership Policy and Practice Brief and committed to expanding the opportunities they offer for youth leadership within…

CommonWealth Magazine: Make Summer Learning a Public Priority

Throughout Massachusetts right now, there is a tale of two summers playing out. Parents with financial means are organizing camps, vacations, and lessons for their children. These experiences will stimulate curiosity, build background knowledge, contribute to…

CBS Boston: Eye on Education: Teachers Offer Tips to Promote Learning, Avoid ‘Summer Slide’

It’s almost time for summer vacation! Students and families will get a break from the school year to enjoy the good weather. But while kids enjoy freedom, teachers hope parents can help students hold on to…

Education Week: How One City is Working to Make Learning Count Outside of School

What can be done to help students receive academic credit for learning that takes place primarily outside of the classroom? That was the question researchers at the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy sought to…

Report Release and Panel Discussion on Scaling Expanded Learning Opportunities for Teens

On Tuesday May 24th, Boston After School & Beyond partnered with the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy to release a report, entitled Beyond School Walls: Earning Credit for Expanded Learning Opportunities. Expert panelists were on hand to discuss…

Chairwoman Peisch and Education Leaders Urge Support for H.4033

Chairwoman Peisch and Education Leaders Urge Support for H.4033 On May 10th, Representative Alice Peisch, Chair of the Joint Committee on Education hosted a legislative briefing on H.4033 – An Act to increase access to high quality summer learning opportunities to discuss the importance of…

Mayor and Superintendent Announce City Programs “Shatter” Summer Learning Goal

BOSTON – Thursday, May 5, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang and community leaders to announce that 11,976 Boston students are expected to participate in data-driven summer learning…

At Boston Summer Learning Summit, Partners Commit to Strengthen Youth Voice

Over 100 participants gathered at District Hall to participate in the Boston Summer Learning Summit on March 22, 2016.  Together, they represent the largest cohort of summer partners to date, with the 2016 Boston Summer Learning Community projected to…

New Report: Strategies for Incorporating Youth Leadership into Program Design

A wide body of research points to the importance of authentic youth participation and leadership. Identifying opportunities to cultivate these areas is critical to promote the well-being of youth individually and to prepare youth to contribute more…

STATE HOUSE NEWS: Panel Advances Bill to Address “Summer Learning Loss”

By Katie Lannan STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MARCH 16, 2016 – The Joint Committee on Education on Tuesday endorsed a summer learning bill that supporters describe as a key toward closing achievement gaps among Massachusetts students. The…

[Op-Ed by Paul Reville] Third Semester: A Point of Privilege

In a recent Op-Ed for Real Clear Education, BASB board member and former Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville argues that communities need to ensure that all students have access to high-quality, summer learning opportunities. Given the ample body…

New Legislation Will Help 20,000 Massachusetts Students Through Rigorous Summer Learning Model

Education, Municipal Leaders to Back Peisch Bill at March 7 Hearing March 4, 2016 | Contact: Danielle Kim, dkim@basb-staging.grrush1n-liquidwebsites.com, 617-345-5322 x280 BOSTON – Education and municipal leaders from around the state are backing bold new legislation to vastly increase…

BASB Anticipates 12 New Orgs and 13 Expanded Orgs for Summer 2016

Last July, Mayor Walsh and Superintendent Chang praised the expansion of summer learning in Boston and set a citywide goal to serve 10,000 students in 100 programs by 2017. Building on this momentum, the Boston Summer Learning Community is on pace to…

Boston Hosts Seven Cities for National STEM Summit

From February 10-11, Boston After School & Beyond hosted seven cities and esteemed guests for the Frontiers in Urban Science Exploration (FUSE 3.0) Winter Institute, convened by Every Hour Counts. Forty-five leaders in youth development, education, and informal…

Boston Summer Learning Project Highlighted as Model for Social-Emotional Learning

The Boston Summer Learning Project, an effort led by Boston After School & Beyond and Boston Public Schools to prepare students for college and career success, is featured in a report released by the Rennie Center for…

School Year Partners Exceed Expectations in Fall Semester

Boston After School & Beyond’s burgeoning school year community had a successful fall semester, analysis finds. School year partners met or exceeded performance expectations in all measured indicators of program quality. Thirteen of these partners from…

BoSTEM: New Partnership to Close STEM Achievement Gap

45% of the job postings in the Boston area require STEM skills, regardless of the company posting them.  Yet 69% of Massachusetts employers report difficulty in finding employees with the right skills. It is our responsibility, our…

Launch of the Summer Insight Center

Over the past six years of implementing the Boston Summer Learning Community, Boston After School & Beyond, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools, has gathered a wealth of information about planning and delivering high-quality summer…

Summer 2015 Data Shows Steady Gains in Skills, Program Performance

Students participating in a coalition of Boston’s summer programs this year recorded steady upward progress in improving critical skills essential for college and career success, even as the numbers of students participating and the number of unique…

Over 1400 Badges Awarded in Boston’s First Badging Pilot

This summer, Boston After School & Beyond piloted its digital badge system in partnership with six STEAM-focused Summer Learning Community programs: Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s Blue Hill Club, DotHouse Health, Hale Reservation, MathPOWER, Sociedad Latina, and Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center. These six…

[VIDEO] BNN News Interview: Summer Strengthens Skills

Chris Smith, Executive Director of BASB, and Charlie Cremens, Director of BPS Partnerships at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, joined Chris Lovett on BNN News this week to discuss how summer learning exposes youth to the knowledge, skills, and experiences…

BoSTEM Selected to Be Part of the National STEM Ecosystems Initiative

BoSTEM, a dynamic multi-sector partnership led by Boston After School & Beyond, Citizen Schools, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, has been selected as one of 27 inaugural communities to participate in the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative. The selected…

Barr Foundation Guest Blog: What Does It Take to Bring Good Ideas to Scale?

BASB’s Executive Director Chris Smith penned a recent post for the Barr Foundation’s blog, detailing how the Summer Learning Project helped 6,500 Boston children return to school ready and motivated to learn. In particular, Smith points to three ingredients that…

BASB to Participate in Three-City Pilot on Using Data to Drive Improvement

Boston After School & Beyond is proud to announce its selection as one of three cities to implement the Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework as part of a two-year pilot, funded by the Wallace Foundation, with the RAND Corporation serving as…

Researchers Encourage Innovation and Expansion of Non-Cognitive Skill Measurement

In her recent essay “Measurement Matters” lead innovator in the field of grit and perseverance, Angela Duckworth, delivers some daunting words to policy makers and fellow researchers alike. Written in conjunction with David Scott Yeager, this…

[TV Interview] NECN Features Courageous Sailing and Boston Summer Learning Community

Sailing is not only a perfect way to spend a summer day, but for some kids, it’s a chance to learn about science, the environment and even themselves. Nearly 60 youngsters from schools in Boston are…

Mayor and Superintendent Set Goal for Summer Learning

This week Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang to announce that over 5,600 Boston school children will participate in 79 summer learning programs in diverse, non-traditional settings around the city as part…

Mayor and Superintendent Praise Expansion of Summer Learning, Call for 10,000 Youth in 100 Programs by 2017

With more than 6,500 Boston students signed up to participate in 79 summer learning programs this year, city officials announced Monday that they want to boost those numbers to 10,000 students and 100 programs over the next two…

Partnership Council Calls for Stronger Focus on Social-Emotional Skills for High School Re-Design

Boston After School & Beyond, in partnership with the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Opportunity Agenda, held a public gathering this week to discuss innovative strategies for connecting the classroom to the community. Over 140 individuals representing…

Looking Ahead to 2015

Greetings, At this joyous time of the year, we are thankful for our partners who work tirelessly to advance student learning and to increase opportunities for students to learn and thrive. Together, we have made great…

Site Manager Summer Institute: Power Skills for Student Success

Summer learning is now poised to happen across Greater Boston. It’s happening in schools, including through the district summer school partnership between Boston Public Schools and BELL. It’s happening on natural reservations, like Hale Reservation in Westwood…

BASB Board Elects Boston’s Chief of Education and Superintendent

At its annual meeting today, Boston After School & Beyond’s Board of Directors elected two new members: Rahn Dorsey and Dr. Tommy Chang. Mr. Dorsey, in his capacity as the Mayor’s Chief of Education, will serve as an ex-officio member of the Board….

Collaboration and Measurement: Creating More and Better Out-of-School Programming for Youth

More and more, it is being recognized that students require skills beyond math and reading in order to succeed in college and careers. Twenty-first century skills, or “power skills,” encompass items such as critical thinking, self-regulation,…

[RADIO] Interview with Chris Smith on Summer Learning

“What happens after school and during the summer months — that time that is not programmed for kids — really matters. And they present great opportunities to help students gain the life skills and life experiences that will help…

Boston Teens – Apply for Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program

The deadline to apply for the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program is Friday, March 27th. Apply today with SuccessLink! To apply, applicants must meet the following requirements: Must turn 15 years old, on or before, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Cannot turn 19…

[WEBINAR] Join the 2015 Boston Summer Learning Community

Boston After School & Beyond is recruiting new summer programs to join the Aligned cohort. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Aligned site, please register for one of the upcoming informational webinars. Please note participation…

[VIDEO] BNN News Highlights Links Between Summer Learning and Student Success

Chris Smith, Executive Director of BASB, and Tisha Nguyen, Vice President of Expanded Learning for Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, joined Chris Lovett on BNN News this week to discuss the impact of recent national findings on summer learning from…

Success in School Linked to Summer Learning

The achievement gap between low-income and their higher-income peers is explained largely by unequal access to learning opportunities beyond the school day. Summer is an especially precious resource and a great time to help students get…

Summer Learning Project 2014 Video (featuring Sociedad Latina)

In Boston, summer offers a vital opportunity for young people to build the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to succeed. Boston After School & Beyond, Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Opportunity Agenda are delighted…

College Readiness Update

Greetings, As the city mourns the loss of former Mayor Tom Menino, it is worth reflecting on his many vital contributions to the education sector and the lives of Boston youth and families. Mayor Menino was…

VIDEO: Getting to “All Means All”

BASB board member and former Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville discusses eight broad ideas to build the education system that the 21st century demands. Most notably, Reville argues that we have to increase access to…

RFP: Boston Coaching For Completion Initiative

Dear colleagues, We are delighted to share with you an exciting new grant opportunity from one of our partners. Yesterday, the Boston Foundation released a Request for Proposals for the Boston Coaching for Completion (BosC4C) initiative;…

Lessons from AQP Learning Community Workshop: Family Engagement

It is well documented that there is a positive relationship between family engagement and improved academic outcomes for students.  This wide body of research has given way countless initiatives aimed at encouraging and empowering parents to serve as…

Guest Blog: New Measurement Framework Offers a Blueprint for Expanded Learning Systems to Improve and Measure their Progress

Data can be a powerful tool, but only if you know how to use it. For too long, the expanded learning field has struggled with the complex and elusive process of developing and adopting a common…

Guest Blog: Summer Learning: No Vacation From Opportunity Gap

Students pay dearly for a long summer break from school: On average, they return in the fall a month behind where they were at the close of the prior academic year, and kids from low-income households…

Summer Learning – Attendance Best Practices

With summer programs about to begin, it is important to ensure that students attend regularly.  Attendance is crucial for student success.  In fact, consistent attendance in summer programs helps reduce summer slide and can even contribute…

Bringing STEM to Life through Partnerships and the Next Generation Science Standards

Together with an outstanding team of educators from Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, we had the pleasure of participating in a recent workshop hosted by The After-School Corporation and Every Hour Counts, facilitated by Cary Sneider, lead writer of…

Boston After School & Beyond invites you to join in our efforts to make summer learning a priority in Boston. As a first step, we ask you to complete a survey through this link, Summer Survey. Your responses will help us build the most complete picture to date of the summer learning landscape in Boston, and will ensure the work you do in the summer is recognized as a part of a city-wide network of learning opportunities. We will share the results of the survey at the end of March and will follow up with programs who indicate in the survey their interest to participate in additional summer learning work. If you have any questions, please contact Maura Boyce, mboyce@basb-staging.grrush1n-liquidwebsites.com

These positions are now available at BELL: • Site Leader for Mather Elementary School in Dorchester — full-time or part-time through April.  It’s an excellent opportunity for a grad student, an early career teacher and/or a teacher…

BASB Board welcomes two new members

At its annual meeting last week, the Boston After School & Beyond Board of Directors elected Jill Medvedow and Paul Reville.  They join the Board as the organization seeks to create new learning opportunities for Boston’s young…

How to Create a New K-12 Engine: Paul Reville in Education Week

Boston Learns Together signatory Paul Reville discusses the importance of expanding out-of-school learning opportunities in education reform: “…the new education system would have to greatly increase access to out-of-school learning opportunities—like summer school, camp, tutoring, lessons, sports, and…

Summer Institute: Reducing Your No-Show Rate & Maximizing Attendance

In order to realize the benefits of summer programs, students must attend regularly. Programs in Boston are taking a rigorous approach to ensuring that students who sign up actually show up and to maximizing attendance throughout…

When does afterschool work?

The excerpt below is from Boston After School & Beyond Executive Director Chris Smith’s remarks at MAP Advocacy Day, April 16, 2014. When does afterschool work? When you give a vulnerable child a safe place to…

Building Skills for College Success

Increasingly, research suggests that a set of skills, beyond academic achievement, are necessary for success in college.  Boston’s college success and youth development communities are taking on this challenge together. On April 1, more than 50…

NY Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award

The Boston Summer Learning Project was awarded the NY Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award from the National Summer Learning Association. Click here to learn more about the award!

Engaging Families in Summer Programming

Engaging parents and families is an essential part of running a successful summer program.  This week, as part of a series of monthly workshops, 25 summer program providers came together to learn best practices in family…

Summer Institute: Brown Bag Lunch and Upcoming Events

On Friday five programs (Horizons at Dedham Country Day, The Steppingstone Foundation, IBA, Sportmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center, Boston PIC) and Boston Public Schools joined Boston Beyond over lunch to share challenges and successful strategies in…

Summer Learning Project 2013 Video (Featuring MathPOWER)

Achieving, Connecting, and Thriving through Summer Learning Boston After School & Beyond, Boston Public Schools and the Boston Opportunity Agenda are excited to highlight the innovative skill building efforts of the Boston Summer Learning Project. Follow students Maya,…

Guest Blog: New Videos Show How Afterschool Fills Hours of Opportunity

Kids today spend 80 percent of their waking hours outside of school. In our field, we think of that time as “hours of opportunity”—hours in which kids can potentially be engaged in enrichment, team-building activities, meaningful…

Get ready for summer in a few quick steps!

Getting tired of all this snow?! Well, so are we. But even as the snow falls we are thinking about summer!! And we know many of you are already planning for summer as well! There are…

Guest Blog: New Videos Show How Afterschool Fills Hours of Opportunity

Kids today spend 80 percent of their waking hours outside of school. In our field, we think of that time as “hours of opportunity”—hours in which kids can potentially be engaged in enrichment, team-building activities, meaningful…

Groundhog Job Shadow Day at the Boston PIC

Groundhog Job Shadow Day is a half-day event designed to expose high school students to the world of work. Students “shadow” professionals during a normal work day to gain a first-hand look at the skills, knowledge, and…

Afterschool Videos: Bring the Experts Home!

National experts can help you make the case for your community’s investment in afterschool and afterschool systems.  In two new six-minute videos from The Wallace Foundation, field leaders discuss the need for afterschool, the potential benefits, and…

Request For Proposals: Expanded Learning Credit Bearing Opportunties

Boston After School & Beyond (BASB), in partnership with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and with support of the Barr Foundation, seeks to learn more about how teenagers earn credit outside of school.   This request for…

Advancing Quality Partnerships Winter Institute

A huge thank you is in order to the 60 BPS educators, principals, school administrators, and their community partners who spent a snowy Friday with us last week at the Advancing Quality Partnerships (AQP) Winter Institute….

Do you run a summer learning program in Boston? Please complete this brief survey!

Boston After School & Beyond invites you to join in our efforts to make summer learning a priority in Boston. As a first step, we ask you to complete a survey through this link, Summer Survey. Your…

Guest Blog Post: How to Communicate the Value of Expanded-Learning Systems and Intermediaries

This guest post by the Executive Director of Every Hour Counts, Jessica Donner, was originally published on the Every Hour Counts blog. Have you ever sat down with your schools superintendent or local funder, or even that…

21st Century Education: Boston Learns Together

What should a 21st Century learning system look like? This question prompted the creation of Boston Learns Together, a call to action for creating new opportunities for learning beyond school. To date, 65 leaders have embraced this…

2013-14 Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program Class Announced

2013-14 Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program Class Announced The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy is excited to kick off this year as lead sponsor with Northeastern University of the Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). This program…

Boston Summer Learning Project wins the NY Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award!

The Boston Summer Learning Project was awarded the NY Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award from the National Summer Learning Association. This award is a great tribute to the hard work of the teachers and staff…

New Wallace Report “Getting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success”

This report offers guidance to school district leaders interested in launching or improving summer learning programs. The recommendations – start planning in January and stick to a firm enrollment deadline, among others – are based on…

Summer learning covered in national press

As summer learning initiatives are gaining momentum across the country, Boston’s unique approach to summer learning is mentioned in articles from the New York Times and USA Today. The New York Times: At Retooled Summer Schools,…

Keeping the Momentum Going in Washington, by Jessica Donner [Guest Post]

The Collaborative for Building After School Systems (CBASS) is not letting the stalled reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) keep us from pressing our policy priorities in DC. Two weeks ago, we met…

Community Music Center of Boston Summer Programs – Financial aid available for qualifying families

This summer, the Community Music Center of Boston is providing two programs that offer financial aid for qualifying families.  Read more about SummerARTS and SummerMUSIC below, then check out CMCB’s Registration Information.   SummerARTS   SummerARTS, at Community Music Center of Boston, is a…

Science Inquiry for OST Professionals: New PD Opportunity from Wheelock’s Aspire Institute

Wheelock College Aspire Institute has just launched a new online module: Science Inquiry for Out of School Time Professionals. These modules will provide similar content knowledge and instructional strategies geared toward the Out of School Time field. Working in…

Register for Afterschool and Expanded Learning Opportunities Advocacy Day on April 23!

Have you registered yet for Afterschool Works! Advocacy Day?  Please join us on Tuesday April 23rd in the Great Hall of Flags State House – 9:30am.  Last year at Afterschool Works! you were asked you to speak up and be a voice for children,…

Creating Learning Systems to Serve Youth: What Are the Game-Changers? [Guest Post]

by Nina Agrawal Policy & Communications Coordinator, CBASS “We are bound together In our desire to see the world become A place in which our children Can grow free and strong.”That’s the message students in the…

Fun Activities for February Break!

February Vacation is 2/18 – 2/22!  Not sure how to spend the break?  Don’t let boredom get the best of you!  Boston has plenty of opportunities to ensure students and families can get out of the…

Students shadow green jobs at the MA Clean Energy Center

On Friday, February 1, the Boston Private Industry Council held its Annual Job Shadow Day at companies throughout Boston.  Three Boston Public Schools students spent their day shadowing green careers at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.  Take a glimpse into the…

Why Skills Matter: A Practical Approach for Teen-Serving Organizations to Focus on Building Skills for Success

This paper, written by Deputy Director Louise Harland, describes our approach to developing and measuring skills, and features a recent project with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative to help teens be more intentional about developing skills. This…

PBS: How Jobs Can Help Kids Stay in School [VIDEO] – Featuring BASB Board Vice Chair Wanda McClain

“According to the PIC, Boston’s push to hire students has helped increase high school graduation rates in the city by 11% over the past five years.”   Wanda McClain, Executive Director of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital…

Ten Ways to Build School-Community Partnerships – Video from TASC and CBASS

The After-School Corporation produced this video, which features our Collaborative for Building After School Systems partners explaining Ten Ways to Build School-Community Partnerships.  Look out for our Executive Director, Chris Smith, discussing Tip #3: A Shared Vision. Read more about Boston Beyond’s partnership…

Boston Opportunity Agenda Releases Second Annual Report Card

The Boston Opportunity Agenda, which supports the Boston Summer Learning Project, among many other initiatives in the City, released its Second Annual Report Card at an event at The Boston Foundation on Wednesday, November 7. Download…

Achieving, Connecting, Thriving: Afterschool and Summer Learning in Collaboration With Schools

Superintendent Carol Johnson and Chris Smith of Boston After School & Beyond co-authored “Achieving, Connecting, Thriving: Afterschool and Summer Learning in Collaboration with Schools.”  This paper will be part of a forthcoming compendium, supported by the…

Survey: Students’ Interest in STEM Programs

As you begin programming this academic year, Boston After School & Beyond would like to invite you to participate in an assessment to measure your youth participants’ interest in science. A September 2010 report by the President’s…

Partnership Council Series #4: Cross-sector Collaboration through the Clean Energy Internship Program

“Figure out who you are and choose a course of study that feeds you, and you won’t have to set an alarm for work in the morning.” Paul Lyons, owner of Zapotec Energy, gave this advice to…

Boston Summer Learning Project 2012 [VIDEO]

The video follows the summer experiences of Adrien, a student who took part in a summer learning project created through a partnership between his high school, the Jeremiah E Burke High School, the Boston Private Industry…

Registration is open for the BYEN Environmental Youth Employment Retreat!

Registration is open for the BYEN Environmental Youth Employment Retreat! Program providers from throughout the state will come together to debrief the summer, problem solve, access training for impact on program design, strategize and more. BYEN Environmental Youth…

Announcing the Arts Partnership Database!

Does your organization offer arts programs that take place in schools?  Are you looking for ways to spread the word about your in school arts offerings?  Join the new Arts Partnership Database, a public online database containing…

October is College Month! Tips & Calendars from Success Boston

Success Boston’s College Month brings you tips and tricks to get ready, get in, & get through college. Check out the resources below, including a Calendar of Events, Tips for Students, and Tips for Teachers.   Charting Your…

Partnership Council Series #3: Access: Connecting Youth with Summer Learning Opportunities

Ensuring Boston youth have enriching summer opportunities that foster their love of learning and help stem summer learning loss has long been a focus at Boston After School & Beyond. The Summer Learning Project, a key strategy…

National Summer Learning Association Conference – October 22-24

At the National Summer Learning Association’s Summer Changes Everything™ national conference you’ll: Learn hands-on science and math activities Get ready for Common Core State Standards Find out how to recruit staff and improve your summer learning…

We Made it Past a Million!

This post originally appeared on Healthy Boston Blog, provided by the Boston Public Health Commission, on September 11, 2012.   Boston Moves for Health has surpassed one million miles moved, thanks in no small part to the youth organizations that…

USS Constitution & Courageous Sailing Summer Learning Project Featured on ABC News!

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Summer Learning Project: Hale Reservation

During the school year, classroom walls are filled with displays of students’ work. However, in the summer at Hale Reservation, the forest trees are the medium for displaying students’ work. The 75 students of the Hale…

A Letter from Superintendent Carol Johnson to the Summer Learning Project staff

Dear Summer Learning staff, Thank you for giving so many of our students wonderful summer learning experiences that exposed them to new ideas, people, and places, and supported them in discovering their strengths. Much has been…

Partnership Council Series #2: Measuring Outcomes through Shared Data

From 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., youth across Boston are challenging their minds in the classroom. But when the bell rings at 2:30 p.m., many youth stay at school or go to local community centers to…

Summer Learning Project: Sociedad Latina – Tobin K-8 School

Opening a dance studio, designing video games, selling cakes to music groups – these are just a few of the career aspirations of the middle school students at Sociedad Latina’s Summer Learning Program.  These business ventures…

Summer Learning Project: PIC – Freedom House – Burke High School

A chorus of excitement and enthusiasm punctuated the lecture hall of Roxbury Community College’s academic building on August 13, as the Burke High School – Boston PIC – Freedom House Summer Learning partnership was on full…

Chillin’ with the FastCAP Interns

Through a generous grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Boston Youth Environmental Network and the Boston Private Industry Council placed high school students in internships with clean energy companies this summer. Stay tuned for…

Looking for one last way to get moving this summer? Try yoga with Boston Moves for Health Partner “Health Yoga Life”

For more information about Health Yoga Life’s Mindful Monkeys summer camp for kids, visit their website!  Discounted rates available for those who qualify.   Event: Mindful Monkeys: Kids Yoga Summer Camp Start: August 20, 2012 8:45 am…

Summer Learning Project: YMCA of Greater Boston, Camp Ponkapoag

Lively chatter characterizes nature hikes taken by students and teachers/staff in the YMCA-BPS Summer Learning partnership: “There’s a group of chipmunks – what kind of habitat do they live in?”  Or later, as students stop to…

2012 Back to School Celebration at TD Garden!

Summer Learning Project: IBA, Blackstone Elementary, & Hurley K-8

Essential Question: What is community? The 4th and 5th grade students at IBA’s Summer Learning site have tackled the question “What is community?” by exploring their very own neighborhood in Boston’s beautiful and culturally-rich South End….

Tenacity Summer Learning Site Featured in the Dorchester Reporter

The Summer Learning Project continues to grab headlines in local media, with the latest installment detailing Tenacity’s partnership with the Dever Elementary School in the Dorchester Reporter. Tenacity’s Dever site is serving 24 students, while it’s McKay…

Summer Learning Project: Harbor Middle School & Dorchester House

Essential Question: “Who Am I?” Energy, enthusiasm, and enterprise fill the Dotwell teen center every afternoon as students gather markers, art materials, and new sneakers to answer their Summer Learning site’s essential question: “Who am I?”…

Boston Youth Are Moving for Health!

In partnership with the Mayor’s Boston Moves for Health Initiative, Boston After School & Beyond is working with summer youth programs to keep track of the physical activities youth are engaging in throughout the city.  As…

Summer Changes Everything: NSLA Announces a Pre-Conference Training

As soon as summer is over, it’s time to start thinking, assessing, and planning—while summer’s lessons are still fresh in your mind. The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) has added a pre-conference training, Cycle of Summer Program Improvement:…

Partnership Council Series #1: Catalyzing collective action among Boston’s youth-focused organizations

Boston’s Partnership Council brings together a broad and varied network of organizations working to help the city’s young people succeed. Appointed by Mayor Menino in 2010, Partnership Council meetings create a venue where educators and youth development practitioners, neighborhood representatives,…

Courageous Sailing’s Summer Learning Project Begins! [PHOTOS]

Courageous Sailing‘s Summer Learning program is off to a beautiful start!  Check out these photos to see what the students have been up to during their first week.  Many thanks to Kate from Courageous Sailing for…

Apply for the BYEN Youth Environmental Leadership Team

BYEN Youth Environmental Leadership Team For 2012-2013 School Year Starting at a special overnight training! Aug 21-23, 2012 OVERVIEW The BYEN Youth Environmental Leadership Team is a group of youth leaders, between the ages of 16…

Program keeps Boston students learning all summer [Wesley Lowery, The Boston Globe]

This article was published in The Boston Globe on July 9, 2012. Booming after-school program aims to stem vacation ‘brain drain’ By Wesley Lowery |  Globe Correspondent July 09, 2012   Fedner Dorrelus (far right) led a hip-hop class…

Boston Data Work Highlighted in New Wallace Foundation Tip Sheets

Summer has brought many exciting changes to linking schools and out of school time programs in Boston through data! The work in Boston was recently highlighted by a Wallace Foundation report.  This set of easy-to-read tip sheets answers…

Trip to China Documentary by Kevin Bernardez, Madison Park High School

In December of 2011, eight student-athletes from the Boston Public Schools were selected to participate in a basketball tournament in Beijing, China.  The trip, chaperoned by our Director of Teen Initiatives, Phil Jackson, was part of…

What does an OST Intermediary do? (Guest Post by Jessica Donner, CBASS)

Guest post by Jessica Donner, Director of the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems Across the country, intermediary organizations are playing pivotal roles in expanding the availability of high-quality expanded learning opportunities to help kids succeed. A new report…

Happy National Summer Learning Day!

National Summer Learning Day 2012 June 21 is National Summer Learning Day! The National Summer Learning Association’s new infographic below captures the importance of summer learning, especially for low-income students. To learn more about the facts behind Summer Learning…

BYEN’s Everyday Explorers volunteer for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Join our Everyday Explorers in making a difference on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! On January 20th, BYEN’s Everyday Explorer AmeriCorps members will be participating in an organized service project with Boston Cares for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day….

Track Boston Moves for Health Progress with BostoNavigator!

In April, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced his Boston Moves for Health Campaign. In the Mayor’s words, this is “an ambitious campaign to improve the health and fitness of our city.” Boston residents can create accounts on…

Boston Beyond Board Elects New Chair & Vice-Chair

Effective July 1, 2012, Roger Brown, President of Berklee College of Music, will serve as Chair of the Boston After School & Beyond Board of Directors. Wanda McClain, Executive Director of Brigham & Women’s Hospital’s Center…

Summer Learning Research: Making Summer Count

In a new report, Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning, RAND synthesizes the evidence on summer learning. The report explains that summer learning loss is cumulative and contributes substantially to the achievement gap. Strikingly,…

BLS Youth CAN Sustainability Summit – Saturday May 12!!

The following 26 companies and government agencies will have over 30 representatives at tomorrow’s BYEN Environmental Career Symposium at MIT: Alliance for Climate Education Boston Climate Action Network Department of Conservation and Recreation Earthwatch Environmental Justice Action…

Louise Harland featured in UKTI’s Brits in Boston series!

Our Partnership Director, Louise Harland, was featured in today’s UK Trade & Investment series, “100 Days, 100 Brits.” Louise, originally from London, is a relative newcomer to the Boston area. Yet in just three years, this…

Boston vs. Bullies

Boston After School & Beyond is proud to support the Boston vs. Bullies campaign, presented by The Sports Museum.  The Boston vs. Bullies website features resources like the Eyes on Bullying Toolkit, and videos from Boston’s top professional athletes about…

Please help!! BYEN Environmental Education Survey

BYEN wants to hear from you! If you run an environmental education program, please help by filling out our survey! With support from the Unites States Forest Service, BYEN seeks to document the pathway of environmental learning from…

BYEN Honored by Boston City Council as an Innovative School Partner Organization

On Wednesday, April 25, Boston City Councilor At-Large John Connolly, chair of the Council’s Education Committee, honored five Boston Public School Partner Organizations with resolutions recognizing their innovative work in Boston’s schools.  These organizations are notable…

Have You Been to BostoNavigator Recently? Check out our New Features!

We listened to the feedback from program providers and users to make some exciting changes on BostoNavigator. Check them out and let us know what you think!   Simple Search on Homepage Our new homepage features a simple…

Afterschool and Expanded Learning Opportunities Advocacy Day Recap from MAP

Hundreds of afterschool advocates gathered in the State House’s Great Hall of Flags on Thursday, March 22nd for the seventh annual Afterschool and Expanded Learning Opportunities Advocacy Day. The event’s participants called upon state legislators to prioritize critical funding opportunities for…

Maria Hinojosa and Teen Voices Turn Up the Volume on Healthy Media

“Teen Voices, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that facilitates equity and opportunity for girls through media, will hold its annual fundraiser, amplify! 2012, with keynote speaker Maria Hinojosa on April 10, 2012 at Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Written…

February Break Programs Around Boston!

Looking for something fun to do over February break? Then look no further than BOSTONavigator! Many exciting programs are hosting activities for youth over the February break, from sports, to arts, to community service. Here are just…

BPS Student-Athletes Travel to Beijing with Phil Jackson, Director of Teen Initiatives

Recently I had an extraordinary opportunity to chaperone and coach eight high school basketball players from seven Boston high schools on a trip to Beijing, China.  The purpose of the trip was for the eight BPS…

Groundhog Job Shadow Day at the Boston PIC!

The PIC is looking for Boston area professionals to host students for the 17th annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day on Friday, February 3rd. This half day event will expose Boston public high school students to the…

Reflections on #timechat – Chat with Elena Silva of Education Sector on “More Time for Learning”

The Collaborative for Building After School Systems (CBASS)hosted a chat on “Reimagining the School Day: More Time for Learning,” a report from The Wallace Foundation andEducation Sector. Education Sector’s Elena Silva answered participants’ questions about expanded learning time (ELT).  To read the chat in…

Boston Summer Learning Forum [VIDEO]

On December 9, 2011, leaders from the state and city government, Boston Public Schools, local and national funders, and community program providers came together at the Boston Summer Learning Forum. Speakers included Mayor Menino, Dr. Carol…

Summer Learning: New Video

This video features the perspectives of school leaders, teachers, and students from the Marshall Elementary School in Dorchester and Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Roxbury, which used Thompson Island this summer as an extension of their classrooms.  The…

Opportunity Agenda Report Card covered in Boston Globe [LINK]

Read “Hub students show progress in latest report card” in the Boston Globe online and below:   Hub students show progress in latest report card By Akilah Johnson Globe Staff September 22, 2011 More Boston students are starting…

Thompson Island’s 2011 Summer Learning Program Graduation [VIDEO]

According to Thompson Island, “The Summer Connections Program is a unique learning alternative to summer school for Boston Public School students. Summer Connections offers an innovative blend of academics and enrichment activities while immersing students in the…

Sociedad Latina’s Summer Seedlings Program Documentary [VIDEO]

Tobin K-8 School students at Sociedad Latina’s Summer Seedlings Program filmed and edited the following documentary about how they spent their summer. Watch their video to observe the skills these motivated students honed during their Summer…

BNN Highlights Boston Summer Learning Project at Sociedad Latina [VIDEO]

On August 10, 2011, Boston Beyond joined Mayor Menino and others on a visit to Sociedad Latina’s implementation of the Summer Learning Project, which served students from the Tobin school in the BPS district. The Boston…

Lessons Learned from the Partners for Student Success Initiative

Partners for Student Success(PSS), culminating in the Fall of 2010, was a four year initiative funded by the Wallace Foundation. The Wallace Foundation’s support of the PSS initiative has resulted in increased access to after-school and…

Boston Part of Wallace Foundation’s National Summer Learning Effort

Participate in Major Project to Test Whether Summer Learning Programs Produce Lasting Academic Gains for Low-Income Students July 6, 2011 Contact: Jessica Schwartz The Wallace Foundation 212-251-9711 Angie Cannon The Hatcher Group 301-656-0348 (July 6, 2011) Children…

Six School Districts to Participate in Major Project to Test Whether Summer Learning Programs Produce Lasting Academic Gains for Low-Income Students

Children in low-income communities in six cities will take part in improved summer learning programs, beginning this summer. Through 2014, these school district-based programs will provide much-needed experience and evidence on how schools can end the…

City of Boston Receives Three Computerworld Honors Laureates

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that the City of Boston has been recognized for three innovative programs by the Computerworld Honors Program “honoring those who use Technology to Benefit Society”. The Computerworld Honors Program, sponsored…

New Research: Making Summer Count

New research has arrived from Rand Education, commissioned by the Wallace Foundation. This study found that summer learning programs can prevent the loss of knowledge and skills that occurs over the summer for many students and…

Summer Learning Project Expanded in 2011

At the 2011 Achieving, Connecting, Thriving Leadership Conference, co-convened by PEAR and Boston After School & Beyond, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced the expansion of the Summer Learning Initiative to include 1,500 fourth- to 12th-graders in Boston. This…

House Ways and Means Committee FY2012 Budget Proposal Released

The House Ways and Means Committee (HWM) released their FY2012 budget recommendations today. The After School and Out of School Time (ASOST) Quality Grant (Line Item 7061-9611) was funded at $1.5 million, representing a $500,000 cut…

Youth Sport Coach Development in the US today:Where can we go from here? – A working roundtable

On March 16, 2011- Up2Us, Boston University, and the Boston Youth Sports Initiative hosted a working roundtable of stakeholders who are fully invested in examining the state and potential of coach development in the U.S. Top…

Update your BOSTONavigator Listings

  We are excited to invite you to update/add your program information to the new BOSTONavigator website. You will notice a more user friendly place to add your information, enhanced search capabilities, and the ability to…

Mayor Menino’s State of the City 2011

As the City continues to make strides toward economic recovery, Mayor Menino emphasized that true progress should be shared widely, and recounted the progress of the last year. Mayor Menino highlighted education reform and development growth…

Mayor Menino Launches BostONEcard Pilot Program

For Immediate Release: October 28, 2010 Released By: Mayor’s Office For More Information Contact: Mayor’s Press Office (Press.Office@cityofboston.gov) Today at the Josiah Quincy Upper School, Mayor Thomas M. Menino kicked off a pilot program to test…