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 for their exceptional programs that bring environmental and music education, playtime and outdoor learning and tutoring programs to Boston Public Schools.

Councilor Connolly said, “Today, I am proud to honor some of the wonderful partners in the Boston Public Schools.  These five partners cover the full gamut of partnerships that we see impacting the lives of our young people in the Boston Public Schools every day.   Whether it’s an after school partner, an in-school partner, or a summer learning partner, these groups impact over 40 Boston Public Schools on a regular basis, and I thank them for their hard work.”

The organizations honored are:

  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center provides outdoor adventure and experiential learning programs for young people designed to inspire leadership and teamwork in the youth they serve.
  • Boston Youth Environmental Network (BYEN) engages kids in outdoor learning, academic achievement and career exploration providing hands-on environmental education and employment opportunities for children and youth.
  • Community Music Center of Boston believes that music is–and should be–a formative part of every child’s education.  They serve more than 6,800 students in 26 preschools, elementary and middle schools each week.
  • MATCH Corps Tutors is a residential fellowship program that pairs Corps members with middle and high school students to help students achieve success in college and fluency in math, English, science, and history.
  • Playworks improves the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play in low-income schools at recess and throughout the entire school day.  A national non-profit, Playworks provides services at 30 Boston Public Schools throughout the city.

Representing the organizations were Dawn Chavez and Bo Hoppin of the Boston Youth Environmental Network, Barbara Roberts and David Lapin of the Community Music Center of Boston, Michael Larsson of  MATCH Corps Tutors, Paul Lamoureux of  Thompson Island Outward Bound Educational Center, and Kim Webster, Noah Shaw and CJ Strauss of Playworks.