The Achieve, Connect, Thrive (ACT) Skills Framework displays the skills that evidence suggests students need in order to succeed in school, college, and careers. The skills are the focus of leading after-school and summer learning programs.
Boston stands at the forefront of education and youth development in the effort to close the achievement and opportunity gaps. The number of students participating in after-school programs has doubled, with a program serving every school.
Common measures across organizations reveal trends and help individual organizations build on strengths and address weaknesses. Boston After School & Beyond is driving the adoption of common measures of program quality and student skill gain.
When it comes to helping teens achieve in school and beyond, motivation is crucial. Teens make their own choices about how to spend their time and effort both in and outside of school, and they are more likely to engage with opportunities that have clear value, provide income, or advance them toward personal goals.
Boston is home to a rich tapestry of opportunities for young people to acquire the skills, knowledge, and experiences that they need to succeed in school, college, and future careers. Boston After School & Beyond is piloting the use of digital badges in order to unite the city’s often fragmented learning ecosystem and to supply young people with a new currency for demonstrating progress and mastery of these skills both in and out of school.
Boston After School & Beyond seeks to demonstrate how schools and their partners can enhance student learning so that students gain mastery of both the academic content and social-emotional skills that will bring success in school, work, and life.
Programs that infuse science, technology, engineering, and math are often collectively referred to as STEM. These programs are especially effective in helping youth to develop these skills and increase their interest in STEM when their activities are hands-on, project or inquiry-based, sequenced in a way that allows youth to build on previous knowledge and their own experiences, and make connections to potential careers.