The Achieve, Connect, Thrive (ACT) Skills Framework displays the skills that evidence suggests young people need in order to succeed in school, college, and careers. Boston’s out-of-school time sector is committed to teaching, measuring, and improving these skills.
The framework provides a common vocabulary to bridge education and youth development, as well as school, after-school and summer learning. Increasingly, the framework acts as a guide to help youth programs articulate outcomes and how they are measured.
The foundation for the ACT Framework was built nearly a decade ago. In 2008, Boston After School & Beyond, Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, and the United Way commissioned a new citywide youth outcomes framework that would unite Boston’s growing out-of-school time sector. In 2014, the Partnership Council – a coalition of over 70 community leaders – affirmed their commitment in Boston Learns Together to advancing these skills.
In June 2017, Boston After School & Beyond released an updated ACT Framework, informed by Boston’s youth development and education community. While the framework’s focus remains the same – codifying the skills necessary for college and career success – the 2017 version incorporates a wealth of new practical experience, evidence, and resources.
To learn more about ACT skills, please visit our Insight Center.