Looking Ahead to 2015


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 strides in creating a more cohesive education and enrichment landscape in Boston—one that offers every child the opportunity to build the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for future success.

Boston Beyond’s collaborative approach to tackling the opportunity gap reflects growing evidence that enriching experiences are crucial to children’s academic and social-emotional development. In 2014, Boston Beyond partnered with over 100 organizations and 70 BPS schools to provide engaging learning experiences for nearly 10,000 students.

Looking ahead to our 10th Year Anniversary in 2015, we are delighted to expand on the success of our initiatives and move toward a citywide approach to delivering high-quality educational programming. I hope you will visit our website to learn more about how we are connecting school, afterschool, and summer learning strategies so that all young people leave high school ready for the challenges of college and future careers. Please stay tuned for the many exciting events and announcements we have planned for our 10th Year Anniversary celebration. We hope you have a joyful holiday season and a very happy new year.

All the best,

Chris Smith, Executive Director, Boston After School & Beyond


Summer Learning Project 2014: Sociedad Latina 


The 2014 Summer Learning Project video features Sociedad Latina, a Roxbury-based organization that aims to cultivate leaders among Latino youth. We believe it effective highlights the value of summer learning for students’ academic and social-emotional development. Many thanks t BPS and Sociedad Latina staff for helping to drive the content of the video.

Boston Learns Together The Partnership Council allows BASB to stay connected to the field, to mobilize a ready set of partners for tackling new challenges, and to advocate for a more unified citywide agenda to close the opportunity gap. By co-drafting the principles of Boston Learns Together — then, endorsing the — the Partnership Council has committed to promoting a systematized and integrated approach to out-of-school programming. For the upcoming 10th Year Anniversary, we aim to leverage the Partnership Council on the following issues:

  • Defining and promoting badging as currency to represent knowledge, skills, and experiences earned both in a outside school,
  • Expanding the Summer Learning Community to more cultural, natural, public, and neighborhood institutions,
  • Scaling models of coherent and measurable school-community partnerships, Linking youth development and college readiness through the ACT skills framework, and
  • Unifying and supporting organizations through Youthservices.net—a new database that facilitates the sharing and reporting of program data for accountability and quality improvement.

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