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 nonprofit organization that coordinates afterschool programs citywide. Together, they will devise a plan to help children in Boston develop vital social and emotional skills that are linked to success in school, career and life. A few of the features they will focus on are: teamwork, persistence, goal-setting, self-control and getting along with others.

“This generous contribution and ongoing partnership between Boston Public Schools and Boston After School & Beyond enables our students to directly benefit from collaborative learning activities,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Team building is one of the many important lessons that will help our students succeed now and later in life.”

BPS and Boston After School & Beyond are one of nine community partner pairs nationwide to receive a planning grant. The grants are the first phase in the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative, a new, multi-year effort by The Wallace Foundation to better understand how schools and afterschool partners can improve and align experiences and climate to foster children’s social and emotional learning.

“Afterschool programs are essential to the growth of positive social and emotional skills among our students.”


“Afterschool programs are essential to the growth of positive social and emotional skills among our students,” said Superintendent Tommy Chang. “We are grateful to both the Wallace Foundation and Boston After School & Beyond for their continued support; and for furthering our work in providing our students with the opportunity to develop skills in safe and welcoming environments.”
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