We provide students with a comprehensive circle of care that meets their academic, emotional, and physical needs.
Our B-READY after-school programs operate in the South End and Lower Roxbury on days when Boston Public Schools are in session.
Our youngest students receive one-on-one homework help, tutoring in math and reading, supplemental science, art, music and technology, and enrichment programming. They have opportunities for physical fitness (swimming, dance and free-play time outdoors) and are given a hot, nutritious meal each day.
Students in grades 5-8 get academic support and enrichment geared toward their developmental level. Their programming includes single-gender groups and workshops to help them develop healthy self-images and habits. It also features leadership training. Students who do not get home from school in time to participate in the middle school program can obtain homework help during teen Academic Nights.
We provide teens and SSYP alumni with academic and emotional support, life skill and leadership training, college and career preparation, job training, and employment opportunities in our year-round programming. The curriculum includes:
Twice-weekly Academic Nights for homework help, tutoring, and academic enrichment;
College & Career Preparation including career exploration and planning, test-taking strategies, essay and resume writing, personal finances, obtaining financial aid, and developing interview skills;
Job Training on professionalism, workplace relationships, first aid, and safety; and
Employment as tutors, mentors, activity leaders, and role models for students in B-READY and B-SAFE.
Our B-SAFE Summer Enrichment Programs provides a safe, fun, academically enriching environment for 650 students each year. We run B-SAFE at our year-round sites in the South End and Lower Roxbury and at four additional sites in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Chelsea.
Students grades 1-5 get build their skills through project-based learning. Activities include numbers and word "clubs," Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time, hands-on exploration of science, technology and the arts, and field trips throughout the Boston area.
Middle school programming expands students’ autonomy as they develop skills to make good choices. The final week of B-SAFE YLC program takes place at overnight camp at the Barbara C. Harris Camp in New Hampshire.
B-SAFE also offers meaningful work experience for teen Counselors-in-Training and Junior Counselors-in-Training. Many of of our teen positions are funded by the Boston Youth Fund and Chelsea Collaborative. Teen staff members help us ensure each child’s safety and supervision, run team-building exercises, assist with academic activities, and serve as role models for younger students.
Intergenerational Community Organizing
We have a flourishing partnership with the Blackstone Innovation School, located across the street from our South End program site, which many of our students attend. It is comprised of a diverse network of religious and secular organizations concerned about the quality of Boston Public Schools.
Our community organizing work also focuses on community, state, and national efforts to make the neighborhoods we serve safer.