826 Boston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. We provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.
A Better Chance – National *
A Better Chance seeks to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. This is done by facilitating their entry into independent college preparatory schools. Through its network of member schools, A Better Chance is able to leverage an estimated $20+ million per year in financial aid for talented, economically disadvantaged youth of color. More than 96% of A Better Chance's graduates go on to college directly after high school, a majority entering our country's most selective colleges
ACCESS Children and Families
We are the children and families arm of ACCESS (American Chinese Christian Education and Social Services). We are located in the heart of Chinatown, and offer various resources for the immigrant community. We run both the After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) and the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade.
The Achieve Program – Noble and Greenough School
Achieve is a tuition-free educational program serving low-income middle school-age children. Providing academic and social enrichment through a rigorous and engaging six week summer program and ongoing academic year tutoring and support, Achieve seeks to increase our students' academic skills, motivation and self-confidence and put them on the path to college.
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
ABCD's mission is to empower disadvantaged people by providing them with the tools to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential. ABCD has been helping low-income youth prepare for college and work for over 45 years through its signature SummerWorks program. During the school year, youth can also participate in Career Exploration programs, which introduce younger workers to career fields and job skills that teach the importance of work and contribute to family income and stability.
All Dorchester Sports League
The All Dorchester Sports League offers sports, fitness/nutrition and education programs for youth that emphasize the life skills, academic focus, healthy and active lifestyles required to succeed in community life and become successful adults.
August Scholars is a three-week, tuition-free, academic summer program for lower income children in Boston who need summertime academic support to avoid serious learning loss. The program is designed for students rising into fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
Bird Street Community Center
Bird Street Community Center (legally incorporated as "Upham's Corner Community Center, Inc.") is a private, nonprofit organization providing high quality, affordable child care and recreational, educational and developmental activities for children and youth in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. We serve more than 1300 youth between the ages of 5 and 22 year-round with a variety of programs that encourage and promote their intellectual, physical, and social development.
Boston City Lights
The Boston City Lights Foundation is a free pre-professional performing and visual arts program for inner city youth in Boston. Boston City Lights offers an intense training program in the performing arts for children in dance, singing, acting, graphic design, photography, sound production, set design, and community participation and organization. Children are taught to teach, and as participants develop intellectually and artistically, they teach younger Boston City Lights participants, teaching program participants to continually give back. Boston City Lights students have the opportunity to perform in both benefit and paid shows, to record their work in our studio, and to learn to teach in our internship positions.
Boston University MySummer
The pre-college and youth summer programs at Boston University allow middle and high school students the opportunity to gain valuable academic experience, enhance their existing skill sets, and have fun over the summer. FitRec also offers recreational camps for elementary and middle school students. Boston University hosts 25 exciting and challenging programs, covering a wide range of interests and disciplines.
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Our Clubs serve millions of boys and girls, with thousands of Clubs at locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Programming are in the areas of: Education & Career Programs; Character & Leadership Programs; Health & Life Skills; The Arts Programs; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; and Specialized Programs.
We provide a six-year, tuition free, year-round, academically rigorous study skills enrichment program that provides a pathway to college for middle and high school students. In the summer, middle school students attend a six-week academic program taught by high school and college students aspiring to be teachers. During the school year, the program continues two Saturdays a month, with a curriculum concentrating on academic areas that foster a lifelong love of learning. After the middle school component, students continue into the high school College Prep program.
CityLab – Boston University School of Medicine
In 1992, Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) pioneered an innovative, science education outreach program that has been disseminated across the country. CityLab is a biotechnology learning laboratory at BUSM serving students and teachers in grades 7 – 12. Programming includes summer enrichment, after-school sessions, summer apprenticeships, independent projects, and the CityLab Academy.
College Bound Dorchester
Everyday College Bound Dorchester's educators work with diverse populations between 3 months to 27 years of age, including at-risk youth, newly arrived immigrants and families struggling to provide educational support to their children. In each program, College Bound Dorchester provides educational services to the underserved and lays the foundation for future academic, economic and social success. College Bound Dorchester focuses on three major areas of education serving students from 0-80 years of age: Early Education, Out of School Time and College Connections.
Ages: Teen and up
Community Rowing, Inc. enriches the Greater Boston community through its comprehensive rowing opportunities for individuals. CRI promotes diversity in the sport of rowing through our programs which introduce avenues for athletic development and personal growth for both youth and adults. CRI’s programs introduce new rowers to the sport, offer training for competitive rowers, and support the under-represented within rowing.
Crossroads for Kids
Crossroads for Kids inspires at-risk youth to develop their innate potential to become members of the next generation of diverse young leaders in Boston and Massachusetts. Through a combination of immersive summer camp and year-round mentoring and enrichment programs, Crossroads provides youth ages 7 – 18 years old with comprehensive support, resources and opportunities which guide them toward academic success, higher education, meaningful careers and responsible citizenship.
ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC)
The EMBHSSC is a two-week, academic, residential camp that emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics and science knowledge and skills while introducing them to college life and stimulating their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path. Each day, campers will attend classes that include problem solving, research, critical thinking and communication skills incorporated with biology, chemistry, physics, environmental sciences, earth sciences, engineering, technology, design concepts, and field excursions. Certified secondary teachers and university faculty will teach the classes.
Freedom House offers educational programs which help students thrive, create, explore, challenge and grow. Programs include college prep, leadership development, civic engagement, technology and more.Hyde Square Task Force
Hyde Square Task Force has grown into a professionally-run nonprofit with deep community ties and a reputation as one of the most dynamic community-based organizations in Boston. Each year, we serve 1000 youth ages 6-21 from Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and across Boston through leadership development, college preparation, arts & cultural enrichment, youth-led community organizing and positive community-building events.
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)
IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción empowers individuals through education, workforce development and arts programs and creates vibrant affordable housing communities. IBA serves youth through: Escuelita Boriken, a bilingual and multicultural preschool, the Cacique Children's Learning Center after school program, and the Cacique Youth Learning Center.
The Institute for Pan African Cultural Education Inc. (P.A.C.E.)
The Institute for Pan African Cultural Education Inc. (P.A.C.E.) is committed to culture, education and social development for youth achievement. The vision of P.A.C.E. is to serve at risk youth through its Straight A’s Initiative and its Community & Youth Development Projects. Currently P.A.C.E. programs are located in Mattapan specifically to serve youth ages 5-14, promoting youth achievement through dance, drama, martial arts, music and celebratory events.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Young Scholars Program provides the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation. The Foundation works closely with Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program that includes, but is not limited to, support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction. Some Young Scholars attend a private school if none of their public school options adequately serve their academic potential; however, many stay in their public schools.
MGH Youth Programs
MGH Youth Programs aims to provide 465 youth each year with academic, life, and career skills that expand and enhance their educational and career options. MGH takes a “longitudinal approach” that recognizes the value of fostering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and interests in young people across a broad age spectrum, from 3rd grade to college. Students from schools and youth-serving programs across the Boston area participate in a variety of age-appropriate programs.
MIT Educational Studies Program
The MIT Educational Studies Program (ESP) is a student group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that recruits MIT students and community members to teach classes for high school and middle school students from the Boston area and beyond. We offer a variety of programs that range in size, scope, and style from the single-weekend Splash to the year-long Delve.
Northeastern University Summer STEM Program (NUSSP)
The Northeastern University Summer STEM Program (NUSSP) is a free, academic program run by the Center for STEM Education, which takes an active role in shaping education in students entering grade 6, 7 and 8. The two-week academic day program emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics/science skills, introducing them to college life, and stimulating their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path. Each day, students attend classes that include problem solving, study, research, writing and communication skills incorporated with biology, chemistry, physics, design concepts, and field excursions. Classes are taught by certified classroom teachers and university faculty.
PALS Program – Phillips Academy
PALS is a two-year, year-round program that provides academic enrichment, study skills, and learning strategies for Lawrence middle school students and assists them with the high school application process. Established in 1988, PALS serves up to 40 students from the Leonard and Parthum Middle Schools. All children are recommended by their teachers and receive full scholarships to attend.
PBHA Summer Urban Program – Harvard University
The Phillips Brooks House Association’s (PBHA) Summer Urban Program is a set of 10 student-run summer camps with 12 different sites for children in Boston and Cambridge. Each summer, approximately 150 college students work in these communities. Serving over 800 youth, the summer programs are structured into mornings of curricular, classroom-based enrichment and afternoons of field trips in and around Boston.
Since 1968, Sociedad Latina has worked in partnership with Latino youth and families to end destructive cycles of poverty, health inequities, and lack of educational and professional opportunities in our community. Through our Pathways to Success model we pioneer solutions to the most pressing issues facing Latino youth today, supporting positive youth development from age 10-21, creating a community that supports young people, and training all youth to advocate for themselves and their communities. At the core of The Pathways to Success, Sociedad Latina's Education Programs are designed to address the needs of Latino students in Boston Public Schools. Our solution is a blend of four closely aligned educational programs designed to boost student achievement, build 21st century skills, engage parents, and prepare every student for success in college or career.
SquashBusters is a sports-based after-school youth enrichment program located in Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts. We use the sport of squash, in combination with academic enrichment / homework tutoring, community service, school counseling and placement, and summer opportunities to improve the lives of Boston and Lawrence youth.
STEM Summer Institute – MIT
The Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Program is a year-round academic enrichment opportunity provided free of charge to talented middle school students who want to get ahead in math and science.
Steppingstone Foundation *
Steppingstone runs three programs in Boston: The Steppingstone Academy, which prepares underserved Boston students to get into and succeed at selective independent and public exam schools as a pathway to college; the National Partnership for Educational Access, which serves over 200 organizations dedicated to college access for underserved students; and the new College Success Academy, which provides academic preparation and support services to students attending partner public K8 schools, in order to increase the number of Boston students earning college degrees.
Founded in 1999, Tenacity is a Boston-based organization dedicated to helping at-risk urban youth develop skills, build character and find pathways to excellence. Combining tennis and fitness with literacy, tutoring and mentoring activities, Tenacity has served over 20,000 kids through after-school, in school and summer programs.
Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) – Trinity Boston Foundation
TEEP is a tuition-free, out-of-school time program for Boston Public middle and high school students (7th-12th grades). Our mission is to create a safe community where every member is inspired to discover, empowered to engage, and individually affirmed. Our programming includes a five-week summer program and many year-round offerings, all based upon our core values, the 5 Rs: Respect, Responsibility, Restraint, Reciprocity, and Redemption.
Urban Scholars Program – University of Massachusetts
The Urban Scholars Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston is a year-round program featuring advanced after-school classes, seminars, tutoring, and supervised study. The purpose of Urban Scholars is to provide talented urban students with the academic skills and the motivation to achieve at the limits of their potential. Our overarching goal is to enable our students to assume positions of leadership and achievement in society.
Wheelock College Education Outreach
The College supports a wide variety of initiatives that further our commitment to enacting positive change in our community. These range from an arts outreach program for high school students to an innovative partnership that is revitalizing a community center in one of Boston's most underserved neighborhoods to conferences and programs that help improve educational instruction to Youth Symposiums that gather hundreds of area middle and high school students for a dialogue about civic engagement, self-respect, and other topics.
Worcester Pipeline Collaborative – University of Massachusetts Medical School
In 1996, the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) made a conscious commitment to get directly involved with the public education system to help improve and strengthen the curricula of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Partnership activities include: mentoring, job-shadowing, tutoring, clinical, research internships, after-school science programs, visiting scientist programs, a speaker's bureau and family involvement activities. Through these efforts, students learn to set high expectations for themselves, as they participate in rigorous K-12 mathematics and science curricula, and develop language skills required to enter competitive collegiate programs.
Writers' Workshop – University of Massachusetts
This workshop, open to writers of fiction and nonfiction, poetry, playwriting and translation, involves one or two weeks of working sessions and individual consultations with distinguished writers.
YMCA Achievers Program
The YMCA Achievers program is dedicated to helping all urban youth reach their fullest potential. Many of Boston's youth graduate high school and are left to navigate the college process by themselves. From College Path to the Summer Institute, we provide educational enrichment opportunities to prepare for college & career.
Youth to Health Careers – Boston Area Health Education Center
The mission of the Massachusetts AHEC Network is to increase access to quality health care through the development of community-academic educational partnerships. The Youth to Health Careers Program offers educational programs designed in such a way that a student can start in the 8th grade and continue through high school. Students explore the health field through BAHEC signature courses, public health symposiums, interdisciplinary projects, internships and field trips.