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BOA Board of Directors

Reverend Ray Hammond, Chair

Rahn Dorsey
City of Boston

Jim Canales
Barr Foundation

Robert Beal
The Beal Companies, LLP

Paul S. Grogan
The Boston Foundation

John McDonough
Boston Public Schools

Debbie Rambo
Catholic Charities

Barry Shrage
Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Katie Everett
The Lynch Foundation

Katie Pakenham
New Profit Inc.

Nick Donohue
Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Chancellor Keith Motley
University of Massachusetts Boston

Mike Durkin
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Summer Learning in Boston

Boston Afterschool & Beyond, the Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Opportunity Agenda will collaborate with 80 summer sites through the Boston Summer Learning Community. Together, these sites pursue three shared goals: increasing student access to summer learning, improving the quality of programs, and scaling best practices. These 80 sites will implement common program quality measurement tools, track student participation uniformly, and focus their programming on four power skills: critical thinking, relationships, perseverance, and self-regulation.

Sixteen of these sites will implement the Summer Learning Project (SLP) model, in which BPS certified academic teachers and community non-profit staff co-deliver full-day programming. These sites draw from a variety of BPS schools, and include: Franklin Park Zoo, Hale Reservations, Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, Sociedad Latina, and the Boston Private Industry Council. These sites will combine to serve nearly 900 students, including early readers, English Language Learners, and off-track high school youth.

Boston OYC Receives Three-Year National Grant

The Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative, a cross-sector group convened by the Boston Opportunity Agenda and the Boston Private Industry Council, is one of seven community collaborative grantees to receive three-year grants of $240,000-$270,000 per year to dramatically improve education and employment outcomes for opportunity youth, including young men of color, in communities across the country. Opportunity Youth is a term used to describe the 6.7 million young people- between the ages of 16 to 24 in the United States- who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market.

The awards were made by Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Service (AFCS) in response to President Obama's call to action in launching My Brother's Keeper to promote successful outcomes for boys and men of color. Grant award recipients were selected after a rigorous and collaborative evaluation by JFF and AFCS. The grantees, representing a diverse portfolio of communities, are taking a cross-system, cross-sector approach towards improving outcomes for young people, with a particular focus on boys and men of color.

For more on the grant, please visit the News page on the newly launched Opportunity Youth Collaborative website.

High School Redesign: Boston

High School Redesign is continuing to grow in Boston, with many community organizations and schools leading forums to discuss high schools of the future. To date, 14 forums have hosted over 810 participants and many more forums are being planned for the coming weeks. To submit your recommendations for high schools of the future, visit the High School Redesign gallery.

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