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Intermediary Profile and Statistics

» Number of Programs: 10 Partners for Student Success Programs (Fall, 2008)

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Boston After School & Beyond (Boston Beyond) was formed in 2004 as the successor to two flagship organizations - the funding collaborative called Boston's After-School for All Partnership and the Mayor's Boston 2:00-to-6:00 After-School Initiative. Boston Beyond was created to build upon the city's host of successful after-school initiatives that resulted in 51% of Boston children participating in after-school programs. Boston Beyond's efforts concentrate on increasing the participation rates of children and youth who are most at-risk and in need of after-school programs.

Partners for Student Success

Launched in 2006, Partners for Student Success (PSS) is a multi-year initiative that aims to more tightly align the efforts of schools, OST programs and social service providers in order to ensure that struggling students get the support they need to succeed. The long-term goal of PSS is to improve academic and developmental outcomes for children targeted by this effort. PSS is being piloted in 10 Boston Public Schools during school year 2007-2008.

Increasing Alignment

PSS partners believe that an integrated strategy for in-school and out-of-school better serves Boston's children by ensuring that in-school and out-of-school learning activities are mutually reinforcing. Additionally, knowledge and best practices are shared, and students' academic, social and emotional needs are identified and addressed in a holistic way.

Managers of Extended Learning Services (MELS)

Each PSS school hires one Manager of Extended Learning Services, who ensures that OST programs and services are aligned with the school in which they work. It should be noted that MELS do not directly operate programs. Instead, they oversee the PSS work plan designed for their schools and foster relationships between their schools and community-based providers.

Capacity Building

Capacity building is at the heart of the PSS initiative. In addition to the support provided by the MELS position, PSS staff will work with a select group of providers to identify model strategies that will enhance the quality and capacity of community-based organizations. PSS is developing a Program Quality Assessment Tool and a Child Assessment Tool to assist with the capacity-building efforts.

The Teen Initiative

The Teen Initiative is a collaboration of out-of-school time program providers, Boston Public Schools and workforce development organizations working together to increase the high school graduation rate of teens at higher risk of dropping out of high school.

The Teen Initiative seeks to increase high school graduation rates by increasing the number, quality, and integration of youth development opportunities available for teens after school and during the summer, particularly those involving a work-based component. The theory is that these opportunities can keep teens engaged, and link academic and other supports with the kinds of programming teens seek and want.

To achieve these increases in scale, quality, and integration, the Teen Initiative will develop coordinated neighborhood-based clusters of high quality, after-school youth development opportunities incorporated into a continuum of services for teens with different needs and interests. These networks will serve all teens but will focus first on teens at higher risk of dropping out of high school. Such teens include those entering high school over age or with other highly correlated characteristics as may be identified later by BPS.

The Teen Initiative has given ten network clusters modest planning grants. In September 2007, four to six of these network clusters will receive implementation grants.

BostoNavigator

Boston Beyond, in partnership with the City of Boston and BOSTnet, is developing the Boston Out-of-School Time Navigator, a single, unified citywide database of out-of-school time programs in Boston. The Navigator will include information on any program in the City of Boston that offers services to youth between the ages of 5 and 18 during out-of-school time, including before school, after school, weekends, school vacations and summer. Schools, families and youth-serving organizations will be able to research programs, check real-time availability of slots, and make appropriate matches for youth. The Navigator will be housed at Boston Public Schools (BPS) and contain BPS student information, which will allow OST programs to run aggregated reports on their BPS youth, thus permitting OST programming that is better aligned with BPS curriculum.