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Boston Partners in Education

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: Boston Partners in Education enhances the academic achievement and nurtures the growth of Boston's public school students by providing them with focused, individualized in-school volunteer support.

Target demographics: public school students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,741 students in 58 schools through the work of 517 volunteers.

Geographic areas served: Boston

Programs: Motivate, Accelerate, Aim High, Power Lunch, and the Big Cheese Reads.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been both a volunteer and a donor for Boston Partners in Education for going on nine years. It has been life changing spending time with my students every week in their classes. They are so positive. I get greeted with hugs and an openness to working hard on their lessons. It is the best part of my week. I recommend to anyone who can to join in this wonderful enriching experience.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Boston Partners in Education for 5 years. It was incredibly rewarding to work with the same students over multiple years and to see their academic performance and maturity grow over that time. They are truly making a difference in the Boston Public Schools.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Boston Partners last year and worked with a small group of third graders. I had a great experience thanks to the support I received from the organization throughout the year!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boston Partners in Education is valuable resource for schools. This non-profit provides both academic instruction and mentoring support to Boston Public school kids. There is always room for trained and connected volunteers to come into a classroom and help kids to succeed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Boston Partners in Education since 2001. What I really like about this organization is that they make having an impact on students easy - I know that the kids I'm working with have been selected to get the most benefit from the kind of help I can provide.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been very impressed by the passionate commitment of Boston Partners in Education's staff and volunteers to Boston Public School students. They truly "walk the talk" to improve the educational experience of every student. And as a nonprofit professional, I am equally impressed at how well run the organization is in making the most of its talents and resources. Donors and volunteers can feel confidence and pride in supporting Boston Partners in Education!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Boston Partners does wonderful, impactful work in the Boston Public Schools, and I am so thankful to have been a part of this organization for nearly 2 years. Merging academics and mentoring, this organization lifts students up to their full potential by providing a positive adult mentor to guide them. Seeing the looks on our students' faces when they see their mentor each week says it all. If you care about education and students' success, you'd do well to partner with us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Moshay and I have been volunteering with Boston Partners in Education for more than 3 years . They are a Non-profit Organization that provides academic mentoring for Boston Public School students. I like volunteering with this organization because they are consistent, all volunteer locations are MBTA accessible, and they are only asking for 1 hour a week for 1 year which reasonable if you are a student, parent, or both.

2 Cory A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with Boston Partners! It is their 50th year of service to the Boston Public School System which is an incredible milestone for any non-profit. They work hard to personally know each school, student, and volunteer so that the goal of improving academic mentoring can be achieved year after year. So blessed to have such a fun and meaningful involvement.

2 ahahn218

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the work Boston Partners does for the Boston Public Schools! My service with this organization has been enjoyable and worthwhile. I would recommend volunteering with Boston Partners to anyone interested in helping students succeed!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve worked with Boston Partners in Education for over a decade now, and every year I’m more impressed by the impact this outstanding organization is having on young people in Boston Public Schools. I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many amazing people through Boston Partners – the Big Cheese Readers, volunteers who tutor and mentor students throughout the school year, generous donors, and educators who work so hard to inspire and motivate young people to get a good education and achieve their full potential. I think it’s one of the most effective nonprofits anywhere, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer to Boston Partners in Education, and I participated in this year's Big Cheese Reads program. Compared to other student mentoring programs, Boston Partners stands out for three reasons: the unusual dedication and engagement of their volunteers, who range from retirees to corporate executives to City Councilors; the number of opportunities they make available, from in-classroom to after-school programs; and the measurable impact they have on improving the academic lives and outcomes in Boston Public Schools. They are well regarded throughout the City and their annual gala attracts a Who's Who of Boston business and government leaders.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past 3 years I have been a part of Boston Partner's Power Lunch program. I read at lunch time once a week with a student at the Henigan School. Reading with my student, who was in Kindergarden when we started and is now in 3rd grade, has been a highlight of my week. Seeing her progress in her reading and also getting to know her as a person has been extremely rewarding. The school is only a few miles from my office, making it an easy trip each week. I strongly recommend this organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I highly recommend Boston Partners in Edcuation to anyone who is committed to esuring a brighter fuutre for our childern. This is an outstanding gupr of dedicated volunteers and peofessional wh's action make a real diffenrce for under serviced students in need of help on a dayily basis. It is wonderful to see students grow and exceed expectations.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

J Durocher writes:

"Today's children are tomorrow's future" - this is a fact in every city and town in this country. How we as a society work today to develop, strengthen and assist our youth to reach his/her potential will in great part will determine each child's future as well as that of Boston.

Boston Partners in Education's driving purpose (mission statement) is to help ensure that the youth of metropolitan Boston are provided, through a number of efforts and programs, the critical skills during their formative school years. Our programs will hopefully help to enable them to live healthy and productive lives in order to contribute to society as adults in a positive way.

My involvement as a Boston Partners Board member brings me a great deal of pride. Contributing my time in the organization's efforts to help make a difference in the lives of Boston youth is very rewarding. I am extremely proud of the great work of Boston Partners in Education, a most worthwhile organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Boston Partners for a number of years as a "Big Cheese" reader. I am in awe of the impact that this organization has on the teachers and students in our school system. The team are truly first rate and dedicated to an important cause that will ensure that we nurture and develop our young talent

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently, I signed up with Boston Partners in Education to volunteer with a 4th grade math student. I couldn't be more excited to get started. After working with the staff members at Boston Partners for just a few short weeks, I have seen how dedicated they are to finding the right volunteers to work with kids in the Boston Public Schools. The staff is very knowledgeable, hard working, and they are inspiring people to be around. I am looking forward to representing this wonderful organization throughout the school year.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've worked with Boston Partners for over 5 years. Pamela Civins, the Executive Director, and team are exceptional and accomplish an enormous amount despite their limited size. Compared to other organizations, Boston Partners has the most substantive program for closing the achievement gap in the Boston Public Schools. It's long-term academic mentoring program is unique and allows for a deep connection between mentor and student. This relationship produces measurable academic results, but it also builds students' confidence, in school and life.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a parent of two children in a Boston Public School where I often volunteer in the classrooms to work with the students. On several occasions, I've observed some of the Power Lunch volunteers from Boston Partners in Education as they meet with their students, and have personally witnessed remarkable growth in those students over the last year. These volunteers do so much more than just read to the children. They form positive, nurturing relationships, fostering a sense of trust and commitment, while challenging the children to reach their full potential. Over time, I've seen these children become more confident and enthusiastic about reading and school. As their academic engagement increases, they seem to blossom socially too, with a stronger sense of self. With one particular child, her excitement was palpable as her mentor entered the room. These volunteers really fill a void for children whose parents may work several jobs or for those who don't have a stable home life. For anyone seeking a volunteer opportunity where you can truly make a difference in a child's life by fostering a lasting and meaningful relationship, this organization is for you!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I met the team from Boston Partners almost 5 years ago and I have been hooked every since !! They are doing phenomenal work in the city of Boston in the public school system. As a father of two young boys its wonderful to be part of an organization that is leading in the fight to raise literacy and math levels in our public school system. I look forward to many more years working with Boston Partners.

1 Bob_79

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has been a financial supporter of Boston Partners for many years and 2 years ago I started as a volunteer math tutor at the Orchard Garden School in Roxbury. I have just started my 3 year tutoring in a 3rd grade class. This experience has been one of the most rewarding activities of my life. The children are wonderful, the teachers are very dedicated and the administration is very welcoming. The staff at Boston Partners have been fantastic to work with. They are well organized, enthusiastic, and provide excellent support. Giving a child just a little extra attention makes a world of difference to their success and Boston Partners deserves much praise for undertaking this effort.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who served with Boston Partners in Education as a Digital Content Manager, I was in a unique position to witness not only the tireless efforts of a dedicated and caring staff, but also the direct effects these efforts had on Boston Public Schools' students. Having also had the opportunity to volunteer through Boston Partners' Power Lunch literacy program, I can attest to the wonderful impact reading with a third grader can have on both the student and volunteer.

With a time commitment of only one hour per week, the Power Lunch program presents a great opportunity to get out of the office and give back to the community without adding to an already busy schedule. And while an hour a week may not seem like much, it's amazing how that 60 minutes can transform a student in such a short time. When I first began reading with my third grader, he was tentative to get to know me, but after a few weeks, he had begun waiting anxiously for me to arrive for Power Lunch. Watching him gain confidence each week through our meetings was such a rewarding experience. I highly recommend that anybody possessing an interest in education, youth development, or community service join Boston Partners in its mission to help students succeed academically and personally.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thought when I signed up to be a volunteer to read I would be giving a child the one on one they would need and help them by reading different stories and they would be learning new things. Little did I know, I was the one that learned the most and how good that feeling was to me. I think that if you do this kind of volunteering just once you will see exactly how I feel and how this child made a difference in my life. I can't wait to begin again reading to this child I was assigned to last year and find out about how her Summer was and how she is loving first grade. I have volunteered for a lot of different kinds of things, in a food pantry, feeding the hungry, and helping plant a garden for a food pantry. My Read Aloud was, The BEST experience Ever!

1 hjack

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boston Partners in Education is an extremely well-managed nonprofit. Although they have a long history of serving Boston's schools, they still are continuing to find ways to improve their programs to the students, volunteers, and community. Their staff and board are smart, well-connnected, and extremely dedicated to the success of the organization. I would recommend them highly!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year volunteering with Boston Partners and I had a great experience. I read to a little girl named Lucia every other week during lunch. Ashley (the BP coordinator) was very helpful in finding me a partner to go the other weeks and was always easy to get in touch with whenever I had a question. I felt like that time commitment was optimal for me and I never felt pressured to do more than I felt I could. Lucia and I really enjoyed our time together and over the year I learned a lot about her and her family. Since she was a third grader last year, I won't be able to be matched with her again unfortunately, but I hope to run into her at school when meeting my new student this fall.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I joined Boston Partners in Education when I first joined KPMG last summer. I met with Simon, a 2nd grader at Quincy Elementary in Chinatown, weekly to improve his reading and comprehension skills. I developed an amazing relationship with Simon. He was shy and tentative when we first met. Over time, he became more confident, read aloud with a much clearer and louder voice, and began to trust me and look forward to our sessions. It was such an amazing transformation, and made the experience so fulfilling for me.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so happy to be able to donate to such a worthy organization. The work they do to help promote confidence and self esteem in the students is wonderful. Not only do they help the students to become better readers, but more importantly they help them develop personal and social skills that will help them throughout their life to achieve success. It is so rewarding to help children in need receive the extra help and attention they need that will truly affect their day to day social skills and help them to become more rounded students and ultimately successful adults. I hope that Boston Partners in Education will continue to receive funding from future donors so that they will be able to provide such important programs to many more students for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served as an Americorps*VISTA for Boston Partners from Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013, working as a Grants and Development Associate. I also volunteered in the organization's Math Rules! program at the Blackstone Elementary School, mentoring four fourth-grade students in math for an hour each week.

Boston Partners' success in serving nearly 4,000 Boston Public Schools students each year starts in the office, where an incredible group of people works tirelessly every day to make sure the programs run smoothly and effectively. That commitment to serve struggling students extends to the more than 700 volunteers who serve as academic mentors for Boston Partners each year.

While I enjoyed my year writing grant proposals and working on general fundraising projects for Boston Partners, the favorite part of my year was having the chance to volunteer at the Blackstone. Being able to see positive changes in the students you mentor, and knowing that you have at least a small part in those changes, is an incredible feeling. I would recommend Boston Partners' programs to anyone looking to volunteer and make a real difference in their community, in addition to donors looking to support a worthy cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The tutoring and mentoring services they provide the students in Boston Public Schools are important to help them become productive successful adults. Paving the way for a future workforce keep Boston Strong with a future to grow. Supplementing the school system, helping out the teachers, and creating the idea of "it takes a village to raise a child" will only strengthen our communities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've served on the Board of Boston Partners in Education for more than 10 years, and I continue to be impressed by its mission and impact. Boston Partners in Education remains one of the longest continuously operating partners of the Boston Public Schools. The organization is skilled at adapting to the needs of the school district and the families it serves.

Under the leadership of Pamela Civins and an incredibly hard-working and dedicated staff, Boston Partners has achieved great financial stability and operational effectiveness through innovative approaches to fundraising and programming. "The Big Cheese Reads" has emerged as a signature sponsorship program, bringing community leaders in to middle school classrooms to read to students, and introducing these "big cheeses" to the needs of schools and the work of Boston Partners.

The most powerful stories about Boston Partners involve the strong bonds that form between students and their volunteer mentors. Countless students' lives have been changed because of their relationships with long-term volunteers from the community.

Boston Partners recognizes that urban classroom teachers in particular need tremendous support in order to meet students' academic and non-academic needs. The adult volunteers recruited, trained, and supported by Boston Partners are making a tremendous difference preparing Boston students for success in high school, college, and beyond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Boston Partners for 10 years. I was first a Power Lunch volunteer and worked with ten different first through third graders to help them develop a love for reading. The volunteering was fun for both me and the students but I sometimes wondered if I was making a real difference. I stopped doubting that after I received a copy of a middle school report card from one of my students. Despite struggling a bit in elementary school, she had become a straight A student and credited part of her success to all the time we spent reading books together. I spent another five years as a Math Rules volunteer with the goal of helping kids lose their fear of math. The math program also gave me a chance to work with older student (5th graders) and to interact with the teacher. Weekly, I helped 2-4 students with in-class and home work assignments. The kids I worked with were very bright and needed just a little extra attention from an adult like myself to gain more confidence in their skills. Most of my students made significant strides in their test scores and understanding of math while I worked with them. Most importantly, the kids loved seeing me every week and seemed to forget that I was there to tutor them on math.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering in the MathRules! program at the Blackstone and Quincy Schools for 3 years. My wonderful students come from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades (and next year 4th). I have followed some of them into higher grades and help support their learning in the sometimes daunting world of math. I love these kids and so admire the teachers I've worked with. Both the children and the teachers have afforded me a transformational experience. I have been volunteering in many endeavours for a lot of years, and this is the best volunteer experience I've ever had. And the most fun!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered in the Math Rules program at the Quincy School in Chinatown for six years. Each week, I've had the pleasure of working with between two and four third-graders who need extra attention in math. A little extra attention goes such a long way. I've seen my kids grow in their confidence and improve their math skills. It's a great reward and fascinating experience to volunteer in the Boston Public Schools, and Boston Partners in Education makes it easy!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer in Boston Partner's in Education's Power Lunch program at the Blackstone School in the South End. I believe that the program definitely achieves what it sets out to do, which is to make lifelong readers out of reluctant ones, even English language learners and shy students. The program gives students who would otherwise not receive that much one-on-one adult attention the opportunity to develop their vocabularies and communication skills with adult mentors who are committed to their growth. The program is very efficiently run by Boston Partners in Education. I am looking forward to beginning the program again this October!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a tutor/volunteer with The Boston Partners in Education for almost a year now, and I love it! BPE really looks to help the entire Boston community in its educational development. I tutor at the Boston Newcomers International Academy in Dorchester, and whenever I needed any assistance, BPE has been right there! They're really flexible with the volunteers schedule and want to provide every opportunity for the volunteer to serve at their maximum potential!