“Boston Partners in Education remains one of Boston Public Schools’ most valuable assets.”
-- Michael Contompasis, Retired Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
Scope and Efficiency
During the 2010-2011 academic year, we matched 3,753 students in 64 schools throughout the city
with 668 volunteers.
We recruited, trained, placed, and supported 895 volunteer academic mentors to work with students one-on-one, in small groups, and with entire classrooms. Academic mentors gave a combined 37.399 hours of their time to work with these K-12 students. This resulted in an in-kind contribution of nearly $1.6 million to the Boston Public Schools.
“My tutor is my friend. She not only helps me understand English and Math but we can talk about anything. She made me believe that I can succeed in anything I really wish to accomplish.”
-- Beatrice, Noonan Business Academy Student
In the 2009-2010 school year, 83% of students who were matched with volunteers through our Math Rules! program improved their overall grade point average (GPA) in core subjects like English Language Arts, math, and social studies over the year. 53% of students in Math Rules! raised their math GPA.
In 2008, Boston Partners conducted a retrospective survey of current seventh- and eighth-graders who had been in Power Lunch in elementary school to assess the program's long-term impact. Of the students surveyed, 80% continue to read for fun outside of school. 90% reported that Power Lunch changed their attitude toward reading, and 100% would recommend Power Lunch to other students.
2009 - 2010 Power Lunch highlights include:
- Power Lunch was offered for the first time at the Perry K-8 School in South Boston, serving 15 students
- 214 students had a Power Lunch Mentor – an increase of 5% since 2008-2009
- Students in Power Lunch read 3,979 books – 800 more books than last year – an increase of 25%
- Students received 5,526 hours of face-time with their volunteers