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Success Boston

Seeking to double the number of Boston students who complete college

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"Success Boston is proud to be helping students follow their dream of a college education without gaming the system.

"We are proud to be doing it the hard way, the honest way. And we are exceedingly proud that it is working."

Together, the Boston Foundation, the Boston Public Schools (BPS), the City of Boston, 37 area institutions of higher education and local nonprofit partners are working to double the college completion rate for students from the BPS.  To date, over 7,000 students have participated in Success Boston coaching. They are more likely than their peers to persist and graduate from postsecondary education.

In May 2022, Success Boston announced that the Success Boston partners had committed to a new equity framework and recommitted to a 70 percent college completion rate for all BPS graduates by the Class of 2030, extending this goal to all student groups, including those most marginalized historically and currently.

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

Success Boston Summer Institute, July 12-14, 2022

To kick off the 2022-2023 academic year, this three-day virtual celebration and learning event brought together Success Boston coaches, nonprofit staff, educators, higher education leaders, Boston Public Schools staff, and other partners to support students as they transition from high school to college and careers.

The theme for this year’s Summer Institute was Centering Success Boston’s Equity Framework. In May, after more than a dozen years of partnership, Success Boston recommitted to increasing postsecondary success for all of Boston's students, renewing our goal of a 70% completion rate. The 2022 Summer Institute will be an opportunity for coaches to deepen their shared understanding of our Equity Framework and the best ways to support student success.

Everyone is welcome! Each day of the event provided enriching programming and engaging conversation tailored to and delivered by Success Boston partners. Each day’s convening was recorded, and materials shared afterward with all attendees.

Day 1: An Overview of the Success Boston initiative, Building Our Community of Practice & Centering Success Boston’s Equity Framework.

Day 2: Sharing Success Boston’s Progress Towards City-Wide Goals and breakout sessions on topics such as student debt crisis & debt management, effectively coaching Young Men of Color, and high-impact practices for coaching English Language Learners.

Day 3: Join us for the conclusion of Summer Institute, featuring Success Boston’s Veteran Coaches Workshop, where experienced postsecondary coaches will share best practices for recruiting students, building authentic relationships, and much more!
Changing the game
Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

A Shared Commitment to a New Equity Framework

Leaders from the city, the Boston Public Schools, higher education and workforce development gathered to make a commitment to equity in the effort to ensure at least 70 percent of Boston Public Schools graduates make it through their postsecondary programs.

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On the right, two students wearing caps and gowns. On the left, three different images of adults who are smiling.
Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

Success Boston Coaching: A Report on Coaching Effectiveness on College Persistence and Completion

In October, we released  a new Success Boston report about the effectiveness of transition coaching on the college success of Boston Public Schools graduates. The latest in a series of reports, this analysis focuses on the BPS Classes of 2013 through 2016, and includes updated findings on persistence and academic performance, along with the first set of findings on the impact of coaching on degree completion. The research—and the accompanying conversation—will also discuss the characteristics of effective programs that move the needle on college completion; what it takes for coaching to work; and what we can do to maintain the citywide gains we have made over the last decade.

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Four young people sitting indoors in a row, 3 of them writing in notebooks in their laps, one looking up and in front of her.
Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

Mobilizing for Opportunity: Connecting Low-Income College Students to Internships and Good First Jobs 

This forum marked the release of a new research report on the labor market experiences of recent college graduates from the Boston Public Schools. The report examines how well graduates of local four-year colleges and universities are connecting to internships and landing “that good first job” after graduation. 

Watch a recording of the webinar
Racially diverse students of varying genders standing in a row, smiling.
Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

A Conversation About Equity and Cultural Wealth: Preparing Employers for Community College Interns

Community colleges in Massachusetts educate more students than the rest of the state's public higher education system combined. Yet, their students are frequently overlooked for internships, which can open the door to successful careers. Please join the Boston Foundation and Bunker Hill Community College for a conversation about the assets, competencies, and cultural wealth these students bring to their internships, and the changes in practices employers should implement to support them more equitably and effectively.

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