Educational Institutions

Boston Learning Center

  • Boston, MA
  • www.bostonlearningcenter.org

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to transform motivation in order to promote ownership of the learning process in middle and high school students so they can realize their full potential in school and in life.

Main Programs

  1. Private/Small Group Tutoring Program
  2. The Girls Connection Program
  3. The BIFF Paradigm Project
  4. S.A.L.S.A.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Boston Learning Center provides fee-for-service and SES tutoring throughout the state of Massachusetts.

 

We are launching a nationwide campaign, Smart is Cool America, to reach out to other areas of the country.  Our programs will soon be available in North Carolina, California, New York, and various locations throughout the country.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 1995

Self-reported

Ms. Ayele Shakur

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, Tutoring, Personal Development, Motivation, Incentives, Smart is Cool, Smart 'N Cool

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EIN

04-3292156

 Number

7947233242

Also Known As

BLC

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Private/Small Group Tutoring Program

The Private/Small Group Tutoring Program uses highly experienced, certified instructors to teach more than 14 different subjects ranging from phonics to physics, as well as test preparation for the MCAS, ISEE, and SAT exams. Tutoring is provided in Boston, Fall River, Lynn, Revere, Quincy, Cambridge, and Springfield.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$770,000.00

Program 2

The Girls Connection Program

The Girls Connection Program is an after-school program designed to meet the academic and personal development needs of at-risk teenage girls in grades 6 through 12 by providing them with tutoring, fitness activities, visual and performing arts, entrepreneurship, and leadership training. This program operates in partnership with Boston Centers for Youth and Families. Students are referred to the program by either a parent or social worker. To identify teen girls most in need, BLC provides outreach to the Department of Youth Services (DYS) and the Department of Social Services (DSS).

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

The BIFF Paradigm Project

The BIFF Paradigm Project is a motivational learning skills program that targets middle and high school students who are at high-risk of failure and/or drop out. The BIFF (Building Inspiration to Fight Failure) Program dismantles students’ negative paradigms about school, transforms negative peer pressure into positive peer support, and teaches students “the rules of the game” for academic success.
 

BIFF is designed for unmotivated adolescents and pre-adolescents who do not take school seriously.  They are the most at-risk urban youth who believe that it is much better and “cooler” to be “street smart” rather than “school smart.”  BIFF tackles this crippling paradigm of intentional underachievement by using unconventional teaching methods to help students become more proactive learners.  The techniques used include:
• Incentivized teaching, i.e. using cash and prizes to reward good behavior and academic achievement
• Confronting negative paradigms about school by teaching the students that being “school smart” leads to success in life
• Card tricks and juggling games to show students that learning is not all about boring book work;
• Addressing motivational issues head-on and deconstructing “inner demons” (i.e. laziness, procrastination, self-doubt, and anger) that are holding the students back from succeeding in school
• Teaching them how to actively participate in class and to communicate effectively with teachers, including the teachers they do not particularly like
• Learning how to pay attention even in a boring class
• Fostering positive peer groups and using positive peer pressure (similar to sports teams) that encourage group success
• Coaching students on how to access educational resources like tutoring and college counseling that may be available at their school or in the community.

 

As a result of the success of the BIFF Program, Boston Learning Center has developed the Smart is Cool America Initiative.  As part of the initiative, we have added parent and teacher workshops to the core program.  Our goal is to bring our program to 14 major cities in 9 states over the next two years.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$210,000.00

Program 4

S.A.L.S.A.

Students Advocating Life without Substance Abuse (SALSA) is a presentation and leadership skills program for high school students, which promotes healthy drug free lifestyle choices while encouraging students to excel in school. SALSA Youth Leaders make presentations to younger students in middle schools, elementary schools, and after school programs about living healthy, drug free lifestyles. The program is completely student-run and has a strong entrepreneurial component.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$20,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Boston Learning Center provides fee-for-service and SES tutoring throughout the state of Massachusetts.

 

We are launching a nationwide campaign, Smart is Cool America, to reach out to other areas of the country.  Our programs will soon be available in North Carolina, California, New York, and various locations throughout the country.

Affiliations + Memberships

Boys and Girls Clubs of America

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Financials

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BOSTON LEARNING CENTER, INC.
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Boston Learning Center

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Ayele Shakur

BIO

Ms. Ayele Shakur
-BIFF Co-Founder and Executive Director of BLC

-B.S. in Business Management, Boston University, 1987

-M.Ed. Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1995

-Certification in Elementary Education (grades 1-6)

-Certification as Reading Specialist

-11 years urban teaching experience (2 years in Los Angeles, 9 years in Boston)

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hon. Sheldon Fischer

Goldenknock/Pipeline International

Term: Jan 2009 -

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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