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Building Educated Leaders for Life


Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) is a nationally recognized, evidenced-based organization delivering high-quality afterschool and summer programs to students in under-resourced communities.

BELL began in 1992 in Boston and now serves students in seven states. BELL’s approach to increasing middle school student engagement is a six-week academic summer program to target “summer learning loss,” the academic regression that occurs for many low-income students during summer vacation.

The program is offered four days a week to rising 6th graders entering OnTrack Greenville middle schools who have demonstrated at-risk academic or social behaviors and consists of three hours of academic instruction, three hours of enrichment courses, free transportation, a healthy breakfast and lunch, field trips, and recreational activities. Programming also includes a series of events for students’ families throughout the summer session, during which time students proudly can showcase their work and newly sharpened skills.

BELL’s primary intended impact is a measurable improvement in student English/language Arts (ELA) and math course performance. In addition, BELL’s program intends to affect several secondary outcomes, including improvement of student attitudes towards learning and student self-confidence.

For the Bell Evaluation Overview, click here.


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