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BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND SUCCESS BOSTON CELEBRATE COLLEGE AND CAREER MONTH
BPS to Host Annual City-Wide College, Career and STEM Fair
BOSTON—In partnership with Success Boston and The Boston Foundation, and as a part of College and Career Month, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is preparing students and their families for the after-high-school planning process. STEM focused engagement opportunities will also be available to students throughout October. College & Career Month is focused on helping all students understand the importance of beginning the postsecondary planning process early and engaging their families, counselors, teachers, partners, and mentors in their journey.
BPS’ Annual City-Wide College, Career, and STEM Fair is next Saturday, October 22nd, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at The Reggie Lewis Athletic Center at 1350b Tremont Street, Boston, 02120.
“Our young people should have access to every opportunity in Boston," said Mayor Michelle Wu. "These events will help connect them to resources and next steps as leaders in our city.”
The project directly supports the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's statewide effort to help prepare students for Success after High School. There will be an amplified effort to support students with completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Studies have shown that 90% of students who complete a FAFSA by March 15th are more likely to enter college in the fall.
“Our mission is to focus on the well-being of the whole child and accelerate our students’ academic performance,” said Superintendent Mary Skipper. “Engaging our students in a strong STEAM education will set them up for success throughout the rest of their journeys in education, in career, and life long after they leave Boston Public Schools.”
For the second year, the College and Career Month team will be partnering with a group of social media-savvy BPS student ambassadors to promote events and resources throughout the month. Engaging with students through near-peer advocacy is important as they gain perspective about career possibilities and experiences.
“It is important that we educate the 21st-century student in ways that will set them up for success in the 21st century,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Jeri Robinson. “That is what STEM week and the Boston Public Schools’ entire STEM and STEAM programs are about: educating the leaders of tomorrow by fostering the skills they need to succeed.”
“Our young people should have access to every opportunity in our city," said Mayor Michelle Wu. "These events will help connect them to resources and next steps as leaders in our city.”
Each week throughout October is paired with a theme and students have experienced “Exploring My Skills & Interests” during the first week of the month. The themes for the remaining weeks are:
Week 2: College & Career Readiness & Entrepreneurship (October 10-14)
Week 3: STEAM Week- in conjunction with Mass STEM Week (October 17-22)
Week 4: College Affordability & Financial Literacy (October 24-28)
“Planning and support are critical to help students find and follow their path forward after high school, and are needed more than ever as we recover from the disruptions of the pandemic,” said M. Lee Pelton, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. “We are pleased once again to partner with BPS through Success Boston for College and Career Month, which highlights the benefits of postsecondary pathways and provides the resources that students need to navigate the process and achieve their goals.”
As a part of College and Career Month, students will also engage in FAFSA Day, Tuesday October 25th. The FAFSA is available starting Oct. 1 the year before students plan to enroll. The FAFSA will be open Oct. 1, 2022 for students attending college beginning in the 2023-24 academic year. Completing the FAFSA form allows students to be considered for federal student aid. In addition, states and colleges use FAFSA information to award their own grants, scholarships, and loans. Aid is limited and students are strongly encouraged to meet the deadlines.
About Success Boston
The Success Boston initiative, launched in 2008 by an innovative collaboration between the City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools, the Boston Foundation, UMass Boston, Bunker Hill Community College, the Boston Private Industry Council and dozens of Massachusetts colleges and universities, seeks to dramatically increase college completion of Boston students. Through transition coaching and other supports, Success Boston helps students get ready, get into and get through college, and get connected successfully to careers. To date, more than 7,000 students from 14 graduating classes have been coached through Success Boston. Together, the partners have helped students to enroll in, persist in, and complete college at steadily increasing rates: the most recent data shows that more students from the Boston Public Schools are enrolling and completing college than ever, and the number of graduates from each class receiving a college credential has increased by 77% since the initiative launched.
About the Boston Public Schools
The Boston Public Schools (BPS), the birthplace of public education in the United States, serves nearly 49,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 119 schools. BPS is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a system of innovative, welcoming schools. We partner with the community, families, and students to develop in every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life.