Youth Development

Boston Scores

STRONG BODY. STRONG MIND. STRONG ME.

aka America SCORES New England   |   Jamaica Plain, MA   |  www.bostonscores.org

Mission

To provide urban youth with team-based education programs that promote health & well-being, academic engagement, and civic leadership.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Mr. John Maconga

Main address

29 Germania Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 USA

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Formerly known as

New England SCORES

EIN

04-3482756

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Boston has one of the highest income inequalities in the United States. These income inequalities directly translate into opportunity gaps for inner-city youth as they experience ~6,000 hours less out-of-school enrichment opportunities than their suburban counterparts by the time they reach 6th grade. Consequently, inner-city youth don't have the same chances to build the social and emotional skills necessary to thrive in school and in life. The achievement gap also translates to inequities in health: The shortage of sports programming in inner-city Boston and inadequate school facilities leave students more sedentary, resulting in high levels of obesity and overweight from an early age onwards. Leadership in Action tackles these challenges and helps close the opportunity gap.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Leadership in Action

Our programs are rooted in the dynamics created through our soccer teams. We use the U.S. Soccer Foundation's "Soccer for Success" curriculum that emphasizes nutrition education, fitness, family engagement, and mentorship. These teams meet on the field for soccer practices and games and also meet in the classroom where they engage in team-based experiential enrichment programs. What makes Boston Scores unique is our whole-child approach. We prepare students for the challenges and opportunities they are going to face in school and after graduating by addressing students' comprehensive needs - from academic achievement to health and well-being to community engagement. All of this is done in a team-based environment that engages students in learning and in building their social-emotional foundation.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
At-risk youth
Budget
$2,155,306

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who demonstrate the desire to succeed in the academic setting

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Leadership in Action

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

% of parents who agreed that their students had a more positive attitude towards school as a result of Boston Scores

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Measured in %

Number of students with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Leadership in Action

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

% of students achieving meaningful growth in self-regulation as measured with pre and post SAYO-T surveys. (Schools measured are a part of PSELI.)

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Leadership in Action

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

% of students achieving meaningful growth in communication as measured with pre and post SAYO-T surveys. (Schools measured are a part of PSELI.)

Percentage of students maintaining or improving their aerobic capacity

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Measured in compliance with the U.S. Soccer Foundation through the PACER

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Boston Scores works to fill the gaps in students' social-emotional foundation and enrichment by connecting at-risk youth with team-based education programs that support students' health & well-being, academic achievement and civic engagement. Students emerge (1) with the knowledge needed to lead healthy lives, (2) curious & engaged in the learning process, and (3) empowered to make positive change in their lives and in their community.

Boston Scores provides Boston youth with team-based education programs that foster their health & well-being, academic achievement, and civic engagement. Programs include soccer & nutrition instruction, poetry & creative writing, and service-learning & social entrepreneurship.

Boston Scores has a full-time staff of 14, qs well as 180 part-time teacher-coaches, and 130 volunteers who operate our programs at schools across Boston.

Boston Scores measures our program's impact on students' social-emotional learning, health & nutrition education, academic engagement, civic engagement, and college & job readiness.

Boston Scores serves over 1,500 students annually. We look forward to serving even more students in the years to come and deepening our impact on the students served.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, site visits.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: the people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    In summer 2019, we completed a two-year partnership with the Fund for Shared Insight, during which time we reached out to parents about how they think Boston Scores can improve. One learning we took from this project was a widespread desire among the families of Scores students for more extensive real-time information about program updates and changes. Based on this feedback, we revamped our website and social media channels to improve our communication with parents regarding game schedules, weather-related schedule changes, ​and special event details.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Boston Scores

Board of directors
as of 1/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Chang

Wellington Management Company

Term: 2008 -

Bob Shay

Retired

Anthony Goodman

Russell Reynolds Associates

Chris Pike

Advent International

Elizabeth Shea

Pathstone Federal Street

Marc Mantell

Mintz Levin

Kelly Coughlin

Stifel Financial Corporation

Gary Scott

State Street Corporation

Richard Yu

CLSA

Stephen Antuna

LogMeIn

Brian Bilello

New England Revolution

Mark Williamson

Calera Capital

David Chang

Wellington Management Company

Bob Bruno

Retired

Timothy Syrett

WilmerHale

Jennifer Flaherty

PwC

Amandio Sena

IMMI Financial Solutions

Marquis Taylor

Coaching for Change, Inc.

Mary Driscoll

Boston Public Schools

Brendan Grattan

PepsiCo

Laura Grattan

Thomas H. Lee Partners, LP

Michael Henry

InterContinental Boston

Loren Jarrett

Progress Software

Howard Kogan

WordStream

Katie Smith Milway

Milway Media

Thomas Obaseki

Acadian Asset Management

Nancy Wiser

Wells Fargo

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/01/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/01/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.

Keywords

soccer, poetry, service, social entrepreneurship, youth, after-school, out-of-school time