BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) is a nonprofit that partners with schools and community organizations to expand learning opportunities for struggling students in grades K-8.
Our mission is to increase the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life opportunities of children living in under-resourced communities. Because we believe in the extraordinary potential of all children, we recognize them as “scholars.”
Research shows that expanding learning time – particularly in the summer – is one of the most effective strategies for boosting student achievement and eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. Our team of teachers and educators works closely with parents, schools, and communities to target students and families with the greatest academic and economic needs.
We deliver evidence-based summer and after-school programs that blend rigorous academic instruction, social and cultural enrichment, and parent and community engagement. Teachers and educators work together to deliver data-driven instruction aligned to in-school learning. Hands-on enrichment courses in the sciences, creative arts, and character development, coupled with field trips and service projects, reinforce academic skills and inspire scholars to pursue future college and career goals.
BELL’s approach increases student achievement. In BELL programs, scholars gain reading, writing, and math skills, increase their self-confidence, and strengthen the determination they need to succeed in school and in life.
We also train schools and community organizations to mobilize their own resources and deliver proven models for their students. For example, our growing partnership with the YMCA of the USA and its national network of associations has brought the Power Scholars AcademyTM, modeled after BELL Summer, to 21 new communities over the last three years.
Through partnerships with more than 100 schools and community organizations, more than 14,000 scholars are participating in BELL programs in 35 communities across 21 states, including the District of Columbia.
Work with BELL and change the world, one scholar at a time!