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City Connects Awarded Barr Foundation Grant

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Mary Walsh

City Connects has been $1.4 million over three years from the Barr Foundation to continue implementing optimized student support in Boston Public Schools. The Barr Foundation has been a lead funder of City Connects since its inception. Their ongoing support enables City Connects to continue offering student support to 18 Boston Public schools.

“The Barr Foundation’s support allows us to continue working in Boston Public Schools, where 7,800 children benefit from the student support provided by City Connects,” said Mary E. Walsh, Ph.D., Executive Director of City Connects and Kearns Professor at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. “With this funding, we are able to continue our longitudinal research on the ways City Connects positively impacts students and schools. We see that children in City Connects high schools, for example, have lower dropout rates—long after they have left a City Connects elementary school. Supporting Boston’s students and being able to examine how student support contributes to these positive outcomes is critical. We are very grateful for the Barr Foundation’s belief in our mission.”

Developed at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education in 2001, City Connects is an evidence-based system of student support that ensures that all children engage and learn in school by connecting each child with a tailored set of prevention, intervention, and enrichment services. By leveraging the resources of community agencies, City Connects works efficiently within the existing framework of schools and society to alleviate barriers to learning, especially those barriers posed by poverty. City Connects is active in 55 sites across public and private schools in Boston and Springfield, Mass.; New York City; and Dayton, Ohio.