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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences


Nature and Purpose
Tenacity is a rapidly growing non-profit youth development organization providing intensive literacy, tennis, and life skills development programs to Boston youth. Our Middle School Academy (MSA) is an intensive 3-year program serving middle school students from 6th grade until they graduate in 8th grade. The ultimate goal is to prepare our students for success in high school and beyond. In MSA, students spend equal amounts of time on the tennis courts and in an academic literacy block. The focus of our academic program is an interactive skill based curriculum that's main goal is to strengthen a student's reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing skills while exploring themes of self-identity and community engagement.  Life skills such as communication, respect, and responsibility are developed in both the literacy and tennis curriculums.  The foundation of our approach is that strong, consistent relationships between tutors/staff and students are key to the success of the program.

PULSE students serve as tutors, mentors, and overall program assistants. This includes being on-site at an after-school program two days a week, helping the Academic Coordinator implement our literacy and life skills curriculum. PULSE students work regularly with a reading group of 1-3 middle school students, engaging in literacy activities and helping students with homework.