BDEA's fourth graduation ceremony of the year will take place at 6 p.m. on June 19th at the Roxbury Community College Media Center. City Councilor-At-Large Tito Jackson will speak to the class of 30 students and gathered faculty, family and friends. Please join us for what will undoubtedly be another remarkable transition. For further information, please email us.
BDEA Board member Toni Elka was recently selected by The Philanthropic Initiative as a 2013 Boston Neighborhood Fellow. The Boston Neighborhood Fellows Program is an annual awards program, funded by an anonymous donor, that provides recognition and direct financial support to individuals using a combination of creativity, vision and leadership, to work in community service in Great Boston. Toni is one of five Fellows chosen for this year's award . The other 2013 awardees are: Alex Clarke - SPERO Boston, Alfredo Liriano – Roberto Clemente 21 Sports Program, Reggie Talbert - Inner City Weightlifting, Agnes Wong – Boston Chinese Family Support.
BDEA is one of several schools in Massachusetts to receive a grant that will extended learning time and offer us the opportunity to increase our Enrichment offerings to students. The award of $162,000 will help to support the new and already growing Enrichment program coordinated by Joanna Packer and will give us the opportunity to measure the impact of the aquisition of '21st Century Skills', (also referred to as 'soft' or metacognitive skills) on academic progress.