had been a student at Boston Latin School, Boston’s premier exam
school, for three years when I began asking myself why minorities
were represented in a disproportionate rate compared to the rest of
the Boston Public Schools system. I also began to notice that those
students who managed to test in typically found the school more
challenging than their peers. Close-mindedly, I blamed a rigid exam
school system that I did not think I had the ability to change.
of my first days of tutoring at the center, however, changed my
mindset forever. In guiding an eight-year-old girl to an answer on
her math homework, I realized how much joy I found in helping others.
Over the following weeks, I realized that the kids I tutored in the
community center had the same intellectual potential as those I went
to school with. The only difference was the lack of awareness of all
the steps it took to be admitted to the exam schools and the
unpreparedness for what to expect if they were able to test in.
felt that I was making small steps towards alleviating socioeconomic
disparities in the school system, though I knew the road was a long
and winding one.
modeled my program through the learning center off of other ISEE
prepatory systems that were typically quite expensive, but went a
step further by adding the personal mentorship aspect between the
younger students and myself.
started on a small scale, tutoring a few kids specifically for the
ISEE, then slowly started expanding as more tutors joined the
program. I scoured dozens of prep books, combining lessons and tips
from all over, and further supplemented my lessons by using online
resources such as Khan Academy.
of the physical learning center, I constantly worked on spreading the
word to attract new tutors. I talked to classmates, neighborhood
friends, neighbors, staff, and even my elementary school teachers for
help. Ultimately, and thanks to the help of Maurine Scott, I was able
to foster a relationship with Curry College that now annually
provides tutors to help at the community center and raise $3000 to
use for my goal.
I have helped a couple dozen kids be admitted to exam, private, and
prep schools. More importantly, I have raised the foundations of a
network that will help these students from vulnerable communities
succeed at elite institutions upon arrival.
program should continue indefinitely, it has worked so far and I am
confident that it will continue to better the lives of many in my
local community. It is important to begin thinking about implementing
these tutoring and mentorship programs across the city of Boston, and
not just in Georgetowne. As the project continues to grow, I believe
it has the potential to effectively reduce the educational
disparities in the Boston Public Schools system.
past three years have brought me a sense of accomplishment, unlike
anything I have ever felt before. Knowing that I have been able to
give back to the community that has helped me get where I am today
brings me a unique sense of pride.
have learned three major lessons, and have changed my own mentality
single student has the potential to be intelligent individuals who
contribute positively to their community if they apply themselves.
are many people who want to give back to their community, and
sometimes all you have to do is reach out politely.
change requires perseverance.
have become more optimistic regarding many other issues I face in my
life, knowing that anything is possible.
greatest sense of happiness has come to me from watching these same
students I tutored flourish in their high school academics, and I
hope that they continue to work their way to college.
dream for them to gain a more equal footing regarding the passions
they want to pursue and I am certain that with action change will
come and better schools can be a truth for all.