Category Archives: Mission

Bridging the Gap: Tutors for All’s 2015 Annual Appeal Campaign

“I like when Natashia knows that I don’t get something, and I also like how when she comes in to tutorial she always has a smile on her face… I would recommend tutorial for my friends that need it because you get paired with someone who cares about your education and wants to help you.”
Deja, 8th Grade T4A Student
Dear readers,
Tutors for All is experiencing exciting growth this year. We’re expanding our work at Codman Academy, continuing our work with the Tobin School and Massachusetts General, establishing a program at Boston Green Academy, and crafting a partnership with Squashbusters, a sport-based youth enrichment program. 


As our programs expand, we are embarking on our most ambitious organizational growth plan yet: laying groundwork that will take us from a small non-profit under the wing of Third Sector New England to a stand-alone non-profit venture. With your help, we hope to reach beyond the city of Boston and introduce our programs on a statewide level within the next three to five years. We have some hard work ahead of us, but we know that it is possible. 


With your help, we will achieve success. This year more than ever, your tax-deductible donation will go a long way as we prepare for these momentous changes. If you have donated to us previously, we ask you to join our “one-up” challenge by increasing your previous donation. If you have never donated, we ask you to dig deep, remembering either your own struggles when you were in school or those of a close friend, and how a program like ours could have helped. 
Make a tax-deductible donation to us today by donating online or by sending us a check made out to Third Sector New England/Tutors for All at 89 South Street LL02, Boston, MA 02111. 


All gifts, no matter the size, will make a difference. 




Mark Destler, Executive Director

Element #1 of Highly Effective Tutorial: High Quality Oversight

For eight years running, Tutors for All programs have achieved jaw-dropping results for Boston kids and the organizations that serve them.

How have our programs accomplished this?  While each program in our history has its own unique story, we believe that seven key elements unite them and offer a roadmap to follow.

  1. Award's Night #2High Quality Oversight
  2. Professionalization of Tutors
  3. 1:1 or 1:2 Ratios
  4. Balanced Collaboration and Autonomy
  5. Regular Assessment and Progress Monitoring
  6. Tutors for All (not Some)
  7. Leveraged Subsidies for Service

Over the next few months, we’ll be spending some time discussing each of them.  Our goal: a conversation among experts and beginners on how effective programs can work.

Today’s topic: High Quality Oversight.

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Tutors for All Announces New Partnership with the YMCA!

EastBoston YMCA


Starting this summer Tutors for All will be running summer camp and after school programs at YMCA locations across Boston.

T4A will serve elementary school students attending YMCA summer camp and after school programs. This first of these programs will begin at the Roxbury YMCA this July. In the fall we will conduct our first after school program at the East Boston YMCA. We look forward to expanding our outreach to Boston youth through the YMCA. Check back for updates throughout the year!

How are we bridging the achievement gap?

Over the years, T4A has had dramatic results on the students we’ve reached. Below are the MCAS results from our 2012 programs:

Here’s what our kids are facing and how we make a difference:

Fewer than 2 in 10 public school ninth-graders will graduate with a post-secondary degree.

Data Source: Blackboard Institute’s “Closing the Gap between High School and College”// Image source: Tutors for All

Tutors for All bridges the achievement gap one student at a time. Through bringing together colleges, schools, and community resources, we offer underserved students the systematic individualized instruction they need in order to thrive.

Our programs transform the lives of Boston youth and the college students who tutor them. In the process, they are establishing large-scale individualized instruction as one of very few educational interventions successfully preparing underserved students for success in college and beyond.

What are tutorials?

Tutorials are individualized instructional sessions led by personally matched work-study, service learning, and volunteer college students.

Tutorials are:

  • Individually planned
  • Scheduled and mandatory
  • Skills-based (for the most part, math and reading).
  • Goal and assessment driven
  • A proven strategy for bridging the achievement gap

What kind of tutorials has Tutors for All successfully run?

1. Skills tutorials (grades 4-9)

  • a. Reading, writing, and/or math
  • b. 60-90 minutes per day
  • c. Summer and Academic Year Programs
  • d. 1-5 Days per week

2. MCAS Prep (10th grade)

  • ELA, math, biology, and physics
  • 3 hours per day/one day per week

3. College Preparation and Success

  • Accuplacer Preparation
  • Academic mindset/learning strategies


Help us close the achievement gap!