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Achieve June 2024 Newsletter

A Message from the Director

Greetings from Achieve!

Our team is hard at work putting the final touches on plans for what I am sure will be the best summer yet!

The theme for Summer 2024 is “Sixteen Sweet Summers,” as we mark the 16th Summer of Achieve. We eagerly look forward to the return of special traditions like daily “Word of the Day” presentations to our community, the end-of-summer Field Day and lip-synch battle, and the Summer Learning Showcase. Most importantly, we look forward to celebrating our rising ninth graders, Pride 14, at their graduation on August 8th.

In this newsletter, you will find information about our newest class of scholars (Pride 15) as well as our graduates’ summer and post-high school plans. It will be a busy summer for the entire Achieve community, but we are so excited about what’s to come!


Reginald Toussaint
Executive Director

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Achieve in the Bay State Banner

When she started in the Achieve Program, Thalita Almondes of East Boston was good at reading, but she struggled in math.

Now three years later, she aces both.

“I’ve loved it,” said Almondes, who is now 13.

She is one of hundreds of middle school students who have participated in Achieve, which is now in its 15th year.

The tuition-free program, whose mission is to close the achievement gap and open access to learning, has helped roughly 400 middle school students get on a path to college or into one of the city’s three competitive exam schools. The program is based at The Noble and Greenough School, an independent boarding school in Dedham.

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Achieve December 2023 Newsletter

A Message from the Director
As 2023 draws to a close, I’d like to express my appreciation for the community that has been the backbone of Achieve throughout the past year. I extend my gratitude to our exceptional students and graduates who consistently bring their best to each Saturday session, as well as their families who have invested significantly in their partnership with our program.

I also want to acknowledge our school partners, including the remarkable public and charter schools across Boston that recommend students for our program, as well as the independent and pilot schools that select our students for admission. And finally, a special thank you is reserved for our donors and supporters, whose invaluable contributions make all our work possible.

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Achieve in the Boston Globe, November 2022

Dailin Morfa hated the classes she was taking.

She had moved from Boston as the pandemic raged to attend Denison University in Granville, Ohio. A graduate of Brooke Charter School Mattapan, Morfa was used to going to school with other students of color and being among the top in her class, but found herself feeling out of place at the predominantly white university while barely staying afloat academically.

Morfa, a first generation college student, turned to the people who helped her adjust to the rigors of Brooke Mattapan, the people who nominated her for the selective Posse Scholarship, the people who had tutored her since she was 11: the folks at the Achieve Program.

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