Boston Education Collaborative
Working with churches, schools, and nonprofits to empower underserved urban students with the education they need for transformation - in their lives and in their communities.
BEC seeks to engage churches and leaders to strengthen the educational pipeline or system in Greater Boston, so that our students have the socio-emotional and/or academic skills to succeed in school and are prepared for successful adulthood. The scope of our work includes fostering learning communities, strengthening or developing programs, building organizational or programmatic capacity, and supporting church-school partnerships.
The college graduation rate for black and Latino public high school students is 25%. Passport to College, a program of the Higher Education Resource Center (HERC) addresses this need directly through a two year college prep course which develops perseverance and skills for long-term success.
Since 2004, Passport has encouraged its scholars to ask themselves, “What am I here to achieve? How do I get there?” Carolina De Jesus, director, thinks systemically about urban education with the Boston Education Collaborative (a ministry of the Emmanuel Gospel Center), which has clarified the need to be more intentional about following the students through college. Students participating in Passport to College have a college graduation rate of 87%.
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HISTORICALLY, FAITH-BASED INSTITUTIONS—including churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious centers and coalitions —have been committed to helping children to reach their full potential. Boston Public Schools (BPS) recognizes that the Greater Boston faith community continues today in this legacy and, as a result, includes within the BPS Acceleration Agenda an effort to invite faith-based institutions to partner with our schools toward increased student achievement.
Since its founding, the BEC has helped make an impact on church-based programs in Greater Boston that help urban residents reach educational goals.
Based on an interview with Rev. Eldin Villafañe, Ph.D., the founding director of the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME), this article tells the story of Dr. Villafañe’s calling to launch CUME in 1976 and how the school rapidly took shape. Dr. Villafañe recalls the fruitful synergy at work among three primary players: CUME, the Emmanuel Gospel Center, and a network of new churches emerging from the Quiet Revival.
Church-school partnerships. Do they work? Is it a win-win for both parties? Learn about how EGC’s Boston Education Collaborative is having success matching churches with local schools. And find out more about the other work of the BEC to help encourage and equip Christian leaders in Boston who work in educational settings.
The challenge of dealing well with the different cultures in our modern cities is the most significant challenge facing theological schools today, according to Dr. Alvin Padilla, former Dean of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Boston campus. In this issue, he begins to unravel the problem by offering several perspectives to help us move from being bewildered to better understanding what God might be doing in our cities.
BEC: Helping Urban Churches Motivate & Support Underserved Students
Perhaps because Boston is home to over 50 colleges and universities (inside the I-95 belt), or perhaps because education has always been an important value in the New England culture, the desire to give our children a good education remains a top priority for Bostonians. And today it’s not just parents, educators, and politicians who focus on education, but urban churches and faith-based nonprofits also have education on their minds.