About Community Learning Collaborative
The Community Learning Collaborative was created as a short-term response to the pandemic with a long-range goal of re-imagining education for students in Boston. The Community Learning Collaborative is reimagining education by driving equity for students.
Comprised of community organizations led by leaders of color — YMCA of Greater Boston, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, The BASE, and Latinos for Education — the Community Learning Collaborative is building an integrated continuum of services for Black and Latinx students and families. The project imagines what would happen if community leaders banded together to provide youth in their programs a shot at equitable education in the city. As a result, the project has created learning pods, free of charge to families, to provide high-quality academic support, social emotional development, health and wellness, recreation, arts, movement, and food in a fun and engaging environment.
In addition to addressing the unique and immediate challenges facing working families over the 2020-21 school year in Boston, the whole child focus incorporates long-term interventions such as culturally appropriate curricula that leads to positive self-identities for children of color as well as immediate needs of food insecurity and hunger by providing healthy and nutritious meals and snacks.