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Beacon Academy serves low-income students living in Boston and surrounding urban areas. Most (80%) of our students’ families live below the poverty level and the remainder of them live just above it. They don’t always have money for food, often experience instability in their housing, and are plagued by job insecurity. Of our 247 graduates and 22 current students, 57% are Black, 28% Hispanic, 9% Biracial, 3% Caucasian, and 3% Asian. 140 are female-identifying and 129 are male-identifying. Most students become the first in their families to finish high school or complete college, and many break multi-generational cycles of teenage parenthood and adult poverty. In short, Beacon students represent the most underserved Boston residents; yet they have the grit, talent, and determination to change the trajectory of their lives.
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"Being happy is everything. Success doesn't make you happy, being happy makes you successful" is just one of the lessons The Class of 2020 learned during another compelling Speaker Series. Dr. Carolyn Compton, MD is an anatomic & clinical pathology specialist who versed our Beacons on finding opportunities and creating unique paths forward centered around their passions. For Dr. Compton, it was pathology, and that passion came through- inspiring us all to explore what really interests us and makes us happy!

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The Class of 2020 continues to be dazzled by the @encorebostonharbor staff. This time we met Ed Carlson, Head of Marketing, and Caitlyn Weller, Director of the Front Office. Thanks to our lovely guests, students were able to learn more about the hospitality industry. Students also learned first hand how experts of hospitality maintain their cool under stress, how technology has changed and will continue changing their field of work, and how it is necessary to be your own biggest advocate! Another successful Speaker Series story!

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On this episode of Beacon Speaker Series, the students were introduced to Rosie Salisbury, Director of Public Relations at Encore Boston Harbor. Windy Pham, Encore's Community Relations Specialist, also joined the conversation. Students were inspired by Ms. Salisbury's determination to grow through her career. Ms. Salisbury moved from Nevada to Boston for her job, and was able to share helpful tips on how our students can feel confident and ready to move forward to their next great adventure. Thank you, @encorebostonharbor !

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Class of 2018 Graduation Speeches

Albert McField Seeing my older sibling attend a private school, I have always dreamt of the day when I would follow in his footsteps towards higher educational opportunity. In my first attempt at reaching my goal I was waitlisted, then …

Spring Celebration Speech – Jerry Lherisson

Welcome. My name is Jerry Lherisson, and I am a member of Beacon Academy’s Class of 2008.  I am both honored and excited to welcome you to Beacon Academy’s Spring Celebration! We have an amazing community of people assembled tonight. …

Spring Celebration Speech – Idalina Pina

Note: The night of Spring Celebration Idalina was inspired to speak from the heart, beyond the speech she had written.  As we did not record the speeches, the below text is not exactly what she said that night but instead is …

Spring Celebration Speech – Amy McCarthy

Hello everyone and thank you for coming to Beacon’s Spring Dinner and celebration of Beacon’s Class of 2018! I am Amy McCarthy and I am thrilled to share this wonderful evening with you in this, my first year as Board …

MLK Essay Contest Winner

A Hero for Equality by Valerie Rosario, Beacon ’18 Martin Luther King Jr., the rebel, the warrior, and the hero, has inspired America to find their voices. Fighting for our rights, he opened doors and motivated kids like me to …

Beacon Students Win Scholastic Writing Awards!

Congratulations to this year’s winners of Scholastic Awards for Writing! In true Beacon spirit, the essays are personal, authentic, and moving. They capture the resilience and intellect of these wonderful young students who are now poised to become important voices …

Beacon Back to School at Belmont Hill

  Ann Ryan (Beacon Trustee and Coach), Stalin Polanco ’21, Macdony Charles ’18, Ysael Porro ’20, Marsha Feinberg (Beacon Founder), Carl Dawson ’72 (Beacon Corporation Member and Coach)

Reflections from Peter Gammons

We Need Beacon At Spring Celebration this past Sunday, we were honored with the presence of legendary sports writer, Peter Gammons. His reflection on Beacon is printed in full below. Peter seen here with Beacon Academy’s Board Chair Pam Dickinson. …

Dennishia – Spring Celebration 2017 Speech

Beacon Academy founding class member, Dennishia Bell (’06) is off to an incredibly bright start. She will be graduating this year with two masters degrees and has been selected as the first Beacon graduate to join the Board of Trustees. Dennishia’s grace, …