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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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Beacon Academy is at Bain & Company.
What an amazing professional development opportunity Beacon alumni had to participate in a resume-building workshop with our Bain partners! Alumni were able to work one-on-one with Bain consultants to create a stand-out resumé.

Ceili (BA’15) commented on the day, saying “It’s imperative that young people of color be introduced to success in that kind of scope, especially at Bain where success is found in abundance. Being an undergrad at Babson, the experience aligned perfectly with what I want to do in the future regarding consulting, and now I have a competitive resumé along with contacts at Bain- a top tier consulting firm.”

Thank you so much to Charlotte Weiner for organizing this event, and all of our amazing partners at Bain!!

@bainandcompany #bainandcompany #professionaldevelopment #resume #bostonyoungprofessionals #youngprofessionals @ Bain & Company
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Congratulations, Sominishia! We are SO proud of you for being accepted into the Berkeley Sociology Summer Research Program on Race. Thanks for forging an amazing path of hard work and excellence!

#classof2013 #beaconboston #alumnisuccess #thebest #thebrightest
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Robert @beaconacademy ‘12 @belmonthillschool ‘16 @conncollege ‘20

Steven @beaconacademy ‘15 @brimmerandmayschool ‘19 @trinitycollege ‘23

Rafael @beaconacademy ‘20 ........ stay tuned to find out where Rafael’s headed!!

#needhamboys #opportunityearned


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A Reflection on “A Look Behind the Scenes”

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Beacon’s Broader Impact

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Beacon Stays Busy During Spring “Break”

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