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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!!

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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 …

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, …

Pam Dickinson – Spring Celebration 2017 Speech

Brilliance from the Board  We remain deeply inspired by the words of retiring Board Chair, Pam Dickinson, in her keynote speech at Beacon Academy’s Spring Celebration this past Sunday, May 7, 2017. Please read on to hear her words, which famed …

Lighthouse Philanthropy Workshop

On Saturday, February 25th, Beacon Academy is hosting an all-day young professional’s workshop on urban educational challenges and philanthropy. This full day experience will convene 20 energetic and socially minded young professionals for an information and skill-building workshop to deepen their understanding …