At Tenacity, we envision the day when every student in Boston graduates from high school and achieves post-secondary success.

Tenacity’s mission is to enable post-secondary success by improving the scholastic, character and physical development of less advantaged urban youth through a combination of literacy, life skills development, family engagement, and fitness/tennis.

Offered in partnership with Boston Public Schools, Tenacity’s programs provide a Pathway to Post-Secondary Success through a combination of academic enrichment, mentoring, family engagement, and tennis/fitness coaching which together improve educational outcomes for students, increase graduation rates, and help transform the lives of the youth we serve.

Tenacity’s Pathway programs enable young people to build self-confidence and explore success as students, mentors and leaders. We open educational and career pathways that offer countless opportunities for personal, civic and professional growth. The outcomes are striking. Tenacity has maintained a 95% high school graduation rate among students who have completed our Middle School Academy, with 80% of these graduates going on to higher education. Currently, over 6,000 youth participate in Tenacity’s in-school, after school, and summer programs annually.

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Tenacity students improved 100% in proficiency compared to 75% for BPS
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95% of Tenacity Pathway students graduate from high school
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70% of graduates are attending or have completed post-secondary programs

School Year Pathway Programs

Elementary Program

The Elementary Program introduces 4th and 5th grade Boston Public School (BPS) students to the game of tennis and to the Tenacity Pathway. Offered at five BPS schools twice a month, the program fosters a positive, competitive spirit in participants while providing valuable lessons in self-control and sports etiquette.

Middle School Academy

Offered in partnership with six Boston Public Schools, Middle School Academy is Tenacity’s core school-year program. The program provides 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students with academic enrichment, social/emotional support, and tennis and fitness coaching, building a foundation for success both inside and outside school.

College Prep

College Prep offers graduates of Tenacity’s Middle School Academy the academic support they need to achieve educational success, graduate from high school, and plan for college or other post-secondary pursuits.

Post-Secondary Services

Post-Secondary Services provides our high school graduates the support and guidance they need to face the challenge of college and other pursuits that lead to productive and rewarding lives.

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