Mission: To transform the academic achievement, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in underresourced communities.
About the Organization: Founded in 1992 by a group of African-American and Latino students at Harvard University as an afterschool tutoring program called BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), BellXcel today works to improve summer and afterschool learning opportunities for the estimated 7.5 million children nationwide who are performing below grade level — in large part due to a lack of high-quality programs in their underresourced schools and communities. To that end, the organization provides nonprofits and school districts with modular solutions that combine academics, enrichment opportunities, social-emotional learning (SEL), professional development opportunities, and community and family engagement and gives them the ability to customize dynamic out-of-school-time learning programs based on their needs and budget. In 2018, BellXcel-powered programs served more than sixteen thousand summer and afterschool students from a hundred and fifty communities in thirty-four states.
Website: Visitors to the BellXcel site can read more about the organization's approach and impact, browse program spotlights, keep up with the latest news, or make a donation. School districts and nonprofits interested in the organization's solutions can sign up for an informational webinar and/or fill out a survey to receive a free program needs assessment.
Funding: BellXcel is supported by individual donations, foundation grants, government grants, and program service revenue.