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Programs

BSLC service sites provide students with the opportunity to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds – including race, gender, nationality, age, socio-economic, religion, (dis)ability and sexual orientation. Students have the opportunity to develop interpersonal competencies such as communication, leadership and management skills in real-world situations. Below you find a sampling of programs and community partners.

Mentoring and Tutoring Programs
2+2=5: The Power of Teamwork

Through this program, Bentley students implement a ten-week team-building curriculum that complements Physical Education classes at local elementary schools. This curriculum was developed by Bentley students in collaboration with Physical Education teachers. Each week, the Bentley mentors facilitate activities in 3rd -, 4th -, and 5th -grade gym classes. At the end of each class, these mentors lead reflection sessions to ensure that the children learn the meaning of teamwork and have a platform for open conversations. Students will attend on the same day and time twice per week Monday through Friday. Times vary throughout the day.

A Step Ahead

Through the A Step Ahead program, Bentley University students foster strong relationships with middle school students to stress the importance of an education in today’s world. Through semiweekly sessions, Bentley students work within small groups of 6th -, 7th -, and 8th -graders at McDevitt Middle School to enhance their academic skills and provide them with pivotal out-of-school support. Tutors assist with the educational progression of the students. As mentors and friends, they promote constructive character development and individual growth. Students will attend once per week on Tuesdays or Thursdays from leaving Bentley at 2:15 p.m. and returning by 4:45 p.m.

Chesterbrook Teen Center

Every Tuesday evening during the Bentley semester, a group of Bentley students serves as mentors to teens who live in the Chesterbrook Gardens public housing development in Waltham. In this program, Bentley students design activities aimed to further the teens’ social/emotional development, enhance the teens’ academic performance, prepare the teens for success after graduation, and encourage social responsibility among the teens. Students will attend once per week on Tuesdays leaving Bentley at 5:45 p.m. and returning by 8:15 p.m.

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye’s mission is to improve the life of every person with a learning difference. In this program, Bentley students with learning differences and/or ADHD are paired with students at the McArthur Elementary School, and the McDevitt Middle Schools in Waltham, who have been similarly labeled. Bentley students meet with their mentees once per week, facilitating an arts-based curriculum that is developed to help their mentees build their self-esteem, develop leadership skills, and gain the skills they need to become effective self-advocates. Students will attend once per week on Mondays leaving Bentley at 2:10 p.m. and returning by 3:45 p.m.

Falcon Flyers at Hanscom Air Force Base

This is a unique mentoring and tutoring program created by Bentley students for military children living on Hanscom Air Force Base. In an environment in which most families are transient, and many of the students have a parent who has been deployed, college mentors have an incredible opportunity to create strong bonds and make an impact. Through this afterschool program, Bentley students create learning opportunities and engage the Hanscom elementary and middle school children in activities that promote strong teamwork, enhance self-confidence, and provide space for good conversations and social/emotional development. Students will attend once per week on Fridays leaving Bentley at 2:30 p.m. and returning by 5:30 p.m. Must have a valid passport or REAL I.D.

G.R.E.A.T. Mentoring Program

The G.R.E.A.T. (Growing, Reaching, Empowering, and Achieving Together) Mentoring Program was designed to facilitate mentoring relationships between Waltham teens Bentley students. Throughout their high school years, teen participants are provided with a safe space and support system that enhance their opportunity to achieve their current and future goals. Each Thursday evening during the Bentley semester, the Bentley mentors offer the high school students guidance on a personal level, connecting with each teen individually through one-on-one relationship building, through a parallel group mentoring model, in thoughtfully designed activities, and by providing opportunities for outsidethe-classroom learning. The high school participants have been identified as those who come from family backgrounds that would less predict a future of higher education, and G.R.E.A.T aims to close this achievement gap. Students will attend once per week on Thursdays leaving Bentley at 6:20 p.m. and returning by 8:45 p.m.

PRISM Project

Developed by a Bentley student, the PRISM Project was created to help young women achieve a higher level of self-esteem and to aid them in the discovery of three core values: ambition, inner beauty, and full potential. Through weekly workshops, Bentley role models equip these girls to set goals and follow their dreams. Prism Project sessions are held weekly during the evening in two of Waltham’s public housing developments. Bentley mentors further the mission of the program by designing and facilitating unique, innovative, and engaging activities. Students will attend once per week on Wednesdays leaving Bentley at 6:20 p.m. and returning by 8:45 p.m.

PRISM Project at Hanscom Air Force Base

Developed by a Bentley student, the PRISM Project was created to help young women achieve a higher level of self-esteem and to aid them in the discovery of three core values: ambition, inner beauty, and full potential. Through weekly workshops, Bentley role models equip these girls to set goals and follow their dreams. Prism Project at Hanscom sessions are held weekly in the afternoon at Hanscom Air Force Base. Bentley mentors further the mission of the program by designing and facilitating unique, innovative, and engaging activities. Students will attend once per week on Fridays leaving Bentley at 2:30 p.m. and returning by 5:30 p.m. Must have a valid passport or REAL I.D.

Computer Related Programs
America Clicks!

America Clicks! aims to improve technology literacy among Waltham youth. Through the program, Bentley students work with the Waltham IT specialist and teachers to develop advanced IT opportunities for students in elementary schools, middle schools, Waltham High School, and afterschool programs. Each week, mentors work one-on-one, and in small groups, with the children to provide children with opportunities to enhance their technology skills. Students will attend once per week on the same day Monday through Friday. Times vary throughout the day.

America Clicks! (With Spanish language support)

America Clicks! aims to improve technology literacy among Waltham youth. Through the program, Bentley students work with the Waltham IT specialist and teachers to develop advanced IT opportunities for students at Waltham High School, many of whose first language is not English. Each week, mentors work one-on-one, and in small groups, with the youth to provide them opportunities to enhance their technology skills and advance the English language understanding. It is recommended that Bentley students interested in participating in Students will attend once per week on Fridays. Times vary throughout the day.

Cyber Coaches at Brookhaven

Brookhaven at Lexington is a life-care living facility for seniors. Residents are retired, and live independently, or in assisted-living accommodations on site. Through the Cyber Coaches program, Bentley students are matched one-on-one with residents who are eager to learn. These pairs meet once per week, and Bentley students help the residents to develop skills when using the most updated computer and cell phone technology. Students will attend once per week on the same day Monday through Thursday. Times vary throughout the day.

Skills for Life

Skills for Life was developed to assist adults from the Waltham area with developing personal computer skills so they can gain meaningful employment. Originally, the program was designed to bring technology to those in the community who did not have access to computers. While this barrier has been closed for many adults, there are still gaps that prevent local adults from finding jobs. Today, in small classroom settings, Bentley students work one-on-one with program attendees, assess attendees’ abilities and skills, and offer individual assistance tailored specifically to each attendee. Students will attend once per week on Tuesdays or Fridays leaving Bentley at 1:45 p.m. and returning by 3:45 p.m.

Afterschool Programs
Chesterbrook Afterschool Program

In existence for over twenty years, Chesterbrook Learning Center is located in one of Waltham’s familyoriented public housing developments. When children—from six-year-olds to fourteen-year-olds— return from school each day, they find Bentley students on-site to tutor and mentor them. By developing strong relationships with the Bentley mentors, children are empowered to meet (and exceed) their academic goals and develop into well-rounded, socially responsible individuals. Homework help, academic and social activities, healthy snacks, and fun fill the schedule each day. Students will attend once per week Monday through Friday leaving Bentley at 2:30 p.m. and returning by 5:00 p.m.

Dana Court Afterschool Program

The mission of the Dana Court Afterschool Program is to provide the children of Dana Court with a safe, positive environment where they can learn and grow–both academically and socially. The Dana Court program serves as an outlet for children in the Dana Court public housing development, affording them a place to complete homework, participate in structured activities, and engage with other students. Academics are the primary focus of the Dana Court Afterschool Program. All attendees are strongly encouraged to complete all homework assignments and supplementary learning materials prior to spending the remainder of their time taking part in a wide range of activities designed by Bentley mentors. Bentley mentors are expected to lead by example, help students with homework, tutor them in areas in which they lack, and coordinate activities from day to day. The students from Bentley who are on-site at Dana Court are encouraged to treat their service as a complement to their classroom experience and to draw connections between their classroom work and their community work. Students will attend once per week Monday through Friday leaving Bentley at 2:30 p.m. and returning by 5:00 p.m.

Home Suites

The Home Suites Hotel in Waltham also serves shelter for over one hundred families experiencing homelessness. Bentley students created and manage this on-site afterschool program that runs five days per week for school-aged children. While on-site, Bentley students serve as tutors and mentors for the children. In order to promote academic achievement, Bentley students seek to foster an environment in which learning isn’t merely an expectation—it is an enriching activity. Fun games, healthy snacks, and a positive social environment keep the kids coming back, and buy-in from both the children and the Bentley students makes this mentoring program a great success. Students will attend once per week Monday through Thursday leaving Bentley at 2:30 p.m. and returning by 5:00 p.m.

Let's T.O.C.

Let’s T.O.C. (“Teach Our Children”) is an afterschool program that offers a series of personal enrichment workshops. Through these sessions, students can be introduced to—and become informed about— meaningful topics regarding personal growth, community enrichment, and social and emotional wellbeing. Designed as a ten-week journey, the program focuses on topics such as mental health, personal confidence, bullying, diversity, and aspirations. By discussing these in an environment that is supportive and constructive, students break down preconceived notions and learn how they can contribute positively to their lives and to the lives of others. Students will attend once per week on Thursdays leaving Bentley at 2:15 p.m. and returning by 5:00 p.m.

Prospect Hill Afterschool Program

In 2014, Bentley University and Brandeis University collaborated to open a community center in one of Waltham’s public housing developments. Since then, for five days each week during the academic year, students from both schools manage an afterschool enrichment program for children between the ages of six and thirteen. The college mentors assist the children with homework and academic activities. Healthy snacks and fun activities round out the schedule each day, giving children an opportunity to grow as students and as individuals, right in their own community. Students will attend once per week on the same day Monday through Friday leaving Bentley at 2:30 p.m. and returning by 5:00 p.m.

Waltham Boys & Girls Club Afterschool Program

The Waltham Boys & Girls Club connects Bentley students with local youth through afterschool programming. At the Club, Bentley students are responsible for the homework room, where they tutor and mentor the students in order to help them achieve their academic potential. Additionally, Bentley students interact with children in the game room and gymnasium. The students range from elementary school to high school. Students will attend once per week on the same day Monday through Friday leaving Bentley at 2:30 p.m. and returning by 5:00 p.m.

Watertown Boys and Girls Club

The Watertown Boys & Girls Club connects Bentley students with local youth through afterschool programming. At the Club, Bentley students are responsible for the homework room, where they tutor and mentor the students in order to help them achieve their academic potential. Additionally, Bentley students interact with children in the game room and gymnasium. The students range from elementary school to high school. Students will attend once per week on the same day Monday through Friday leaving Bentley at 3:00 p.m. and returning by 5:00 p.m.

Whittemore Afterschool Program

Through this afterschool program, Bentley students serve as mentors and tutors to students at the Whittemore Elementary School. Many of these children are English Language Learners. Bentley students provide both one-on-one and group assistance with homework, reading, and computers. Fun activities and healthy snacks are part of the schedule, as well. Students will attend once per week on Mondays or Wednesdays leaving Bentley at 3:00 p.m. and returning by 5:00 p.m.

Woburn Boys and Girls Club

The Woburn Boys & Girls Club connects Bentley students with local youth through afterschool programming. At the Club, Bentley students are responsible for the homework room, where they tutor and mentor the students in order to help them achieve their academic potential. Additionally, Bentley students interact with children in the game room and gymnasium. The students range from elementary school to high school. Students will attend once per week on Thursdays leaving Bentley at 3:15 and returning by 5:45.

English As A Second Or Other Language Programs
English Language Learners (ELL)

Through the ELL program, Bentley students facilitate learning in five Waltham elementary schools while working one-on-one, or in small groups, with children in kindergarten through fifth grade who are struggling with English language. They meet with the children twice per week, assisting with schoolwork, making real-life connections, and building their mentees’ self-confidence. Many of these children are from immigrant families, are new or newer to the area, and need support to achieve personal and academic success. In this program, Bentley students act as coaches—they not only provide academic support for specific assignments, but also teach strategies for students to solve problems as they advance in their academic journeys. Students will attend once per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Times very during the morning.

Pax Populi

Pax Populi is an online English Language Tutoring Program developed by a Bentley professor. Through one-on-one coaching, Bentley students assist students in Afghanistan with their English language skills. By engaging in conversational English classes through online conferencing, students are able to invest in the academic development of their partners. Bentley students virtually meet with Afghani students at night once per week. Students will attend once per week on the same day Monday through Friday. Times vary through the morning and night.

Waltham Family School

The Waltham Family School (WFS) empowers English Language Learner families to be literate, selfsufficient, and connected to the Greater Waltham community. Three days per week, Bentley students participate in WFS programming as tutors. The tutors work with parents, both in one-on-one and large group settings, to help them develop computer skills and improve their English language skills. Students will attend once per week on Wednesdays or Fridays leaving Bentley at 8:45 a.m. and returning by 10:45 a.m.

Whittemore English-Spanish Language Exchange

This program, designed for Bentley students taking Spanish courses at the 200 level or above, provides college students with the opportunity to meet with native Spanish speakers in a reciprocal language exchange program. Participants spend half of their time speaking in Spanish and half in English, discussing a wide variety of culturally relevant topics. Through this program, Bentley students develop Spanish language skills, and parents of Whittemore Elementary School students develop English language skills. Students will attend once per week on Mondays or Wednesdays leaving Bentley at 2:45 p.m. and returning by 5:00 p.m.

Community Enrichment Programs
French at Brookhaven

Brookhaven at Lexington is a life-care living facility for seniors. Residents are retired, and live independently, or in assisted-living accommodations on site. Through the French at Brookhaven program, Bentley students and Brookhaven residents meet weekly to have conversations in the French language. Through this dialogue, intergenerational connections are fostered, perspectives are shared, and language skills are refined. Students will attend once per week on Tuesdays leaving Bentley at 10:00 a.m. and returning by 11:30 a.m.

Leland Home

The mission of the Leland Home program is to provide weekly companionship and activities to the residents of Leland Home, an assisted living facility for economically disadvantaged elders. In this program, Bentley students organize creative games and activities that prompt conversations about the residents’ lives, families, and backgrounds. This program is both individual- and group-based. Students have the opportunity to write memoirs and short stories with their residents, and some have also developed photo books for the residents to keep or share with their families. This program facilitates unique intergenerational connections through which both residents and Bentley students benefit. Students will attend once per week on Tuesdays leaving Bentley at 2:45 p.m. and returning by 5:00 p.m.

SEED Financial Literacy Program

SEED (Students Educating and Encouraging Development) is an organization created by students for students, with the long-term vision of working to eradicate financial literacy. Created by BSLCE students in 2016, SEED has a ten-week interactive curriculum, bringing trained college students to schools and community programs to mentor and teach middle school students key financial literacy concepts. Currently, SEED takes place once per week during the afternoon at the Hanscom Air Force Base, the McDevitt Middle School, and the Woburn Boys & Girls Club. Students will attend once per week on Wednesdays or Thursdays times vary during the afternoon.

Individuals With Developmental Disabilities Programs
Gym Buddies

In this program, Bentley students facilitate gym classes at Northeast Elementary School. Designed particularly for students with developmental disabilities, these gym classes are typically held during morning hours. Through active engagement with the children, Bentley students promote physical and cognitive development, self-confidence, teamwork, and the spirit of inclusion. Students attend twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays leaving Bentley at 9:30 a.m. and returning by 11:00 a.m.

Opportunities for Inclusion

Opportunities for Inclusion provides services for children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, utilizing a personal planning approach. Through this program, Bentley students commit to equipping Opportunities for Inclusion participants meet their life goals by fostering meaningful relationships with them. Bentley students develop patience, understanding, and interpersonal communication skills while working with these individuals. Programs are offered in educational technology (such as iPads), the environment, agriculture, and greenhouse activities. Students teach participants how to live a financially independent life through the Opportunities for Inclusion store, a store run, designed, stocked, and managed by Bentley students. Bentley students help to set the curriculum in all program areas and meet once per week for a two-hour session. Students will attend once per week on Mondays or Wednesdays leaving Bentley at 11:00 a.m. and returning by 1:00 p.m.

Special Olympics

In this program, Bentley students work with S.P.O.R.T (Special Programs Organized for Recreation Time) to facilitate programming in Belmont. S.P.O.R.T is a year-round program developed to provide activities for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Once per week on Saturdays, Bentley students assist with swimming lessons, safety, and other recreation programs. Students will attend once per week on Saturdays leaving Bentley at 9:15 a.m. and returning by 11:30 a.m.