Who We Are
ABLE is a non-profit organization led by young professionals in Boston seeking to provide a high-expectation high school education to students who may not be eligible for traditional merit based scholarships and who would likely struggle in a traditional high school.
How ABLE Works
ABLE partners with select middle schools to identify these students who would benefit from a high-expectations high school education and a dedicated and involved mentor. Prospective students are screened through an application process and collaborative discussions with school administrators to ensure that ABLE’s resources are allocated to those most in need. Upon selection, ABLE provides customized financial aid packages and pairs students with a committed mentor who supports a student throughout his or her high school career. Mentors serve as role models and academic coaches stressing the importance for students to graduate from high school and go on to a 4-year college.
Partner High Schools
ABLE partners with 6 high schools throughout Boston, including: BC High, Catholic Memorial, Fontbonne, St. Joseph Prep, Boston Trinity Academy and St. Mary’s. Click on the school links below to learn more about each one.
Our Operating Model: Built on Success
ABLE is modeled after Student Sponsor Partners (SSP), a New York City based program that currently provides financial support and academic mentoring to over 1,200 at-risk students. ABLE was founded in 2008 and currently serves over 40 students in 6 partner schools.
Since its founding in 2008, ABLE has graduated 9 students from high school. 77% of these students have gone on to a 4-year college. Schools they attend include Regis College, UMass-Boston, UMass-Amherst, Barry University, Mass College of Pharmacy.
- Motivated to succeed and has demonstrated a willingness to work hard if given the proper support
- Someone who has demonstrated some level of academic need, with average grades
- Someone who wants and appreciates the value of a mentor
- Someone who comes from a family who cannot afford a private school education without ABLE’s support
Learn more about our MISSION here
Apply to be an ABLE Scholar here
Apply to be an ABLE Mentor here