Case Study of a Summer Partnership: Boys & Girls Club of Providence

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence (BGCP) Rhode Island recognized a need to address summer learning loss in their local community. In 2019, BGCP was eager to deepen its partnership with the school district and to help kids improve their academic skills to support the community and the District’s Turnaround Action Plan. BGCP learned of BellXcel’s evidence-based partnership model, which offered the flexibility, tools, coaching, and professional learning to meet BGCP’s needs. The partnership combined BGCP’s 150 years of serving the Providence community with BellXcel’s expertise in academic out-of-school-time impact. This combination empowered BGCP to implement a high-quality summer learning program to address learning loss. Using data from 2019 and 2020 surveys, assessments, quality observations, and interviews, BellXcel’s research affiliate, the Sperling Center for Research & Innovation (SCRI), analyzed the summer learning program’s impact on youth staff, families, and the community.  Read the full case study!
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BX CR21

After decades of research and experience running youth programs, we know what works - pairing management and program seamlessly together. We couldn’t find a solution, so we built it ourselves. Finally, everything you need powered in one easy-to-use platform. Let's talk!
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Gift Matching

Want your investment in BellXcel to transform even more lives and communities? Many employers offer matching gift programs to make their employee’s giving go further, and some even have workplace giving programs to make giving even easier.
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Laura Grattan

Laura Grattan is Managing Director at Crosspoint Capital Partners. Prior to joining Crosspoint in 2021, she was a Managing Director at Thomas H. Lee Partners for more than 13 years, focusing on Technology and HCIT investing. Laura started her career as an investment professional in the Private Equity Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Laura has held an array of directorships including with inVentiv Health, Inc., Alfresco Software, Inc., Juvare, iHeartMedia, Inc. and a board observer at Univision Communications, Inc. In addition to serving on the BellXcel Board of Directors, she is also on the board of Boston Scores, a local soccer-based education nonprofit. She holds an A.B., summa cum laude, in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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Summer Learning Week Downloads

Summer Learning Week Access

Let's have some fun! In celebration of National Summer Learning Week, BellXcel is delighted to share these free activities for you to do with your scholars. We invite you to join the fun each day and to share this activity page!
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BellXcel CEO Joins Voices of Support for President Biden’s FY22 Budget Proposal

[caption id="attachment_646" align="alignleft" width="231"] Lauren Sanchez Gilbert[/caption] President Biden’s FY22 budget request proposes strong and necessary investments in youth development. Summer and afterschool providers nationwide would have the critical opportunity to provide the level of programming required to address the losses our youth have experienced over the past year. BellXcel’s decades of experience in evidence-based, high quality youth programming propels me to spotlight the urgency of whole-child investments in communities across the country.  Our youth need high-quality summer and afterschool experiences to thrive academically and emotionally and to grow beyond the school day. Investing in programming based in evidence and adaptable to meet the unique needs of each community is critical. A one-size fits most approach will only further exacerbate and expose the inherent inequity so prevalent in our education system. True possibility of economic mobility begins early in life when all children have access to a strong pipeline of high-quality activities throughout their youth. Our evidence proves that providing local educators and youth leaders with the tools, resources, professional learning, and support they need to build impactful learning experiences leads to real improved outcomes. We have witnessed first-hand, many times over, that the greatest impact can be made by serving each child, through the adults that they know, with strategies that work.  These are remarkable times to be a leader in youth development and education and I thank President Biden for this historic proposal.  Highlights of some of President Biden’s FY22 budget request include: $20B for new Title 1 Equity Grants to support unserved communities $1.3B for 21st Century Community Learning Centers to boost out of school time programming, including teacher professional development $443M for Full-Service Community Schools for comprehensive services to youth and their families, from afterschool to health/nutrition services $1B for new School-Based Health Professionals to double the number of counselors, nurses and mental health professionals in schools $16B for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to support special education and related services Pre-K through 12   Our BellXcel team is committed to partnering with youth organizations and schools to maximize the quality of their programming for youth, educators, and families in communities nationwide. President Biden’s historic budget proposal gives us all a momentous leg up to ensure all children can excel!    Lauren Sanchez Gilbert, Ed.D. Chief Executive Officer BellXcel
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BellXcel Remote

Welcome to the all-in-one bundle that brings the classroom experience into the home. Created in partnership with Scholastic Education, a global leader in literacy solutions, BellXcel Remote provides all of the tools and resources to design, organize, implement, and assess a remote classroom environment with a strong social emotional learning approach.
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BellXcel Names 2020 Educator of the Year

  Amidst the most challenging summer of 2020, a light shone bright at the Southeast Ventura County YMCA. Julie Birkett, Site Director for the Y’s Find My Genius program, deftly led one of the few in-person summer programs anywhere in Southern California and has been named BellXcel’s 2020 Educator of the Year. As a leading national nonprofit in youth development, BellXcel recognizes outstanding educators dedicated to scholar success. [caption id="attachment_1360" align="alignleft" width="225"] Julie Birkett, BellXcel Educator of the Year 2020[/caption] The award recognizes an educator who best exemplifies BellXcel’s core values of excellence, learning, respect, courage and collaboration. Julie was chosen out of more than 1,000 educators nationwide and her program served 140 rising 1st through 5th grade scholars. Julie has been involved with the summer program at the Southeast Ventura County YMCA since the program launched in summer 2018, the same year she was honored as the Teacher of the Year for the Greater Conejo Valley. Fueled by her passion to make a difference in the lives of her scholars, Julie served as an academic teacher in 2018 and 2019 before stepping into a leadership capacity as Site Director amidst the tumultuous atmosphere of summer 2020. Leaning into her dedication and experience, Julie steadfastly managed family and staff safety concerns and constantly-changing county health department protocols while ensuring a high-quality learning experience for scholars. She never lost sight of the high standards that the Y set for their Find My Genius program and the results speak for themselves. Scholars gained more than 3 months in ELA and Math skills and reported an average daily attendance of 88%. A Zooming Surprise Julie was informed of the honor during a board meeting for the Y. BellXcel CEO Lauren Sanchez Gilbert joined the Zoom call as a special guest and shared the news with the group and our very surprised and extraordinarily worthy recipient. Moments later Julie's doorbell rang and she was presented with the award and a bouquet of flowers. Lauren remarked, “It is my honor and privilege to recognize Julie as the BellXcel 2020 Educator of the Year. Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic and the unprecedented challenges educators have faced, it is especially inspiring to witness Julie’s embodiment of everything that this award represents.” As summer 2021 draws closer and COVID-19 restrictions ease, a celebration in Julie's honor is planned for this summer to be shared with her colleagues and the scholars she cherishes. We look forward to sharing more of the celebration and fun!   About Find My Genius, Southeast Ventura County YMCA Find My Genius is a special, no-cost summer learning program launched by the Southeast Ventura County YMCA to help children catch up, stay on track or get ahead on their reading and math skills while providing summer camp fun! To qualify, children must be on free or reduced-priced lunch program and score below grade level at their school. For more information, visit www.sevymca.org.
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Evaluation

Youth Organizations

Your mission is to serve the next generation of leaders in your community. Let BellXcel's all-in-one solution be the backbone of your programming. KNOW that the work you're doing each day is rooted in quality, driven by data, and making a difference.
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Summer

Launching a summer program is like launching the school year – with much less time for planning and execution. That’s why BellXcel integrates all the elements you need in one place with guidance every step of the way – giving you the freedom to focus on making your program shine this summer.
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