A nonprofit founded in 1992

The Week: Charity of the Week column recognizes BELL's impact

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Building Educated Leaders for Life (experience​bell.org) has worked for more than 20 years to improve the academic prospects of children living in low-income urban communities. More than 100 public schools in eight states have partnered with BELL to narrow the achievement gap by supplementing school hours with BELL's After School and Summer learning programs. Together, these programs now reach some 15,000 kids each year. Certified teachers lead small-group tutoring sessions that combine core skills like math and literacy with hands-on course work in arts and STEM subjects such as creative writing, drama, robotics, and digital music production. BELL programs also seek to inspire students to learn with educational field trips and motivational speakers.

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