Building Educated Leaders for Life

BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)


(617) 282-1567 x 193

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

After School: 3-5:30, M-F Summer: 8:30-3, M-F


BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) is a community-based, nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance the academic performance, self-esteem and life opportunities of Black and Latino elementary school children living in low-income, urban communities.


BELL was founded in 1992 by a group of students at Harvard Law School. Led by Earl Martin Phalen (BELL's current CEO), members of the Harvard Black Law Students Association collaborated with a parent group to develop a tutoring, mentoring and homework-assistance program for children. The success of those initial efforts and the recognition of the dire need for academic support among Black children led to the founding of BELL.

BELL currently operates two programs: BELL After-School and the BELL Summer. BELL has been operating high quality programs in Boston since 1992, in New York City since 1996, in Washington, D.C. since 2000, and Prince George’s County (MD) and Baltimore since 2004.


BELL National Headquarters
60 Clayton St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 
  • BELL After-School takes place at the Tobin, Mattahunt, Kenny, Holland, and Mather schools, and is open to students from those schools. There is no cost for the after-school program, and space is still available. Applications can be downloaded at
  • BELL Summer takes place in Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roslindale. Summer program tuition is based on income. Enrollment information and forms available at
  • Any male participants in BELL Summer may choose to join Boys of BELL, to specifically address the interests and needs of Black and Latino boys, the most vulnerable student population.

For more information or to register for any of these programs, contact Pam Alden at the number above.

Community Meeting Space Available: 


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