Boston Public Library locations offer free after-school homework help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students. The Homework Assistance Program (HAP), previously called Homework Help, is open to students in grades K-8. No registration is required.
Read about our collaboration with Harvard University through SmartTALK training in the Harvard Gazette article, “Harvard Helping the Helpers.”, opens a new window
Now Hiring Mentors for 2020-2021 School Year
The Boston Public Library is now hiring high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors for paid Homework Assistance Program (HAP) mentor positions across 17 branches of the BPL.
As mentors high school students will:
- Give homework help and provide mentorship to students in grades K-8.
- Attend trainings led by Harvard’s Public School Partnerships team to build your problem solving skills.
- Work with other mentors and librarians to make library branches a safe and fun place for children to be.
To be eligible, students must be in grades 10 – 12, maintain a 3.0 GPA or above in school, and be able to work a minimum of two shifts per week from September 21, 2020 – May 14, 2021. However, in-person programming at the Library is subject to Library re-opening policies in response to the status of COVID-19. HAP may begin in September virtually on Zoom instead of in-person. If this is the case, we ask that mentors have a strong internet connection to be able to work HAP online.
Bilingual teens are especially encouraged to apply.
Online Homework Help
Homework Help has ended for the 2019-2020 school year. The program will return in September 2020. Updates on branch locations and/or virtual offerings will be posted here.
Boston Teacher's Union Tutors
The Boston Teachers Union Homework Helpers program is back online and will be hosting homework help sessions during the summer from July 6th to August 13th. Meetings will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 12 - 2 PM and 3 - 5 PM and Wednesday from 3 - 5 PM. You can access Zoom meetings by going to: https://tinyurl.com/BTUHomeworkHelper.
Other Online Homework Help Resources
Online help courtesy of the BPL
- LearningExpress Library can help students from grade school through college improve their skills by taking practice tests, completing exercises, and reading eBooks. What's more, LearningExpress can help college-bound students prepare for the ACT, SAT, and other standardized tests.
- Look for books, CDs, movies, and more in the BPL catalog.
- Search for articles and use books online with our student electronic resources.
Other online help
- Check out the MCAS help, opens a new window available from the MA Department of Education.
- Prepare for the SAT or ACT for free at Number2.com, opens a new window or The College Board, opens a new window.
Other sources for homework help and after school programs in Boston
- BOSTONavigator - The place to search for out-of school time programming in Boston.
- Boston Youth Zone - Find activities, opportunities, and other fun stuff for kids and teens, plus important information and resources for parents.