Homework Assistance Program

The Boston Public Library offers 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.

Harvard University offers training sessions to BPL’s Homework Assistance Program (HAP) Mentors throughout the school year to support their work with younger students. Using Harvard’s SmartTALK: Homework Support for Kids model, HAP Mentors develop skills such as building relationships, asking good questions, and using games to build academic and critical thinking skills. Four lead HAP Mentors, selected from the previous year's cohort of HAP Mentors, assist with the delivery of trainings.

Learn more about Harvard’s SmartTALK program.

Now Hiring Mentors for 2021-2022 School Year

The Boston Public Library is now hiring high school students who will be sophomores, juniors, and seniors in fall 2021 for paid HAP mentor positions.

As mentors, high school students:

  • Give homework help and provide mentorship to students in grades K-8.
  • Attend trainings led by Harvard’s Teaching and Learning partnerships team to build problem solving skills.
  • Work with other mentors and librarians to make the library a safe and fun place for children to be.

To apply, students must be:

  • In grades 10 – 12 in fall 2021.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or above in school.
  • Able to work a minimum of two 2 hour shifts per week from September 20, 2021 – May 12, 2022.

Bilingual teens are especially encouraged to apply.

Complete an application here. For more information, contact Lina Raciukaitis at lraciukaitis@bpl.org.

Homework Assistance Program (HAP) Online

The Homework Assistance Program has ended for the 2020-2021 school year and will return in September 2021. Please check back for more information about the program this fall.

The Homework Assistance Program is made possible by generous donations to the BPL Fund. We would like to recognize and thank the following funders:

Anonymous
Ernst & Young
M&T Bank Charitable Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Nasella
Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund
Red Sox Foundation
The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation 

Other Online Homework Help Resources

Boston Teachers Union Tutors

The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) is hosting the Homework Helpers program this summer on Zoom. Current and former Boston Public School teachers on the call offer homework assistance to students in grades K-8.

The program runs July 6 - August 13, 2021. Homework Helpers are available Monday-Friday from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Meet with the Homework Helpers

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

More 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.

Homework Help Mentors

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