Homework Assistance Program

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The Homework Assistance Program (HAP) is a free after-school service led by teen mentors that offers homework help, mentorship, and activities for students in grades K–8. Join in person or online for a space to work on homework with peers and extra guidance on assignments in any subject, from sciences to humanities. No registration is required.

For the 2021-2022 school year, HAP will run from September 20, 2021 - May 12, 2022 at select branches.

Join in person 3:30 - 5:30 PM on available days at the following branches:

Branch Days Languages Available
Adams Street Monday - Thursday Vietnamese: Monday - Thursday
Brighton Tuesday & Thursday
Codman Square Monday - Thursday Vietnamese: Monday & Wednesday
Connolly TBA
East Boston Tuesday & Thursday Spanish: Tuesday & Thursday
Egleston Square Monday - Thursday Haitian Creole: Tuesday & Thursday
Spanish: Tuesday & Thursday
Fields Corner Monday & Tuesday Vietnamese: Monday & Tuesday
Grove Hall TBA
Hyde Park Monday - Thursday Haitian Creole: Monday & Wednesday
Vietnamese: Tuesday & Thursday
Jamaica Plain Tuesday & Thursday
Lower Mills Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mattapan Tuesday & Thursday Haitian Creole: Tuesday & Thursday
Parker Hill Tuesday & Thursday
Roslindale closed for renovations
Roxbury Monday - Thursday Spanish: Tuesday & Thursday
Portuguese: Tuesday & Wednesday
South End Monday & Wednesday
Uphams Corner Monday - Thursday

Please check back for updates. Additional days and languages will be announced.

Join Virtual HAP online on Zoom at the following link:

https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/my/bplhap

Virtual HAP on Zoom Monday - Thursday

3:30 - 5:30 PM

Arabic: Monday & Tuesday
Spanish: Tuesday & Thursday
Vietnamese: Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

Harvard SmartTALK

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.

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
Bain Capital Children's Charity
Ernst & Young
M&T Bank Charitable Foundation
The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Nasella
Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund
Red Sox Foundation
The TJX Foundation, Inc.

Other Homework Help Resources

Boston Teachers Union Tutors

The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) runs the Homework Helpers program at Boston Public Library branches. Current and former Boston Public School teachers will be available to help with homework from September 20, 2021 - May 23, 2022 Mondays - Thursdays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

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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