YPP - Greater Boston

In the Greater Boston area YPP works with students from both Cambridge and Boston public schools. Each site employs local college and high school students to facilitate math literacy workshops in their respective communities. These take place during three 8-12 week sessions per year (Summer, Fall, Winter/Spring). In addition to local college and high school math literacy worker trainings, the sites work collaboratively on a number of local and national programs and initiatives including TOT (Training of Trainers), QECR, Finding Our Folk and the Greater Boston Flagway League.



YPP began working in Cambridge as a program within the Algebra Project Youth Initiatives in 1996. Our role and responsibility was to organize students to take ownership of their mathematics education with the hopes of developing a culture among young people about learning and sharing mathematics. YPP and the concept of a Math Literacy Worker grew out of this work. As we have grown, we have grappled with how to develop programmatically and structurally, such that young people remain central to all parts of the organization. This development has been an evolutionary process, as elementary students graduated to middle school, and 6th and 7th graders became high school students, and high school students moved on to college. Through these various transitions we have sought to create spaces such that young people can continually take on greater responsibility within individual workshops, programs, and the organization.

Math Literacy Outreach Sites (Cambridge):


In Fall of 2005 YPP opened its programming in the Boston community. Since then the program has opened a program office in the Fields Corner in the Dorchester neighborhood. The program works with High School Math Literacy Workers from all over the city.

Math Literacy Outreach Sites (Boston):


Program Direction and Goals

Through our established and new partnerships with school and community-based organizations, we plan to continue to facilitate math literacy workshops and activities for young people in an effort to develop a city-wide culture around math. We seek to increase the number of Boston Public Schools high school students that can serve as MLWs. This effort is based on the YPP’s belief that the demand for math literacy has to come from the students within the public school system. High school math literacy workers can be the catalysts for this demand.

YPP GB also seeks to increase the number of students in the communities it serves that successfully undertake and pass Algebra in the 8th or 9th grade year and subsequently develop the foundation to successfully undertake advanced math courses, including Calculus. We will develop Flagway Leagues and Tournaments through our local outreach sites. Through the Flagway games we seek to create an opportunity for students to learn and celebrate learning math, in the same way that they learn and celebrate learning basketball and for parents and community members to support and celebrate students learning math, in the same way that they support and celebrate students mastery of basketball.


Math literacy Workers in Greater Boston Program attend the following high schools:

  • Academy of Public Service
  • Boston Latin School
  • Brighton High School
  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
  • Madison Park High School
  • Noonan Business Academy
  • O'Bryant High School


College Math Literacy Workers come from a cross section of schools and majors, including:

  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Northeastern University
  • Roxbury Community College
  • Tufts University
  • UMass Boston
  • M.I.T.
  • Bennett College for Women
  • Spelman College
  • Brown University
  • Johnson and Wales University
  • American International College
  • Hamilton College
  • McDaniel College

Local Partners & Collaborations

Boston Youth and Organizing Project (BYOP)
Critical Breakdown
Hip Hop Media Lab

Project HIPHOP
Teen Media Program

Agenda for Children
Boston YouthZone

Dotwell / Dorchester House
Mayors Summer Youth Employment Program
21st Century Partners for Excellence
M.I.T. - Deptartment of Government and Community Relations

Greater Boston Photo Galleries

2008 Cambridge MLW Training
2007 MLW Training at YWCA in Cambridge
Gameday @ Boys & Girls Club 2007
YWCA Outreach Summer 2006

Cambridge/Jackson Summer 1998

Cambridge Summer Camp 1997

Greater Boston Videos

Contact Info

Contact Person: Kessen Green or Vicky Flamenco

YPP Greater Boston - Cambridge Office
99 Bishop Allen Dr.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-8991; (617) 354-8997-(Fax)

YPP Greater Boston - Dorchester Office
1452 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02122