2020 Year in Review

“YPP is a collaborative work space that enables students, teens, and young adults to create spaces for their voices to be heard, where they have control over their learning and their leadership, allowing them to make a path for their own success!”

"We'd like to share some highlights from 2020 -- a few milestones that make us feel good about our progress this year"

Arianna Gaston, Senior MLW, YPP

  • YPP hosted its first ever VIRTUAL National Flagway Math Tournament in May with over 100 high school and middle school participants from across our network. (Results @ flagway.org)

  • In a pre-post survey of our Virtual Summer High School Trainees: 23% reported an increase in their enjoyment of learning new topics in math; 36% felt better at computer science; and 23% increased their planned likelihood to attend college.

  • YPP impacted 88 teachers, 100+ high school and college students, and almost 350 elementary and middle school students in 14 sites through professional development; in-person/virtual programming, including Exploring Stem Literacy Course; and 2020 virtual summer Flagway training.

  • This past spring, in response to COVID YPP Greater Boston Math Literacy Workers (MLWs) developed 5 weeks of weekly math problems/challenges for 3rd - 8th graders, aligned with Common Core Standards, and offered on the Boston Public Schools online learning portal.

  • YPP Greater Boston held a 6-week summer online Computational Thinking Lab for 48 new and returning MLWs from Boston, Cambridge, and Washington D.C., offering workshops in math game development, education as a constitutional right, app development, and financial literacy.

  • Data For Better Schools Cambridge, partnered with the MLWs on a soon to be released podcast, titled, “Cambridge at the Starting Line!” Look out for it soon!

Amazingly, next year is YPPs 25th anniversary year. It’s incredible to think how far we have come, but also how much work is still to be done. It’s because of your support that we’ve been able to grow roots as a meaningful, impactful grassroots youth math literacy organization. We are grateful. Stay tuned for updates on how we plan to celebrate next year.

May you have a blessed holiday and happy new year! May you and yours be kept safe and sound. May our collective commitment to change and justice find footholds of power, meaning, and purpose in the coming months.

Please consider YPP in your year-end giving, and we thank you in advance for your contribution to our work.


In gratitude and solidarity,

The YPP Family