BELL was founded in Boston in 1992 and first served students at the Tobin Elementary & Middle School in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood. In addition to long-standing programs and partnership with Boston Public Schools, Boston continues to serve as BELL’s national headquarters and center for research and program development. The organization first piloted its Boys of BELL initiative, tested a wide range of enrichment courses and partners, and developed an alumni engagement strategy in the city. BELL Summer was first proven to be effective in Boston through a rigorous, independent study.

The organization continues to serve as a strategic partner to Boston Public Schools and welcomes opportunities to form new partnerships with schools and districts throughout Massachusetts.

Join BELL’s team in Massachusetts.


60 Clayton Street
Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: (617) 282-1567

Fax: (617) 282-2698

local leadership

Sue Bonaiuto
Executive Director for Massachusetts

Sue was previously Director of Community Education and Planning for the Needham Public Schools. Among her many achievements was the consolidation of multiple fee based programs into a single community education profit center with a restructured budget and management team. Under her leadership, this team subsequently increased both revenue and student usage by over 150%. Prior to joining the Needham Public Schools, Sue served as the Director for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Bucknell University, both an M.A. and an Ed.D. from Boston College, and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

sue [dot] bonaiuto [at] experienceBELL [dot] org (Email Sue) about BELL's programs and partnerships in Massachusetts.