25 years of impact in the classroom & beyond


This year, to celebrate BELL's (Building Educated Leaders for Life) 25th anniversary, we are proud to introduce Beyond, a campaign which shines a bright light on BELL's quarter-century of impact in classrooms and communities across America.

Since 1992, BELL has served 150,000 youth, transforming them from students to scholars through dynamic academic and enrichment experiences. Working hand-in-hand with community stakeholders, we have created out-of-school-time (OST) learning programs that have prepared scholars for academic success. However, as our campaign shows, BELL's impact extends beyond the classroom.

In our Stories of Impact section below, inspiring people share their perspectives on BELL's transformative impact, from boosting grades to boosting self-confidence, and fostering a growth mindset. Our Through the Years timeline celebrates BELL's humble beginnings and meteoric rise to become the largest evidence-based summer learning program in the nation. 

Beyond is also a call-to-action. Too many children are falling behind due to not having access to high-quality summer learning. With your support, we can ensure that BELL's impact extends beyond the next 25 years for future generations of scholars.

Stories of Impact

Make sure to check in from time to time as Beyond will evolve throughout the year, with new stories of impact.

Breaking barriers through Taekwondo.

Thanh Ly, a third grade scholar, has found her inner strength and voice through Taekwondo enrichment. One kick at a time, she is gaining skills and applying them in the classroom, and in life.


A safe haven for scholars to succeed.

Violence is a topic all too familiar to Daniel Brown's family. So when she heard of BELL, she quickly enrolled her children, joining a growing group of parents who see BELL as a safe haven for scholars to blossom. 


Serving a growing family, one scholar at a time.

With three scholars enrolled in BELL, and a fourth child on the way, BELL provides the Castillos with peace of mind, enabling them to work extra hours to provide a solid foundation for their family.


Creating community in the classroom.

Scholar success boils down to relationships, says Nancy Kelly, a fourth grade math teacher. Through BELL, she is nurturing stronger relationships with her current students, and forging new ones with her future class.


Dad: Parent involvement is key to success.

Parental engagement, a key variable in BELL’s equation for scholar success, comes to life in this feature story. “If fathers are not involved, that’s a problem,” Mr. Bishop says.


Former scholar. Current leader.

Follow Tanisha's journey from a fifth grade BELL scholar to a key BELL staff member. Now, as a mother, she is applying her learnings from BELL and changing her daughter Sirhye's life trajectory.