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A Thanksgiving Message from Executive Director, Alyssa Lee

November 19, 2020

Dear Friends and Families of Project STEP, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I appreciate the time and space to recharge my wellness and focus on family, friends, love and think about what’s really important. To me, and I believe we share this, it’s our kids. Not just my very own (amazing) two kids, […]

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Project STEP Names Javier Caballero as New Artistic Director

October 5, 2020

August 13, 2020 – Boston, MA: Project STEP welcomes Javier Caballero as the organization’s new Artistic Director. With a career in the performing arts spanning over 20 years, Mr. Caballero has worked as a performing artist, educator, and arts leader. As Project STEP’s Artistic Director, Caballero will work closely with Alyssa Lee, Executive Director, to […]

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Project STEP Announces New Executive Director Alyssa Lee

January 28, 2019

The Project STEP Board of Directors is excited to announce that Alyssa Lee has been selected as the Executive Director of Project STEP effective January 28, 2019. Upon accepting the position, Alyssa commented “I sincerely believe that cultivating a diverse field of classical musicians, reflecting the diversity of our communities, plays a vital role in our […]

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Mellon Foundation Awards $2.5 Million for New Music Achievement Initiative

December 1, 2018

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $2.5 million to the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), in a partnership consortium with Project STEP, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Community Music Center of Boston, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to launch the Boston Bridge to Equity and Achievement in Music (BEAM) initiative. The BEAM […]

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STEP Student Isabel Garita-Chin to Play with Pops in Franklin Park this September

September 30, 2018

Sunday, September 30th, 2018 at 3pm, STEP student Isabel Garita-Chin will play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Boston Pops at Franklin Park in Jamaica Plain. An extraordinary honor, we hope you will join us at this FREE outdoor concert.

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Gabriella Sanna’s Next Step

August 1, 2018

Gabriella Sanna will be leaving STEP on August 1, 2018 to take a position with Rivers School of Music. Everyone at Project STEP wishes her the best as she embarks on her next STEP. Read Gabriella’s letter to friends here.

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Project STEP 35th Anniversary Celebration in Partnership with The New England Conservatory

June 10, 2018

June 10th, 2018 at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory | Photos by Jana Williams and Abdi Ali

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Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2018

On Monday, January 15, Project STEP students took part in not one, not two, but THREE Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations! In the morning, several STEP students performed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at the Boston Convention Center, followed by two performances at the MFA’s MLK Day Open House (pictured above). We ended the day with our own […]

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Gabriel Cabezas Masterclass

January 6, 2018

On January 6, Gabriel Cabezas returned for the second year in a row to share his knowledge with our students during a Saturday afternoon masterclass! Cabezas is a sought-after musician who has performed with artists ranging from America’s finest orchestras to the contemporary dance collective Duende. He is also a two-time first place Laureate of the Sphinx Competition, and […]

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Apple Hill String Quartet Masterclass

November 20, 2017

As always, the Apple Hill String Quartet blew us away! Sending a big thank you to Lenny Matczynski, Elise Kuder, Colleen Jennings, Rupert Anthony Thompson and Mike Kelly for their inspirational playing and transformative musical guidance. Our students grow each time they see you! For more information about the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music check out […]

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BSO/Boston Pops at Franklin Park Zoo

October 1, 2017

On Sunday, October 1, at 3 p.m., the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, in partnership with the City of Boston, presented a special free concert in Boston’s Franklin Park. Before the BSO and Boston Pops took the stage, we provided some instrument demonstrations and an instrument petting zoo for curious community members, some of whom […]

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Project STEP Welcomes Three New Board Members in 2017-2018

January 25, 2017

Carla Haith is a school administrator. She is entering her third year Dedham Country Day School, an Independent School right outside of Boston. Prior to her work at Dedham Country School, Carla spent 13 years working at the Chestnut Hill School in a variety of roles. Carla is also a proud alumni/valedictorian and a former teacher of […]

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Isabel Wins 2016-17 YRO Concerto Competition at NEC

January 20, 2017

Project STEP 8th grader Isabel won the 2016-2017 concerto competition for the Youth Repertory Orchestra at New England Conservatory, and we couldn’t be prouder! She performed Barber’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra, which includes several other Project STEP students. The NEC Prep Concerto competition is open to all ages and instruments, and is held every […]

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MLK Jr. Legacy Celebration

January 16, 2017

Project STEP presented its Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday, January 16, 2017. This annual event is a chance for Project STEP families, staff, faculty, Board, friends, and the surrounding community to come together to honor the life and legacy of MLK Jr., and consists of ensemble performances by all Project STEP students. Continuing […]

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A Far Cry Masterclass

November 6, 2016

On November 6, two members of the cutting-edge, conductorless chamber orchestra A Far Cry joined our students and families at Symphony Hall to lead an inspirational masterclass. This event was part of Project STEP’s year-long residency with A Far Cry, which includes concert previews, private coachings, mentorship opportunities, and a collaborative performance opportunity. We are grateful to Miki […]

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Noah Performs Alongside Idol Mark O’Connor

September 11, 2016

We are so proud of Project STEP 11th grader Noah, who performed with the Cape Symphony alongside one of his musical idols, Mark O’Connor! Although he primarily plays classical violin in Project STEP, Noah is also an incredible fiddler. He auditioned for the opportunity to accompany Mr. O’Connor in his performance of ‘Olympic Reel’ and was one […]

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Guess Who Went to the White House… Again?!

September 10, 2016

A quartet of current Project STEP students and alumni recently performed for a State Dinner with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, which honored the Prime Minister of Singapore. This was our second time at the White House since becoming one of the recipients of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards in 2014. We are […]

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In Memory of Louis H. Hamel, Jr.

September 4, 2016

Dear friend and generous supporter of Project STEP, Louis H. Hamel, Jr. passed away on Sunday, September 4th. Louis was involved with Project STEP for over ten years, advocating for our mission and sharing an unyielding belief in the power of music to improve our students’ lives. After working in his father’s leather business and considering the priesthood, Louis […]

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Thank you, Mary, for a wonderful 11 years!

June 8, 2016

On Wednesday, June 8th, the Project STEP community honored the retirement of our longtime Executive Director, Mary Jaffee. During the past 11 years, Mrs. Jaffee oversaw the training of over 100 individual students in the core STEP program and more than 600 Kindergarten students in the FOCUS program! Under her direction, Project STEP has been family oriented […]

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Saying Goodbye to Our Graduation Seniors

June 2, 2016

On Thursday, June 2nd, we officially bid farewell to our two graduating seniors, Tristan and Itsva (pictured left). Both of these students have spent much of their lives in Project STEP – Tristan for 10 years and Itsva for 12. Tristan is heading off to Bard College and Conservatory in the fall, where he will study violin performance, […]

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2015-2016 Spring Recital

May 22, 2016

On May 22nd, we held our annual Spring Recital and Parents’ Benefit, sponsored by the Gregory E. Bulger Foundation. Not only was this event the culmination of another year of work, progress, and achievement, but it was also a chance for our families and students to honor 11 years of leadership from our retiring Executive […]

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Masterclass with the Apple Hill String Quartet

March 6, 2016

We were incredibly fortunate to be able to learn from the Apple Hill String Quartet and Apple Hill Director Lenny Matczynski during our final Masterclass of the year on Sunday, March 6th. Focusing on social change and conflict resolution through music, the Apple Hill Quartet performs concerts and leads chamber music workshops in areas with a history of […]

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Tristan Competes at Sphinx!

February 3, 2016

We are SO proud of Project STEP violinist Tristan for competing in the 2016 Sphinx Competition. Tristan was selected from a broad national pool of highly talented Black and Latino string players and traveled to Detroit from Feb. 3 – 7 to compete as one of just 9 semi-finalists in the Junior Division. He performed masterfully […]

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Moser is BACK!

January 20, 2016

Critically-acclaimed cellist Johannes Moser returned for the second year in a row to lead an inspirational masterclass for the students of Project STEP. Not only were our students able to see him perform a fiery Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra earlier that week, but they were able to work with him one-on-one and ask important questions […]

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Project Step Honors the Life and Legacy of MLK Jr.

January 18, 2016

On Monday, January 18th 2016, members of the Project STEP community gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event included performances by students, faculty and staff, as well as a testimonial by Rev. Michael Haynes, a ministerial colleague of Dr. King’s at Twelfth Baptist Church and a grandfather to two […]

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Boston Cello Quartet Masterclass

November 15, 2015

We kicked off the first of three public masterclasses with an exciting visit from the Boston Cello Quartet on Sunday, November 15th. All members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, these dynamic cellists took turns listening to and coaching several groups of STEP students before ending the event with a live performance. It was an inspiring afternoon for all and […]

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Project STEP FriendRaiser

November 10, 2015

Back by popular demand, our second FriendRaiser took place at Scholars Bistro on Tuesday, November 10th. This event is always an exciting opportunity for us to spend an evening with new friends as well as welcome back long-time supporters. Guests raised their glasses and a few dollars in support of our program and enjoyed a […]

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Congratulations, Taylor!

May 31, 2015

Project STEP student Taylor Payne performed her Senior Recital on Sunday, May 31st. She prepared a wonderful recital including solo pieces, chamber music, and a piece written specifically for her by a Tufts composition student. Taylor will attend Ithaca College in the fall, where she will continue her studies as a music major. We are extremely proud […]

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Students Perform in 2015 Spring Recital and Parents’ Benefit

May 17, 2015

Last month, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen stopped by Symphony Hall to interview past and current Project STEP students for a segment on his show, Open Studio. The episode was televised March 27th and 29th on WGBH Ch. 2, and features interviews with Executive Director Mary Jaffee, alumna Njeri Grevious, and current student Ajani Boyd (pictured […]

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STEP Featured on WGBH’s Open Studio with Jared Brown

March 27, 2015

Last month, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen stopped by Symphony Hall to interview past and current Project STEP students for a segment on his show, Open Studio. The episode was televised March 27th and 29th on WGBH Ch. 2, and features interviews with Executive Director Mary Jaffee, alumna Njeri Grevious, and current student Ajani Boyd (pictured […]

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Project STEP Completes at March Opus Affair

March 24, 2015

Opus Affair gathers individuals together once a month to informally network about the arts scene in Boston. Proceeds from punch purchased at the event are contributed to an arts organization chosen by the guests, and this month Project STEP was one of three featured organizations. On March 24, we competed against Apollinaire Theatre Company and The Art Connection, […]

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Johannes Moser Master Class

January 25, 2015

On Sunday, January 25th, cellist Johannes Moser gave a masterclass for Project STEP held at The Boston Conservatory’s beautiful new building. Mr. Moser performed earlier in the week with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where some of our students were able to see and hear him give a fiery performance of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto. At the […]

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Students Perform at Governor Charlie Baker’s Inauguration

January 8, 2015

As an exciting kick-off to the New Year, a group of Project STEP students performed for Governor Baker’s Inauguration on January 8th, 2015. It was an incredibly exciting evening during which our students played for the Governor’s friends and family at a private dinner and then for guests in the VIP Lounge. We are honored and […]

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In Memory of Rita Meyer

December 17, 2014

Former Project STEP Board Director and friend, Henrietta “Rita” Meyer, passed away Wednesday, December 17th, 2014. Rita was a vital and influential presence here at Project STEP (where she worked from 1992-2002), as well as a tireless advocate for the program in the wider community. We would not be where we are today at Project […]

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Project STEP in the Boston Globe

December 16, 2014

On December 16th, 2014, the Boston Globe ran an article about Project STEP in the Lifestyle section. In the article, which features several STEP students, author James Sullivan discusses the history of the program as well as our recent NAHYP award.

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National Endowment for the Arts Awards Project STEP a Grant of $50,000

December 1, 2014

Project STEP is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant of $50,000 to support our talented and motivated students for the year 2015-2016.

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Project Step is a 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winner!

November 10, 2014

Photo by Steve E. Purcell On November 10, 2014 at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama presented Project STEP with the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Project STEP student Ajani Boyd and Executive Director Mary Jaffee (pictured above) traveled to Washington to accept the award on behalf of the entire Project […]

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Project STEP and Triple Helix Join Together to Honor Judith Sandler

October 18, 2014

On October 18th, Project STEP and the Triple Helix Piano Trio presented their first joint benefit concert to celebrate the life and legacy of Judith Sandler, a long-time friend of the Piano Trio. All proceeds from the concert will be put towards the Judith Sandler Fund, a new scholarship initiated by Triple Helix for the students […]

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Project STEP Alumn Tony Rymer Wins Second Prize in George Enescu Competition!

January 2, 2014

Congratulations Tony, we are extremely proud! Tony played the Dvorak Cello Concerto at the beautiful Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. Click here to view the performance.

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Recycled STEP Violins in El Salvador

January 1, 2014

Have you ever wondered what happens to the instruments that are no longer in use by Project STEP students? The violins pictured in this lesson were sent to a music program in El Salvador at La Escuela Parroquial de Musica (click here to learn more about the program). We sent these violins in order to recycle our […]

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The Bay State Banner: Javier Caballero Aug. 21

August 21, 2020

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Friends of the Pubic Garden. A Community Conversation: The Power of Public Monuments and Why They Matter. Jan. 9

January 9, 2019

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The Boston Globe. $2.5m Mellon Foundation Grant Launches Boston Classical Music Initiative. Sept. 27

September 27, 2018

The Patriot Ledger. South Shore Student Musicians Celebrate 35 Years Project STEP. June 1

June 1, 2018

BNN News Interviews Gabriella Sanna, Executive Director of Project STEP and Alum Monique Smith. March 31

March 31, 2018

Color Magazine. Project STEP and Future of Music. Gabriella Sanna. Jan. 12

January 12, 2018

Boston Neighborhood Network News. Gabriella Sanna. Jan. 12

January 12, 2018

The Bay State Banner. Jin-Kyung Joen, Alex Hernandez. Jan. 11

January 11, 2018

Madison Magazine. Project STEP alumni spotlight: Paran Amirinazari. Jan. 8

January 8, 2018

The Boston Globe. Trump’s case against the NEA has nothing to do with budgets. Feb. 6

February 6, 2017

The Boston Musical Intelligencer. STEPs Small and Large. Jan. 6

January 6, 2017

WCVB Five for Good. Gabriella Sanna, Angelina Wallace. Dec. 8, 7 p.m. news

December 8, 2016

El Mundo. Javier Caballero, Amalia Ali. Dec. 7

December 7, 2016

NECN Center Stage. Gabriella Sanna, Noah Kelly, Jehan Diaz, Project STEP overview. Nov. 17, 9 p.m.

November 17, 2016

Newtonite. Interview with Njioma about White House State Dinner performance. Nov. 10

November 10, 2016

Metro Boston. Front page story and photo, Gabriella Sanna, Ajani Boyd. Nov. 4

November 4, 2016

Violinist.com. Gabriella Sanna, Tristan Flores, Njioma Grevious, Lev Mamuya, Jordan Calixto. Nov. 2

November 2, 2016

Boston Sunday Globe Rise column. Njioma Grevious profile. Oct. 31

October 31, 2016

Roslindale Transcript. Roslindale residents Gabriella Sanna, Christian Casiano. Oct. 20

October 20, 2016

NECN The Take Alex Hernandez and Gabriella Sanna. Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.

October 20, 2016

WHDH CH. 7 Urban Update. Gabriella Sanna, Lauryn Phinney. Oct. 16 at 11:30 a.m.

October 16, 2016

Lexington Minuteman. Tristan Flores. Oct. 11

October 11, 2016

Lexington Patch. Tristan Flores. Oct. 11

October 11, 2016

Marblehead Patch. Jordan Calixto. Oct. 11

October 11, 2016

Newton Patch. Njioma Grevious and Lev Mamuya. Oct. 11

October 11, 2016

massnonprofit.org. Gabriella Sanna, New Executive Director. Sept. 2

September 2, 2016

Marblehead Reporter. Jordan Calixto. August 11

August 11, 2016

WGBH’s “PBS NewsHour.” Project STEP segment. August 12

August 12, 2015

The Christian Science Monitor. Alex Hernandez, Njioma Grevious, Noah Kelly. May 28

May 28, 2015

WGBH’s Greater Boston. Project STEP segment. April 14

April 14, 2015

WGBH-radio, “All Things Considered.” Project STEP segment. April 7

April 7, 2015

WGBH-radio, “Morning Edition.” Project STEP segment. April 7

April 7, 2015

WGBH-radio, “Morning Edition.” Project STEP segment. April 2

April 2, 2015

WGBH-TV’s “Open Studio.” Mary Jaffee, Njeri Grevious, Ajani Boyd. March 27

March 27, 2015

Belmont Citizen Herald. NAHYP, Nicole Urban. Feb. 26

February 26, 2015

Sun Chronicle. NAHYP Award, Suubi Laurent, editorial. Feb. 25

February 25, 2015

Malden Observer. NAHYP Award, Cameron Miller, Angelina Wallace. Feb. 20

February 20, 2015

Wicked Local Duxbury. NAHYP Award, Alex and Itsva Hernandez. Feb. 20

February 20, 2015

Johnson String Instrument Newsletter. NAHYP photo, feature story. Feb. 15

February 15, 2015

South End News. NAHYP Award, Ariyana Chrispin-Perkins, Jehan Diaz, Christian Casiano. Feb. 12

February 12, 2015

Duxbury Clipper. NAHYP Award, Alex and Itsva Hernandez. Feb. 11

February 11, 2015

Brockton Enterprise. NAHYP Award, Taylor Payne, Ameerah Manigat. Feb. 9

February 9, 2015

Abington Mariner. NAHYP Award, Taylor Payne, Ameerah Manigat. Feb. 9

February 9, 2015

Hudson-Litchfield News. NAHYP Award, Daniel and Isabel Chin. Feb. 6

February 6, 2015

Milton Times. NAHYP Award, Michael and Kerby Louis Roberson. Feb. 5

February 5, 2015

Windham Independent. NAHYP Award, Daniel and Isabel Chin. Feb. 5

February 5, 2015

Patriot Ledger. NAHYP Award, Keilina Monteiro Do Canto, Kerby Louis Roberson, Tamara Cambronero, Alba Gilabert-Reid, Michael Roberson. Jan. 31

January 31, 2015

Watertown Tab. NAHYP Award, Amiyr Ahmad, Grace Theodore, Nathan Theodore. Jan. 23

January 23, 2015

Sun Chronicle. NAHYP Award, Suubi Laurent, Mary Jaffee. Jan. 23

January 23, 2015

Concord Journal. NAHYP Award, Ridley and Sterling Hoyte. Jan. 22

January 22, 2015

Braintree Forum. Front page NAHYP Award, Tamara Cambronero, Mary Jaffee. Jan. 8 (second piece)

January 8, 2015

Mass Nonprofit News. NEA press release. Jan. 7

January 7, 2015

Weymouth News. NAHYP photo and story. Keilina Do Canto, Mary Jaffee. Jan. 7

January 7, 2015

Brookline Tab. NAHYP Award, Rigoberto Rodriguez-Anton. Jan. 3

January 3, 2015

Braintree Forum. NAHYP Award, Tamara Cambronero. Dec. 25

December 25, 2014

Waltham News Tribune. NAHYP Award, Fatima Tellez. Dec. 25

December 25, 2014

The Quincy Sun. NAHYP Award, Alba Guilabert-Reid. Dec. 24

December 24, 2014

Abington Mariner. NAHYP Award, Taylor Payne. Dec. 19

December 19, 2014

Hyde Park Bulletin. NAHYP photo / feature. Jason Tackie, Mary Jaffee. Dec. 18

December 18, 2014

Winthrop Transcript. NAHYP Award, Emily Walker. Dec. 18

December 18, 2014

Roslindale Transcript. NAHYP Award, Noah Kelly. Dec. 18

December 18, 2014

Boston Globe. December 16th

December 16, 2014

West Roxbury Bulletin. NAHYP Award, Noah Kelly. Dec. 4

December 4, 2014

Overture. NAHYP Award, Mary Jaffee, Njeri Grevious. December Issue

December 1, 2014

Mary Jaffee and student Njioma Grevious on WCVB-TV Cityline, November 16, 12 p.m.

November 16, 2014

Baystate Banner. November 14

November 14, 2014

Boston Globe Names. November 13

November 13, 2014

Dorchester Reporter. November 13

November 13, 2014

Boston Herald Inside Track. November 12

November 12, 2014

WBUR Radio 90.9 FM. NAHYP Award, Mary Jaffee. Nov. 10

November 10, 2014

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Show. November 10

November 10, 2014

STEP student Ajani Boyd on WFXT-TV Channel 25, November 10, 6 p.m.

November 10, 2014

Mary Jaffee and Ajani Boyd on WBZ-TV Channel 4, November 10, 6 p.m.

November 10, 2014

WBZ Radio 1030 AM. NAHYP Award, Mary Jaffee, Ajani Boyd. Nov. 10

November 10, 2014

West Roxbury Transcript. Front Page, NAHYP Award, Noah Kelly. Dec. 21

May 21, 2014