THE HISTORY AND GROWTH OF THE 3POINT FOUNDATION
Started in 2012 by Neil Jacobs, The3PointFoundation began as a four-week summer program for 15 boys at the Fessenden School in West Newton. The approach underlying 3Point’s programs was to provide supplement academic instruction in math and English and a basketball program. In the fall 2012, 3Point continued providing after-school programming for the students from the summer program at The Reggie Lewis Center.
During its second year of operation, 3Point began a partnership with the University of Massachusetts Boston. Professor Joan Arches of UMass Boston began directing the academic program and college volunteers from UMass Boston. The UMass Boston partnership led to 3Point providing after-school programs focusing on academics, social-emotional growth and basketball at Boston Public Elementary and Middle Schools while continuing to expand the summer learning program at Fessenden.
After three years of running after-school and summer programs, in 2016, 3Point evolved into programming which featured project-based learning featuring the digital technology and fabrication equipment, social-emotional development, and integrated the lessons of the classroom with the lessons learned from basketball. In 2017, the excellence and impact of 3Point’s programming was recognized by the Boston Public Schools which, after rigorous review, designated 3Point as an Opportunity Priority Partner – one of twenty educational after-school programs so designated.
In 2018, after a second comprehensive review, the Boston Public Schools selected 3Point’s summer program as a “summer learning academy,” one of fifty programs selected. 3Point has operated a summer learning academy at the Fessenden School for the past two years as part of A BPS and City initiative to foster summer learning operated by Boston After School And Beyond. Additionally, during the 2018-2019 school year 3Point introduced hip-hop dance as an alternative to basketball to increase the participation of girls in the program.
Today our work is sponsored by private business individuals, foundations, the city and the state. We run after-school programs at numerous Boston K-8 and middle schools. We now supplement our classroom programs with dance in all our schools, as well as basketball. We also run a K-8 basketball league and two annual summits for our students and city officials. We have expanded our summer programming at the Fessenden School and operate a second location at the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club in Roxbury. We serve approximately 250 students in our after-school and summer programs.