Why Paraclete?

It's a program that is based on community, service, and enrichment.

  • We have served over 1,000 kids from 800 households, which is nearly 1/3 of all South Boston families.

  • We have been an active organization since 1997, when it was first established.

  • Over 70 AmeriCorps teachers have served the community through Paraclete, many of which attended prestigious colleges and universities, cited Paraclete as having a pivotal impact on their career. 

Hear What Our Students, Parents, and Faculty Have to Say About Us:

This past year I graduated from Northeastern Law School. My time as a teacher at the Paraclete was critical to this decision. With my students, I learned that I can make a very important impact in the world. I am ready now to pursue a legal career and make an even bigger impact.”


                    - Nate Gates,                                    Former Teacher

The Paraclete was so much a part of my life growing up—I can’t imagine what I would have done without it. It got me into a great high school, Boston Latin, and kept me involved in positive community and extracurricular activities. I don’t understand why every neighborhood doesn’t have a Paraclete!”

       - James, Paraclete Alumnus
         Nuclear Engineer with the           U.S. Navy

The Paraclete Academy was always a place where I could explore what I was truly interested in. I was able to see how the things I was learning in school connected to the real world. Paraclete helped me to understand the opportunities that awaited me and then helped me prepare to make the most of them. My time at Paraclete paved the way for my academic and professional success”

          - Cale Putnam, 

            Paraclete Alumnus,

            Worcester Polytechnic                   Institute, Graduate of                   Engineering

The Paraclete is one of the only programs that I know of that is truly ALL about the children. Their summer program is excellent. The after school program is great too! My son attended the program. My daughter is currently attending & absolutely loves it!! While the focus is on academics, (yes, even in the summer which is great) the mix of extra curricular opportunities is beyond compare! Where else can your child go after school to get: REAL homework help, cooking classes, Robotics, self-defense class, Karate, Theater, Arts, Boxing, field trips, ISEE Prep & so much more…really, too much programming to name!! Yes, I think it’s a super program but more importantly, my daughter loves it there! When she reaches the age limit for the summer program, she wants to volunteer her time & give back what has been given to her. Honestly, what more could I possibly say??"

                 - Paula Fallon Emma

My oldest daughter, Colleen, attended the first class at the Paraclete Center. It was new to all of us at the time and the Paraclete became a second home for her. She and many of the friends she made at the Paraclete are now College graduates.

My son Sean also attended the Paraclete for three years. Without it, I’m not sure he would have made it through middle school. He went there two to four nights a week (willingly I might add) to work on his homework and to get extra help. Before he started attending the Paraclete Center, homework and school were a constant struggle. He became more organized and confident in his studies while attending the Paraclete Center. He was accepted by Trinity Catholic High School and I feel he was more prepared for this endeavor because of the time he spent at the Paraclete Center.

I don’t know what our community would do without this great resource!”

              - Sharon, Mother of                        Colleen and Sean,

                Student Alumni

Before I came to the Paraclete my homework was always wrong.  My grades were going down. When I started coming to the Paraclete, my grades went up. I came here to get my grades up in Math and English and it worked!”

              - Yonis, Former Student

At the Paraclete I learn more math and I learn to be a better reader. I got my first straight As this year!”

          - Claire, Former Student

Having been at Paraclete for a full year was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Paraclete is an amazing program full of extraordinary people, both students and staff, and it provided a new perspective on youth from South Boston. The relationships built at Paraclete are familial, creating a home environment that made me smile every time I walked through the doors."


                     - Gregory Toudouze,

                       BC Pulse Intern '19

I came to Paraclete when I was in 8th grade. On my first day, everybody was welcoming and positive. The enrichment classes were also fun. We would share our creativity and bond with each other. The field trips were always fun and they were good to spend time during the weekend. Now, I volunteer because Paraclete has impacted me positively and I've learned a lot from going there."


                         - Lillianys Dejesus

                           Student Alumni,                               Current Volunteer

The thing that I have gained the most from the Paraclete is an understanding that I can be a resource—hopefully a pretty good resource—for these kids. There are a lot of really talented, curious, intelligent young people going to urban schools who really, really want adults to come and be positive forces in their lives. It’s been pretty humbling and pretty powerful to spend the last year of my life doing that.”

                    - Thomas Bateman,                             Former Teacher