Friends of Young Achievers


The Friends of Young Achievers (FOYA), an independent 501c3 nonprofit created in 1999, supports the Young Achievers School’s efforts to expand high quality learning opportunities that empower its students to realize their infinite potential.


To meet this mission, FOYA builds partnerships, raises funds, manages grants, collaborates to develop the school budget, and builds awareness for the school’s work in the greater community.


FOYA was established to address the need of filling the funding gap that exists between public money available to schools and the actual costs of funding a quality education – particularly one in which students participate in school activities eight hours or more per day. FOYA is keenly focused on enhancing students’ exposure to STEM - science, technology, engineering, and math.


FOYA’s flagship initiatives include:

  • An 8th grade STEM Fellowship that includes an advanced science class and rainforest excursion to Costa Rica
  • The 6th grade’s annual trip to the
    Appalachian Mountains
  • A summer program serving 40 students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Numerous in-school partnerships that directly supports students’ STEM learning - including Citizen Schools, Boston Nature Center, and Thompson Island Outward Bound

  • A grant program that provides computer science education to all 6th graders

  • A partnership with the YMCA of Greater Boston to co-manage a before school and after school program for grades K-4


For information on how you can get involved, contact FOYA Executive Director, David McAuley at

Donations to support student learning can be made through this secure link.