The Triumph Collaborative

What is the Triumph Collaborative?

The Triumph Collaborative (TC) is a network of comprehensive out-of-school time programs, neighborhood centers, expanded learning time schools, and full-service schools that have a similar infrastructure and have agreed to adhere to a common standard of quality.  The purpose of the Triumph Collaborative is to increase the capacity and quality of programs serving Boston Public Schools (BPS) students in order to foster academic success and healthy development.  The Department of Extended Learning Time, Afterschool, and Services (DELTAS) of the BPS supports the Triumph Collaborative sites. 

Who are the Triumph Collaborative Sites?

The Triumph Collaborative started with 40 sites that were part of 3 initiatives DELTAS coordinated in some way: Boston Community Learning Centers; Partners for Student Success (funded by and in partnership with Boston Afterschool and Beyond); and, Out of Harm’s Way (funded by and in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimac Valley).

View a list of the current Triumph Collaborative sites.

Presently, DELTAS is seeking to widen the membership of the network to include any quality child and youth-serving initiatives that employ the 4 elements of the Triumph Collaborative infrastructure:

  1. Sustainable, Quality Activities and Services – A system must be in place to ensure that programming is of a high quality, data-driven, and comprehensive as measured by a fixed standard.  A sustainability plan must also be in place.
  2. Infrastructure for Coordination and Collaboration – The program must organize its effort to maximize resources and minimize redundancy.  The initiative must also promote the alignment of in-school time and out-of-school time to create a coordinated and enriching day for students.  This is accomplished with dedicated staff, coordinating bodies, and other systems.
  3. Family, Community, and School Collaborations – The program must establish a system to support family, school, and community partnerships to create a network of support for students and ensure the longevity of its activities.
  4. Public/Private Partnerships – The initiative must connect, support, and build upon existing initiatives and resources by partnering with community-based organizations, schools/school districts, and/or the private sector.

How does DELTAS Support Triumph Collaborative Sites?

DELTAS supports Triumph Collaborative members through monitoring, evaluation, and program improvement support.  Through a system of tools and processes, DELTAS assesses the strengths and weaknesses of programs, assists in prioritization of challenges and action planning, and supports sites in acquiring resources for improvement.  DELTAS’ menu of services and resources, includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Program Improvement and Quality (?Q) Protocol: An in-depth assessment process to measure and promote OST program activity quality. 
  • The Roadmap for the 21st Century: Guidance for School, Community, and Family Collaborations (Roadmap): The Roadmap is a tool that fosters continuous, self-directed quality improvement for OST initiatives the feature family, school, and community-based collaborations. 
  • Personal Professional Development Plans:  Each Triumph Collaborative site features a full-time manager or coordinator who is chiefly responsible for implementing the critical elements of the Triumph Collaborative model.  DELTAS supports these professionals through the development of an individualized professional development (PD) plan. 
  • Onsite Technical Assistance and Training:  DELTAS supports sites by providing onsite technical assistance and training, based on articulated areas of weakness. 
  • Curriculum Resources:  DELTAS is making available (without charge) 3 comprehensive OST curricula for Triumph Collaborative sites:  Think! Fun (elementary), the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative kits (pre-K – elementary), and the Urban Ecology Institute Field Studies program (middle-high).
  • Data: DELTAS, through an MIS, provides members with access to data, including academics (grades, test scores, school attendance, etc.), demographics, risk behavior statistics, and program quality measurements.
  • Convenings: The network is convened 2 times annually, including the Science, Literacy, Arts, and Math (SLAM!) Showcase at the Museum of Science.

Who Oversees the Triumph Collaborative?

The Triumph Collaborative is guided by a Council made up of a broad spectrum of stakeholders.  The purpose of the Council is to collectively promote and support the Triumph Collaborative model, whether it is in schools, community-based organizations, or other settings.  The responsibilities of the Advisory Council include:

  1. Ensuring the Triumph Collaborative fulfills its purpose
  2. Facilitating the sharing of resources and strategies among agencies promoting the model
  3. Strategizing around the long-term sustainability of the model
  4. Coordinating collective advocacy and marketing

Representative organizations include: Boston Public Schools, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the Mayor’s Office, Urban Ecology Institute, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Black Ministerial Alliance, YMCA, BOSTnet, The LEAH Project, Boston Public Health Commission, United Way, Hyde Square Task Force, The Medical Foundation, Boston Afterschool and Beyond, City Year and the Full-service Schools Roundtable. 

How do Sites Join the Triumph Collaborative?

DELTAS is presently developing a strategy to certify new members of the Triumph Collaborative.  Once this protocol is completed, DELTAS will, through a competitive process, expand the network by no more than 10 sites per year.  This process will be open to any Boston site that is making significant progress towards instituting the 4 elements of infrastructure.  Expansion will be contingent on DELTAS’ ability to raise funds.  The annual cost per site for the services DELTAS  provides to Triumph Collaborative members is $15,000.

 Chris Gabrieli with elementary students