Pictured below are Summer TAG 1990 students, among them current Boston City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo (far left).
TAG began its work to increase the graduation and college enrollment rates of Latinos in 1985, 25 years ago. An expression of the University of Massachusetts urban mission, TAG has been housed in the Institute for Learning and Teaching since its inception and was the seed program for Project ALERTA, developed three years later in 1988.
What began as a 60-student three-week summer program for exam school students expanded to serve 100 students during the school year. In the 1990s, at the request of the Boston Public School’s Superintendent of High Schools, the program began to implement its effective model with district school students.
In 2002, the program’s expansion was encouraged by Boston Public Schools (BPS) and brought today’s model that integrates the spectrum of Latino students and English Language Learners (ELL). The program, although especially designed for Latino students, has effectively supported the educational development of the Latino, Cape Verdean, and Haitian ELL communities in BPS.
The mission of the TAG Program is to ensure that Boston Public School Latino students and English Language Learners excel academically, socially, and personally, so as to improve their ability to succeed in high school and at the postsecondary levels.
It does so through the following components that work together to provide holistic support. TAG’s components work together with the goal of developing the Latino leadership of Boston, as demonstrated by alumni and the new TAG Latino Alumni Association, formally established in 2010.