The has announced a $1 million gift to create an endowment for afterschool homework centers in all thirty-eight branches.
Established in honor of Broad Foundation co-founder , the endowment will ensure that the homework centers, or "student zones," are able to purchase state-of-the-art technology and provide homeless and low-income students with free access to computers, laptops, tablets, and printers. Students also will be able to get help with their homework and/or college and scholarship essays during afterschool hours.
In 2015, the Broad Foundation gave $250,000 to the to increase the number of "student zones" across the city, enabling the libraries to serve more students, especially those in foster care or living in homeless shelters and low-income neighborhoods.
"Many of my students don't have computers or Internet access at home, so I encourage them to go to the public library after school to do their homework," said Phina Ihesiaba, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at . "It's great to have a safe space with the free tools and help they need."