We’re proud to announce an equity investment in AllHere, a software startup founded and headquartered in Boston that combats absenteeism in public school districts through technological services. Founded by Joanna Smith, a woman of color and a former district attendance and family engagement coordinator for the Boston Public Schools, this platform helps educators document absences, recognize patterns of absenteeism, and create action plans. AllHere’s products have been shown to successfully recover 47% of truant students, reduce chronic absenteeism by 30%, and improve the attendance of 83% of all students!
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, these services are more vital than ever. In the words of founder Joanna Smith, “Equity is absolutely at stake. When school returns this fall, there will likely be an increase in distance or remote learning, or blended in-class and remote learning, and with that, students of color and students in Boston whose families are facing economic challenges will need our collective support, more than ever.”
We look forward to supporting AllHere’s indispensable work in our schools and communities.