BellXcel, formerly BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), provides intensive academic and enrichment support to young “scholars” (grades K–8). Its flagship summer program combats summer learning loss among under-resourced students and targets students performing below grade level.

The organization’s summer and afterschool learning programs feature rigorous, research-based curricula aligned with state and national learning standards. They provide each scholar with individualized support in small classroom settings with a student-to-instructor ratio no greater than 10 to one.

School districts and national partner organizations such as Scholastic and the YMCA use BellXcel to help deliver holistic learning programs that combine academic, enrichment, social-emotional learning, professional development, community, and family engagement.


Power Scholars Academy

The YMCA and BellXcel's Power Scholars Academy help students blossom into leaders.

Since 2001, EMCF has invested $23.6 million in BELL. In 2011, BELL received a $5 million, three-year Social Innovation Fund award from EMCF, and became a True North Fund grantee. In 2017, EMCF made a three-year, $10 million investment in support of BELL’s FY2018-FY2020 strategic plan.