Family Friends provide a bridge between METCO (Boston) families and Wellesley families by providing each child from Boston a consistent, caring presence in the school community as they endeavor to succeed in school. Elementary students in the program participate in scheduled monthly Stay Days, which are a structured way to facilitate connection.
It has been shown that students who have been matched with host families typically perform better academically and assimilate better on a social level, then those who do not. The goal of the Family Friends Program is to support the successful integration of Boston students into the school community so that they may benefit fully from available academic and social opportunities. Above all, Family Friends provide a feeling of security for METCO students by giving them a sense of belonging to the community where they spend the majority of their day.