History

ABC_Prom_sm.jpgStarted in 1967 with a vote of support from Andover’s Town Meeting, the A Better Chance of Andover program is the longest operating ABC community-school program in the country. The program started with 4 young men from rural and urban communities seeking a better education and opportunities. In the mid-1970s, the program began admitting young women and in 1986 became all-female. These students have set sports records and managed sports teams, performed community service, participated in extracurricular activities and started new ones, in addition to challenging themselves in the classroom.

In nearly 50 years of giving talented students a chance to excel, ABC of Andover has graduated men and women who now are educators, doctors, business leaders, lawyers, admissions and financial aid officers, accountants, social workers, teachers and professionals in a wide range of fields. When alumni visit Andover, they often thank the program for making a difference in their lives.

ABC of Andover graduates have been giving back in many different ways – some have served as Resident Directors at other ABC programs, others served on the board of directors for ABC programs and other non-profit organizations. Above all, these alumni show young people of color what one can achieve when given a better chance.

Read more about the fascinating and courageous start of A Better Chance in the town of Andover. ABC History - Andover Townsman March 2013