ABC of Andover News...

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    From the outside, the three-story house on the corner of Main and Morton resembles other iconic Federal-style homes in the neighborhood. Once through the blue front door, however, it’s clear this house is like no other. Over the last 50 years, 140 students of color had lived here on their way to college and successful careers.

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    Sydney Bergan's article "A Better Chance Program Opens Doors for 50 Years" filled the backpage News feature in the 12/19/17 edition of the Andover High School Warrior Weekly student paper.

  • Monday, October 09, 2017

    “We salute the courage of the founders and the bravery of the scholars— from the first in 1969 to those who have yet to be selected,” stated Simon McBean Yatrakis ’90, member of the National Board of Directors of A Better Chance, Inc., to a glittering room of 375 alumni, friends and supporters of A Better Chance of Andover.

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017

    It was a reunion 50 years in the making for some of the original supporters of the A Better Chance of Andover at a Founders' Reception, held at the North Andover Country Club Sunday night April 13, 2017.

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Guests attended the exhibit opening of A Better Chance of Andover, celebrating 50 years of its own history graduating 137 alumni.

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Better Chance of Andover, Phillips Academy proudly hosted astronaut, educator, and visionary Dr. Mae Jemison — the first woman of color in space.

  • Sunday, January 29, 2017

    Our alumni are amazing in so many ways! This morning their ability to connect with congregations around Andover was raised up.

  • Monday, November 14, 2016

    Friends of A Better Chance of Andover danced the night away in support of educational opportunity on a recent Saturday night.

  • Sunday, September 18, 2016

    Welcome to Leannette Garcia and Mafoudia “Dia” Keita ! These two freshmen join six other returning scholars.

  • Friday, May 20, 2016

    What a great night to fete our students and the amazing support team of A Better Chance of Andover!

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016

    For Arbor Day 2016, Retelle Tree Corp donated expert tree care at our historic ABC home.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    Villanova sophomore Deanna shares her spring-break service trip to Selma. “I learned more in that one week than I can put into one message.”

  • Sunday, October 04, 2015

    As our students kicked off the start of the new school year, the board of directors did the same, gathering on a recent Sunday afternoon

  • Thursday, June 11, 2015

    President's Award recipients feted and incoming and outgoing board members honored at annual meeting.

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2015

    Ariel, Fatouma and Xonatia graduated with their AHS class Monday evening.

  • Saturday, May 16, 2015

    Read about the festive scholar celebration recognizing our scholars for their commitment to education.

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Xonatia shares her college excitement along with what she takes with her from Andover.

  • Monday, May 11, 2015

    Ariel appreciates all who have helped her foster her innate talents.

  • Sunday, May 10, 2015

    Fatouma has made her college decision and has great advice for incoming ABC students!

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015

    Great music and great fun in Branson, MO with the AHS show choir!

  • Friday, April 24, 2015

    Senior Xonatia is with her host family in South Carolina this week working on group house-building projects for low-income families.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Recent ABC graduate Abbi Awodele reports from Notre Dame that she is delighted with the university – from her studies to new friends on campus.

  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Welcome our three new scholars who all share optimism and a strong work ethic.

  • Sunday, June 15, 2014

    Graduation Day for the ABC seniors was chock-full of friends, family and lots of celebration as the three seniors garnered recognition and worked behind the scenes to make graduation an event to remember.

  • Monday, June 02, 2014

    This is the third of a three part series on our seniors' exciting college plans.

  • Sunday, June 01, 2014

    Congratulations to Camilla Ekokobe, who received a bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College, Class of 2014.

  • Sunday, May 25, 2014

    This is the second of a three part series on our seniors' exciting college plans.

  • Monday, May 19, 2014

    This is the first of a three part series on our seniors' exciting college plans.

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014

    Check out the lightning strikes our three seniors shared at our annual Scholars' Celebration last night.


  • Sunday, May 11, 2014

    Congratulations to Fatouma on completing The MIT Leadership Training Institute program, a highly selective 12 week service-focused mentorship.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    The A Better Chance of Andover 5K Walk/Run is taking a hiatus this spring 2014. ABC has instead chosen to honor the life of AHS graduate Colleeen Ritzer by supporting the Step Up For Colleen 5K Run/Walk, to be held on May 5th 2014 in Andover.

    We encourage all of our participants and ABC supporters to register and join in on this event celebrating the life of this amazing young woman. Find out more at the race home page.

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014

    ABC_AbbiVolunteerLGH_042014_web.jpgSince the day Abbi arrived at A Better Chance she has been intent on pursuing medicine.

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Nancy Vogler, President of A Better Chance of Andover, gratefully accepted a donation from Reading Co-operative Bank.

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    ABC_Jessica_Spates_RA_032014.jpgQuiet is the antithesis of what you would expect from Jessica Spates, a New York City girl who has lived in our ABC house as a student and is now joining program as a Resident Assistant. Yet, quiet is Jessica’s alter ego.

  • Sunday, February 23, 2014

    We are grateful to the late Dick Collins, legendary AHS teacher, coach, former School Committee member and leading ABC supporter, who died Thursday.

  • Monday, January 06, 2014

    Donors to ABC's end-of-year fundraising campaign were entered into a contest to win the latest photography must-have: a GoPro camera!

  • Monday, December 16, 2013

    This weekend, Fatouma received exciting news that she was accepted into the MIT Leadership Training Institute.

  • Sunday, December 08, 2013

    Students and staff greeted many new friends who stopped in for baked goods, mulled cider and a chance to tour the house.

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Thank you South Church, Free Christian Church and Boy Scout/Cub Scout Troop 73!

  • Sunday, November 17, 2013

    Saturday evening more than 100 new and returning friends gathered for a wine & cheese sampling in support of A Better Chance of Andover.

  • Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Students converse with two local professional women of color about college options and the value of a liberal arts education.

  • Friday, November 08, 2013

    Two ABC students from Andover have received awards for excellence in areas that are ABC hallmarks: leadership and persistence against all odds.

  • Friday, September 20, 2013

    A warm welcome and introduction to our two new freshman A'mari Bing-Way and Nilda Vega.

  • Thursday, July 18, 2013

    “College is the place where I'll find all of these open doors that I can just walk through,” states Felicia Reyes as she heads to USC this fall.

  • Monday, April 29, 2013

    Over 250 people gathered at the A Better Chance Fun Run & Walk this past Sunday. The top 3 U-18, top 3 females and top 3 males received prizes.

  • Saturday, January 26, 2013

    Our scholars witnessed the Second Inauguration of the first African American President, Barack Obama. Read Mary's diary of the trip and be there.

  • Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Donors to ABC's annual end-of-year campaign were entered into a contest to win the latest Apple have-to-have: an iPad mini.

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    Scholars continued the sweet tradition of selling baked goods to Art in the Park for shoppers, browsers and artisans.

  • Monday, September 24, 2012

    AHS principal Dr. Christopher Lord met with ABC representatives in an exchange of ideas.

  • Monday, September 17, 2012

    You can support the ABC program and meet new friends as an occasional bed and breakfast host or guest!

  • Monday, September 17, 2012

    Our returning scholars welcomed a new Resident Directors and Resident Assistants and learned how to eat a steamed lobster while visiting Ogonquit.

  • Monday, September 17, 2012

    ABC scholars spent a busy summer touring colleges, traveling to Europe and expanding their academic, athletic and outreach horizons.

  • Friday, June 08, 2012

    We toasted our Scholars in May with our annual Spring Scholar Celebration. Check out the photos!

  • Thursday, May 10, 2012

    The historic ABC dormitory was the recipient of expert tree care donated by Mayer Tree Service and JP Tree for Arbor Day 2012.

  • Friday, May 04, 2012

    Second Annual 5K Fun Run / Walk brought out a repeat female finalist, a new first place male winner, and lots of friends and fun...

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Andover High's Spotlight Chamber Choir had a full holiday season and as a member of the choir Abbi Awodele had a full schedule rehearsing and performing. Next up - a trip to New York City in March.

  • Sunday, December 04, 2011

    Dozens of people enjoyed holiday cheer at our open house Sunday afternoon. Past presidents, neighbors, long-time residents and interested newcomers to town, met the scholars, enjoyed refreshments and toured the house. Check out the photos!

  • Monday, November 28, 2011

    Thanksgiving came early at the Andover ABC house this year when local ABC scholars hosted ABC students from surrounding area programs at the First Annual Thanksgiving Celebration, held at the Log Cabin at Phillips Academy this past Sunday.  Over twenty ABC scholars from the Masconomet (Topsfield), Winchester, Wellesley and Andover programs gathered to celebrate the season and make connections through food and fun.  Andover supplied the turkey and stuffing and the other programs brought desserts, beverages and traditional side dishes.

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    The big October snowstorm knocked out the power, but not the fun for the Andover A Better Chance (ABC) students. With their Main Street home in the dark, ABC President Mary Pritchard and her husband Matt Dallett, took in all the students along with a group of boarders from Brooks School in North Andover. In addition two of the ABC students had their mothers visiting for the weekend. Needless to say it was a very full house!

  • Thursday, October 20, 2011

    All of the students helped run the ABC table at the Town Wide Yard Sale last weekend.

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    ABC Scholars are active volunteers as they tutor children at Memorial Circle and Esperanza.

  • Tuesday, October 04, 2011

    This fall, ABC board members capitalized on the energy of a new school year beginning and gathered for a retreat to begin planning an enriching year.

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2011

    The ABC house is alive again with the sounds of scholars sharing summer stories, school questions and preparing for the year ahead.

  • Monday, June 13, 2011

    Attending Johns Hopkins Honors Student camp, volunteering at Esperanza Academy, focusing on SAT prep; these are all pieces of the exciting and busy summers the scholars have planned!

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    On June 6th Daree Colon and Henrica Bresil walked across the dais at Tsongas Arena to receive their diplomas as part of the Andover High School class of 2011. As president Mary Pritchard summarized, "This is what it is all about!" Everyone in attendance enjoyed the happy scene with many emotions overflowing. The ABC cheering section was about 35 people strong with many of Daree and Henrica's family members in attendance. "We were a proud group", exclaimed Pritchard.

  • Monday, November 15, 2010

    ABC scholars put aside their school books, donned appropriate costumes and took in a midnight showing of a new Harry Potter movie. Despite the lateness of the outing, all were on time for their first class later that morning.

  • Monday, November 01, 2010

    One of the Andover ABC scholars' volunteer projects this school year is assisting each week at the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club. Here (from left) sophomore Felicia Reyes and senior Dareé Colon meet a youngster at the club. The scholars began by helping in the homework room. Plans call for Henrica Brasil to start a TaeKwonDo class and Felicia to assist with ballet classes.

  • Monday, November 01, 2010

    Scholars from Andover A Better Chance are volunteering their services twice a month this school year at the Cor Unum Meal Center. Here (from left) Felicia Reyes, team leader Dareé Colon, Henrica Bresil and Jazzare Mays wear aprons as they prepare for work at the Lawrence service for people in need.

  • Sunday, October 03, 2010


    Senior Henrica Bresil (fourth from right) was in 8-person Boat A of the Greater Lawrence Rowing club that participated in the Textile River Regatta in Lowell. More than 3,000 rowers and 600 shells competed during the major rowing event.

  • Saturday, September 18, 2010

    Senior Henrica Bresil (second from left) and Andover ABC board member Aiko Onishi (third from left) pause with friends on a walk for Anti-Human-Trafficking Awareness in Boston. The event raised more than $3,500. Afterward Henrica started a local petition calling for Anti-Human-Trafficking laws.

  • Saturday, September 11, 2010

    Andover A Better Chance sold refreshments at the town's annual Art in the Park to cover ABC scholars' expenses. On the food line are (from left) 9th-grader Monique Espinoza, senior Darée Colon and ABC Board President Mary Pritchard.

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  • Monday, April 12, 2010

    Justene Salomon was featured in an interview from The Boston Channel called A Plus: Andover High's Justene Salomon.

  • Thursday, February 18, 2010


  • Thursday, April 23, 2009

    Will Dailey will headline a benefit concert for Andover's A Better Chance program at Old Town Hall on Friday, May 1, from 7 to 9 p.m.

    The show will come on the heels of the April 28 release of Torrent, the latest installment of the singer-songwriters new music series.

  • Sunday, February 01, 2009

    ANDOVER — In a class called "Money Smart for Young Adults," nine Andover High students learn to balance their checkbooks, understand interest rates and navigate their way through the college financial aid system.

    This is one lesson that the teens — among a demographic often called "Generation Debt" — will most definitely use later in life. They are, after all, growing up during a recession.

  • Thursday, October 02, 2008

    Henrica Bresil, 15, loved her Outward Bound adventure camp so much this summer that she left her house in Philadelphia every day at 6 a.m. to get there. Then she hopped on a public transit bus and commuted as much as two hours each way.

    When Henrica, a student in the A Better Chance program, returned to Andover High School this fall, she was surprised to learn that her adopted hometown shares a special connection to Outward Bound.

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2007

    Brian and Sally O'Rourke made the move from Vermont down to Andover in mid-August with their two children, Tiernen, 10, and Dierdre, 4. Already, they feel right at home at the A Better Chance house on Main Street -- where they are parents, of sorts, to 10 more children.
    "It's like having a really big family," said Sally O'Rourke, co-resident director of Andover's ABC program with her husband. "The biggest difference for us is the all-girls (aspect). We get to eat dinner all together. It's much more of a community and a family thing."