Mission | Americorps Massachusetts Promise fellows deliver the resources young people need to be successful in life by creating, managing, and leading meaningful out-of-school time programs for youth in grades 6-12. Fellow projects focus on mentoring, social and emotional learning, college and career readiness, academic enrichment, and community service-learning. The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship achieves this by placing AmeriCorps Fellows with non-profit organizations and state/local government agencies that focus on fulfilling the needs of our youth by providing: a caring adult, a safe place, a healthy start, a marketable skill, and an opportunity to give back.
Our 5 Promises | Massachusetts Promise Fellows work to deliver the 5 Promises to youth and their communities. These are well-defined objectives developed in partnership with our host-sites and funders. All Fellow projects align with at least one of these 5 Promises:
- Effective Education: Fellows will deliver college and career programming in the Out of School Time setting to ensure youth are prepared to succeed.
- Caring Adult: Fellows will implement and expand mentoring programs in the Out of School Time setting to increase the number of youth who experience a consistent caring adult to support their academic achievement.
- Safe Place: Fellows will develop and lead academic enrichment activities (tutoring, academic support, homework clubs, etc) for young people in the Out of School Time setting.
- Healthy Start: Fellows will coordinate and lead education programs in the Out of School Time setting to develop social and emotional competencies of youth (ex. self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making).
- Opportunity to Serve: Fellows will create and lead community service-learning projects with youth in the Out of School Time setting.
The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship is office is located in the heart of Boston, housed within the Center of Community Service at Northeastern University.
Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
360 Huntington Avenue, 232 YMC
Boston, MA 02115-5000
*Please note our mailing and office addresses are different.
320 Huntington Ave Room 232
Boston, MA 02115
Colleen Holohan - Director
Colleen came to Massachusetts Promise Fellowship in July 2006. Colleen is from Bethpage, New York and graduated from Providence College in 2003 with a BA in Social Science and Public and Community Service Studies.
Following graduation, Colleen served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member with the Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC). Based at Emerson College, in downtown Boston, she worked on strengthening partnerships between the college and local community organizations. She also spent two years with MACC as the AmeriCorps*VISTA leader, training and supporting her fellow VISTA members serving on campuses across the state.
In her time with MPF, Colleen has served as both a coordinator and a manager and has focused on member support, training, evaluation. She also developed MPF's Non-Profit Leadership Institute, a training program focused on leadership theory and non-profit management.
Colleen has her MS in Leadership with a focus in Non-Profit Management from the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern in 2010.
Colleen volunteers her time as a board member of Oil Heat Cares and a mentor for youth with disabilities. She is an avid Boston Bruins fan and loves the beach baking, and hanging out with family, especially her daughter Quinn.
Cecilia Auditore - Evaluation & Volunteer Manager
Cecelia joined the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship in August 2008 as a fellow and joined the staff in July 2012. Cecelia is from Medford & Somerville and graduated from Emmanuel College with a BA in History and a minor in Political Science.
Upon graduation, Cecelia served as a Mass Promise Fellow at Mass Mentoring Partnership and Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring her second year. While serving at both sites, Cecelia learned a great deal about mentoring, evaluation, and youth development. Recently, Cecelia lived in Chicago where she worked at the University of Chicago in their development office, focusing specifically on their Urban Health Initiative.
Cecelia has her MS in Global Studies and International Affairs from the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern. She’s very excited to be back in Boston, working for a program that has contributed tremendously to both her personal and professional growth. Cecelia loves the Bruins and enjoys— with varying degrees of success — zumba, pub trivia, tennis, and softball.
Lauren Currie - Member & Program Manager
Lauren Currie has been with the staff of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship since August 2015. Lauren is from Lockport, NY and graduated from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio with a BA in Psychology and International Leadership Studies.
Upon graduation, Lauren completed two years of AmeriCorps*VISTA service with Massachusetts Campus Compact, developing partnerships between universities and local education-based nonprofit organizations. During her second year Lauren had the opportunity to serve as the VISTA Leader for the program where she developed a passion for training development, program communication, and member and alumni support.
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