Currently in its fourteenth year, the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship places Fellows who commit to a year of service at non-profit organizations, schools, and city agencies across Massachusetts to create, lead, and manage youth development projects. The Fellowship has placed over 200 Fellows at over 80 host sites to provide over 350,000 hours to communities across Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship believes that all young people in the Commonwealth have a right to the resources that they need to be successful in life, including a caring adult, a safe place, a healthy start, an effective education, and an opportunity to serve. We deliver these 5 promises to youth by training emerging leaders who commit one year of service to support and provide these needed resources to youth throughout the Commonwealth.
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:
Marketable Skills: Fellows will work closely with and support emerging youth leaders as the young people develop and implement a variety of activities, programs, and projects that benefit their community.
Caring Adult: Fellows will develop new mentoring programs and expand upon current mentoring programs in an effort to establish and support new mentor/mentee matches.
Safe Place: Fellows will develop and lead out-of-school enrichment activities (i.e., adventure programming, service-learning projects, tutoring, athletics) for young people.
Healthy Start: Fellows will coordinate and lead education and outreach efforts (i.e., newsletters, web sites, seminars, summits, workshops, dances) to inform and educate young people on a variety of issues and topics (i.e., sex education, health care access, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, diversity awareness, conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS, legal rights, mental health).
Opportunity to Serve: Fellows will actively recruit, train, and manage volunteers that will serve to support their project and the mission of their host organization.