How to Apply
Applying to be a Massachusetts Promise Fellow is a simple three-step process. Get started with your application today by following the steps below:
Choose Fellowship position that are of interest to you from the list of Open Positions. Review complete description of the project and follow any additional directions on how to apply with that particular site.
Complete MPF's online Application.
Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references directly to the contact person listed in the position description (2017-2018 positions will be throughout the month of April).
- Excellent organizational and communication skills
- The ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Proven leadership and project management abilities
- A passion for and commitment to national and community service
- The desire to work with diverse constituencies
- Flexibility and a good sense of humor
- High school degree or GED equivalent
- 17 years of age or older
- Must be willing to comply with a criminal background check
- US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Alien documentation
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2017-2018 Fellow Positions
2017-2018 host sites are listed below. Positions will be posted throughout the month of April. Applications and acceptances are rolling through June 30th. All position offers will be provisional until 2017-2018 federal funding has been confirmed.
The Fellow’s main project will be to lead and grow “e” inc.’s Change Makers Teen Program. Using an environment science lens, this teen group will create and implement a series of community-based projects and along the way, gain science knowledge and develop leadership skills. This year, our goal for the Teen Program is to emphasize social activism within the community – petition for city composting, campaign against plastic bags, etc. The Fellow is responsible for developing curriculum, leading hands-on science lessons, facilitating project development, organizaing field trips and mentoring teens. The Fellow’s secondary project will be to support the operation of a Climate Change Exhibit at “e” inc.’s Charlestown Navy Yard location. This will include scheduling visitors and being the lead museum educator on Saturdays. Finally, the Fellow will have the opportunity to experience the inner-workings of a small, grassroots non-profit.
Artists for Humanity
Reporting to the Education Director, the Fellow/Education Coordinator is responsible for supporting Artists For Humanity’s educational/teen benefit goals. With the Mentor being the first line of communication with teen apprentices, the Fellow/Education Coordinator works in direct collaboration with AFH Mentors to achieve program goals. In addition to direct service and preparation for educational programming, the Fellow/Education Coordinator is responsible for reporting on success of all responsibility areas. The Fellow/Education Coordinator works in close collaboration with the Education Director.
Asian Community Development Corporation
AsianCDC’s youth leadership program, A-VOYCE, creates a pipeline of high school-aged Asian American youth who have the vision and tools to shape the physical landscape of their neighborhoods. As a part of A-VOYCE’s strategic growth as a multi-year involvement program, A-VOYCE will build out a second-tier curriculum for returning 2nd-3rd year youth, with a focus on community project execution and college/career readiness.The Fellow will be responsible for building out ACDC’s college and career readiness program in 4 ways:1. Create a marketable skills curricula for a second-tier program that equips 15-20 returning youth 2. Support returning youth in applying and practicing marketable skills by executing community projects 3. Pilot a match savings initiative for a cohort of 5-10 Juniors in the second-tier program 4. Build out existing college access initiatives including “SOUL College Readiness Retreat” and college tours/panels
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest
The program that this Fellow will be supporting is a middle school based “college possible” mentoring program. It is combination of a 1:1 mentoring program where middle school youth work with a college student from two local area colleges for 1-2 hour per week. This program also provides group enrichment focusing on 21st Century skills that will give the youth tools to succeed in College and throughout life. The MPF Fellow will be responsible for hosting parent/youth support nights to encourage family discussions around college and furthering education.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Reporting to the Director of Youth Education, the Fellow serves as the College Access Coordinator and oversees the College Access Program (CAP) at BCNC Quincy. The Coordinator will work with primarily high school sophomores and juniors. The Coordinator is responsible for program development and design, evaluation, outreach and recruitment, and student advising. The Coordinator is BCNC’s primary liaison with parents and support staff and faculty from area schools, regarding college access. In addition to these primary responsibilities, the Coordinator will work within BCNC Youth Center to provide office and program support where needed.
Boston Public Health Commission: Start Strong
The primary goal of the MPF Fellow is to serve with a cohort of 20-25 Start Strong Peer Leaders to deliver trainings to a local community center, lead workshops throughout the academic year to middle and high school students, and meet 1:1 with every Peer Leader tro assess their academic and higher education needs. A special emphasis is placed on creating interactive workshops to teach tips, tricks, and lessons to survive high school and beyond. Collaborating with outside agencies and MPF to create College Prep/Readiness programming, networking skills, and enhancing their social and emotional learning.
Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital
The Fellow will support the High School to Teacher (HSTT) Program and the Office of Human Capital Diversity Programs in a variety of capacities with a strong focus in leading and engaging HSTT Scholars and their parents/guardians in the college and career readiness component of the program. The Fellow will develop and deliver an interactive college and career readiness curriculum to the HSTT cohort, while collaborating with internal and external agencies to increase access to college readiness resources.
Breakthrough Greater Boston
Breakthrough Greater Boston’s (BTGB) mission is to prepare low-income students for success in college and train the next generation of urban teachers using its unique Students Teaching Students model. To accomplish this goal, BTGB provides year-round academic and college access supports to 7th-12th grade students. The Massachusetts Promise Fellow will contribute to BTGB’s mission by supporting students’ academic achievement at our Dorchester campus through a a focus on volunteer recruitment as well as direct engagement with a cohort of 15-20 students in grades 7-11. The Fellow’s direct service will consist of one-on-one academic mentoring and small group academic support during BTGB’s middle school After School Program and the weekly Study Hall Plus Program for 9th and 10th grade students. In addition, the Fellow will support the launch of BTGB’s college access programming at the Dorchester campus.
Breakthrough Greater Boston
BUILD is an innovative four-year Entrepreneurship and College Access Program that motivates students to re-engage with academics. The Fellow will work on a College “Accelerator” Project consisting of three areas: 1) college application case management for seniors, 2) planning three full-day “accelerator” for juniors at all our sites focused on identity exploration and personal goal setting, 3) implementing social or cultural engagement activities. Since our students will be first-generation college students, our work is not only focused on guiding students through the application process, but also building strong peer and mentor relationships through that process—relationships that will provide support throughout our students’ future college experiences.
Cape Verdean Association
Charlestown High School
The Massachusetts Promise Fellow at Charlestown High School will serve as an Academic Coah for a select group of 20 students in 9th and 10th grade who need sustained academic support. The Fellow will build relationships and work one-on-one with students during the school day, and then coordinate after-school programming focused around scholastic engagement, academic skill-building, and tutoring. The Fellow will work with a team of teachers, maintain weekly contact with these students’ families, and track students’ academic progress throughout the school year – with the ultimate goal of creating academically rigorous, meaningful, and fun learning experiences for students.
City of Worcester-Youth Services Division
This position will work to further develop and manage the recreation Worcester middle school girls’ mentorship program, Intelligent Motivated Powerful Articulate Caring & Courageous Teen girls (i.m.p.a.c.t.). The mission of i.m.p.a.c.t is to bring young girls together in a supportive environment designed to encourage civic engagement, develop critical thought around social issues, and catalyze self-discovery through social & emotional learning. This position will, also, be responsible for the development of the city of Worcester’s inaugural counselor-in-training program, the goal of which is to develop young people professionally through soft-skills training, experiential learning, and career exploration.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute Office of Workforce Development
East End House
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
The EMK Massachusetts Promise Fellow will serve as the Coordinator of the Afterschool Support Program at our Fenwood Campus, leading the process for recruitment, monitoring and retention of EMK student participants and external volunteers, and assuring effective communication between volunteers, EMK staff members, and families. The EMK Afterschool Support Program engages EMK teachers as well as undergraduate and graduate students from Northeastern University and the Colleges of the Fenway to support the academic achievement of EMK students across the curriculum. The program provides afterschool tutoring in all academic disciplines, support and mentoring for science fair participation, and preparation for the required MCAS tests. In addition, by engaging near-peers in the academic support process, the program provides opportunity for mentoring and role modeling to help EMK students envision their pathway to college. While the program is open to all EMK students, the model focuses most intensively on sustained participation of a cohort of 25 students in grades 9 and 10 who are identified by teachers and school leaders.
Enroot is a non-profit organization that empowers immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences. Through Enroot, students participate in 1:1 mentoring, 1:1 tutoring, paid internships, and workshops focused on postsecondary planning, career exploration, and community engagement. The AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow will take a key role in leading the Leadership Cohort, a group of 35-40 students. Working closely with the Enroot team, s/he will recruit, match, and support the cohort’s mentoring matches and tutoring matches, co-facilitate weekly seminars, and lead monthly Junior and Senior Workshops focused on post-secondary access. This position offers a meaningful opportunity to lead major program components and work directly with immigrant high school students.
Flying Cloud Institute
Freedom House’s mission is to transform the economic and cultural fabric of high need communities through education and leadership development. The Fellow will hold the responsibilities of career and college coach for Freedom House Academy. The Fellow will work closely with the staff and students in supporting students to complete high school and pursue a career/college pathway.
Girls Inc. of Lynn
The College Mentoring Fellow will increase college access programming with high school juniors and seniors by recruiting and supporting volunteer mentors who will work with girls on a weekly basis. The College Mentoring Fellow will also increase girls’ knowledge of colleges and scholarships that are a good fit for them and engage the parents of mentees in the program.
Greater Fall River Re-Creation
The Greater Fall River Re-Creation Committee, Inc. provides year-round recreational, educational, and cultural programs for Fall River residents with a particular emphasis on socioeconomically disadvantaged youth. The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to work with RE-CREATION’S Outreach program. This program identifies 20-30 high-risk out-of-school youth in Fall River that have any type of gang affiliation and/or gang activity. The Fellow will provide opportunities for youth to participate in service-learning projects as well as implement a program that provides maximum educational tools for the youth to stay engaged and succeed in school.
Health Resources in Action
The Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project, a program of Health Resources in Action (HRiA), is a college access, job readiness, and youth development initiative that recruits, trains, and supports low-income, high school students of color in Boston Public Schools (BPS), known as “LEAH Mentors,” to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons and provide homework help to elementary school students. The LEAH Project's mission is to cultivate the power of youth to transform their lives and communities through science, education, and service. The Fellow will lead and enhance the LEAH Project’s College Readiness Program (CRP), working directly and consistently with 25 youth (sophomores - seniors) throughout the year. Through the CRP, the Fellow will work to increase the college-readiness of LEAH Mentors including college visits, STEM Career nights, parent engagement events, college workshops, Mentor orientation training, weekly Mentor meetings, site visits, and individual meetings with Mentors.
Hernandez After School Program
The Fellow’s main project area while at the HASP consists of developing and facilitating an academic/leadership enrichment program for a small group of 15 6-8th grade students a couple days a week during after school hours, while additionally supporting local college and community volunteers working with students during homework time. Additional project areas include recruiting volunteers, leading educational field trips around Boston, writing a newsletter to families, offering general program support to grades K1-8 and participating in restorative justice circles. Due to the nature of being a small non-profit, there are a lot of additional professional development and leadership opportunities that may arise during your time. Finally, as a two-way bilingual school, know that everyone here is learning at least one language and being part of multicultural community is a big part of who we are at the Hernández.
Hyde Square Task Force
The Academic Enrichment Fellow will oversee and deepen Hyde Square Task Force’s Academic Enrichment Program, which supports youths’ growth through academic tutoring and college and careers skill building workshops. The fellow will track youth academic data for 135 participants ages 8-18 over the course of our 2017-2018 program year to assess academic progress and needs. The Fellow will then design and implement intensive academic interventions for a Focus List of 20 HSTF youth ages 14-18, including coordinating tutor/youth matches, conducting regular academic check-ins with youth, and planning and facilitating additional supports or activities in collaboration with other HSTF program staff. Altogether, the Academic Enrichment Program will provide these 20 HSTF participants a combined 200 hours of dosage over the course of the program year.
La Vida, Inc.
The Massachusetts Promise Fellow will be responsible for facilitating workshops for our incoming sophomore class of 30 students. The Fellow will work together with the Program Manager to plan college tours, assume individual advising responsbilities with assigned seniors, juniors and sophomores. The Fellow will monitor all La Vida Scholars academic progress and coordinate tutoring sessions with students in need of tutoring. Establishing a school year round tutoring program, that meets various student academic and time needs will be a key responsibility for the Fellow.
LEAP for Education
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health
Metrowest College Planning Center
MGH Center for Community Health Improvement
The mission of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) is to collaborate with community and hospital partners to build and sustain healthier communities. Over the past 23 years, the CCHI has worked with community partners in Chelsea, Revere, Charlestown, and Boston to assess needs and create programs that prevent and reduce substance abuse and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care and provide opportunities for Boston youth. Building upon the current STEM modules, the 2017 – 2018 Fellow will facilitate more than 200 hours of programming through one–on–one and weekly group sessions with the 10th grade scholars (September 2017–June 2018) and the 9th grade scholars (February 2018 – June 2018). Potential program topics and activities will include: introduction to careers in healthcare, and medicine through department visits, workshops, and job shadowships. The Fellow will also create and develop innovative ways to strengthen the technology and engineering components of our curriculum. As a secondary focus, the fellow will help to expand upon the college readiness curriculum to begin preparing Youth Scholars for post-secondary.
MGH Center for Community Health Improvement 10th Grade
MGH Center for Community Health Improvement STEM
Northeastern University Marine Science Center
Since 1967, Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center (MSC) has generated outstanding teaching and research in the marine sciences. The MSC’s Outreach Program reaches over 7,000 people per year through various programs and events, and has traditionally focused on serving teachers and students in eastern Massachusetts. The MSC and Girls Inc. of Lynn have developed the Beach Sister program in order to address the needs of youth in the City of Lynn by pairing the resources of an informal science education center with a community-based organization. The Beach Sister program will help pave the way for school-aged girls living in an environmental justice community to develop scientific inquiry and citizenship skills, and to learn about studies and careers in marine science. The Fellow will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the Beach Sister program. The Fellow will be tasked with expanding the Peer Leader program for teens, developing a more substantial middle school curriculum, providing training and capacity-building opportunities for Girls Inc. staff, and participating in evaluation efforts
Old Colony YMCA
The Mission of the Old Colony Y (OCY) is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. We seek to strengthen our communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Big Sister Big Brother, (BSBB), part of our social services, is dedicated to providing youth with professionally supported mentoring relationships that foster healthy self-concepts and encourage positive decision making skills. The Youth Enrichment Fellow will increase our capacity to support youth in career and college exploration through a Fellow-designed curriculum and 1:1 meetings, while also integrating “youth voice” into all efforts.
Regional Environmental Council
The Garden Education Fellow will work directly and consistently with members of YouthGROW, an urban agriculture and youth employment program that serves 34 low-income teens ages 14 through high school graduation. The Fellow will be responsible for all academic engagement programming, particularly college access, for members of the YouthGROW program. The Fellow will also be responsible for supporting a network of 25 educational gardens in our school gardens network to ensure school gardens are integrated into the curriculum. The Fellow will assimilate these two projects by continuing and enhancing program elements that allow current YouthGROWers to support gardens at their schools, train youth to deliver in-class educational workshops on gardening, and create a sense of student ownership and expertise over gardens in Worcester.
St. Stephen's Youth Programs
The JCIT Coordinator will create program activities and provide the individual and group supports that will help eighth and ninth graders build essential leadership skills, prepare them to succeed in high school, imagine themselves (and take action) as civic activists, and get them ready for college and future employment. The Fellow will lead SSYP’s efforts to ensure that all eighth and ninth graders have access to age- and developmentally- appropriate programs that develop academic, professional, and organizational skills and build the hope and imagination that will lead to full and successful lives. By visiting college campuses for cultural events, participating in hands-on career opportunities, building mentoring relationships with teens who are in the process of applying to college and other real-world experiences, and taking action as leaders within our programs and in surrounding neighborhoods, our JCITs will gain the skills and confidence to succeed as they take next steps toward high school and beyond. The heart of this project will be the leadership, academic, and professional development for a specific group of twenty-five eighth and ninth graders (fifty in the summer).
The JCIT Coordinator will serve on the teen team and will offer support and supervision for the twelve Counselors-in-Training who work at B-READY’s St. Augustine & St. Martin Lower Roxbury Site. The JCIT Coordinator will coach them on their professional skills, offer social and emotional support (or make needed referrals), and engage academic support and tutors appropriate.
St. Stephen's Youth Programs
The YLC Coordinator will oversee the YLC Programs of SSYP. This will include direct, day-to-day work with 40+ sixth and seventh graders, including oversight of the two adult lead counselors and ten teen Counselors-in-Training who will be working with them. The Fellow will lead SSYP’s efforts to ensure that all middle schoolers, grades sixth through eighth, have access to age and developmentally appropriate programs that develop academic and organizational skills and build the hope and imagination that will lead to full and successful lives. This will include creating program activities and engaging outside trainers and workshop leaders that will help middle schoolers build essential skills, prepare them to succeed in school, imagine themselves (and take action) as civic leaders, and get them ready for college and future employment. It will also include offering social and emotional supports for middle schoolers or offering appropriate referrals. By visiting college campuses for cultural events, participating in hands-on career opportunities, building mentoring relationships with teens who are in the process of applying to college and other real-world experiences, gaining life skills, building coping techniques, and taking action as leaders within our programs and in surrounding neighborhoods, our middle-schoolers will gain the skills and confidence to succeed as they take next steps toward high school and beyond. The heart of this project will be the oversight of the leadership development and academic support for a specific group of forty middle-schoolers.
Stoughton Youth Commission
The SYC is seeking to host a Massachusetts Promise Fellow (MPF) to increase academic engagement in local youth by engaging Stoughton High students for a minimum of 200 hours in the out-of-school Stoughton Leadership Institute (SLI), with experiential service learning components. The goals of the project are: 1) to support a diverse group of students in the college process and achieve their personal academic and career goals; 2) to provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills to enhance social and emotional growth for success post high school; and 3) to develop a cohort of 25-30 youth with strong civic skills to serve as active leaders in the community.
Tierney Learning Center
The Tierney-Boys & Girls Club After School Program is a Community program in the South Boston neighborhood, operating out of the Joseph Tierney Learning Center (TLC) and directly affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. The 2017-2018 program year will be the third year of operation for this after school program and the third year as host site for a Massachusetts Promise Fellow. The Fellow will be the main source of contact for youth ages 11-14 in the after school program. They will be responsible for creating and implementing S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, math) programming and homework assistance opportunities for youth in Out-of-School Time (OST). The Fellow will also be responsible for working with existing partners and procuring new partnerships with agencies in and around Boston to bring experiential learning to the site and/or take members on field trips. The Fellow will be expected to be a stable presence at the TLC, working directly with youth during the after school program (four hours per day) and occasionally outside of those hours for special events, programs, trips, etc. The remaining hours in the day will be spent planning programs, meeting with supervisor and staff, building and maintaining relationships with families and schools, fulfilling essential MPF duties (time sheets, program reports, collecting data, etc.), professional development, and assisting with general responsibilities within the TLC.
Tutoring Plus of Cambridge
Tutoring Plus is a local nonprofit that has served the youth of the Port neighborhood with free tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programs since 1964. The Middle School Program Fellow will serve as Site Manager for tutoring and mentoring programs for 18-25 middle school (6-8th grade) students throughout the academic year (October-June). In this role, the Fellow will facilitate social-emotional learning activities and support student-volunteer matches during tutoring sessions. The Fellow will support all middle school programs and seek to strengthen our engagement with middle school youth.
Vietnamese American Initiative for Development
VietAID operates youth programming for 1st through 12th graders: VietAID Scholarly Youth Program (VSPY) serves about 60 1st through 8th grade youth daily in an after school program and about 90 in summer programming; and VietAID Leadership Alliance (VALA), comprised of high school youth who volunteer with VSPY and/or are part of the leadership development program. The Fellow will expand current high school youth initiatives by providing increased opportunities in college and career exploration.
Waltham Boys & Girls Club
The mission of the Waltham Boys & Girls Club is to inspire and enable all young people especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. To help us fulfill this mission, we are seeking a Mass Promise Fellow to join our team of youth development professionals. The Fellow will coordinate and implement a variety of engaging after-school programs that promote academic success as well social and emotional learning. The Fellow will also act as a liaison between Boys & Girls Club staff and School faculty to ensure students are receiving the support they need in and out of school.
Waltham High School
The role of the Fellow will be to work closely with 25-30 at-risk students from the Waltham High School Classes of 2018 and/or 2019. Tasks include identifying individual needs, targeting interventions, and developing individual student success plans in order to stay on track for graduation. Ongoing monitoring of students will continue throughout the course of the academic year in collaboration with a school administrator and a wide variety of stakeholders. In addition, the Fellow will be responsible for teaching Overcoming Obstacles or similarly approved curriculum (after-school five hours per week throughout the school year) in order for the targeted students to learn a variety of life skills that will help them to successfully achieve success in high school and be better prepared for college or the workforce.
West End House
The Mass Promise Fellow will provide critical support to the West End House Academic Success team, offering comprehensive, strength-based academic interventions and engaging out-of-school-time programming to youth who reside in some of Boston’s most underserved neighborhoods. The Mass Promise Fellow will strengthen partnerships with the administration and staff of local schools, ensuring a long-term community commitment to our young people’s academic success. The Mass Promise Fellow will develop and implement innovative, high-impact curricula that empower youth to develop critical thinking skills, deepen positive peer-to-peer relationships, and cultivate personal and academic growth, positioning young people for success through high school graduation and college completion. The Mass Promise Fellow will draw upon personal academic interests and expertise to establish programming that leaves a lasting impact of youth on-time grade progression, high school graduation, school attendance, test scores, and personal development.
Youth Enrichment Services
The Mass Promise Fellow at YES will sustain and expand YES’s College Preparation Program. The Fellow will serve 9th-12th grade students with college and career workshops, college tours and one-on-one advising. The fellow will cover topics including study skills, academic and extracurricular planning, college application, financial aid planning, and transitioning from high school to college. The role encompasses direct service, capacity building and curriculum development.