Current Fellows

Below is a list of the current fellow positions for the 2016-2017 program. If you're interested in applying to one of these positions, please visit the apply page.

"e" Inc.: Thi Tran

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.

Artists for Humanity: Gwen Walker

Founded in 1991, Artists For Humanity’s (AFH) mission is to provide under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. AFH began with what was then an ambitious and unconventional idea – young people can provide, through their innate talent and vision, contemporary creative services to the business community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest: Kimberly Valenzuela

In the College and Career Readiness Mentoring Project, the Fellow will identify children from Fuller Middle School in Framingham, identify mentors from Massachusetts Bay Community College and Framingham State University, and create one-to-one mentoring relationships for the school year. The Fellow also will work to adapt the Future Ready Mentoring Toolkit, an initiative developed by Future Ready Massachusetts, for the children at Fuller Middle School.

BUILD: Youy Ou

The Promise Fellow would work specifically on an envisioned College Cohort Project which would consist of three primary areas: 1) college application case management, 2) curriculum design of culturally relevant lessons, and 3) planning for social or cultural engagement activities. Since our students are first-generation college students, our work is not only focused on the detailed mechanics of guiding students through the college application process, but also on building strong peer and mentor relationships through that process—relationships that will carry over and offer support throughout our students’ future college experiences. The Fellow can expect to work directly with a consistent group of juniors and seniors during the course of the academic year. 

Boston Public Health Commission: Start Strong: Rachel Collman

As the fellow at Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative, I support our teen peer leaders as they teach teen dating violence prevention and healthy relationship promotion workshops for their middle and high school-aged peers. Through workshops, one-on-one meetings, and sharing of resources, I work with teens to help them achieve their post high school goals and further their social-emotional learning. After my service I hope to continue working with young people, using a youth development approach to facilitate their growth, leadership, and learning, specifically around healthy relationships, sex education, and public health issues. 

Breakthrough Greater Boston: Raffi Pontes
Greater Boston

As a Student Support Coordinator with Breakthrough, I assist with myriad projects related to volunteer management, program development, and direct service. A large part of my role is to connect more volunteers to Breakthrough’s Academic Mentor program –– a one-on-one tutoring program where volunteer mentors work with students to improve study skills in core academic subjects. Additionally, I provide direct academic support to 9th and 10th grade students in Breakthrough’s Study Hall program, as well as help evaluate and enhance current practices and resources for the College Access Program. 

Breakthrough Greater Boston: Nicole Eduwensuyi
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. Two Massachusetts Promise Fellows will contribute to BTGB’s mission by enhancing the quality and effectiveness of BTGB’s Academic Mentor and Study Hall Plus programs through a a focus on volunteer recruitment as well as direct engagement with a cohort of 15-20 students in grades 7-10. The Fellows’ direct service will consist of one-on-one academic mentoring and small group academic support during a weekly Study Hall Plus Program at our Dorchester and Cambridge campuses.

Cape Verdean Association: Julio Gomes

The Cape Verdean Association of Brockton is a community based organization that provides education, health, civic, social and human services to Cape Verdeans and other immigrant community populations in Brockton, with special emphasis on the needs of the youth and the elderly. The Association offers an after school, summer, and tutoring center, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes for adults, the Family Initiative Collaboration, and fundraising and social events.  The Promise Fellow will ensure educational classes and youth programs run efficiently and smoothly. Thus, the Promise Fellow will coordinate the educational classes of the Association, manage the Youth Tutoring Center for middle and high schoolers and coordinate the Summer Camp Program. 

Charlestown High School: Nedsen Bien-Aime

The Massachusetts Promise Fellow at Charlestown High School will serve as an Academic Coach 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.

Dana Farber Cancer Institute Office of Workforce Development: Julia Knox

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s (DFCI) mission is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases. As an employer and patient-centered facility, DFCI places high importance on addressing workforce diversity, particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. Serving as a point of entry into the workforce, DFCI Student Training Program (STP) based out of the Human Resources Office of Workforce Development represents one of several integrated efforts to meet this imperative. The DFCI Fellow will work closely with Workforce Development staff to plan, implement, and evaluate the College Achievement Program (CAP) for 15 academic-year student trainees on-site and ultimately impact their decision to apply, gain entrance, and succeed in college. He/she will also manage the delivery of our bi-monthly afterschool science enrichment program activities for 15 high school freshmen that will expose them to medical and science career pathways.

East End House: Erin Ginnaty-Moore

East End House community center uses a holistic approach to promote the wellbeing, academic achievement, and successful transition to adulthood of children and youth  from under-resourced families in Cambridge and surrounding communities. As part of the approach, East End House provides support services to a diverse population, from infants to seniors, to strengthen family and community.

Enroot Education: Georgia Lederman

Georgia Lederman joined the Enroot team in August as the Massachusetts Promise Fellow. Georgia recruits, supports and trains 150+ volunteers, assists the program team in curriculum development and implementation, develops, designs and facilitates postsecondary planning workshops for juniors and seniors, and case manages 40 students' relationships with volunteers. Georgia comes to Enroot after interning as Administrative Assistant and Peer Mentor at the International Rescue Committee in New York.  Originally from Northampton, MA., Georgia graduated from Oberlin College in 2016 with a BA in French and a concentration in Education. Her interests include cooking, games, running outside, and playing music. 

Flying Cloud Institute : Serina Saunders

Flying Cloud seeks to host a MPF who will work intensively over the course of a year with 15 Young Women in Science (YWIS) high school mentors from the city of Pittsfield to build their academic engagement and involve them in community service leading girls science clubs for grades 3 - 8, which strengthens their social/ emotional skills and maturity. 

Freedom House : Ashley Harton-Powell

With PUSH High School program, I support students in 10th grade at the Burke High School (and soon at Snowden High School for 9th and 10th grade) with college and career interest and planning and social/emotional support through workshops and one-on-ones. I also help coordinate field trips for our students to colleges, corporations, and businesses of their interest and help them find school year/summer internships.

Girls Inc. of Lynn: Fillette Lovaincy

The mission of Girls Inc. of Lynn is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by meeting the needs of girls in the community, developing girls’ capacity to overcome the effects of discrimination and be self-sufficient, responsible members of the community, and by serving as a vigorous advocate for all girls. Girls Inc. of Lynn has been operating since 1942, serving girls ages 5-18. 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 : Eli Fishbein
Fall River

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 agency’s goal is to provide a variety of programs ranging from participatory sports and creative classes to educational presentations and theatrical/musical performances for those who would otherwise not be unable to afford or participate in these programs.  The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to create a program that works with RE-CREATION’S Outreach program. The 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 implement a program that provides maximum educational tools for the youth to stay engaged as well as succeed in school. 

Health Resources in Action : Ashley Gordon

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 16-20 youth (sophomores - seniors) throughout the year, and indirectly with another 5-9 youth (freshman). 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: Alison Kronstadt

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.   

LEAP for Education: Ashley Pengelly

The LEAP for Education Fellow will be asked to infuse past and new curricula with inclusion strategies and adaptations for ELL and SPED students. In addition, the Fellow will investigate new ways to increase English language learning opportunities for ESL students. The Fellow will also be responsible for forming partnerships with community organizations to increase student’s civic awareness through volunteer opportunities and various field trips.

MGH Center for Community Health Improvement 10th Grade: Caroline Hone

I am the program manager for the 10th grade cohort of the MGH Youth Scholars Program, an after-school program for high school students from Boston, Chelsea, and Revere that is designed to get students engaged in STEM topics and interested in careers in healthcare and medicine.  I coordinate our weekly programming, and plan interactive workshops with various hospital departments including anesthesia, radiation oncology, and neurology.  In addition to STEM topics, I facilitate discussions around college readiness and building 21st century skills, including professional development, communication skills, and time management.

MGH Center for Community Health Improvement 11th Grade: Lauren Simao

At Mass General Hospital's Youth Scholars program, I serve twenty-eight 11th graders who visit the hospital once per week to engage in a college readiness curriculum that also includes a heavy focus on STEM engagement. My service includes scheduling and supervising college visits, developing and facilitating workshops to improve students' 21st Century Skills and prepare them for college and careers, and coordinating a 10-week SAT Prep Course. Additionally, in collaboration with many MGH departments, I also schedule workshops, modules, and job shadowships, through which students can explore STEM-related careers.

MGH Center for Community Health Improvement STEM: Arthur Newbould

Building off of the learnings from the past Mass Promise Fellows who have previously served the middle school students in our programs, the 2015 -2016 Fellow will lead three specific focus areas for us in the coming year. (1) Serve as the project lead for all of the youth-focused elements of the Science Fair Mentoring Program.  In this role, the Fellow will directly serve up to a total of 50 students who he/she will meet with regularly at the school in mix of group and 1:1 interactions from September – February. (2) The Fellow will then continue to work with a cohort of 20 8th graders from the Science Fair Mentoring Program for the remainder of the school year and into the summer as they transition to working in paid internships at MGH, their work will include conducting information sessions with parents/students and with the application process.  Their work will also be prepare them for their summer jobs and continue to support them. They will serve up to 200 hours in and out of school supporting these students.

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health: Ky'ann Horton

MassCOSH is a nonprofit, membership coalition that organizes and advocates for safe jobs and healthy communities. Based in Dorchester, MassCOSH focuses on immigrants and people of color in the lowest paid and the most unsafe/unhealthy jobs, and engages them in efforts to improve workplace conditions and civic participation to have a voice in policies that govern these conditions. Through a four-tiered approach combining popular education, participatory action research, civic engagement, and policy advocacy, MassCOSH engages its constituents directly in the process of identifying and developing strategies to promote improvements in their workplaces and communities. The Fellow at MassCOSH will work specifically on the Teens Lead @ Work program, a youth led education and civic engagement program in which peer leaders identify environmental hazards and unsafe conditions at work, in school, or in their community and then develop and implement solutions to these issues. Peer Leaders facilitate workshops to youth serving organizations on workplace violence, safety and health in the workplace, knowing your rights as a working teen in MA, and sexual harassment in the workplace.


The Math*STARS Fellow will build a new Math*STARS site at a Boston Public School for 6-8th grade students using the Math*STARS model of homework support and hands-on/minds-on activities that give students access to grade level curriculum by developing foundational skills such as number sense and algebraic thinking.  The Math*STARS Fellow will pilot programming which will enhance the mentoring responsibilities of our volunteer Tutor-Mentors.

Northeastern University Marine Science Center: Caitlin Shea-Vantine
Nahant & Lynn

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: Ashley Testa

I am the coordinator of  Kidz Konnect, an anti-violence prevention program for Brockton youth, to enhance leadership skills, professional development, community outreach, and academic growth, as well as providing 1-on-1 case management with them and planning out curriculum for mentoring between Kidz Konnect members and younger youth in a community. I also help with Big Sister Big Brother mentor recruitment support and their annual Spring campaign.

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.: Yingge Wang

The Fellow will coordinate all aspects of the U&I Mentoring program, maintaining and refining the major curriculum changes made during the 2014-2015 school year. This would include working directly with 50 to 60 youth approximately 50 hours per month. Other duties will include program coordination, curriculum development and activity planning, and one-on-one leadership development with mentors.

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. : Joey Nguyen

Established in 2011, the Youth ServiceCorps’ (YSC) mission aligns with QARI’s mission to “foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of Asian Americans” with a focus on Asian high school youth in Quincy and Braintree. The Fellow will work closely with the 10 to 12 Youth Board members and up to 20 Youth Representatives, developing and implementing a curriculum of service learning projects to make a strong, significant, and lasting impact on the community and over 300 YSC members. These youth will plan, coordinate, and execute a series of small community service projects around Greater Boston, as well as some larger community projects, including a year-end celebration, a career day, and fundraising events. The Fellow will be serving a consistent group of 20 to 30 youth, for 35 hours a week, with approximately 15 to 20 of those hours being direct time with youth. The Fellow will lead the development and implementation of a college access curriculum.

Regional Environmental Council: Hanh Lam

The Regional Environmental Council’s (REC) mission is to foster the creation of healthy homes, healthy workplaces, and healthy neighborhoods in Worcester’s most overburdened communities through programs and collaborations that advance environmental justice and community empowerment. The Garden Education Fellow will work directly and consistently with members of the YouthGROW program. YouthGROW is comprised of 32 teens between the ages of 14 and 18. The Fellow will be responsible for all academic engagement programming, particularly college access, for members of the YouthGROW program, an urban agriculture and youth employment program that serves teens ages 14 through high school graduation. They will also be responsible for supporting a network of 27 educational gardens in our school gardens network to be able to integrate school gardens into their curriculum. The Fellow will integrate these two projects by developing new program elements that will allows current YouthGROWers to support gardens at their schools, train them 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: Bella Vidana

At St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, I serve as the Junior Counselor In-Training (JCIT) Program Coordinator, which supports our 9th grade students. Every week, I focus our programming on leadership development, peer mentoring, civic engagement and self-expression. I have made it my commitment to provide our ninth graders with a compassion-filled, engaging and social justice driven environment that encourage them to continue moving towards their goals throughout and after high school. 

St. Stephen's Youth Programs: Megan Doe

The mission of St. Stephen’s Youth Programs (SSYP), located in Boston, MA, is to serve the children and youth of the South End and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston by providing them with a safe, challenging, and supportive environment in which they can thrive. By doing this we strive to contribute to the health of underserved communities by helping school age young people along the path to successful adulthood. The MPF will support mentoring pairs and career exploration activities which prepare teens to succeed in college and future employment. The Fellow will lead SSYP’s efforts to ensure that all teens, grades 8th-12th and beyond, have access to age and developmentally appropriate activities that create hope and the sorts of experience that help young people imagine a successful future. By visiting college campuses, participating in career events, talking with alumni who are in college and other real-world experiences, teens will have the skills and confidence to succeed in applying for colleges and programs that meet their interests, talents, and abilities. The heart of this project will be the 45 mentoring pairs supported by the MPF; there will also be several other small groups of younger teens and older teens who work closely with the MPF.

Stoughton Youth Commission: Beth Gillig

I oversee and facilitate the Stoughton Leadership Institute (SLI) for Stoughton High School students. My primary focus is providing skill-based workshops, one-on-one college and career advising, and community service opportunities to help SLI members succeed in high school and beyond. I take a strengths-based approach to youth empowerment and leadership development, and my main goal for SLI is to support students so they can achieve their college/career goals while also becoming local leaders in their community. 

Tierney Learning Center: Lennie Naughton

The mission of the Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center (TLC), located in Boston, MA, is to support youth and families living in affordable housing by providing programs and services that engage learners of all ages in educational opportunities. The TLC provides a deep variety of programs  to a diverse community to create an educational pipeline of services, working with many organizations to accomplish this. The Fellow will be responsible for working with a consistent group of at least 15-20 youth between the ages of 11 to 16 to coordinate educational services and enrichment programming in an Out-of-School Time (OST) setting. The Fellow will be the primary contact for schools, service providers, and families for the youth engaged at TLCwill implement STEM curriculum and homework assistance, and be part of a broad network of organizations working to provide wrap-around services to this group of youth. During the school year the Fellow will be expected to spend at least 4 hours per day per week with youth (20 hours a week minimum) performing direct service. Duties of the Fellow will include maintaining case notes and performing survey work, acting as the primary source of communication with local schools, coordinating events and workshops, and be a very stable presence in OST activities. This includes performing and coordinating tutoring, curriculum implementation, assistance with enrichment and employment programs, and leading service projects.

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge: William Adams

Tutoring Plus (T+), located in Cambridge, MA, has pursued the same mission for over 50 years: to support and encourage the academic, personal, and social growth of children and youth in Cambridge with the help of volunteers and community partners. By positioning the organization to take advantage of the wealth of human and organizational resources that surround it, T+’s goal is to identify needs and offer programs that increase the skills and capabilities of our students. The Middle School Program Fellow will serve as Site Manager for tutoring and mentoring programs for 20-25 middle school (6th-8th grade) students. The group will meet twice/week throughout the academic year (October-June). The Fellow will facilitate social-emotional learning activities and support student-tutor matches during tutoring sessions. The Fellow will also volunteer in a middle school classroom and lead an after school club at the middle school campus one day/week on a topic of choice.

uAspire: Emma Chavenson

The mission of the uAspire Springfield Promise Program (Springfield, MA) is to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to – and through - a postsecondary education. uAspire uses grade-appropriate workshops and curricula to teach students about affordable options for college. The Fellow for the 2015-16 school year will act as the uAspire Program Coordinator.  In this role, the Fellow will advise one to two days per week with approximately 100 high school seniors.  In addition, the Fellow will take the lead in building and facilitating an afterschool program designed to serve 15-20 students for the duration of the school year. The students who will receive this intensive afterschool support will be pre-identified as students with high academic potential who may be in need of additional support to ensure that their college dreams become an affordable reality. The uAspire Program Coordinator will work with this small cohort of students through classroom presentations, one-on-one sessions, and workshops after school facilitated by uAspire and other organizations to provide as much college knowledge and resources as possible.  This is an opportunity not only to provide underserved youth with much-needed college readiness resources, but is also an opportunity to take the lead on an impactful cause, building a program from the ground up using your own creativity and innovation to make a difference.

Waltham High School: Andrew Liedtka

At Waltham High School, I developed a pilot support system called the Sophomore Strong Program to increase OST opportunities and reconnect off-track students with their school community to help reduce dropout rates. The nexus of our support system is our after-school, for-credit, “Personal & Social Identity” and, “Personal and Professional Development” courses that focus on social-emotional, CCR, and social justice competencies while helping students regain elective credit in order keep pace with their grade-level peers. In order to facilitate better relationships with students and provide leadership opportunities, I also serve with a small cohort of highly-engaged, “Youth Facilitators” that volunteer with the program or operate student clubs designed to offer students deeper connections to their interests, their peers, and additional spaces for planning community service-learning projects.

West End House: Jocelyn Proietti

The West End House (WEH), located in Boston, MA is an independent Boys & Girls Club in the City of Boston. Our mission is to inspire and enable young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. We provide outcomes-driven programs to youth residing in Boston’s most underserved neighborhoods. The Fellow will significantly strengthen the WEH’s Academic Support program. They will develop and steward relationships with administration and faculty from three public high schools to ensure that each young person has the support they need to succeed academically and socially, both in-school and out-of-school.

Youth Enrichment Services: Ashley Belizaire

Youth Enrichment Services’ (YES), located in Boston, MA, mission is to inspire and challenge youth with physical and mental activities that foster life-long respect for self, others, and the environment. Over 1,500 Boston youth participate in YES annually. They benefit from a continuum of outdoor sports programs and youth development leadership activities that include career programming, college planning, and community service. The Fellow will sustain and expand YES’s College Preparation Program by serving a total of 60 youth. The Fellow will serve 15 students with college and career workshops, 30 youth will engage in college tours and one-on-one advising, and the Fellow will also serve an additional 15 youth by creating a program specifically for 9th grade students focusing on study skills, academic and extracurricular planning, and life skills in preparation for college applications. The Fellow will work with the YES Academy Director to measure program impact on youth.

Zumix, Inc.: Sarah Saydun

ZUMIX, located in East Boston, MA, is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to building community through the arts. Our mission is empowered youth who use music to make strong positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world. As the first and largest youth arts organization in East Boston, a geographically isolated working-class community, ZUMIX provides top-quality music and cultural programming as an alternative way for young people to deal with frustration, anger, and fear, and as a method of building cultural understanding and acceptance in a community which has had the largest demographic shift of any Boston neighborhood over the past twenty years. A Pathways Coordinator will build upon last year’s work through program evaluation and curriculum design to provide increased opportunities for approximately 25 youth, both as program participants and as young adults, as they make decisions regarding their educational and career paths. Our Fellow will provide weekly workshops and regular one-on-one meetings to approximately 20 youth, as well as bi-weekly Youth Advisory Board (YAB) meetings for approximately five youth, for a combined total of approximately 300 hours of service. This Fellow will work with ZUMIX staff, youth, and recent alumni to evaluate and assess our pilot year of Pathways programming, and build curriculum so that ZUMIX can most effectively support our youth and alumni in terms of pursuing higher education and careers. Through the creation of a YAB, the Fellow will provide leadership opportunities to ZUMIX youth at every level of our organization.