Our Impact


Our Approach

Mission | The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship believes that all young people in the Commonwealth have a right to the resources they need to be successful in life. These include; 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. 

Program Overview | The AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF) at Northeastern University grew from the America’s Promise Alliance, a collaborative network based on “5 Promises” that form the conditions youth need to succeed: Caring Adults, Safe Spaces, A Healthy Start, An Effective Education, and Opportunities to Serve.  America’s Promise is a thought leader in dropout prevention, closing the opportunity gap, and supporting young people beyond high school. They have disseminated research on the 5 Promises as effective interventions to support young people in graduating from high school and moving on to college and careers. MPF believes all young people in Massachusetts have a right to these Promises and delivers related interventions in Out of School Time (OST) settings to increase youth academic engagement – a key factor in dropout prevention – as defined by an improvement in youth-reported attitudes towards school and future aspirations. Through the Promises and research-based academic engagement interventions, MPF supports schools, city agencies, and community-based organizations in the effort to help youth reach their full potential.  Fellows lead academic enrichment and college and career exploration projects for at these host sites a year of service.

MPF is hosted by Northeastern University’s Center of Community Service and supported by the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National & Community Service.


Our Location

The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship is office is located in the heart of Boston, housed within the Center of Community Service at Northeastern University.

Online
Phone: 617-373-7881
Fax: 617-373-5609
E-Mail: c.holohan@neu.edu

Mail
Massachusetts Promise Fellowship                                                           
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue, 232 YMC
Boston, MA 02115-5000

*Please note our mailing and office addresses are different.

Visit
320 Huntington Ave Room 232  

Boston, MA 02115

Our office is easy to get to via the MBTA.
We are near the Ruggles stop on the Orange Line
and the Northeastern stop on the Green Line.


Our Staff


Staff
Colleen Holohan - Director
Colleen Holohan - Director

Colleen serves as the Director of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF) at Northeastern University, a statewide AmeriCorps program focused on decreasing school dropout and increasing youth academic engagement. Colleen joined MPF in July, 2006 and has served in various capacities for the program overseeing member support, training, evaluation, and program development. As the Director, Colleen leverages her 10+ years of AmeriCorps program experience to lead fundraising initiatives for MPF, create and manage partnerships across the University and in the community, and oversee all program operations.

In 2010, Colleen created and launched MPF's Non-Profit Leadership Institute, a 30-hour course for AmeriCorps members and Alums focused on leadership theory and non-profit management. Colleen is committed to leadership development and diversity and inclusion and has strengthened MPF’s efforts in workforce development (97% of each member cohort are employed or enrolled in school within three months of graduating MPF) and diversity among the cohort (69% of cohort identify as non-white, 31% serve the communities they grew up in).

Prior to joining MPF, Colleen served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and *VISTA Leader with the Massachusetts Campus Compact. Based at Emerson College, in downtown Boston, she worked on strengthening partnerships between the college and local community organizations. She also trained and supported her fellow VISTA members serving on campuses across the state.

Colleen serves on the board of Oil Heat Cares, a non-profit dedicated to supporting low-income families with the replacement of their oil heat systems. She holds a BA in Social Science and Public & Community Service Studies from Providence College and an MS in Leadership & Non-Profit Management from Northeastern University. Colleen resides in Medford, Massachusetts with her husband, Adam, and daughter, Quinn.

Lauren Currie - Program Manager
Lauren Currie - 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.

Alysé Bigger - Program Manager
Alysé Bigger - Program Manager

Alysé Bigger is an alumna of Bates College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and of Tufts University where she received her Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership via the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Over the past 9 years, Alysé has worked with small and national non-profit organizations in direct service and administration roles. Her personal and professional work has focused on supporting access to great schools and programs that provide equitable educational outcomes for young people, and leading organizational efforts with a goal of developing socially responsible non-profit leaders. She is a member of Boston Public Schools Code of Conduct Advisory Council, a facilitator with the YWCA of Greater Boston, and a proud AmeriCorps alum.


Advisory Board
Becky Bidwell-Hanson

Rich Bielecki

Paul Bologna

Felicia Waldron

Caitlin D'Agata

Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger

Jeremy Kazanjian-Amory

Meghna Marjadi

Eli Pimentel

Cassie Moreno

Natasha Walwyn-Robinson

Destini Aguero

Tim Smith

Vika Parris

Tom Kleber

Nancy Luc

Sarah Viadero


Senior Fellows
Katie LaScaleia
Katie LaScaleia

Katie grew up just outside of Boston, and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management through MPF's partnership with Northeastern. In Katie's spare time, you can find her reading anything and everything (books, newspapers, ads in the subway), listening to podcasts, playing board games, drinking coffee or watching sunsets. Katie loves MPF because she has met tons of passionate and interesting people through the program, has grown a lot as a youth worker and a professional, and has gotten to know the community a lot better through service.

 

Michel-lé Meranda
Michel-lé Meranda

Michel-Lé was born and raised in Somerville,MA and will be serving her second year as a Senior Fellow with MPF at the Health Resources in Action working with the Leah Project. She is a 2016 graduate of The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. She loves to watch netflix, sports, reading and playing music! exploring the city and trying new restaurants. 

Meghan Callahan
Meghan Callahan

Meghan is originally from Hong Kong, but grew up in England and Connecticut. She graduated from Boston College in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology with a clinical Concentration. Her interests include, spending time with loved ones, and Netflix, as well as continuing to learn how to cook. Meghan joined team in August 2017 as a Massachusetts Promise Fellow at Waltham High School and will now serve a second year as a Senior Fellow. 

Wilson Wu
Wilson Wu

Wilson was raised in Orlando Florida and received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. Wilson enjoys reading, eating, exploring the city and traveling. Wilson is passionate about the work that he does, and the impact that he makes on the youth every single day.

Eliza
Eliza

Eliza grew up in Kittery Maine, and attended Clark University in 2010. She is currently working on completing her master's degree for community development and Planning at Clark University. Some of her favorite activities include cooking, dancing, eating fun foods, traveling, biking, swimming and going on mini adventures!