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.

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. 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 division of City and Community Engagement 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: 617-373-5312
E-Mail: l.currie@northeastern.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
Lauren Currie - Director
Lauren Currie - Director

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.

Emily Conwell, Program Manager

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Emily Conwell joined the MPF team as Program Manager in October 2019. Originally from Florida, she graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minors in Educational Studies and Business Administration. Emily moved to Boston to pursue AmeriCorps in 2013 and served with both City Year Boston and Social Capital Inc. The root of her passions are fighting for social justice, supporting young people, and doing her best to make the world a better place. She has experience working with young people ranging from middle school to college across the Greater Boston Area and her strongest skill set lies firmly in the realm of facilitation, curriculum designing, and logistics.



Advisory Board
Becky Bidwell-Hanson

Paul Bologna

Caitlin D'Agata

Jeremy Kazanjian-Amory

Meghna Marjadi

Alanna Fusco

Ashley Gordon

Sonal Dhingra

Emily Zheng

Tim Smith

Tom Kleber

Josh Etienne

Sarah Viadero


Senior Fellows
Spike Sommers

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Spike Sommers was born in San Diego, California. His dad, a sea captain, named him after a boat. In tenth grade, Spike and his family moved to Providence, Rhode Island. After high school, he attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. There, he majored in History and minored in Music. Last school year, Spike taught English in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. The students and staff he met while volunteering in Rhode Island and Minnesota, teaching in Germany, and assisting at Charlestown High School during City Year, inspired him to continue working with young people. He’s excited to continue building community at St. Stephen’s and with this year's MPF cohort. Outside the classroom, he enjoys making and listening to music as much as possible.

Roxana Sierra

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Roxana moved to the Greater Boston area from Los Angeles, California. She is excited to serve another year with the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship and at Enroot! She received her bachelor's degree in international relations with a minor in sociology. She is passionate about social justice, especially racial equity, educational equity, and abolitionism. She cares way too much about too many things, so she likes to find some joy in watching anime, drawing, and exercising or running. Living on the East Coast has been fantastic, and she is ready for another year of cold and snow!

Emily Zheng

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Emily is from Quincy, MA. She went to UMass Amherst for her undergrad and Northeastern CPS for her graduate certificate. Some of her favorite things include coffee, baking, animals, and anything doing anything outdoors. This year she is looking forward to continuing working with the young people at her site to revitalize their community and work alongside a new cohort of fellows.

Ivy Khevali

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Ivy Khevali grew up in Texas and was born in Kenya. She studied chemistry at Del Mar College for two years and is currently pursuing her bachelor's in biological science at Northeastern University courtesy of MPF. During her first year as a Fellow, she served at Freedom House as a PUSH High School Success Coach at the Burke High School, where she supported students on their pathway to college and their post-secondary plans. She's grateful to be returning for a second year at Freedom House! She's excited to continue building relationships, sharing her experiences, and being challenged by the youth she'll serve and other Fellows. During her second year of service, she hopes to build upon the skills she gained from her host site and MPF. Ivy's favorite things to do in her downtime are discovering new recipes, being in nature while exploring contemporary museums and historic areas of Boston (and New England).

siva. Naramsimhadevra

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Siva grew up in Lowell, MA, and graduated from UMass Lowell, where they studied Biology. Their roots originate from South India, which will always be a second home. During their time in school, they found that they enjoy teaching and learning about the great qualities of everyone she meets. This motivated him to do a year of service with City Year, where they served as a success coach and mentor for high school students at Brighton High. Their positive experiences and the connections they made with their students motivated them to commit to another year of service. As they move along their journey, they aspire to continue healing through their actions and bringing out the best in the people around them.