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: c.roque@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
Christine Roque, Director

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Christine Roque (she/her) is originally from San Antonio, Texas. After graduating college, Christine spent two years as a Mass Promise Fellow where she served with the BE SAFE Initiative at the AIDS Action Committee and Health Resources in Action - she is certainly a proud MPF Alum! Prior to starting her Director role with the Fellowship in July 2021, Christine spent 10 years with uAspire where she directed the MA high school advising program, supporting 30+ partnerships in the Boston area and 3,000+ students in their endeavors to achieve an affordable college education. Christine earned her BA in Psychology from Boston University. She is also a graduate of The Institute for Nonprofit Practice with a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Christine lives in Boston with her husband and two sons. She enjoys running, biking, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Olivia Harris, Program Manager

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Olivia Harris joined MPF as a Program Manager in July 2022. Originally from Florida, Oliva moved to Boston to pursue her BS from Northeastern University in Political Science and Human Services. During her time at Northeastern Oliva served two years with Americorp's Jumpstart program working in early childhood education. Olivia is passionate about educational equity for underrepresented students and is an advocate for just and inclusive systems. She joins MPF with robust experience in the nonprofit and education sector most recently serving youth and young adults with disabilities in Boston Public Schools and the Greater Boston area. In her free time, Olivia enjoys exploring Boston's food scene, cooking, podcasts, running, and trips with friends and family.

Yuliya Lantsman, Program Manager

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Yuliya Lantsman (she/her) joined as the Program Manager at MPF in May 2022. She has over 6 years of experience in managing nonprofit programs and over 10 years of experience in working with teens in the classroom as well as in after school and teen employment programs. Prior to MPF, she was the manager of YES’ teen programs, during which time she was the site-supervisor for 3 cohorts of Mass Promise Fellows. Finding ways to build up young people has been the main focus of her career and a lifelong passion. I am very excited to be in this new role to support all of your work to serve the youth in your communities! I’ll primarily be working on the data and evaluation side of things, so will soon be your go-to for everything related to timesheets, reports, and surveys. Yuliya also loves to read, considers herself an amateur film buff, and spends a lot of time outdoors—biking, paddle boarding, skiing, etc.


Advisory Board
Becky Bidwell-Hanson

Paul Bologna

Lindsay Nicastro

Jeremy Kazanjian-Amory

Meghna Marjadi

Alanna Fusco

Liz Skinner

Sonal Dhingra

Tim Smith

Tom Kleber

Josh Etienne

Emilia Ball


Senior Fellows
Ellie Rubinstein

Ellie is from Concord, Massachusetts. She graduated from Colorado College where she studied Political Science and Environmental Science. Ellie is passionate about environmental justice and loves talking all things current affairs. She is excited to be serving this year with SquashBusters, Boston where she can support talented young people in their academic, social, and athletic growth. Outside of work, she loves being in the outdoors and hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. She is also a loyal Celtics fan and is happy to convert any MPF fellows who are new to the area.

Emilia Ball

Emilia is from Albany, New York. She attended Wellesley College, where she earned a B.A. in Media Arts and Sciences with a Computer Science concentration and spent four years on the varsity crew team. Emilia was lucky to have multiple opportunities to work with youth in summer camp and other out-of-classroom settings outside of school. In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends, make art, and spend time outside any way she can. During her service, Emilia looks forward to learning from and connecting with her youth cohort, staff, and MPF community.

Madeline Toldsdorf

Mads is from Kansas City, Kansas but has always enjoyed visiting her family on the East Coast and has loved living here for the past year. She graduated from The University of Richmond in 2020 with has a combined Bachelors in Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Law. She loves staying active and exploring new places, and is always looking for book or poetry recommendations. One of the things she enjoys the most is meeting new people and is looking forward to meeting more amazing people throughout her second year of service.

Makaila Cerrone

My name is Makaila "Mak" Cerrone and I consider Boston, specifically Roxbury, to be my home! I am excited to do a second year at MGH RevereCares, out of Revere High School. I am currently completing my Master's in Education at Northeastern! When not doing service or school work, I enjoy exploring the Boston community through mutual aid work, running, and finding the best spots for authentic latinx food. I know the best spots in the city for finding cute dogs, getting good tattoos, and cheap local eats! In my first year of service I met some of the best people in the whole world, from MPF fellows to the students and staff at my host site. I am so excited to meet even more awesome humans in my second year of service!