Why Be a Fellow?


How it Works

The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF) operates using a scattered site model placing AmeriCorps members in many cities across the state. AmeriCorps members have a strong impact on students thanks to partnerships with nonprofit organizations, schools, and city agencies.

When you are accepted into the program, you are assigned to a partner site where you will build relationships and deliver out-of-school time (OST) programming to a cohort of young people between the grades of 6-12. Your work with young people can range from leading career development workshops, to supporting with college essays to creating academic enrichment activities. There is no question that your work with help MPF increase youth academic engagement outcomes to support dropout prevent.


Benefits & Resources


Serving as a Fellow is a rewarding experience and requires self-care! Over the course of your service, there are numerous benefits that you will receive in exchange for your time.

Finances

  • Consultations: life coaching and financial or legal assistance available through AmeriCorps Member Assistance Program
  • Education Award: Upon completion of service term and 1,700 hours, Fellows receive taxable educational award of up to $6,345
  • Housing Assistance: MPF provides a housing resource document and connects new Fellows with one another to support with the search
  • Living Allowance: Stipend of up to $18,000
  • Student Loan Forbearance: Most federally backed student loans are eligible for forbearance, allowing Fellows to postpone payments during service. Upon successful completion of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified student loans
  • Travel Reimbursement: Reimbursement offered for train, bus, or personal car travel to and from mandatory in person Monthly Meetings

Insurance

  • Dental: Up to 70% of premium coverage
  • Healthcare: Full coverage offered through Corps Network OR offered a reimbursement on a state exchange plan
  • Mental Health: AmeriCorps Member Assistance Program gives Fellows 3 free therapy sessions and 24/7 confidential free access to a mental health professional
  • Vision: Exams covered in full through Corps Network with $100 reimbursement on glasses and contacts

Paid Time Off

  • Birthday: Fellows with birthdays that occur during the service year receive their birthday off
  • Federal holidays: 9 paid federal holidays
  • Sick days: 5 paid sick days for physical or mental health needs
  • Vacation days: 7 paid vacation days

Make An Impact

Fellows meet vital needs by leading out-of-school time programs for youth in grades 6-12 in low-income communities across the Commonwealth. Collectively, our Fellows have contributed 800,000 hours of service to young people since 2000. On an annual basis, Fellows serve 3,000 young people from low-income families by providing out-of-school time programs focused on academic enrichment, mentoring, and college readiness.
BUILD COMMUNITY

MPF is committed to bringing together a diverse group of Fellows each year to build community through reflection, dialogue, and training. Each year, an average of five AmeriCorps Fellows hired by MPF participated in a youth program led by one of our Fellows when they were in high school. These Fellows were inspired to give back to their communities by the Fellows that served them.

Class 22 Demographics

  • 25% of corps members are serving their home communities
  • 80% of Fellows identify as non-white
  • 41% of corps members are first generation college students
  • 7 corps members are English as a second language speakers
ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

MPF's training curriculum, networking opportunities, and career coaching provides our Fellows with the opportunity to increase their leadership development and gain meaningful skills needed for careers in the education and non-profit sectors.

  • On average, 25% of Fellows are hired by their host site (non-profit organization, city agency, or school) for full-time employment following their year of service.
  • Twelve MPF alumni are currently employed by a host site in our 2020-2021 portfolio of 28 non-profits, city agencies, and schools across the Commonwealth.
  • From 2007-2020, 80 Fellows have gained employment within the MPF network following their year of service.
FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION

MPF's partnership with the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University provides our Fellows with the opportunity to pursue free undergraduate and graduate level courses during their year of service. Fellows also are eligible for a 25% discount on CPS courses for up to 7 years following their successful completion of MPF. On average, 40% of Fellows will begin a graduate certificate, bachelor's completion program or master's program during their year of service.

Be a Leader

On average 50% of Mass Promise Fellow's complete two years of service with the program. Fellows that stay for a second year report that another year in the Fellowship supported their personal and professional goal. MPF also hires 5 second year members to serve in a higher leadership capacity as Senior Fellows in the program.


Q&A with MPF Senior Fellow: How to Maximize Benefits