ServiceWorks, powered by Boston Cares in partnership with AmeriCorps, the Citi Foundation and Points of Light, is a groundbreaking, national program that engages 16-24 year olds in Skill Building, Volunteering, and Success Coaching as strategies to help address barriers to youth economic opportunity within the targeted communities of ten major cities in the US. Boston is one of these selected sites.
Through ServiceWorks, program participants -- also known as Service Scholars -- gain critical leadership and workplace skills, strengthened networks and community connections AND the opportunity to apply those skills by volunteering and leading their own community service projects. The three pillars of the ServiceWorks program include skill building, volunteering, and success coaching.
Volunteer with ServiceWorks!
There is a range of ways for volunteers to support ServiceWorks. Whether you have just a day, a few hours a week, or a few hours to commit each month, you can help empower Service Scholars to articulate a vision for their futures, take steps to accomplish their goals and leverage their networks to overcome any obstacles they may be facing in reaching their goals.
We are particularly in need of daytime volunteers.
SKILL BUILDING TRAINERS
In the ServiceWorks curriculum, five core skill-building workshops equip Service Scholars to explore, understand and take action on community issues. Throughout this process, Service Scholars examine how volunteering promotes skill building and helps prepare them to meet their college and career goals. Service Scholars are also invited to attend additional skill building workshops on topics ranging from resume writing and interviewing to navigating financial aid and college application processes.
Skill Building trainers lead group workshops with Service Scholars. They may commit to:
1. Leading all five Core Skill Building Workshops
2. Leading one or more of the five Core Skill Building Workshops
3. Leading one or more Supplemental Skill Building Workshops
(such as resume writing or financial aid)
Time Commitment: Skill Building trainers typically dedicate 4-5 hours per Skill Building workshop they lead. This includes preparation
(1-3 hours) and delivering the workshop (1-2 hours) to Service Scholars.
Service Scholars are matched with caring adult volunteers who help them develop a Success Plan and reach the college and career goals they've outlined in those plans.
Success Coaches volunteer to serve as one-on-one or small group coaches, serving as mentors and as accountability partners as the Service Scholars work to achieve the goals within their Success Plan.
Time Commitment: Success Coaches commit to working with their designated Service Scholar(s) for the duration of a program cycle (which is variable, but estimated at 6 weeks). They typically meet with Service Scholars 3-4 times per month and provide requested updates to program staff.
Note: These volunteer opportunities require a criminal background check, at no cost to you.
Contact Cody Smith, ServiceWorks Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.422.0910 x 219
for more information or to get involved with any or all of these ServiceWorks opportunities!