What is the Youth Success Corps?
The Youth Success Corps is dedicated to setting youth up for success in many facets of life. We offer a variety of opportunities to work with youth ages 3-18, including helping students with homework, providing caring and engaging childcare for mothers who are pursuing life and career development opportunities, and promoting active lifestyles for families of young children. All opportunities allow volunteers to engage directly with youth and so volunteers in this program should enjoy working with young people in one-on-one or group settings. All of our youth opportunities involve a site-specific training so that volunteers can be familiarized with the organization and program and feel prepared to support the young people there. Program cycles last from 4-weeks to one semester.
Basic Youth Success Corps Expectations:
- Volunteer a minimum of two times per month at selected Corps non-profit partners. Volunteers will be able to view and sign up for Corps projects through the Boston Cares Corps landing page.
- Due to the nature of working with youth, Corps volunteers must complete and pass a Massachusetts CORI background check.
- Log your hours through the Boston Cares website.
For full expectations, benefits, and FAQs please see the following link:
Below are our current Youth Success Corps opportunities:
Childcare Assistant at Vital Village Network
Vital Village is a network of residents and agencies committed to maximizing child, family, and community well-being. Vital Village's Network Connection Meetings are designed to promote shared learning and collaboration by creating a space that builds connections, trust, and collective responsibility for our mission. Connection Meetings are co-designed with network partners to maximize the diverse expertise and wisdom within the network.
Volunteers are needed to help with childcare activities & crafts, homework, and clean up at Vital Village's Network Connection Meetings while moms join the meeting. Volunteers will be working with a wide variety of child ages. Within the childcare group, children may be split into groups by age for younger or older children.
Location: Varies, most sites located in Roxbury
Monday evenings. Volunteers will make a commitment to volunteer monthly for this opportunity (usually the 2nd Monday of every month).
Homework Help Tutor at Maverick Landing Community Services
Maverick Landing Community Services (MLCS) is a multi-service organization with a primary focus on helping children, youth, and adults to build 21st-century skills. Their mission is to enhance the lives of the culturally and economically diverse residents of Maverick Landing, East Boston, and surrounding communities by: motivating people to achieve economic, educational, and personal goals, linking people to support systems, creating leadership opportunities, and strengthening youth, families, and community.
Volunteers will work one-on-one with youth ages 7-12 to provide homework help. Experience tutoring and/or working with youth suggested but is not required.
Location: East Boston, Maverick T-stop
Monday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Volunteers choose a day and ideally go once per week.
Mentor with Tutoring Plus Cambridge
Volunteers are needed for spring Enrichment programs:
Life Sciences Enrichment Program
Students 6th - 8th grade and volunteers will go on a whirlwind tour of molecular biology and evolution where we will learn about the molecules and processes that make living things alive, in addition to exploring potential career opportunities in medicine, biotechnology, and computer science. Programs run Thursdays from March 12th - April 16th from 5:30pm - 7:15pm.
Real Talk Enrichment Program
One week program from April 21st - April 24th from 9am - 1pm. The Real Talk program is a one-week program geared towards middle school students who identify as boys. The one-week program will include a series of discussion and activities that focus on the many ways students can SHOW THEIR STRENGTH - through discussions, videos and activities students will think critically about gender norms and different ways to show strength. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Girls Media Enrichment Program
Volunteer with a group of middle school students who identify as girls. The program includes discussions and activities around topics such as: cultural identity, self-confidence, media representation, planning for the future and more! Minimum 3 week commitment. Program runs from March 13th- May 8th every Friday from 5-7pm.
Locations: All sites are a short walk from major train stations
Tutor and Mentor with Scholar Athletes
Scholar Athletes partners with public high schools to leverage the power of athletics and wellness to support success in school, as well as success in life. Dedicated spaces – called Zones serve as spaces for studying, working on homework, writing college essays, learning more about scholarship options for college and creating a roadmap for life after high school.
Volunteers will work in Zones for a two hour block between 11:00am – 2:30pm.
Locations: Boston International Newcomer’s Academy: Monday-Thursday between 11am-2:30pm
Henderson Inclusion Upper School: Monday-Friday anytime between 9:18am-1:00pm
Community Academy of Science and Health: Monday-Wednesday between 1pm-3pm
Everett High School: Monday-Friday between 2:00pm-3:30pm
Activity Leader with BCYF Family Gym
Family Gym is a free, weekly play program that promotes physical activity for children ages 3-8 and their families. It is part of the City of Boston’s Boston Centers for Youth and Families. Volunteers must complete a CORI/SORI background check and do an online mandated reporter training to participate.
Volunteers will be helping to promote physical activity for families of young children by leading activities with youth and their families.
Locations: Brookline, Allston, Mattapan or Dorchester
Saturdays, February 8th – April 11th 9:30am-12:00pm.
Questions or interest in joining a site that has already had orientation?