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 3-24, 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 volunteers in this Corps should enjoy engaging directly with youth 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.

Volunteers will choose one site to serve at once per week or twice per month. Each project varies from a 4-week to semester-long commitment. 

 

Basic 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.

  •  Attend trainings to maintain and enhance relevant skills and tools.

  • Due to the nature of working with youth, Corps volunteers must complete and pass a Massachusetts CORI background check. Note: having something flagged on a background check does not immediately discount a volunteer from joining the Corps, rather initiates further discussion.

  • Log your hours through the Boston Cares website. Keeping track of volunteer hours helps us with grant reporting and improving our programs.

  • Work with fellow Corps volunteers to achieve specified program goals and the group PVSA Silver level (500 hours served).

  • Remain in communication with other Corps volunteers; be responsive to emails, and to utilize the group communication platform. 

  • Commit to the Corps and the success of each project. If you sign up for a shift and are unable to make it, it is your responsibility to coordinate with your fellow corps members to ensure appropriate coverage. Changes in coverage must be recorded in the portal and/or communicated to the Corps Leader.

  • Provide feedback to fellow Corps volunteers and Boston Cares staff to ensure the program is meeting the expectations of our volunteers, partners, and clients, and striving to constantly improve. 

Below are the options we are launching for the Youth Success Corps this fall:

 

CHILDCARE OPPORTUNITIES:

With childcare costs skyrocketing, moms and families struggle to find safe and affordable childcare while they pursue opportunities such as new jobs, professional development, and self-care. Volunteers help provide safe and engaging childcare for families.

 

Childcare Assistant at Jeremiah Program

Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Jeremiah prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance. Jeremiah’s proven, holistic approach begins with establishing a supportive community for determined single mothers to pursue a career-track, college education. Through a combination of quality early childhood education, a safe and affordable place to live, and empowerment and life skills training, families find stability and a path out of poverty.

 

Volunteers are needed to help provide safe and engaging childcare while mothers pursue life and career development classes at Jeremiah Program. 

Location: Roxbury, Dudley Square

Volunteers are needed weekday evenings.

Training: Monday, September 16, 2019, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: https://www.bostoncares.org/opportunity/a0C1J00000GIirp

 

Childcare Assistant at Vital Village

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. Convenings 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: BU Medical Center

Monday evenings. Volunteers will make a commitment to volunteer monthly for this opportunity (usually the 2nd Monday of every month).

Training: Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: https://www.bostoncares.org/opportunity/a0C1J00000GIa0b 

 

TUTORING OPPORTUNITIES:

Individual tutoring helps students review classwork, complete homework, and fill any gaps in knowledge they may have so they can continue to progress with, or past, their classmates. Tutoring increases confidence and helps students achieve their academic goals.

 

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; 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. 

 

East Boston, Maverick T-stop

Monday-Thursday, 4:00-5:30pm. Volunteers choose a day and ideally go once per week.

Training: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: https://www.bostoncares.org/opportunity/a0C1J00000GIiqQ

 

Tutor/Mentor with Tutoring Plus

Tutoring Plus is one of the longest-running out-of-school time academic programs for Cambridge students. In 1964, a group of mothers in the Port neighborhood seeking academic support for their children reached out to MIT students. What began as tutoring sessions at kitchen tables has grown to a center-based model that serves about 175 students in grades 4-12 each year with the support of nearly 150 volunteers from the community.

Tutors will be matched with an elementary or middle school student for a minimum of one semester and help students with a variety of homework subjects for 1 hour a week. 

 

Various sites in Cambridge (Red Line accessible)

Monday – Thursday, ~6:00-7:00pm. Volunteers choose a day and time to meet with their student every week for a minimum of one semester.

Training: Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: https://www.bostoncares.org/opportunity/a0C1J00000GIfKg

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK WITH YOUTH AND FAMILIES:

 

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 will be helping to promote physical activity for families of young children by leading activities with youth and their families. 

 

Mattapan or Mission Hill. 

Saturdays, Sep 28th – Nov 23rd  9:00am-12:00pm. Volunteers are asked to attend each week, with up to two absences.

Trainings: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM:

At Gallivan Community Center- https://www.bostoncares.org/opportunity/a0C1J00000I9Csp;

At Condon Community Center - https://www.bostoncares.org/opportunity/a0C1J00000GIZu3

 

STEAM Assistant at Prospect Hill Academy

STEAM Saturdays are an exciting opportunity for our students in grades K to 8 to explore, discover, and learn outside the traditional classroom and be inspired to uncover their passion, gain motivation, and become lifelong learners. Across four Saturdays, students will engage in hands-on, interactive, and fun learning activities in a diverse selection of topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

 

Volunteers will assist in classrooms while students K-8th grade learn about a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) subjects including computer coding, dance, and marine animal exploration.

Location: Cambridge

Saturdays, 8:00am-12:00pm, October 26 - November 16. Volunteers are asked to attend each week for 4 consecutive Saturdays.

Training: Thursday, October 17, 2019  From 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: https://www.bostoncares.org/opportunity/a0C1J00000GIZsb

 

 Questions or interest in joining a site that has already had orientation? Contact Erin Rea erea@bostoncares.org.