While North­eastern stu­dent Stephanie Sil­veira was vol­un­teering at the John F. Kennedy Ele­men­tary School in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neigh­bor­hood this semester, a fourth-​​grader in her class­room approached her with a problem: The girl was scared to read her essay in front of the class. So Sil­veira calmly took her out­side and asked her to first read the essay aloud only to her.

She needed that con­fi­dence to have someone tell her that her essay was good so she could read it in front of the class,” Sil­veira said.

This is just one example of how Sil­veira, a senior psy­chology major, has been making a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity through Northeastern’s Husky Vol­un­teer Team. The pro­gram, which began in 2008 and is run through the Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice, pairs groups of stu­dents with com­mu­nity part­ners each semester. Groups typ­i­cally visit com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions once a week to vol­un­teer in ways such as tutoring in after-​​school pro­grams with kids, vis­iting elderly res­i­dents and preparing and dis­trib­uting meals to the needy.

Through the pro­gram, stu­dents learn about social issues within Boston’s neigh­bor­hoods while also working toward cre­ating pos­i­tive change. Stu­dent involve­ment is also on the rise: 32 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the spring semester, and 51 joined in Summer I.

Our stu­dents form strong bonds with these com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions and often find ways to keep vol­un­teering there after their pro­grams end,” said Sydney Palinkas, a pro­gram assis­tant in the Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice who coor­di­nates the Husky Vol­un­teer Team. “It’s also a great way for stu­dents to meet new people on campus.”

Sil­veira agreed, adding that the pro­gram allows stu­dents to become engaged in the com­mu­ni­ties sur­rounding campus. She’s been a Husky Vol­un­teer Team member for at least one semester the last four years. Her first expe­ri­ence involved run­ning a health and nutri­tion group for girls at the Deer­born Middle School in Roxbury.

Josh Mav­ilia, a third-​​year crim­inal jus­tice major at North­eastern, just fin­ished his first semester as a team member. He vol­un­teered in the gym­na­sium at the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club in Rox­bury, where he and another North­eastern stu­dent helped run sports programs.

Mav­ilia, who plays intra­mural soccer at North­eastern and par­tic­i­pates in a men’s hockey league out­side the uni­ver­sity, worked with kids on base­ball hit­ting and fielding drills and helped intro­duce many of the youth to the game of soccer.

Mav­ilia also recalled poking his head into the Boys & Girls Club’s music room on one after­noon to wit­ness another Husky Vol­un­teer Team member helping kids play the piano and improve their singing skills.

It’s been incred­ibly rewarding,” Mav­ilia said. “The Yawkey Club has been fan­tastic, and the kids are really grateful. It’s been great seeing them improve in their sports, too.”

The dead­line for North­eastern stu­dents to submit appli­ca­tions to become Husky Vol­un­teer Team mem­bers for the Summer II semester is Monday, June 25. Appli­ca­tions are avail­able on the Center of Com­mu­nity Service’s website.