Urban Engagement Program

Every Fall and Spring semes­ter, we offer ser­vice learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties in the local Boston com­mu­nity through our Urban Engage­ment program. We part­ner with Cit­i­zens Schools Appren­tice­ship Pro­gram which pro­vides an oppor­tu­nity for North­east­ern stu­dents to vol­un­teer as men­tors in Boston pub­lic mid­dle schools. 

Get Involved this Fall 2014!

Read below for our Fall 2014 offer­ings. In order to vol­un­teer we require your enthu­si­asm. No prior knowl­edge of busi­ness or teach­ing is required. 


As a stu­dent, you serve as a men­tor by work­ing with “Appren­tices” (mid­dle and ele­men­tary stu­dents) in an after school pro­gram designed around teach­ing the areas of social entre­pre­neur­ship, small busi­ness man­age­ment, micro-finance, poverty around the world and micro-enterprise development. 

This ten week pro­gram enables Appren­tices to also develop their own small busi­ness, which may include the sales of beaded jew­elry or other ‘enter­pris­ing’ ideas, ini­ti­ated by the Appren­tices them­selves. Sales from their busi­nesses go towards the cre­ation of micro-finance loans for entre­pre­neurs in devel­op­ing coun­tries, at the Appren­tices own choos­ing through Kiva.org, a non-profit which con­nects indi­vid­u­als to micro-lending oppor­tu­ni­ties around the world to help alle­vi­ate poverty.

When: Weekly (day TBD) from 2:30–4:00 p.m. Where: Orchard Gar­dens Mid­dle School (15 min walk from campus).

Writ­ing Coach Program

The Writ­ing Coach Pro­gram, also known as 8th Grade Acad­emy (8GA), pairs a stu­dent writ­ing coach with an 8th grade stu­dent from Orchard Gar­dens Mid­dle School. As a writ­ing coach, you help improve stu­dents’ per­sua­sive essay writ­ing skills and help pre­pare them for high school and their longer term goals. In fact, Citizen Schools impact results show that their par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents have a 20% higher grad­u­a­tion rate

When: Every other Tues­day from 3–4:30 p.m. Where: On-Campus (Class­room TBD)




What our stu­dents are saying:

 “Work­ing with the mid­dle school chil­dren has been great in allow­ing me to con­tinue my work in the field of com­mu­nity devel­op­ment.  Help­ing stu­dents start their own busi­nesses and use the prof­its to invest in social causes, like a micro loan for an entre­pre­neur in a devel­op­ing coun­try, gave the stu­dents an oppor­tu­nity to learn about busi­ness and entre­pre­neur­ship at key stage in their aca­d­e­mic development.”

Hillary Gras, Class of 2011, CBA Finance

For more information

For more infor­ma­tion about Cit­i­zen Schools, please visit www.citizenschools.org

For more infor­ma­tion on how you can vol­un­teer to men­tor urban youth at local mid­dle schools through the Institute’s Urban Engage­ment Ini­tia­tive, please con­tact SEI at sei@neu.edu We will send you a link to the Cit­i­zens Schools Pro­gram Vol­un­teer Application.

Check out our volunteer blog: http://seicitizenschools.wordpress.com/