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 email@example.com We will send you a link to the Citizens Schools Program Volunteer Application.