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. 

Conflict Resolution Program — NEW!

New this Fall 2014, SEI is offering an opportunity for students to volunteer in a conflict resolution program at Trotter Elementary School in Dorchester. Volunteers will help teach a conflict resolution curriculum for elementary school students. The curriculum was born out of the South Africa Field Study program and outlines each lesson plan, integrating the legacy of South Africa’s  late anti-apartheid leader and former President Nelson Mandela.  

When: Weekly on Tuesdays from 3:15–4:45 p.m. Dates: 9/16/2014 — 12/1/2014 (exact end date TBD)

Where: Trotter Elementary School

Seeking: 4 volunteers

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. Dates: 9/16/2014 - 12/1/2014 (exact end date TBD)

Where: On-Campus (Classroom TBD)

Seeking: 20–25 volunteer coaches


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 every Tuesday from 3:30–5:00 p.m. Dates: 9/16/2014 - 12/1/2014 (exact end date TBD)

Where: Orchard Gardens Middle School (15 min walk from campus)

Seeking: 2–6 volunteers


 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

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