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 - 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

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