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Students participating in the Northeastern University Alliance of Civically Engaged Students, or NU|ACES, commit to an academic year of weekly community service at nonprofit organizations around Boston. One of NU|ACES yearly partners is National Braille Press (NBP), which sparks and supports a lifetime of opportunity for blind children through braille literacy and provides access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs. Although their office is tucked in between buildings on Northeastern’s Boston campus, National Braille Press is one of the few CCE partners to have a national reach.  ACES students have supported NBP ...

Since 2006, City and Community Engagement has hosted the Community Service Leadership Award. This award recognizes graduating seniors who over multiple years have made lasting contributions to our office, campus, and local communities. Nominations were submitted by City and Community Engagement staff and local non-profits where students have served. The recipients were recognized at the virtual Northeastern Student Life Awards on April 30th hosted by the Center for Student Involvement and the Office of Student Affairs. See below for a full list of awardees and the programs and organizations that nominated them.  2019-20 Community Service Leadership Award Recipients Abigail Cahill (Jumpstart) Alec Newell (Boston ...

In April, City and Community Engagement (CCE) awarded over $20,000 in grant funds to our community partner organizations through the Community Service Grant initiative. These grant funds were first made available to community partners in response to the Community Advisory Board’s request during the fall of 2017 for access to less restrictive funding to support mission-centered organizational goals.  In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, CCE adapted the purpose and scope of the Community Service Grants initiative to respond to the emerging challenges affecting organizations and the communities surrounding Northeastern’s Boston Campus. Applicants were asked to describe how the university’s transition to ...

Northeastern’s Office of City and Community Engagement has compiled a list of resources for members of our campus and local communities to support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are resources from the government, private businesses, non-profits, as well as safety tips to help prevent the contraction and spread of coronavirus. While not an exhaustive list, it includes updates from city agencies, community partners, university departments, and more. We are also collaborating with campus partners to soon connect with our small business and nonprofit community to match them with additional Northeastern resources (coming soon!). We hope you stay healthy during these ...

The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF) is recruiting its next class of Mass Promise Fellows! Fellows are talented people that support increasing youth academic enrichment and college and career exploration through Out-of-School-Time (OST) interventions and data-driven programming. As a Fellow, you will join a passionate team that strives every day to empower young people to succeed as part of a national movement to achieve education equity. With year-long academic and educational programs in numerous cities across Massachusetts, including Boston, Cambridge, Lynn, Framingham, Barnstable, it’s not hard to find an opportunity near you. Does this sound interesting to you? If so, either check out our website ...

Dear campus and community partners, As many of you may already know, Northeastern University has decided to transition to online classes beginning Thursday morning. Beyond the transition to online classes, the university remains open and operational. We want to share some updates with our campus and community partners as they pertain to select programs and initiatives in the Office of City and Community Engagement. Events at Northeastern Crossing: Events scheduled to take place at Northeastern Crossing have been postponed/cancelled through the end of March. Walk-in hours at Northeastern Crossing: Walk-ins are still welcome at Northeastern Crossing until university policy says otherwise. Hosting community groups ...

Applications for Fall 2020 due Friday, 4/3 at noon Join the Community-Engaged Teaching and Research team as a service-learning student leader this fall! Undergraduate and graduate students welcome. Read more about each program and access the application through the following links: SERVICE-LEARNING TEACHING ASSISTANT PROGRAM SERVICE-LEARNING STREET TEAM PROGRAM 3/23/20 update: Our recruitment cycle is expected to continue as planned with an extended deadline, but all interviews will take place via phone or video chat. If you’ve been an S-LTA or on the Street Team in the past and would like to return in Fall 2020, fill out an abbreviated application here: returning S-LTA application | returning ...

Weekly Volunteer Digest — April 16th In this week’s volunteer digest, you can find a list of both virtual and in person opportunities compiled by the Office of City and Community Engagement that relate to our communities response to the spread of Covid-19. In light of current public health guidelines, we only encourage student to pursue in person opportunities if you are feeling healthy and remain symptom free. Each opportunity will include information on how to sign up. If you have any questions about a specific opportunity, please reach out to the contact at the organization, or Patrick Estrella at p.estrella@northeastern.edu. Click here ...

In the spirit of the new year and decade, we are eager to share some news with you. As some of you may have seen in the notice sent January 6, 2020, the Office of City and Community Affairs was realigned and rebranded to be called City and Community Engagement. Because of this realignment, we are excited to share that the Service-Learning Program is now Community-Engaged Teaching & Research at Northeastern. Service-Learning remains our bread and butter and represents the teaching aspect of this work. Our new umbrella more accurately represents our current work and vision for supporting and connecting ...

Apply to join Alternative Spring Break 2020! Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a week-long immersive service and learning experience. Through meaningful action, reflection, and education, volunteers engage in direct service and explore a critical social issue in their host community or region. Trips will  focus on issues including affordable housing, environmental conservation, youth education, animal care, sustainable food, and more. Volunteers have a chance to learn about the context of the issue their team will address, explore the culture and history of the area, and participate in pre-departure education and training programs while building leadership skills and developing strong relationships with their team. This ...

[Update: The positions have been filled.] Join our team! The Service-Learning Program has two open part-time (15-20 hours/week) positions for Northeastern students in Spring 2020: Service-Learning Administrative Assistant Service-Learning Events Assistant Please review the job descriptions with application instructions above. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions have been filled. Graduate and undergraduate students encouraged to apply! ...

The Northeastern University Alliance of Civically Engaged Students or NU|ACES is an opportunity to engage deeply and meaningfully in the greater Boston community. For the first time since the program’s inception, we are inviting N.U.in students to join us, starting off with an exciting Winter Welcome Weekend. N.U.in students will join a cohort of over 100 first-year students and a larger community of over 300 upper-class ACES focused on being civically engaged in college. We’re seeking students who are: passionate about serving their community, excited to learn more about Boston and its unique neighborhoods, and passionate about becoming a contributing member ...

NU students, Spring 2020 registration beings on November 18th which means it is time to start thinking about which service-learning course might be a good fit for you. Whether you’re looking to fulfill a degree requirement or for your next elective, consider one of these 45+ course sections. Explore the list of courses to choose from here! We’ll update this list throughout the coming weeks as new courses emerge. Please consult with your academic adviser for degree requirements as needed. ...

Weekly Volunteer Digest – March 31st Greetings Volunteer Digest readers. In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, and the recommendations to practice social distancing, we are sending out this compilation of ways you can stay civically engaged from home. For those in Boston, there are some in-person volunteer opportunities if you are symptom free and feel comfortable participating. It is very important to follow all health department requirements at this time. If you are in your home city, state, or country, we urge you to look for other ways to contribute, either remotely or in person. If you learn about ...