**This position will be: In-Person | NO COVID Vaccination Required**
For the past 8 years, I have worked with the youth population throughout the City of Boston. I observed a need for programming for at risk youth centered around teaching them leadership skills and incorporating mentorship as a key component. Youth Leading the Way is a youth leadership program that focuses on empowering youth ages 15-18, during the school year and throughout the summer, by providing them with the tools needed to have a successful future. YLW participates in leadership workshops, professional development workshops, social media management, coordinates youth-led roundtable discussions and youth police dialogues, and coordinates intergenerational programming with the senior population. During the summer months, YLW Peer Leaders will participate in the Boston Police Teen Police Academy, coordinate community events, and participate in other skill development programming.
**This position will be: Hybird (In-Person & Remote) | No COVID Vaccination Required**
The Clubhouse first started in 1993 as the Computer Clubhouse in Boston, serving youth with an interests in computers and technology. We moved to the Musuem of Science in 2000, and have conttinued to strengthen our core programming of providing creative exploration and opportunities with STEAM based learning. The Clubhouse Network serves diverse youth primarily from underserved communities, but is accessible to all youth. The Clubhouse is a warm and welcoming community of creators and learners. Mentors, youth, and staff are available during program hours to help you get started on projects ranging from music and video production to graphic design and digital illustration. Whether you are interested in sharpening a skill, or just itching to try something new, you’ll find the tools and the encouragement to keep you motivated. Clubhouses partner with various partners such as Bose, Accenture, Best, and iRobot to host free workshops on professional development with technology. Our space is a learn by design maker-space where youth explore their interests by creating projects based on their own personal interests.
**This position will be: Hybrid | COVID Vaccination Required**
Established in 2012, Shooting Touch uses the mobilizing power of basketball to bring together Boston-based girls of color to challenge the discriminatory narrative that’s been established for them. Addressing race and gender-specific social inequalities as they relate to health, Shooting Touch bridges the opportunity gaps in sport participation, health education and intervention, mentorship, empowerment, and higher education for girls of color to live healthier and more prosperous lives. Specifically, Shooting Touch uses basketball to help 200+ Boston-based girls, ages 9-17, live healthier and happier lives while instilling the knowledge, confidence, and skill-set necessary for them to fill the societal spaces they deserve to be in. We strive to create safe and supportive spaces of play to educate, mentor, and inspire the most vulnerable youth. Through on- and off-court health education and intervention, essential mentorship, and community-based enrichment, we provide females of color with the opportunity and guidance to not only challenge the existing detrimental inequalities, but to reach their highest potential in life.
We fulfill our mission of using sport to improve the well-being for underserved girls and their communities by following three main objectives: 1) Provide equal access to physical activity, 2) Increase access to health education and health services, and 3) Promote social change. Cost-free programming includes: • Bi-weekly organized basketball practice and/or “open gyms” (with seasonal weekend competition) alongside custom holistic health curriculum, "Court Clubs" • Experiential learning courses, brining paid work experience to high school athletes •Periodic basketball camps and clinics, inclusive of educational enrichment and tangible health intervention •Periodic mentorship opportunities, covering topics of empowerment, health, unity, etc. • Annual “Health Awareness Basketball Tournaments”, inviting girls and their communities to engage in female-supportive sporting activity, education, health services, etc. •Bi-annual “Family Nights”, gathering girls and their parents/guardians for a night of education, community building, and recognition of successes •Periodic college visits/higher education pipeline opportunities (career nights/internships) •Periodic health enrichment activities, such as group mental health sessions, nutrition "store tours", and breaking gender barriers/female empowerment talks.
**This position will be: In-Person | No COVID Vaccination Required**
**This position requires an additional application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13tzVaY3Kp1E166CKQwsd04-kofZcwkrX8aNpLUqNJes/prefill
Started in 2012 by Neil Jacobs, The3PointFoundation began as a four-week summer program for 15 boys at the Fessenden School in West Newton. The approach underlying 3Point’s programs was to provide supplement academic instruction in Math,English and a basketball program. In the fall 2012, 3Point continued providing after-school programming for the students from the summer program at the Reggie Lewis Center. During its second year of operation, 3Point began a partnership with the University of Massachusetts Boston. Professor Joan Arches of UMass Boston began directing the academic program and college volunteers from UMass Boston. The UMass Boston partnership led to 3Point providing after-school programs focusing on academics, social-emotional growth and basketball at Boston Public Elementary and Middle Schools while continuing to expand the summer learning program at Fessenden. After three years of running after-school and summer programs, in 2016, 3Point evolved into programming which featured project-based learning featuring the digital technology and fabrication equipment, social-emotional development, and integrated the lessons of the classroom with the lessons learned from basketball. In 2017, the excellence and impact of 3Point’s programming was recognized by the Boston Public Schools which, after rigorous review, designated 3Point as an Opportunity Priority Partner – one of twenty educational after-school programs so designated. In 2018, after a second comprehensive review, the Boston Public Schools selected 3Point’s summer program as a “summer learning academy,” one of fifty programs selected at the time. 3Point has operated a summer learning academy at the Fessenden School and the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury. During the pandemic, 3Point offered an energetic after-school and summer program remotely. In the summer of 2021, due to space constraints, 3Point hosted it’s summer learning academy for 45 youths at the DeWitt Center in Boston and supported a new summer learning academy at Everett High School. We are a community partner of the Boston Celtics’ Shamrock Foundation and provide programs in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Boston and Emmanuel College. Our work is supported fically by private business individuals, foundations, the city, and the state. We operate in-school and after-school programs at Boston middle, and high schools. We now supplement our classroom programs with dance in some of our schools, as well as basketball. We also run a K-8 basketball league and two annual summits for our students. We serve approximately 500 students in our in-school, after-school, and summer programs.
**This position will be: Hybrid | No COVID Vaccination required**
Beantown Society was founded in 2004 by Black and Brown young people from the Egleston Square neighborhood of Roxbury/ Jamaica Plain who wanted to end youth violence and restore their communities by building youth power. The summer after these young people aged out of the middle school Festival of Arts program at Spontaneous Celebrations, they attended the Summer Leadership Program (SLP) through The City School. At SLP, the young people were required to create a Community Action Project (CAP) that addressed an issue in their community. The young people had several friends who had died due to homicide and noticed that Jamaica Plain has lost many young people over the years, often repeatedly affecting the same groups of youth and compounding their trauma. They also noted that there were no other programs available for at-risk high school aged youth in Jamaica Plain. These reflections prompted them to use the CAP as their platform to start Beantown Society after SLP ended. Youth are who started Beantown Society and youth are who are at the center of it. Beantown Society’s mission is to unite youth across race, class, culture, and neighborhood to end youth violence by transforming young people’s oppression, rejection, neglection, and depression into youth power. The program addresses the oppression that breeds violence especially racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, adultism, and the connections between these systems of oppression by supporting transformation in individuals and challenging these systems of oppression throughout our curriculum and program’s values. Beantown Society is a youth-led organization for ages 13-25 and is now led by a ninth generation of youth, who continue to play a central leadership role in our community. We engage a base of 10-30 youth to attend weekly programming, community events and actions. Our curriculum and the things youth will be able to do is youth leadership development and training and political education with a focus on ending youth violence through an analysis of its root causes: specifically racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, adultism, and how these systems intersect to reinforce violence. We have year round projects that align with our mission that includes: Beantown Challenge Day, which is when we work with the middle school students; Don't wait Til We're Dead Talent Show, which is when we would host a talent show for the community to honor young people who have died and those who are still alive; Community Action Projects, which is when we would give back and go into our communities to help make change.
**This position will be: Hybrid | COVID Vaccination Required**
Operation P.E.A.C.E. (Partnerships in Education And Community Enrichment) strives to empower youth, families, and seniors by offering a mix of social, education, and technology resources. We opened in Fenway in 2001 with help from then Boston Mayor Menino and Wingate Companies. In 2013, Operation P.E.A.C.E. expanded into the Codman Square area of Dorchester. Our physical space is located within Wingate Companies subsidized housing properties: Noral Housing in Dorchester and Peterborough Housing in Fenway. We utilize our long-standing relationship with both the Wingate residents and the wider communities we serve to engage with youth, families, and senior citizens. OpPEACE is often a collaborative partner in the neighborhoods we serve and has strong connections to fellow non-profits, schools, and residents. In Fenway, our robust "Peterborough Senior Center" serves over 150 seniors three days a week.
Our program offerings include enrichment (such as a book club, art workshops, and socialization opportunities); exercise and wellness; and opportunities to engage with the wider community and local government. Through OpPEACE's participation in "Fenway Cares" (a collective of Fenway non-profit organizations that came together in March 2020 to help Fenway residents in need), we help distribute around 300 free food bags twice a month in two locations in the East and West Fens every two weeks. We are also proud to offer opportunities for the community to connect through free events for all, such as our "Silver Linings" projection and "Together Through Art" public art walk and festival. Finally, our Fenway location boasts a high quality, drop-in after school and summer academy for area youth. While we can accept a max of 12 youth at a time in our space, due to Covid-19 we have adapted to physical space restrictions by offering programs outdoors at neighborhood locations and providing "take home" enrichment kits filled with supplies, activities, and resources. In Dorchester, we are proud to maintain partnerships with several neighborhood organizations, including Dorchester Fridge and the Talbot Norfolk Triangle group. Our drop-in after school and summer offerings continue to be the core of our programming in Codman Square, serving up to 15 youth at a time in our physical space. As in Fenway, Dorchester staff utilize wellness calls, "take home" supply and activity kits, and virtual programming to continue to engage with and support youth during the Covid-19 pandemic. Finally, we offer resource building and community programs, including: resource matching, job search assistance, senior citizen enrichment, and community clean ups.
**This position will be: In-Person | COVID Vaccination Required**
The Calculus Project (TCP) began in Brookline High School as a response to the history of underachievement in mathematics by black, Latino, and low-income students. Very few of these students were enrolled in high-level math classes, and those who began in high-level math classes soon "dropped down" to lower levels. Research over the past two decades documents the power of high school calculus in propelling students toward enrollment in and completion of college, and increasing the number of students who study STEM disciplines. A team of teachers and school leaders at Brookline High, led by Dean of Students, Dr. Adrian B. Mims Sr., designed TCP to dramatically change the culture of underachievement in mathematics for these students. The goal was to enable black, Latino, and low-income students to enroll and succeed in the study of calculus in their senior year. The initial data from the Brookline pilot were stunning. Almost every student in the first cohort enrolled and succeeded in Calculus Honors and AP Calculus in their senior year of high school. In June 2014, students in the first cohort graduated from Brookline High School and attended some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country, such as MIT, NYU, Duke, Emory and Centre College. These students have graduated from college with most of them earning degrees in STEM. Dr. Mims left Brookline in 2013 and replicated the program in Newton, Milton, Somerville, and Lynn Public Schools. He also replicated TCP in Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, the ninth largest school district in the country. In 2015, Dr. Mims joined the School of Education at Boston University to create The Calculus Project and Leadership Academy (TCPLA) to help BU diversify its student body. In 2017, Dr. Mims left BU and transitioned TCP into a nonprofit to support TCPLA, which is the only model of TCP that is housed on a college campus. All of the students identify as black or Latino and approximately 95 percent of the students come from low to middle-income families. Through our partnership with the BU School of Engineering and Harvard Medical School, we provide our students with hands-on experiential learning opportunities so they can see how math is applied in the real world. We also have the following activities during the summer and school year: 1) Summer Mathematics Preview: The cornerstone of the project is an intensive Summer Mathematics Preview course, beginning in the first summer with algebra for rising eighth graders and culminating with AP Calculus in the fifth summer for rising seniors that is designed to prepare students for the high-level course they will take at their home school in the fall. 2) Saturday Leadership Academy: Monthly Saturday Leadership Academy classes will bring each cohort together throughout the school year. These sessions include math instruction with a focus on building community and confidence in academic success through our Pride Curriculum that features seminars with successful professionals of color in STEM fields. 3) College Preparation: A five-summer "residency" on a college campus studying in the classrooms, eating in the dining halls, interacting with faculty and students will help TCPLA students become comfortable in a university setting and envision their own college education. During the eighth and ninth grade, students will register with the College Board and take the PSAT 8/9 test. Throughout the school year, students will work on challenging math topics to prepare them for MCAS, the PSAT and SAT. 4) Teacher Training: The project offers paid peer-teaching opportunities to the top 11th and 12th graders in the program. To demonstrate and measure the math proficiency they have achieved during the program, these students will take the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure Examination in Middle and High School Mathematics (MTEL 47). I'm proud to write that 75 percent of our peer teachers passed the Massachusetts Middle School Math Test for Educators (MTEL 47) during the summer of 2019. Although they are not certified to teach, passing the test is an indicator they have a deep understanding of mathematics. It is also a major accomplishment, because according to MTEL test data in 2018, only 65 percent of adult test-takers with a college degree passed the test on their first attempt.
**This position will be: Hybrid | No COVID Vaccination required**
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston (BSAGB) was founded in 1951 by three Cambridge residents who identified a gap in mentoring programs dedicated to supporting girls. They created BSAGB’s signature mentoring program where girls (Little Sisters) are matched one-to-one with trained, committed women mentors (Big Sisters). In its first year, BSAGB matched six girls with mentors; in 2021, BSAGB served 1,380 girls across all programs. Today, the organization remains 100% invested in girls to ensure they stay connected to a strong network of supportive, caring adults. Goals: BSAGB’s objective is to create and sustain impactful mentoring relationships and provide enrichment services that result in lifelong, positive outcomes for girls. The organization’s programs are tailored to the specific age, stage of development, and unique needs of each Little Sister. In BSAGB’s programs, girls can acquire tools and knowledge to gain greater confidence, improve relationships, avoid risky behaviors, and achieve educational success. By matching girls with mentors, BSAGB helps broaden their network of champions. Programs/Services: BSAGB’s programs reach girls ages 7-24 from 69 cities and towns across Greater Boston. Seventy-two percent of girls live in the city of Boston and nearly 90% of girls identify as girls of color. BSAGB provides high-quality, gender-intentional mentoring programs to girls across Greater Boston. Most girls in the organization participate in one of BSAGB’s two major programs, Community-Based Mentoring (CBM) and Site-Based Mentoring (SBM). In CBM, girls (Little Sisters) ages 7-15 are matched in one-to-one mentoring relationships with trained women mentors (Big Sisters) for a minimum of one year. Matches meet in the community to do low-to-no cost activities together. They meet weekly for the first three months, and then at least twice a month after that. Big and Little Sisters are assigned a dedicated Match Support Specialist who facilitates a match’s first meeting, conducts monthly check-ins with Big Sisters, Little Sisters, and caregivers, offers coaching for Big Sisters, recommends strategies for problem-solving and scheduling, and connects matches to BSAGB’s free enrichment programs. SBM takes place in schools and community centers. Big and Little Sisters meet once a week during the school day or after-school program, and commit to at least three academic semesters together, excluding summer break and school holidays. Matches in SBM also have a Match Support Specialist and participate in activities facilitated by BSAGB staff. In response to the pandemic, the majority of Big and Little Sisters meet virtually and, if they follow BSAGB’s safety guidelines, sometimes in-person. Along with these programs, BSAGB has free enrichment activities, leadership and networking opportunities, and post-secondary resources and coaching for teens.
** This position will be: In-Person | No COVID Vaccination required**
**This position requires an additional application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmnV-ml_XPthqPwpMCnp1TE6IndbZdH6FKFB96Uums8yOL_w/viewform
ACEDONE was founded in 2002 to assist East African refugees and immigrants resettling in the Boston area by engaging youth and adults in programming, support services, and advocacy work and providing referrals to social and other services as needed to build social and community capital hence weaving an American identity unique to their cultural backgrounds. Our work builds upon the natural networks and supports that immigrant communities organically create for themselves, and we are committed to the ongoing strengthening of this foundation for culturally relevant, grassroots youth development and sustainable community development. Since ACEDONE’s founding, the organization has become a backbone organization with a trusted voice in advocating and organizing to ensure the needs of the community are met in social, education, civic, economic, and cultural ways of life. Similarly, we uplift families through our core principle of empowering our community through education and the creation of wealth. This is achieved through our collaborative impact approach program that embraces a life pipeline achievement measurable. Through this approach, we have been able to see substantial qualitative improvements in all paradigms of life i.e. social, education, economic, civic engagement & advocacy Population Served The target population includes first and second-generation African immigrant families with children, youth, and young adults in Boston Metro. Programs: 1. Youth Programs K-8 - After School Enrichment - Summer Learning Academy Youth In Charge ( High School & Post Grad) - Civic Engagement & Leadership Development -Youth Ubuntu Project - College Readiness 2. Parent and Family Programs Family Support Service Parent Literacy Program 3. Small Business Development Center Financial Literacy Workforce Development 4. Health Equity & Housing Real-State Development 1st Time Home Buying Mental Health & Wellness Initiatives
**This position will be: Hybrid**
Freedom House's mission is to transform the economic and cultural fabric of high-need communities through education and leadership development. We help remove barriers to education by providing first generation college going and lower-income students of color with post secondary learning opportunities, intensive summer educational and life skills preparation programs, and ongoing coaching throughout college. Our expertise as a community partner increases the capacity of public school systems to graduate students who are on path to their post-secondary pathway. We provide pathways to success for both students and the community. Students learn how to elevate their academic performance, persist and succeed in their post-secondary plan to attain better career options, and develop into civically engaged citizens. Freedom House's community-focused programs provide pathways to lifelong learning and advancement, as well as a college level learning environment in the immediate neighborhood. Freedom House has addressed the impacts of poverty and racial discrimination on Boston's lower-income communities through its educational programming and civic engagement activities for 70 years. Freedom House, located in Grove Hall, serves the most economically depressed area in Boston.
The median household income for Grove Hall is $26,538 with 50% of families in the community living below the federal poverty line. 31.7% of those in poverty have an income that is 0%-25% of the federal poverty level. Only 18% of those who reside in Grove Hall have earned a Bachelor's degree and approximately 40-50% have a high school diploma. Our students face large gaps in educational equity compared to their peers. In 2000, only 39% of BPS graduates had obtained a college degree after 7 years. 96% of our students have $0 estimated family contribution when they complete their FAFSA. More than 77% of our students have to work more than 20 hours per week in order to help support their families
**This position will be: Hybrid | COVID Vaccination required**
Heal Boston is an organization created to help our youth, families and Community work together to create more opportunity, more Education, more resources and brighter outcomes for our people. Heal Boston believes in Community and the power of serving that Community to which you live. Many of the challenges in our neighborhoods can find answers in the people that live in it coming together. When the people unite positive change is in evitable! Heal Boston aims to teach our youth just that and expose them to the power each young person has inside of them to make their world a better place. Heal Boston also knows that the growing polarization between the police and the community can be reversed with communication, truth, understanding, hard work and a willingness to listen to each other on both sides. HB works to be part of the solution to this problem and a bridge to better relations between Community and Police.
**This position will be: Hybrid | NO COVID Vaccination required**
The 2021 Boston Showstoppers is comprised of 9 teams, 3rd grade -12th grades. Overall we serve about 150 girls, ages 7-18 annually. Our club teams are headed by 14 volunteer coaches all of whom hold regular full-time jobs and are products of the same communities of the young people that are the heart and soul of our program. The Boston Showstoppers program has had 9 graduating classes; producing 74 Alumni, and 100% high school graduation and matriculation to college rate. While pursuing higher education is the ultimate goal for all of our student-athletes; we are proud to have also secured millions of dollars in athletic scholarships and financial aid for 48 of the 74 Showstoppers playing DI, DII, DIII and JUCCO college basketball. Our current student-athletes are being recruited by NCAA schools from the SEC, ACC, IVY, A-10, AAC, MAC, CAA, NEC, NE-10, America East and Patriot League. “Our purpose is personal, to provide our student-athletes with the opportunities to discover they are so much more than they ever imagined themselves to be. Our vision is global, to change the way the world sees itself, one Showstopper at a time.” KEY PROGRAMS 1ST STUDENT- STUDENT 1ST Ensure consistent academic improvement as well as self-reflection and assessment. HEALTHY HABITS Understand, improve and maintain physical well being. Improve physical well-being by developing healthy habits supported by Womens Sports Foundation Curriculum CITY TO CITY Participate in elite local and national basketball tournaments and college showcases. Provide exposure, college recruitment and college access opportunities.
**This position will be: In-person | NO COVID Vaccination required**
Four Corners Main Streets is about People, Place, and Opportunity. Our mission is guided by our principles of equity and inclusion, and carried out by our Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers. Our work can be grouped into the following areas: Small Business Development - support local businesses with access to to resources via referrals, application support, direct technical assistance, and translation. Identify and engage potential businesses that complement the current district mix and bring goods and services identified as important to the community. Placemaking – support long term community vision for the built environment and create opportunities for new commercial space. Organize events and campaigns that positively profile our neighborhood and attract foot traffic that results in increased revenues for local businesses. Jobs, Transit, and Environmental Justice – support access to jobs and transportation options that further our vision for economically strong and healthy community. Transform vacant parcels into green spaces that produce food for local residents and contribute to positive mental health. As a Main Streets organization, we have a mandate to support local small businesses. As a community based organization, we have a duty to engage and support the broader community and address issues that impact our community’s ability to access and benefit from larger economic opportunities. We’ve been able to organize the community to transform local green spaces like Mother’s Rest Park, and bring better transit options to the neighborhood, including two commuter rail stations. We have also facilitated the transformation of neighborhood parcels into new housing and commercial space opportunities, advocating for affordability and design that furthers our goal of a safe, walkable, healthy commercial and cultural corridor. This work has brought unique businesses to further the above goal, including a yoga studio, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school, a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, a natural products hair salon, and the first ever pop-up market for entrepreneurs, all of these owned/led by people of color.
**This position will be: Remote | No COVID Vaccination Required**
**This position requires an additional application: https://forms.office.com/r/HB8Dj2HPvZ
When a wealthy merchant, Timothy Smith and his wife Mary Ellen both died in 1918 their final will and testament specified that the proceeds of their bequest be utilized to benefit the residents in Old Roxbury. In 1996 then Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the City of Boston established the Timothy Smith Fund for Old Roxbury using Timothy Smith’s gift. The fund established technology and computer learning centers – now called Timothy Smith Technology Labs (TSTLs) in non-profit organizations located in Roxbury. In 2003, the Timothy Smith Network (TSN) was established as a not for profit organization to administer the Timothy Smith Fund. Lack of access to technology tools and resources has greatly hindered people of color pursuing opportunities in the technology field. As a result, they are grossly underrepresented in the tech industry. Working with our community partners, the Timothy Smith Network is providing access and technology to the residents of Greater Boston and surrounding communities to bridge the digital divide year round. Over 9 million Dollars Invested in Technology Over 2.1 million Hours of Access Over 80 thousands Residents Served At the Timothy Smith Network, we view technology as a tool that creates possibilities, inspires action, and changes lives!
**This position will be: In-person | COVID Vaccination required**
BOPN was founded by three early childhood teachers in September 2019. Our school has grown to include two sites for outdoor classes for young children at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Jamaica Plain/Roslindale and at the Mass. Horticultural Society in Wellesley. We serve children aged 15 months to 7 years old. We offer half day and full day classes during the school year as well as during the summer.
**This position will be: Complete In-Person | No COVID Vaccination Required**
This Summer TCP will take part in a first-ever collaboration between the Transformative Culture Project and Northeastern University’s Music Department! Bringing together faculty, students, and alumni with deep knowledge and an even deeper love for music! This year you will not only take part in our 7-week media training in filmmaking and photography arts program, Northeastern will also offer three unique modules spanning their many majors and areas of expertise, from recording and production to the music industry to music research! We're looking for high school students who are responsible, interested in media arts, music, storytelling and eager to learn!For more information contact Letia@tcproject.org
** This position will be: Hybrid | No COVID Vaccination required**
Based in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston, Aashka Dance Company is an independent dance program that serves youth ages 5 to 17 from local Boston neighborhoods. The company is dedicated to introducing and inspiring discipline, self-expression, and self-motivation through the art of movement. In addition to dance lessons provided at the company's rented studio, Aashka provides off-site dance class services to after-school programs at local schools and summer camps in the Boston area. Aashka also, tutors students virtually all year long. Aashka Dance Company was founded in 2012. In the dance classes, students work with professional instructors to achieve their individual performance goals while working in group settings to maximize their physical, artistic, and social potential to perform last Saturday of June in their yearly Dance showcase. Aashka serves a diverse community of youth of any gender, race, and ethnicity between the ages of 5 through 18 years old. Aashka performers performed at many events in and out of the Boston community: For instance: Laboure College, Tree lighting in Hyde Park, Roslindale and Jamaica Plain, Northeastern Kwanza, HAU, Whittier health care for their Black history month and Haitian heritage, Wheelock college, JAE, and many other places. Aashka is always reaching out to local organizations, after-school programs, and community centers to offer dance opportunities to their youths. During, the summer of 2020 due to the epidemic our program was done virtually. Not only did we teach students dances, but we also added virtual tutoring to the program to help kids from kindergarten to tenth graders enhance their academic skills in the community. With the support of Succelink, we have continued tutoring students all year long virtually and in person.
**This position will be: Hybrid (In-Person & Remote) | No COVID Vaccination Required**
YPP was founded and continues to conduct its work in the spirit of Ella Baker. “In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become a part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed. This means that we are going to have to learn to think in radical terms. I use the term radical in its original meaning—getting down to and understanding the root cause." (Ella Baker, 1969) As we moved out of the 20th century into the 21st century, a need for people to be math literate became imperative. The Young People’s Project Inc. (YPP) is a youth math literacy organization that invests in young people - high school and college students - from low income communities, as knowledge workers, by employing them to teach their younger peers math and STEM after school and in the summer. To do so, YPP has developed original curriculum materials and fun, interactive math games for elementary students, and training materials and programs for high school and college students. In Greater Boston, YPP annually employs roughly 20 high school and 4 college students who in turn lead math workshops for over 250 3rd - 7th graders during the school year and in the summer. We call our college and high school students, “math literacy workers,” or MLWs. MLWs receive 6-8 weeks of training from YPP staff, spread out over the summer, fall, and winter; they provide instruction for younger students in 60-90 minute sessions, 2 days per week for up to 30 weeks from October - June, and for an additional 5-6 weeks in July and August providing math/coding camps at the end of the summer.
**This position will be: Hybrid**
**This position requires an additional application: https://www.getgirlsgoing.org/apply/teens/
There are 3 problems that Get Girls Going (GGG) was created to address: 1) The lack of black women in leadership positions, 2) The limited spaces that exist for youth, blacks teens girls to be a part of the solutions to problems they experience 3)The lack of resources and opportunities for black women entrepreneurs to succeed. Get Girl Going's solution to these problems is to educate and empower black teen girls to create, lead, and grow social enterprises(businesses) of their own through a summer incubator. The summer incubator is a paid 4-week summer program that is held on a college campus (when not virtual) where 10 -15 black high school girls are selected to take part in a youth entrepreneurship program to become social entrepreneurs. Our primary constituency are Black teen girls between the ages of 14 and 17 years old (9th-11th grade) who live in communities most heavily affected by the destruction created by racism and gender inequality. During the 4 week summer incubator, our girls take part in a series of experiences that utilize entrepreneurship education as a tool to begin thinking about developing solutions for problems. The culture of the GGG summer incubator ensures that our teen girls are able to work with one another, their mentors, industry professionals, and GGG staff to identify important social issues in their lives and in their communities to create unique solutions, in the form products and/or services. We focus on social entrepreneurship because we believe that business should not exist just to make a profit but also for the common good. As a way to create space for girls to continue working on their solutions, during the school year, GGG invites girls to stay connected to co-plan GGG sponsored community engagement events, workshops and volunteer projects that are aligned with the problems they want to solve. GGG uses the school year to partner with like minded organizations to provide programming led by the graduated summer participants for younger students. In our starting years, we have evolved from an after-school program model to this 4-week summer program. In doing this we have moved from Lowell to Boston and begun engaging with a new community. Since 2016, Get Girls Going has served 82 students which are a combination of full time members and students involved with our programs through community engagement partnerships. In 2021, through great partnerships like Success Link, GGG is projected to serve more than 80 youth across multiple programs.
**This position will be: In- Person | COVID Vaccination Required**
In the heart of a housing development where 77% of the families are poor and living in subsidized housing, Maverick Landing Community Services (MLCS) is a community-based organization that has helped children, youth, and adults build 21st-century skills since its inception in 2007. MLCS serves over 2,500 families per year by providing essential services such as food and housing support and skills and employment support to help youth and adults advance educational, economic, and personal goals. This includes access to essential services, case management, ESOL, employment preparation for adults; youth development, leadership, and work opportunities for teens; and remote learning support. MLCS is steps from Maverick Square, one of East Boston's most densely populated and poorest neighborhoods. Our youth programming has won awards like the Common Neighborhood Video Tour competition, Best Writing award in the Creative Impulse Awards, and a Young Civic Leaders Award for Social Justice by MassVote. Last year we engaged over 100 children, youth, and young adults in our Maverick MakerPRO and Community Builders programming. At the onset of the pandemic, MLCS pivoted to providing food and housing support. At the same time, we continued to run our youth employment program and added on a youth food track and a remote social media track, and also began to offer a hybrid STEM/Design and Production track. A core aspect of our impact is a robust family service model that integrates case management and family support with the youth programs. Our wraparound approach ensures that families feel supported. Pre-pandemic, we also launched a series of adult maker programs that includes sewing, Jewelry making, and design for adults. We hope to return to these community-building activities post-Covid. Our Maverick Makers PRO onsite production has opportunities to work onsite, making corporate-branded journals, key chains, and inspired projects. We are also supporting our families with weekly grocery bags through a partnership with Fair Foods. We are currently providing food to nearly 30 percent of the families in our program. These families are also presently receiving family stabilization housing support, including assistance with application to RAFT and rental assistance programs.