Empower students through writing.

Volunteers are essential to our work. By supporting students during the writing process, volunteers help them to become powerful thinkers, problem solvers, and communicators. Our volunteers are writers, educators, journalists, and community members—and every single one is passionate about young people.


Current Volunteer Opportunities

*Still Open* Commonwealth Corps Youth Program Associate

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism.

Commonwealth Corps members with WriteBoston will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

WriteBoston exists to guide, celebrate, and amplify the voices of youth in Massachusetts. We believe that authentic and academically sophisticated voice is a gateway for true college and career readiness. Since 2004, WriteBoston has operated Teens in Print (TiP), Boston’s only citywide newspaper written by teens. TiP is published four times per year, with 64,000 copies delivered annually to Boston high schools, libraries, and community centers. The newspaper functions as an afterschool, summer, and contributing writers program, providing an authentic space for students to see the power of their writing through a rigorous journalism curriculum. TiP sits at a critical intersection of youth voice and media literacy training.

WriteBoston Commonwealth Corps Members will support the Teens in Print program for high-needs Boston youth. Learn more at www.writeboston.org and read all the student articles at www.bostontip.com.

Responsibilities:

Essential

  • Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 27, 2020.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and WriteBoston, including a new member orientation on August 15 & 16, 2019.
  • Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Serve as a positive adult mentor for students grades 8-12 at various Teens in Print program sites.
  • Provide 1:1 writing tutoring and editing support to students during weekly program sessions and in one-on-one college and scholarship essay tutorials. Become familiar with Teens in Print’s journalism curriculum to provide one-on-one research, interviewing, and editing support to students as they draft original news articles and writing for publication.
  • Coordinate college and career readiness opportunities for students, including career exploration sessions, college tours, and college workshops.
  • Develop new youth programming activities for vacation week and afterschool programming.
  • Communicate effectively with parents and guardians, to better understand student interests and needs, and foster trusting relationships with families. Create a quarterly newsletter for families and a suite of “welcome” and onboarding materials.
  • Support new student recruitment by representing Teens in Print during classroom visits, recruitment fairs, and other events; updating recruitment materials; and conducting student follow-up.
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers to serve in roles such as tutor/writing mentor, editorial support, youth contest reader, workshop facilitator, professional speaker, and job shadow leader.
  • Support alumni documentation and relations by engaging alumni through a newsletter, local events, and social media.

Marginal

  • Support WriteBoston staff during TiP related events: creating an agenda and purchasing food for TiP’s quarterly publication parties, prepping materials to display during organization fairs, coordinating with volunteers for our Pastries & Professionals guest speaker series, managing registration and RSVP for alumni or student events, and coaching students on professionalism during fundraising events.
Qualifications:

Required

  • Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
  • Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
  • Experience working or volunteering with teens, especially under-resourced youth and youth of color
  • Comfort working with diverse audiences
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Positive and can-do attitude

Preferred

  • Proficiency in Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, or Cape Verdean Creole
  • Knowledge of the Boston Public Schools and Boston neighborhoods
  • Experience tutoring, editing, or responding to student writing
Member Benefits:
  • Stipend of $750 every other week while in service (full-time), up to $15,750 (full-time), minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Health insurance (individual coverage only);
  • Completion award of up to $2,500 (full-time) upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $50; Dependent on approval from MSA)
  • Monthly housing stipend of $200 (To be paid directly to landlord)
  • Monthly MBTA T-Pass for Zone 1
  • Additional training and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from host site for certain service-related travel away from the usual service location, according to WriteBoston’s policies;
  • The opportunity for at least 10 (full-time) days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
  • Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps.

Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.

 Term of Service:

  • Position Start Date: August 15, 2019
  • Position End Date: June 27, 2020
  • Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week during the following days/times: Mondays-Fridays from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Hours subject to shift slightly depending upon youth programming hours, with advance notice.
Application Instructions:

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 brief writing samples to Carla Gualdron, TiP Program Director, at carlagualdron@writeboston.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with preference given to candidates who apply before May 31. 2019.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal offender and sexual offender background check.

WriteBoston will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. WriteBoston welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

 


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