Commonwealth Corps Youth Program Associate

WriteBoston is recruiting two Commonwealth Corps members to deepen Teens in Print’s after-school journalism programming. Members will serve between Aug. 17, 2020 and June 26, 2021. Programming will be entirely virtual during the fall (August – December) and we will follow the lead of the Boston Public Schools to determine whether spring programming will commence in person.

We feel strongly about having a diverse Teens in Print staff that reflects the students we serve. We are particularly interested in diverse candidates with a knowledge of Boston Public Schools and experience working with youth.

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical needs, and increase volunteerism. Members will serve in a stipended full-time capacity from 8/17/2020 – 6/26/2021. Benefits include a focus on member training and development, as well as a semi-monthly stipend, a completion award, an inspiring network of fellow members, and other benefits and supports.

Responsibilities: Essential 

  • Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service from August 17, 2020 through June 26, 2021.
  • 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 17 & 18, 2020.
  • Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-approved professional development-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Serve as a positive adult mentor for students grades 8-12 in Teen in Print spaces (virtual or in person). This includes helping to motivate students, modeling a positive attitude, and being engaged, interested in and accessible to students.
  • Provide 1:1 writing and editing support to students during weekly virtual program sessions and in virtual 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 write original news articles for publication.
  • Lead workshops in virtual after-school or school settings; present journalism and college readiness content to a group of 20+ students and keep them engaged.
  • Coordinate college readiness opportunities for students, including virtual or in-person career exploration sessions, college tours, and college workshops about topics such as scholarship writing, the college application process, etc.
  • Develop new youth programming activities for vacation week and/or afterschool programming.
  • Communicate effectively with parents and guardians, to better understand student interests and needs, and foster trusting relationships with families. Prepare a quarterly newsletter for families and “welcome” materials.
  • Support new student recruitment by representing Teens in Print during virtual or in-person classroom visits, recruitment fairs, and other events; updating recruitment materials; and following up with interested students.
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers to serve in roles such as tutor/writing mentor, editorial support, youth contest reader, workshop facilitator, professional speaker, and career exploration leader.
  • Support alumni documentation and relations by engaging alumni through a newsletter, events, and social media.
  • MUST BE A MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENT to apply.

>>Click here to read the full position description, qualifications, and benefits.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by August 14, 2020. Please apply as soon as possible to Carla Gualdron, TiP Program Director, at opportunities@writeboston.org.


WriteBoston is always looking for dedicated educators to join our team. If you are interested in our work and would like to join our team, please contact Sarah Poulter with a resume.