Alray Scholars Program
The Alray Scholars Program offers a unique opportunity to promising Boston Public School graduates returning to college – a second chance at completing their college or vocational education. Through mentoring and financial support, we aim to keep our scholars in school and help them cross the graduation finish line. We’re seeking caring, responsible (preferably college-educated) adults to serve as trusted friends, advisors and advocates for our scholars. Mentors and scholars meet monthly and maintain ongoing contact; training and support is also offered throughout the mentoring commitment. Mentors help scholars develop academic/life skills, identify resources, make positive decisions and earn degrees. Alray Scholars is named for Alray Taylor, a Charlestown High graduate and Division 1 basketball scholarship recipient, whose life was tragically cut short. It grew out of the acclaimed 2008 book “The Assist: Hoops, Hope and the Game of Their Lives,” chronicling the narrow margins faced by many Boston youth.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is a one-to-one mentoring program that serves youth ages 7-12 who could benefit from having an invested caring adult mentor in their lives. With just a one year commitment, we ask for a commitment of a couple hours a couple times a month to hang out with their Little, and to just have fun. Grab a bite to eat, play catch in the park or just joke around and be a kid again. It’s a chance to share a little bit of your life and skills with a kid who is eager for new experiences. Becoming a Big isn’t complicated. So start changing a child’s life. It’ll change yours, too.
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Do you want to volunteer with an organization that cares as much about your experience as that of the children they serve? Have you considered being a mentor, but wondered if you had the time or skills to be successful? If you're interested in helping get #Girls2Great, then join Big Sister Association as we mentor nearly 1,500 girls throughout the City of Boston. You'll receive gender-sensitive training and support that is proven to increase the positive outcomes of participating Little Sisters. We offer flexible volunteer times and locations; and Big Sister Association distributes free and reduced-price tickets to local concerts, sporting events, and cultural enrichment activities. Simply by being yourself, you can help a girl avoid risky behaviors, improve her confidence and expectations for the future and achieve success.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston's mission is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. We do this by providing a safe haven filled with hope and opportunity, ongoing relationships with caring adults and life-enhancing programs. BGCB is looking for dedicated individuals to commit weekly to volunteering and building relationships with the youth we serve. All opportunities take place on-site at one of our 11 locations throughout Boston and Chelsea. BGCB serves youth 6-18.
Boston Partners in Education
Boston Partners in Education enhances the academic achievement and nurtures the personal growth of Boston's public school students by providing them with focused, individualized, in-school, volunteer support. We match volunteer academic mentors from the community with K-12 students who are struggling in reading, writing and math. Teachers report that students receiving extra attention during the school day show an increased interest in school, improved academic performance in math and literacy, enhanced self-esteem and a better work ethic. Students with academic mentors improve their scores on exams, develop a love for reading and math, and most importantly, stay in school and graduate.
Developed by youth and adult partners, Strong Leaders Brighter Future (SLBF) was born out of the need for a greater presence of caring, consistent adults in the lives of youth living within the Dudley Village Campus (DVC). Using a community-based, one to one mentoring model, 8-12th graders are matched with trained mentors who reflect their racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity.
EVkids empowers youth from Boston's inner city with the skills and confidence needed to realize their potential. We create a community of support with multi-year one-to-one tutoring/mentorship by top college volunteers; professional family and school advocacy; and a life-changing summer camp experience in the Green Mountains of Vermont. EVkids are 4th-l2th graders from Dorchester and Roxbury who meet weekly with their tutor/mentor at one of our two Dorchester sites near UMass Boston. Mentors are university students who commit to at least one year with their EVkid. Each match is supported on-site with training and professional and school advocacy.
Friends of the Children - Boston
Friends Boston creates generational change by engaging children from high risk communities in 12 years of transformational mentoring relationships.
Generations Incorporate strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through grade three, while providing meaningful opportunities for older adults (ages 50+) to stay active and engaged in their communities. The Reading Coaches is a one-on-one tutoring program provided in public school and after-school settings in Boston and Revere. It allows a structured curriculum that boosts the literacy skills of the Kindergarten through 3rd grade children (ages 4-9). We serve 80% low-income, 90% from communities of color and all at-risk of school failure. Mentors meet with their students twice weekly to provide individualized, 30-40 minute reading sessions. Each session includes introducing and reading a story, working on vocabulary and comprehension, and a fun creative writing activity.
Hyde Square Task Force
For a decade, Hyde Square Task Force’s Paths to College and Careers Program (PCCP) has promoted long-term success of youth. PCCP pairs each of our youth leaders with a mentor. Our youth leaders are typically low-income youth of color who attend Boston Public Schools. Youth leaders in grades 9-11 meet with their mentors for two to three hours per week to engage in activities designed to deepen their relationship and to support youth in their college and career exploration. Youth participate in group activities geared towards exploring different college and career options, together with mentors. During senior year, PCCP engages youth in one-on-one relationships with volunteers who act as role models, teachers, and friends. They meet two hours per week to create an individualized college preparation plan, complete college applications, investigate and apply for financial aid, and prepare for exams and interviews.
Mentoring for Success at Roxbury Community College
Mentoring for Success is a campus-based program at Roxbury Community College that strives to empower students ages 18-24 to achieve academic success. This program aims to support young adults at RCC, many of whom are first-generation college students, by creating one-to-one mentoring relationships between them and knowledgeable, experienced mentors. Mentoring for Success prides itself in helping students to build confidence and gain valuable resources, as well as identify goals and ultimately reach them.
Mother Caroline Academy (MCA) is the only private, tuition-free school in Boston, serving girls of all faiths, ethnicities and cultures in grades 4 to 8 from families with limited resources. The Academy provides a high quality of education for our girls resulting in a 100% high school graduation rate and a 75% college graduation rate. The Academy’s Quality Based Mentor Program provides support to 7Th and 8Th grade girls with the hopes that the relationship will continue through high school. Matches form their own unique bond, through bi-weekly conversations and meeting at least once a month. Monthly events are designed to help offset the costs of outings and are typically arranged on Saturdays. MCA is committed to training all mentors and providing ongoing match support. MCA recruits female mentors all year round who are over the age of 25 and are able to make at least a two year commitment.
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Mentor Match is a mentoring program that has served youth with disabilities since 1985. Its goal is to help young people with disabilities meet their full potential for personal development and independence by matching them with a caring adult mentor. Matches are expected to initially commit to one year. Over the course of that year, matches meet in person for at least four to six hours a month and are in touch on a weekly basis by phone or email. Mentees and mentors do all sorts of things together: work on personal goals, go to museums and sports games, play games, do art projects and more! The Mentor Match staff provides personal on-going support to participants, helping each match thrive and succeed.
Read to a Child (formerly Everybody Wins! Metro Boston)
Read to a Child is a nonprofit organization that creates better opportunities for children and strengthens society as a whole by inspiring adults to read aloud to children. Read to a Child’s flagship lunchtime reading program matches business professionals with elementary school children, one-on-one, for weekly reading sessions at underserved public schools. The program provides a straightforward mechanism for citizens to become engaged in students’ educational outcomes, increasing children’s prospects for becoming healthy, productive members of society. The lunchtime reading program runs for 30-45 minutes during the school lunch period, typically during the hours of 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Reading mentors attend sessions with their student once a week or every other week from October until May or early June. Teachers select specific students to participate because they are 1) behind their age group in reading proficiency; 2) would benefit from the attention of a caring adult; 3) and/or are not read to at home.
Silver Lining Mentoring
Silver Lining Mentoring is the only mentoring organization in Massachusetts that focuses exclusively on the unique needs of youth in foster care. Through the Silver Lining Mentors program, we serve youth ages seven and older who are impacted by foster care. 100% of Silver Lining youth are considered “at-risk” and are low income. Approximately 80% of youth served identify as people of color. Silver Lining welcomes youth of all genders and provides specific support for youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Silver Lining Mentors matches youth in one-to-one mentoring relationships with adult volunteers committed to providing a consistent relationship for at least a year. Matches meet for at least eight hours a month and receive ongoing support from Silver Lining clinically-trained social workers.
Sociedad Latina Mission Possible
Sociedad Latina works in partnership with youth and families to create the next generation of Latino leaders who are confident, competent, culturally proficient, and self-sustaining. To accomplish this mission, Sociedad Latina has developed an innovative, multi-service delivery model called the Pathways to Success, which engages youth over the long-term (age 11-21) in multi-disciplinary programming to build skills in four areas: Education, Workforce Readiness, Civic Engagement, and Arts & Culture. Our mentoring model centers on career pathways education and is a critical aspect of our comprehensive Workforce Development programming. Through mentoring relationships with college students and professionals of color, youth build the social capital, skills and knowledge necessary to pursue their career of choice and succeed academically.
South Boston T.E.A.M.
South Boston T.E.A.M. is a one-to-one community-based mentoring program that matches youth who live in South Boston and who are between the ages of 8 and 16 with a caring adult mentor. Matches meet weekly for a minimum of one year to do fun things around the community and to build a caring, trusting relationship. Through these relationships, T.E.A.M. is able to enhance the resilience of South Boston youth by increasing self-esteem, strengthening school attachment, and fostering the ability to make positive life choices.
Strong Women, Strong Girls
Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) is a nationally recognized multi-generational mentoring program. SWSG fosters leadership skills, a sense of female community, and a commitment to service among three generations: elementary-school girls, undergraduate women, and professional women. 3rd-5th grade girls meet in weekly school-based groups with college undergraduates, who in turn meet one-on-one in the community with professional women once a month. To participate in SWSG, as a college mentor or a youth, you must be engaged at one of our partner sites. Professional women interested in mentoring a college woman can find more information here.
Urban Improv Mentoring Program - Freelance Players/Urban Improv
Urban Improv Mentoring Program matches caring adults with Boston fourth and fifth-graders in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Started in 1999 as an adjunct to Urban Improv, the program continues the mission to help inner-city children deal creatively with issues in their lives and to help achieve established goals. The mentor pair meets weekly after school or on weekends to explore new places and share new experiences while building a close and trusting relationship. The program provides an on-site location where mentors and children can review homework, cook a meal, or meet with other mentor pairs. Frequent special events are planned both at the mentoring site and around the city. The children can participate in theater groups and creative arts summer camps offered by the organization and join together in other after-school workshops and community service activities.