Become an Ambassador of Mentoring
The Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring (AOMs) are AmeriCorps members who are placed at mentoring programs and youth-serving organizations statewide to help strengthen programs in the areas of match support, program development, marketing, strategic planning and mentor/mentee recruitment, mentor/mentee or parent training and curriculum development, and program development and start-up. AOMs work on volunteer mentor recruitment efforts in their host organization as well as work with other corps members to complete statewide community service projects that benefit the field of mentoring in Massachusetts. Since 2008, 175 AOMs have served through 64 mentoring agencies with an average of 1,500 volunteer inquiries that resulted in an average of 379 mentors matched each year. AOMs have reached more than 10,000 youth through nearly 35,000 hours of service.
*Is your program interested in hosting an Ambassador? Learn more here.*
AmeriCorps Service Requirements - Ambassadors must:
- Be able to complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service to complete host site project
- Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
- Satisfactorily complete host site service project
- Complete at least two collaborative community service projects to benefit the field of mentoring
- Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
- Must be able to commute to all corps-wide trainings and events to cultivate future non-profit leaders. Responsibilities include attending a four hour pre-orientation session in July, one week-long orientation, monthly corps meetings, a mid-year retreat and two week-long community service planning sessions – Meetings located in Boston, MA
- Maintain a service portfolio
- Must be able to effectively manage time and meet competing demands
- Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract
As compensation, Ambassadors receive:
- A $5,935 educational award upon completion of service
- A bi-weekly pre-taxed stipend every month
- Graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
- Additional transportation reimbursement for qualifying members
- 250+ hours of professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the non-profit sector
- Free health care coverage
- Childcare vouchers
- Loan deferment and interest accrual payment for qualifying loans upon completion of service
- A built-in network of AmeriCorps members and colleagues - with the potential to make lifelong friends!
Are You Ready to Make a Difference?
We are still recruiting for one 2018-2019 service year position!
2018 - 2019 Open Host Site Half Year Positions:
The Latino Education Institute (LEI) at Worcester State University (WSU) is located in Worcester, Massachusetts and was founded in 2000 by a partnership of community leaders to narrow the opportunity gap through outcomes-based development programs in education, literacy, leadership, civic engagement and health. The Mentoring Connections Initiative supports 300 high school youth in Worcester and Springfield by matching college students with youth to serve as near-peer mentors. The program is unique in that it provides embedded, individual, and group mentorship experiences. The main areas of responsibility for this position include:1) support the recruitment and training of sufficient near peer college mentors to meet high school student demand; 2) increase the capacity of mentors; and 3) coordinate the creation of written policies and a volunteer handbook.
*The following positions have been filled*
St. Stephen's Youth Programs
The mission of St. Stephen’s Youth Programs (SSYP) is to promote equity in education, employment and opportunities through long-term relationships with young people, families, and communities. We do this by developing the skills and leadership of the young people of the South End and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston and by providing them with a safe, challenging, and supportive environment in which they can thrive. This is reflected in the SSYP goal which is to develop circles of care around each young person and to build communities where all people feel safe, feel big, and feel connected. We are deeply committed to this equity work of increasing youth academic engagement and reducing the dropout rate; SSYP has been engaged in this work for eighteen years.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands (BBBSCCI) serves 300 children each year through long-term, one-to-one matches between children facing adversity and caring adult volunteers, with plans to increase its service to more children in the region. BBBSCCI is a regional office of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB), based in Boston and a member of Mass Mentoring Partnership.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB) is one of the nation’s largest and most effective one-to-one youth mentoring organizations. We serve communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts, including Greater Boston, the North Shore, Greater Attleboro, and Cape Cod & the Islands. BBBSMB served over 2,000 children and their families in the past year and we are seeking to add an AmeriCorps Mentoring Ambassador to assist the agency in expanding our mentoring program.
Budget Buddies: Girl’s LIFE (Learning Independence through Financial Education) is designed to apply our award-winning financial literacy and empowerment curriculum to a teen audience. Teaching young women core financial principals when they are on the cusp of independent financial lives is essential to the full economic empowerment for women in adulthood. We have brought together our curriculum experts with leaders in the field of teen girl engagement and mentoring to design a Budget Buddies program suited to the unique needs of young, at-risk women ages 15-20.
Reader to Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy non-profit, is the largest academic mentoring organization in Western Massachusetts. Read, Think, Share (RTS) is a classroom-based reading and writing intervention that links struggling adolescent students with college reading mentors to foster in students a desire to read and to help improve their reading and writing abilities. Discussions happen on an online forum.
Founded in 1999, BUILD uses entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college and career success. BUILD’s unique program offers students a four year entrepreneurship experience designed to reinforce the Common Core, develop 21st Century Skills and motivate student engagement in school. Starting in 9th grade, BUILD students work with their peers and community mentors to develop business ideas, pitch to funders and launch real businesses. As they journey through high school, BUILD provides students with support in navigating the college application process and the opportunity to explore college and career options, while expanding their businesses or opting into community internships.
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts. MMP serves hundreds of program partners statewide supporting thousands of youth in quality relationships. We work with mentoring programs and youth development organizations to assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity to provide customized strategies that strengthen youth, families, and communities.
Enroot is a nonprofit organization that empowers immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences. Through Enroot, students participate in 1:1 mentoring, 1:1 tutoring, professional internships, and workshops focused on postsecondary planning, career exploration, and community engagement. Students are English Learners who come from over 25 different countries and attend Cambridge Ridge & Latin School or Somerville High School. Enroot’s extensive out of school programming boosts academic achievement, increases self-confidence and self-advocacy, and helps students build professional skills to graduate from high school and successfully transition to college and career.
Ascentria employees and volunteers take pride in the impact their work has on the people they serve. It’s more than just a job, it’s an opportunity to support and empower people who greatly need and benefit from our services. Ascentria focuses on every child, elder, disabled person, refugee, endangered teen, or teenage mom in order to build stronger communities one person at a time. Ascentria offers many excellent opportunities for committed and skilled individuals to enhance the operations of a $60m non-profit social services organization with programs throughout New England. The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (URM) is a program of Ascentria Community Services, a subsidiary of Ascentria Care Alliance. URM is the only foster care program in New England that assists refugee and migrating youth exclusively. The program is responsible for refugee, asylee and trafficked young people under age 18, when entering the United States with no parent or guardian. URM places the minors in foster care and other appropriate settings with specially trained families and staff, and provides culturally and linguistically appropriate support.
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston ignites girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that support girls’ healthy development. We empower women and girls through a variety of gender-specific programs and opportunities focused on their unique needs. We serve more than 2,600 girls between the ages of 7 and 15 in 69 towns and cities. If you are excited by the idea of being part of a collaborative, purpose driven team that works to impact the Greater Boston community one girl at a time, then join us!
Boston Partners in Education (Boston Partners) 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. Founded in 1966, Boston Partners recruits, trains, places, and supports volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to serve as academic mentors to students in need. Our primary goal is to support student advancement and the work of Boston's public school teachers by giving the children who are struggling in school the tools necessary to become better learners. We focus on reaching students who might otherwise "fall through the cracks" – those children who have gaps in their learning, are struggling academically and personally, and can succeed with the encouragement and guidance of a caring adult academic mentor. Boston Partners recruits, trains, places and supports volunteers to work with students in grades kindergarten through twelve, one-on-one or in small groups, primarily during the school day.
Chica Project’s mission is to close the opportunity divide for young Latinas and women of color by empowering them with the skills, confidence, and network necessary to thrive personally and professionally. Our objectives include providing a safe community for participants to leverage the power of their differences to build cultural pride and identity as well as confidence, self-esteem and self-love, decreasing high school absenteeism while improving college enrollment and graduation rates, and increasing the employment rate and quality of jobs for the Latino community via our participants; and reducing rates of teenage and unwanted pregnancy. Our program provides culturally responsive leadership development and mentoring opportunities between students and community leaders. Our goal is to inspire our girls and enable them to be authors of their own story while enhancing their social, emotional and intellectual acumen, meet and engage with inspirational role models, visit local colleges, become mentors to their younger counterparts, and increase their self-advocacy skills.
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 educational access and success by providing lower-income, minority, and first-generation students with college-level learning opportunities, intense summer college preparation programs, and ongoing coaching throughout college.
Boston Youth Wrestling (BYW) is a grassroots, sports-based youth development organization founded in 2012 by public teachers and coaches to expand opportunities for our young people, especially our most vulnerable youth. These founders envisioned a future where all students succeed on the mat, in the classroom, and in life. Using the sport of wrestling as a tool and motivator, BYW teaches youth to successfully overcome socio-economic challenges that lead to educational gaps, poor health and negative community relationships, imparting skills such as self reliance, discipline and commitment to others that apply both on and off the mat, in school and beyond. BYW’s mentorship model pairs trained coaches with young people in a supportive after school environment where student-athletes learn lifelong habits and skills. Through our model student-athletes develop healthy and positive relationships with adults and peers.
Girls Incorporated of Lynn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold®. For seventy-five years, Girls Incorporated of Lynn has responded to the changing needs of girls and their families by providing essential resources and challenging programs to disadvantaged, low-income girls. Since its founding in 1942, Girls Inc. of Lynn has been widely recognized and respected for the powerful and positive impact it has had on generations of girls and women. Our programs are delivered in a safe and supportive girl-focused environment where all girls can be themselves and are empowered to achieve their personal best.
Since 1968 Sociedad Latina has worked in partnership with Latino youth and families to end destructive cycles of poverty, health inequities, and lack of educational and professional opportunities in our community. Through our Pathways to Success model we pioneer new and innovative solutions to the most pressing issues facing Latino youth today, supporting positive youth development from age 10-21, creating a community that supports young people, and training all youth to advocate for themselves and their communities. Sociedad Latina’s mission is to support Boston’s young Latinos and Latinas to become confident, competent, successful and proud of their cultural heritage.
Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. We motivate youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals, and guide organizations in becoming more inclusive. PYD serves over 400 youth per year. Our one-to-one mentoring program (Mentor Match) is a community-based mentoring program for youth ages 6 to 24, with any disability, who reside within the Boston area. Mentor Match is also the only mentoring program in the Boston area that exclusively serves youth and young adults with all disabilities.
Ready for an amazing year?
For more information, contact Tom McGee, AOM Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.695.2473.
Mass Mentoring Partnership and its site partners are equal opportunity employers. Mass Mentoring Partnership makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities for interview as well as service term. All position acceptances are contingent upon a successful background check.