In 2005, Tutors for All began as one mission: to bridge the achievement gap, one student at a time. Over the course of thirteen years, Tutors for All partnered with several district and charter schools in the city, recruiting hundreds of Federal Work Study and Volunteer college students to provide individualized tutorial instruction to thousands of middle and high school students in Boston.
Though Tutors for All will end as a nonprofit organization as of June 1, 2018, there are plenty of ways in which college students, recent graduates, or other prospective volunteers can lend their services and continue the campaign for education equity. Check out our list of resources below, where we talk about organizations like Boston Partners in Education, Match Education, City Year, and more!
- 826 Boston: 826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life. More than 600 volunteers serve as writing coaches, tutors, mentors, storytellers, editors, illustrators, workshop leaders, and more! 826 Boston also hires a group of interns for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Learn more at www.826boston.org !
- BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life): The mission of BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) is to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced communities. BELL recruits, hires, and trains a team of educators who deliver academic and enrichment activities. Instructional teams may vary based on program design, and often include Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Enrichment Teachers, and Tutors. Most positions are seasonal, part-time positions that last the duration of school year or summer learning programs. Learn more at www.experiencebell.org !
- 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. Boston Partners’ trained volunteers, who serve as academic mentors, help students gain the skills, self-confidence and motivation they need to succeed in school and life! Opportunities include one-on-one or small group tutoring in the subjects of: math, sciences, reading and writing, and other humanities such as history and language. Learn more at www.bostonpartners.org !
- Boston Plan for Excellence: Boston Plan for Excellence drives exceptional outcomes for all students by developing great teachers and great schools. BPE offers Americorps opportunities through two major programs—the Dudley Promise Corps and the Boston Teacher Residency Program. Through the Dudley Promise Corps, members are responsible for providing one-on-one literacy support to students on a regular basis. Learn more at www.bpe.org !
- City Year: City Year works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. In doing so, they help change student lives and increase graduation rates across the country. City Year relies on AmeriCorps members—a diverse group of educated, young adults who serve full-time for eleven months in City Year’s partner schools to provide extra support for students, teachers, and the school. Learn more about the Boston chapter at www.cityyear.org/boston !
- Codman Academy: As a former partner of Tutors for All, Codman Academy will be carrying the torch! Codman Academy’s mission is to provide an outstanding, transformative education to prepare students for success in college, further education and beyond. Beginning in the 2018–2019 school year, Codman Academy will open positions for college students and others to tutor as a Federal Work Study or Volunteer opportunity. If you’re looking for a similar experience to your work with T4A, Codman is your best bet. Learn more at www.codmanacademy.org !
- Let’s Get Ready: Let’s Get Ready seeks to provide high school students from historically underserved communities and first-generation-to-college students with free preparation for the SAT, admission counseling, and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Services are provided by volunteer college students who also serve as role models and mentors. Let’s Get Ready offers volunteer Coach opportunities for college students, as well as a paid internship as a College Access Site Director. Learn more at www.letsgetready.org !
- Massachusetts Promise Fellowship: The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF) believes that all young people in the Commonwealth have a right to the resources they need to be successful in life, including a caring adult, a safe place, a healthy start, an effective education, and an opportunity to serve. MPF offers several fellowship opportunities which involve working in partnership with nonprofits, city agencies, and schools. Learn more at www.masspromisefellows.org !
- Match Education: Match Education operates high-performing urban public charter schools, a unique graduate school of education that trains teachers for high-poverty schools, and a hybrid college and jobs program that seeks unprecedented degree completion rates and employment outcomes. Match Education offers a one-year urban education fellowship through Match Corps, as well as the Match Teacher Residency (MTR) and Match Associate Teacher (MAT) Program, which prepares candidates to serve as first year teachers in charter schools. Learn more at www.matcheducation.org !
- Phillips Brooks House Association: Through social service and social action, the student-run PBHA endeavors to meet community needs while advocating structural change. PBHA seeks to promote social awareness and community involvement at Harvard and beyond. PBHA provides year-round programming in fields such as adult services, after-school and in-school programs, mentoring, summer programs, and more! The BRYE (Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment) Programs in particular offer a number of opportunities for those within and outside of the Harvard community to forge relationships and academically support the recent immigrant and refugee Dorchester youth. Learn more at www.pbha.org !
- SAGA Innovations: SAGA Innovations transforms the lives of students we serve through personalized instruction that motivates students to generate new levels of effort, develops their academic and problem-solving skills, and builds their confidence. SAGA recruits highly talented recent college graduates dedicated to social justice and looking for a profound service experience in helping to dramatically transform the academic trajectory of students from high-need communities. Learn more at www.sagainnovations.org !
- Teach for America: Teach for America seeks to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. Teach for America recruits corps members to teach for two years in a given public or charter school. Corps members partner with students and families, teaching in regions where school leaders rely on TFA teachers to fill open roles. During their two years in the corps, all members will participate in the Teach For America – Massachusetts alternative certification program to complete licensure coursework through our university partner, Boston University, and earn their Initial license. Learn more at http://massachusetts.teachforamerica.org !
- Upward Bound: Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound offers several programs through various universities in Massachusetts, as well as through organizations like American Student Assistance and Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. Learn more from your local university, or at www.meoaonline.org/programs/program-directory/ub !