Our Programs

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship

We believe young people need five key resources to succeed in life: caring adults, a safe place, a healthy start, a quality education, and an opportunity to serve. Each year, Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF) trains 40 people to provide those five resources to youth across the Commonwealth. These Fellows—typically recent college graduates—work at non­profit organizations, schools, and government agencies to lead out­-of­-school-time programs for 3,000+ Massachusetts youth annually in grades 6–12. Our paid Fellows provide mentoring, college and career readiness, and academic enrichment.

MPF is an AmeriCorps program hosted by Northeastern’s Office of City and Community Engagement and supported by the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Program Details

Benefits

Serving as a Massachusetts Promise Fellowship is an incredible way to make a difference in the community, grow professionally, and build lifelong friends. Some of the benefits of participating in the program include:

  • Fellows are champions for the young people they serve. Last year, Fellows supported 796 youth in academic enrichment and college and career readiness. And 350 students supported by MPF Fellows celebrated acceptances into post-secondary institutions or training programs.

  • Fellows have served in schools, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations in 50+ communities across Massachusetts. Some of these prior host sites include:

    • Asian Community Development Corporation
    • The Boston Public Health Commission, Start Strong Initiative
    • Brockton Boys and Girls Club
    • Freedom House
    • Girls, Inc. of Lynn
    • Mission Safe
    • Regional Environmental Council, Worcester
    • Youth Enrichment Services
  • Massachusetts Promise Fellows receive career coaching and more than 170 hours of training in leadership, social justice, youth development, and other subjects. See more in the Training and Leadership Development section.

    Fellows are also eligible to take free courses at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies during their service year. They can choose from in-person evening classes or online courses, in undergraduate studies, graduate studies, or continuing education.

    From 2007–2019, 315 Fellows have taken courses at CPS. Forty-seven Fellows have received graduate certificates and 39 have received master’s degrees.

    Upon successful completion of a year of service with MPF, Fellows are also eligible for a 25% discount on CPS courses for up to seven years after their service.

    Fellows who are interested in pursuing classes while completing a year of service are required to apply to CPS for admission. For more information, visit the CPS website.

  • MPF’s training curriculum, networking opportunities, and career coaching help Fellows build the skills to succeed in the private and public sector after their MPF service. Many alumni continue their careers in the MPF network. For example:

    • Half of all Fellows complete a second year in the program.
    • On average, 25% of Fellows are hired by their host site for full-time employment after their year of service.
    • 21 alumni are currently employed by host sites in our 2020–2021 program.
  • For a year of service, Fellows receive:

    • Taxable stipend of up to $15,500
    • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $6,195
    • $60 monthly transportation allowance (for gas or an MBTA pass)
    • Health insurance
    • Loan forbearance for government loans
    • Public service loan forgiveness

    To live on the $15,500 stipend, many Fellows take part-time jobs, live with roommates, and find ways to earn extra income. Because Fellows receive a stipend and not a wage, they qualify for public assistance. Many take advantage of this benefit and receive SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps) and/or fuel assistance during the service year. MPF supports Fellows in accessing public assistance programs and benefits.

    The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit earned by individuals who complete an approved term of national service in an AmeriCorps program such as MPF. MPF Fellows receive this award once they successfully complete 1,700 hours in the program.

    The award may be used to pay for educational expenses at eligible post-secondary institutions, including many technical schools and G.I. Bill-approved programs, or to repay qualified student loans. The dollar amount of the education award is equal to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education Pell Grant and may change year to year.

Our Fellows

MPF Fellows have diverse backgrounds and a passion for serving young people. Many of our Fellows were once youth in the program they now serve. Among our 2020–2021 class:

  • 33% are serving communities where they grew up
  • 62% identify as non-white
  • 33% are first-generation college students/graduates
  • 15 speak more than one language

Training and Leadership Development

MPF is committed to the personal and professional development of our Fellows. We offer training in three areas: developing skills related to working with young people, building professional competencies, and growing as a culturally responsive educator. In addition, MPF launches a “Life After AmeriCorps” Series each year focused on the next steps for Fellows.

Monthly development trainings

Fellows convene monthly for training, team-building, and networking. The purpose of these meetings is to provide a community of support and to prepare Fellows for delivering MPF’s Five Promises to youth. Trainers include fellowship staff, fellowship alumni, Northeastern University staff, community partners, and external consultants.

Below are examples for each of MPF's training core competencies:

    • Youth Development 101, with Health Resources in Action and The BEST Initiative
    • Youth Mental Health 101 with Samaritans
    • Intro to College Advising with the College Advising Corps
    • Effective Tutoring and Mentoring
    • Curriculum Development and Design
    • Professional Communication/Managing Up
    • Promoting Self-Care
    • Teamwork and Community Building
    • Project Management
    • Data Collection and Management
    • Unpacking Race and Class
    • Supporting Youth with Disabilities
    • Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth
    • Understanding and Addressing Microaggressions
    • Resumé and Cover Letter Writing
    • Interviewing 101
    • Career Roundtable Discussions

In addition to monthly meetings, MPF provides Fellows with an intensive orientation in August prior to their first day of service at their host site. In addition, Fellows participate in off-site multi-day retreats in October and March. The host organization is responsible for site-specific training and orientation.

Alumni Information

Our 400+ alumni have pursued a variety of opportunities after the program, including graduate school, law school, medical school, and careers in the private and public sectors. Many stay involved in the program by participating in MPF alumni events.

Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Fellow Alumni Mentor Program

Alumni Mentors are matched with current Fellows to help guide them through their year of service and beyond. Contact l.currie@northeastern.edu to learn more.

Be a Monthly Meeting Trainer

In this program, MPF alumni share their skills and experiences with current Fellows in workshops, trainings, and monthly meetings. Contact e.conwell@northeastern.edu to learn more.

Serve as a Community Grant Reviewer

Support MPF in selecting our host sites each year. Reviewers read a selection of proposals and come together to make final recommendations in February. Contact l.currie@northeastern.edu to learn more.

Annual events

Alumni Fall “Re-Treat”

An opportunity to engage in professional development while connecting with old and new friends from the program. Contact a.bigger@northeastern.edu to learn more.

Fundraising

Support MPF in raising funds for our Fellow Assistance Fund while catching up with program stakeholders, Fellows, and alumni. Contact l.currie@northeastern.edu to learn more.

MPF Graduation

Welcome the newest MPF alumni as they graduate each summer. Contact e.conwell@northeastern.edu to learn more.

Other Resources

Discount on Northeastern Courses

MPF alumni can continue their education by pursuing a graduate degree at Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies. Alumni are  eligible for a 25% discount on tuition for up to seven years after their MPF graduation. To access the discount, select MPF in the “partnership” dropdown menu during the CPS online application process. If you are already enrolled in CPS, contact l.currie@northeastern.edu to access the discount.

Ongoing Coaching and Support

Connect with an MPF staff member to discuss personal goals and receive career support. Contact l.currie@northeastern.edu for guidance.

Roles and Positions

Each year, The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship hires 40 talented, passionate and committed Fellows to serve in our program.

The qualifications to serve as a Massachusetts Promise Fellow are:

  • Deep belief in the power and potential of young people to create social change
  • Experience working with youth
  • Passion for social justice and working with diverse communities
  • Commitment to national service
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proven leadership and project management abilities
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • A growth mindset and sense of humor
  • A high school degree or GED equivalent
  • Age 17 or older
  • Willingness to complete a criminal background check
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien

Apply here.

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

View a list of frequently asked questions here.

Apply

We are no longer recruiting for the 2020-2021 Program year. However, if you are interested in applying as a General Applicant you can do so here. General applicants will be notified if a position becomes available in this year’s cohort.

The application for the 2021-2022 Service year will be released in March, 2021.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Alysé Bigger at a.bigger@northeastern.edu.

Support or Partner with Us

Host a Fellow

Hosting a Fellow is a valuable investment because it allows organizations to enhance their capacity and offer programs that contribute to a greater community impact.

Fellows enable organizations to:

  • Expand the capacity of Out-of-School-Time programming for youth
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of current youth programming
  • Partner with a statewide network of organizations and agencies that focus on serving young people
  • Bring creativity and a fresh perspective to the Out-of-School-Time program
  • Manage and support program volunteers

MPF provides host organizations with:

  • A full-time Fellow (35 hours per week) committed to 11 months of service
  • Orientation and training for the host site and Fellow supervisor
  • Leadership training, project management training, regular retreats, monthly meetings, and optional training opportunities for Fellows
  • Professional development for host site supervisors
  • Tuition discount on courses in the College of Professional Studies for host site supervisors
  • Administration of Fellow benefits such as annual stipend and health insurance
  • Access to the national AmeriCorps service network and associated training and conferences
  • Each December, MPF releases our Request for Proposals to host a Massachusetts Promise Fellow. During the proposal phase, sites are asked to share their organizational capacity, the proposed project design, and Fellow support structure. In addition to completing the proposal, accepted sites are responsible for a cost match to defray part of the cost of the fellowship position and abide by the policies outlined by AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

    To host a Fellow, organizations must:

    • Have a mission that aligns with MPF’s mission
    • Be a school, government agency, or nonprofit organization with tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) status
    • Be in operation for at least one year
    • Have at least one full-time staff member
    • Have a need and a clear vision for the Fellow’s role, including realistic goals and measurable outcomes
    • Have the organizational capacity to support, develop, and manage a Fellow, ensuring that the Fellow is treated as an integral part of the organization
    • Have a designated host site supervisor who will provide weekly supervision and support to the Fellow
    • Reimburse the Fellow for travel costs incurred as part of their service to your organization (MPF pays for other fellowship-related travel)

    For questions about the hosting a Massachusetts Promise Fellow, contact Lauren Currie at l.currie@northeastern.edu or 617.373.5312.

  • The MPF Host Site Request for Proposal process for 2020–2021 is now closed. The Request for Proposal process for 2021–2022 will open in December 2020. Below is an example of a prior application process:

    1. Read our Request for Proposals to determine if hosting a Fellow would be a good fit for your organization.
    2. Attend a RFP Webinar or In-Person Session to learn more about the process and what reviewers will be looking for in a proposal.
    3. Determine if you are a NEW or RETURNING application by reading our Request for Proposals.
    4. Complete the Intent to Apply. This is strongly encouraged to let reviewers know who they can expect in the process.
    5. Input your answers into our online application.

    For questions about the application process, contact Lauren Currie at l.currie@northeastern.edu or 617.373.5312.

  • Host sites know best the skills that a Fellow will need to succeed in a particular role. MPF therefore allows host sites to take the lead in the recruitment and screening process. MPF helps advertise the fellowship positions, assist in the interview process, and handle the hiring of the Fellow with the host site’s approval.

Donate to MPF

MPF serves and empowers young people through the support of generous donors. Donations help us increase out-of-school time opportunities for youth, provide high-quality training for our Fellows, and expand the resources we offer our network of host organizations.

Donate here.

Contact us

Staff

Lauren Currie, Director
Alysé Bigger, Program Manager
Emily Conwell, Program Manager

Office

Phone: 617.373.5312
Fax: 617.373.5609

Mail

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue, 232 YMC
Boston, MA 02115-5000

*Please note that our mail and office addresses are different.

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Boston, MA 02115

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Advisory Board
Becky Bidwell-Hanson, Paul Bologna, Caitlin D’Agata, Jeremy Kazanjian-Amory, Meghna Marjadi, Eli Pimentel, Tim Smith, Tom Kleber, Sarah Viadero, Karnee Berejiklian, Josh Etienne, Ashley Gordon, Cecelia Auditore, Melissa Hector

Senior Fellows
Ivy Khevali, Siva Narasimhadevra, Roxana Sierra, Spike Sommers, Emily Zheng