Join us! Volunteers are an integral part of our work: helping Boston students, schools, and communities succeed. Whether you’re looking to make a one-time or ongoing commitment, work with your hands or inspire a student, there’s a volunteer opportunity for you. 

Please contact us at cybvolunteer@gmail.com or 617-927-2516 to request more information.


Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Mentoring Program (October - May)
City Year Boston AmeriCorps members are a diverse group of young adults between the ages of 17-25 dedicating a year of their lives to service in Boston Public Schools as mentors, tutors and role models.  The Mentoring Program aims to give corps members a one-on-one relationship with a mentor by creating matches based on a corps member’s professional goals.  Mentors gain a first-hand connection to City Year service and the rewarding experience of supporting a developing young leader.  The program runs from October-June.

The application is now closed for the 2017-2018 year. Check back in the spring for next year.

18 Minute Networking (February 2018)
Every year City Year Boston hosts our 18 Minute Networking event, where corps members practice their networking skills and develop important connections for their post-City Year plans. Through this event, the corps can explore different career and educational paths while cultivating essential professional skills. This tremendous one day opportunity is only possible through the generosity of our event facilitators, who are volunteers like you: City Year alumni, colleagues of alumni, staff and accomplished members of the Boston community.

For more information, contact Maddie Rimsa, Events and Communications Coordinator, at mrimsa@cityyear.org.

Service Reserves (Ongoing)
Our Service Reserves program is an ongoing opportunity for individuals to prepare and complete physical service projects in Boston Public Schools.  Reserves can also opt to attend an evening training in order to be approved to manage and lead volunteers.

Shifts are flexible and at the volunteer’s discretion. They can range from daytime to nighttime and on weekdays and weekends depending on the season.

To learn more and apply, click here.

Student Support Volunteer (Ongoing)
Our Student Support Volunteer Program consists of two primary opportunities; Report Card Conferencing and School Event Support.

Report Card Conferencing is an opportunity where a volunteer and a student discuss the student’s report card by addressing grades, progress, and an action plan for improvement. School Event Support is an opportunity where a volunteer works closely with City Year AmeriCorps members to support different school events such as AttenDANCEs, Math Carnivals and Farmer's Markets.

These are weekday, daytime/early evening volunteer opportunities with volunteer shifts usually lasting 1 1/2 - 2 hours at schools throughout the city.

To learn more and apply, click here.


Service Events

Corporate Service Events
Companies can sponsor a custom service event for their employees. Projects vary depending on school need and the time of year but usually include painting, murals, landscaping, organizing, light construction and the creation of resource kits.

If interested, please fill out this form and a member of the City Year Boston staff will be in touch shortly to discuss possibilities.

Micro-Projects (October – March)
Monthly from October through March, volunteers can join City Year to prepare and complete small projects in Boston Public Schools or surrounding community centers. These projects can include painting teacher’s lounges, completing murals, organizing libraries and other small requested projects. Individuals and small groups of up to 10 are welcome.

We are currently at capacity for our Micro-Projects. To receive general updates about upcoming Micro-Projects, please sign up here.

MLK Day Service Event (January 15th, 2018)

Our MLK Day Service Event is an opportunity for us to support Boston youth and communities.Volunteers will create supply kits, fleece items, mosaics, panel murals and more for Boston Public Schools. This opportunity can be for individuals, but is ideal for small groups. We also will be collecting coats for the Hennigan K-8 School at this event.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact cybvolunteer@gmail.com 

Spring Into Service Event (March 23rd, 2018)

Our Spring Into Service Event supports attendance, behavior, coursework, climate and comfort efforts in the schools where City Year Boston has teams serving every day. Volunteers will create incentive items, planners, MCAS testing goodie bags, mosaics, and more for Boston Public Schools. This opportunity can be for individuals, but is ideal for small groups.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact cybvolunteer@gmail.com.

Thanksgiving Service Event (November 16th, 2018)

Our Thanksgiving Service Event is an opportunity for us to address the issues of hunger and homelessness in our schools and surrounding communities. Volunteers will pack hygiene kits, create fleece items and make supply kits to support Boston Public Schools and the district's Homeless Education Resource Network. This opportunity can be for individuals but is ideals for small groups.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact cybvolunteer@gmail.com


Informational Opportunities

Open Houses
Are you interested in learning more about becoming a City Year AmeriCorps Member?  If so, please consider attending an upcoming Open House event at our office at 287 Columbus Ave from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. You’ll be able to hear from current AmeriCorps members about their experiences, ask questions and talk with City Year staff.

For more information and the next Open House, please contact Kristen Hill, Regional Recruitment Manager, Northeast Region, at khill1@cityyear.org.


Supply Drives and Donations

Even if you are unable to attend a service event, there are still ways to help.  Many of our projects focus not only on improving school environments, but also on providing students with the tools they need to succeed. There are two different ways for you to support this effort:

  • Help us create resource kits for Boston's students by directly donating school supplies.  A list of needed supplies can be found here
  • Organize a supply drive or packing event within your community to benefit Boston students. Please contact us at cybvolunteer@gmail.com for recommendations and support.