the neighborhood center
If you have two hours to spare a week or a few hours a month you can easily make a difference in someone's life, as well as expand your learning experience beyond the Boston College campus. Participate in one of our programs. Become a Neighborhood Volunteer. Call us at (617) 552-0445 or stop by our Center in Brighton to view our bulletin board for information about events in the community and on campus. We'd love to hear ideas you may have for future programs or activities.
The Neighborhood Center sponsors English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at the Center and in the Allston-Brighton community. The classes are taught by Boston College volunteers. Experience teaching or tutoring English is beneficial but not necessary as training is provided.
BCNC Literacy Partnership Program (formerly Read Boston) is a children's literacy campaign whose mission is to promote literacy among Boston's elementary age students. BC students (graduate and undergraduate) who receive work-study funds serve as tutors at local elementary schools.
Service Days are opportunities for students to give back to the surrounding communities of Allston and Brighton by volunteering a few hours of their time to assist neighborhood organizations with various projects.
Undergraduate women mentor third, fourth and fifth grade girls at local schools on a weekly basis. Using the study of contemporary and historic female role models, the mentors engage the girls in skill building activities to help build positive self-esteem and skills for life-long success.
Our tutoring program matches students from the Allston-Brighton community with Neighborhood Center volunteers for one-on-one tutoring with their school work.