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FYSP Placement Spotlights


The First Year Service Program is an exciting opportunity for first-year students to serve with peers throughout Boston. You will also be able to reflect on your experiences with other volunteers. If you have the time and are interested in committing, we will find you a placement: no application necessary!

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View FYSP placements, times and commutes here (updated September 2016)

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Boston Scholar Athletes

The mission of Scholar Athletes is to support academic achievement through athletics. We strive to enhance the scholar-athlete experience, provide regular instruction to the coaching staff, and improve academic performance and personal growth. These collaborative efforts build skills, confidence, shape character, and enhance opportunities for success. Together we play to achieve!


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Brighton High School

Brighton HS is committed to providing a personal and engaging high school experience, leading to life-long academic and civic excellence. By creating an inclusive community and offering challenging curricula, we empower our students to be successful in their post-secondary education and beyond.


BC volunteers assist in tutoring 4th graders who are enrolled in the College Success Academy Program and provide a strong example for the students.

College Success Academy 

Designed to set more Boston Public School students on the path to college, the College Success Academy strengthens the academic skills of Scholars while they are in their crucial middle-school years. After providing four years of academic preparation and comprehensive support, the program helps students select and transition into a Boston Public high school that is right for them. Throughout their high school years, Scholars receive academic mentoring, social and emotional counseling, as well as college guidance.


BC volunteers assist as sighted guides for the clients at the school and act as teaching assistants for various programs run for the clients.

Carroll Center for the Blind

Established in 1936, The Carroll Center has pioneered many innovative services for the blind and visually impaired. We have developed many methods for people with low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services for the blind include vision rehabilitation services, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 75 years, The Carroll Center staff has provided help for the blind for thousands of blind and vision impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.


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Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.


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Epiphany School

Epiphany School is an independent, tuition-free middle school for children of economically-disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods. We admit children of diverse faiths, races, cultures and cognitive profiles, believing in the Episcopal tradition that we find God in and through each other’s presence. Epiphany’s small classes, individualized curricula, and extended school days provide rigorous academic, moral, and social instruction. In close partnership with families, we are an innovative learning community that affords structured support to help students thrive. Together we are a school that never gives up on a child. Epiphany challenges students to discover and develop the fullness of their individual gifts. We seek to prepare graduates who will contribute intelligently, morally, and actively to the society they will inherit.


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Jewish Community Housing for the Eldery

For nearly 50 years, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly has proudly offered exceptional housing where older adults of all backgrounds can thrive independently within a supportive environment. At JCHE--a non-profit and non-sectarian organization--seniors enjoy housing that is affordable, safe and supportive with programs and services that are life-sustaining and life-enhancing.


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Mason Rice After School Program

As a Newton Public School, Mason Rice seeks to educate, prepare, and inspire all students to achieve their full potential as lifelong learners, thinkers, and productive contributors to our global society.


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More than Words

More Than Words empowers youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. We challenge our youth with two jobs: the Business Job and the You Job, then provide two years of follow-up through our Graduate Program.


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Women's Lunch Place

Women’s Lunch Place helps to heal the emotional damage caused by daily insults to human dignity, so that women experiencing homelessness and poverty may focus their energy on building a brighter tomorrow.


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Wednesday Night Supper Club

The Wednesday Night Supper Club is a community of people who come together to serve those who come to our door. We strive to serve one hot, tasty nutritious meal of generous portions to each guest. We treat each other and our guests with respect and dignity. We provide a safe, clean and welcoming environment.






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