The First Year Service Program is designed specifically for first year students to engage with weekly service and reflection; and to build community. Our goal is to facilitate an environment for learning, personal growth, and a smooth transition into the BC mission of being men and women for others.

Connect with us:

Email us at fyspbc@gmail.com

Dear Class of 2024:

As always, we are committed to a year of learning, service, and community. Join us!

In FYSP, you will find conversation partners, mentors, and friends while discussing timely topics. While we cannot begin the year in direct service we will have:

  • Weekly presentations and conversations about service, justice, civic engagement, and more.. 
  • Every other week, we will focus on first year discussion - making friends, living with a roommate, getting involved at BC, and other topics that matter to you.
  • Each weekly conversation will be with other members of the class of 2024 and upperclass leaders.

For the health and safety of everyone involved, particularly those who are most vulnerable in our local community, members of FYSP will not begin the year in direct service.  However, we are still committed to our partners and as opportunities to serve, remotely or in-person become possible, we will connect you to those opportunities. In the meantime, below you can learn more about the great work of our partner organizations.

 

Please check back for dates and times of September information sessions.

About our Partners


 

2Life Communities
<p>For nearly 50 years, <a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.2lifecommunities.org/" target="_blank">2Life Communities</a>&nbsp;has proudly offered exceptional housing where older adults of all backgrounds can thrive independently within a supportive environment. &nbsp;At 2Life, 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. Volunteers dedicate their time to get to know the residents, reduce loneliness, and become part of the community.&nbsp; Tuesday volunteers will be asked to be conversation partners with 2Life community members whose first language may or may not be English. Wednesday volunteers will assist community members with basic computer skills.</p>
<p>For nearly 50 years, <a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.2lifecommunities.org/" target="_blank">2Life Communities</a>&nbsp;has proudly offered exceptional housing where older adults of all backgrounds can thrive independently within a supportive environment.&nbsp;Volunteers dedicate their time to get to know the residents, reduce loneliness, and become part of the community.&nbsp;</p>
Allston Brighton Community Supper
<p>In 1974, members of the Brighton-Allston Congregational Church UCC recognized the problem of hunger in the community and began distributing food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a result, those in need made more frequent visits to the Church requesting food and other forms of assistance. To satisfy this community-wide need, the Allston Brighton Food Pantry was created, with the Community Supper program following two years later. The <a adhocenable="false" href="http://abfoodpantry.com/">Allston-Brighton Food Pantry</a>&nbsp;provides hot and nutritious meals enjoyed by both guests and volunteers.&nbsp; This placement is a 20 minute walk from campus The group will leave BC at 5:10 p.m. each week. We’re dedicated to maintaining a welcoming atmosphere respectful to all community members without regard to race, religion, social position, ethnicity, gender, age or sexual orientation.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The <a adhocenable="false" href="http://abfoodpantry.com/" target="_blank">Allston-Brighton Food Pantry</a>&nbsp;provides hot and nutritious meals enjoyed by both guests and volunteers. This placement is a 20 minute walk from campus The group will leave BC at 5:10 p.m. each week.</p>
Boys & Girls Club Teen Center
<p>The mission of <a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.bgcb.org/find-your-club/mattapan-teen-center/">Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Boston</a> is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. We do this by providing a safe haven filled with hope and opportunity, ongoing relationships with caring adults, and life-enhancing programs. Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Boston is committed to helping the young people in our community succeed academically, live healthy lifestyles and practice good citizenship. Volunteers will help teens with homework, have dinner with participants, and assist with programming activities.</p>
<p>The mission of <a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.bgcb.org/find-your-club/mattapan-teen-center/" target="_blank">Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Boston</a> is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. Volunteers will help teens with homework, have dinner with participants, and assist with programming activities.</p>
Campus School
<p>For more than four decades, <a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/lynch-school/sites/campus-school.html">The Campus School</a> at Boston College has recognized the potential in children ages 3–21 with multiple disabilities through its personalized approach to special education. Together with families, our teachers, therapists and nursing staff work across disciplines to create a supportive and welcoming environment where every student can thrive and shine. Students will help with special projects at the Campus School, which may include decorating bulletin boards, preparing activities, and/or assisting teachers and staff with tasks.</p>
<p>For more than four decades, <a adhocenable="false" href="/content/bc-web/schools/lynch-school/sites/campus-school.html">The Campus School</a> at Boston College has recognized the potential in children ages 3–21 with multiple disabilities through its personalized approach to special education. Students will help with special projects at the Campus School, which may include decorating bulletin boards, preparing activities, and/or assisting teachers and staff with tasks.</p>
Carroll Center for the Blind
<p>Established in 1936, <a adhocenable="false" href="https://carroll.org/">The Carroll Center</a> 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. Volunteers spend time helping assist in the store and doing other jobs to help the Carroll Center fulfill its mission</p>
<p>Established in 1936, <a adhocenable="false" href="https://carroll.org/" target="_blank">The Carroll Center</a> has pioneered many innovative services for the blind and visually impaired. Volunteers spend time helping assist in the store and doing other jobs to help the Carroll Center fulfill its mission.</p>
Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle
<p>Benchmark Senior Living at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.benchmarkseniorliving.com/senior-living/ma/brighton/chestnut-park-at-cleveland-circle?utm_source=yext-google&amp;utm_medium=local-listings&amp;utm_campaign=comm-cpc-local-listing-google-feb19">Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle</a>&nbsp;in Brighton is an&nbsp;assisted living&nbsp;community choice for older adults who value their independence but need assistance with daily life activities.&nbsp;Volunteers will spend their time connecting with residents and making their day meaningful.&nbsp;Volunteers will lead large and small leisure activity groups and/or conduct 1:1 visits. &nbsp; Examples of leisure activities are exercise, games, reading, artistic projects, cooking, music and much much more.</p>
<p>Benchmark Senior Living at <a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.benchmarkseniorliving.com/senior-living/ma/brighton/chestnut-park-at-cleveland-circle?utm_source=yext-google&amp;utm_medium=local-listings&amp;utm_campaign=comm-cpc-local-listing-google-feb19" target="_blank">Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle</a> in Brighton is an&nbsp;assisted living&nbsp;community choice for older adults who value their independence but need assistance with daily life activities.&nbsp;Volunteers will spend their time connecting with residents and making their day meaningful.</p>
English Language Tutoring
<p><a href="https://bostonabcd.org/location/mattapan-family-service-center/">ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center</a><br> <br> <a href="http://www.haphi.org/">Haitian American Public Health Initiatives</a><br> <br> <a href="https://www.bpl.org/locations/3/">Boston Public Library</a>- Copley Branch&nbsp;</p>
<p>Volunteers will serve as conversation partners to English language learners. Tutors and their language partners will meet at the <a adhocenable="false" href="https://bostonabcd.org/location/mattapan-family-service-center/" target="_blank">ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center</a> or <a adhocenable="false" href="http://www.haphi.org/" target="_blank">Haitian American Public Health Initiatives</a> or the Copley branch of the <a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.bpl.org/locations/3/" target="_blank">Boston Public Library</a> (BPL).&nbsp; No previous English tutoring experience necessary. Training provided. Transportation provided to/from Mattapan locations. T-passes provided to Copley BPL placement.</p>
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Epiphany School
<p><a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.epiphanyschool.com/">Epiphany School</a> 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.</p>
<p><a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.epiphanyschool.com/">Epiphany School</a> is an independent, tuition-free middle school for children of economically-disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods. Volunteers will be paired with middle schoolers and help them with their homework while creating meaningful and lasting relationships.&nbsp;</p>
Mason Rice After School Program
<p>As a Newton Public School, <a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/masonrice">Mason Rice</a> seeks to educate, prepare, and inspire all students to achieve their full potential as lifelong learners, thinkers, and productive contributors to our global society.</p>
<p>As a Newton Public School, <a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.mrasp.org/" target="_blank">Mason Rice</a> seeks to educate, prepare, and inspire all students to achieve their full potential as lifelong learners, thinkers, and productive contributors to our global society. Volunteers will be paired with a student who they will tutor each week.</p>
Wednesday Night Supper Club
<p>The <a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.facebook.com/wednesdaynightsupperclub/">Wednesday Night Supper Club</a> 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.</p>
<p>The <a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.facebook.com/wednesdaynightsupperclub/" target="_blank">Wednesday Night Supper Club</a> is a community of people who come together to serve those who come to our door.&nbsp;</p>
Women's Lunch Place
<p><a adhocenable="false" href="https://womenslunchplace.org/">Women’s Lunch Place</a> 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.&nbsp;</p>
<p><a adhocenable="false" href="https://womenslunchplace.org/">Women’s Lunch Place</a> 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.&nbsp;Volunteers help prepare food, serve meals, clean-up, help provide healthy and yummy breakfasts and lunches to guests.</p>