It only takes a few hours a week to make a difference in someone's life. Becoming a Neighborhood Center volunteer allows you to give back while expanding your learning beyond the Boston College campus. Contact us to learn about events in the community, or to share your ideas for future programs and activities. 

English for Speakers of Other Languages

Interested in helping someone learn English?

The Boston College Neighborhood Center (BCNC) is seeking Boston College students to teach English to adult immigrants through weekly conversation classes. Experience teaching or tutoring English is beneficial but not necessary as orientation is provided. This is a great opportunity for language and education majors.

Please note: We are no longer receiving applications for the ESOL Tutor position for the Spring 2024 semester. 


Literacy Partnership Program

The BCNC Literacy Partnership Program (BLPP) is a children's literacy campaign whose mission is to promote literacy among Boston's elementary and middle school age students. Through the program, Boston College students (graduate and undergraduate) who receive work-study funds serve as tutors at local schools, including:

  • St. Columbkille Partnership School
  • The Steppingstone Foundation - College Success Academy 

The average student works three to six hours per week with one or more children. All student volunteers receive orientation/training.

Please remember that you must have work study eligibility to participate in program. You can check your work study status on the Agora Portal. If you have questions, please email our BCNC Literacy Partnership Program Coordinator.

Please note: We are no longer receiving applications for the BLPP Tutor position for the Spring 2024 semester. 

Strong Women, Strong Girls

The Boston College Neighborhood Center sponsors the Boston College chapter of the national Strong Women, Strong Girls program, which "champions the aspirations and potential of girls and women by connecting three generations through mentorship." 

Strong Women, Strong Girls' innovative after-school model uses the study of contemporary and historic female role models, mentoring relationships with college undergraduate women, and skill-building activities in a supportive enviroment to encourage 3rd-5th grade girls from under resourced neighborhoods to "express their strengths and pursue their dreams." 

Participating sites including:

  • Charles Sumner Elementary School (Roslindale)
  • Charlesview Community Center (Brighton)
  • Edison K-8 School (Brighton)
  • Gardner Pilot Academy (Allston)
  • Henry Grew Elementary School (Hyde Park)
  • Winship Elementary School (Brighton)

The BC Chapter Directors for Strong Women, Strong Girls for 2023-2024 are Ana Ibarra, LSOE '24, Valeria Maeso, MCAS '24 and Clare Donnelly, MCAS'26. Contact them to get involved at

Volunteer Tutoring

Our BCNC Volunteer Tutoring Program matches students from the Allston-Brighton community with Neighborhood Center volunteers for one-on-one tutoring with their school work. The students range in age from elementary school through high school. A commitment of one to two hours of tutoring per week is required. 

Please note: We are no longer receiving applications for the Tutor position for the Spring 2024 semester.