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 at the BCNC 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 taking new volunteers to teach/tutor English for the Fall 2021 semester. If you would like to be notified for teaching/tutoring English for Spring 2022 semester, please fill out BCNC ESOL Program - Interest in Teaching/Tutoring Opportunities for Spring 2022 Semester.

Notification Form

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:

  • College Success Academy
  • Edison K-8 School
  • St. Columbkille Partnership School
  • West End Boys & Girls Club
  • Winship Elementary School  

The average student works three to six hours per week with one or more children. All student volunteers receive 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: Tutoring selection and actual tutoring will be starting in late September/early October as Boston schools are not fully in session until mid September. We are waiting to confirm which sites will have virtual or in person tutoring and whether tutoring would occur during school day hours or after school. Thank you for your patience. 

To apply to become a BLPP tutor, visit the Boston College Neighborhood Center at or click on this link to access the BLPP application

Apply to be a BLPP Tutor

Strong Women, Strong Girls

The Boston College Neighborhood Center sponsors the Boston College chapter of the national Strong Women, Strong Girls program, which focuses on "creating communities of strong and successful women today and supporting the strong and successful women of tomorrow."

Strong Women, Strong Girls has created an innovative after-school model that uses the study of contemporary and historic female role models, mentoring relationships with college undergraduate women, and skill-building activities to help at-risk girls in grades 3-5 build positive self-esteem and skills for lifelong success.

The Boston College chapter furthers the Neighborhood Center's mission in the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods by engaging Boston College undergraduate students with the surrounding community in a new and creative way.

For its pilot program during the spring of 2007, four young women from Boston College served as mentors for third, fourth, and fifth grade students at the Hamilton and Winship Elementary Schools in Brighton once per week for six weeks.

Since then, the program has grown to include 30+ mentors with eight participating sites including:

  • Winship Elementary School
  • St. Columbkille Partnership School
  • Jackson Mann K-8 School
  • The Mary Lyon School
  • The Gardner Pilot Academy
  • The West End Boys & Girls Club
  • Charlesview

The BC Chapter Directors for Strong Women, Strong Girls for 2021-2022 are Hallie Friedman, MCAS '23, Catherine Hoff, MCAS '22 and Lauren Seto, CSOM '23. 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. 

For the Fall 2021 semester all tutoring will be virtual. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please fill out the BCNC Volunteer Tutor Application

Apply to be a BCNC Volunteer Tutor