Ways to Volunteer

"Volunteering through Boston Partners in Education has made me realize just how much personal and individual attention means to a child. It feels so good to know that I made an important difference in someone's life."
--Kindergarten volunteer at the Blackstone School


Boston Partners in Education volunteers serve as academic mentors to teacher-assigned students, either one-on-one or in small groups during the school day. They work with students in reading, writing and math, helping them to improve their grades and to achieve their goals on standardized tests such as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). 

In addition to helping students build academic proficiency and test-taking skills, mentors help students to improve their social and study skills, verbal/speaking skills, self-confidence and ability to work with other students.


How can you get involved?

There are many ways you can make a difference in a child’s life through Boston Partners in Education. To get involved, just follow the steps:


Step 1: Register - Fill out the Volunteer Application form.

Step 2: Interview - Boston Partners in Education will set up an initial interview with you.

Step 3: Get Trained - Attend a mandatory, one-time training session in mentoring and either math or English Language Arts.

Step 4: Get Placed - Boston Partners in Education will match and place you with a student or small group of students that need mentoring.

All Boston Partners in Education volunteers are screened according to Boston Public School guidelines and must undergo a criminal background check (CORI) and (SORI) annually.


Here’s what some of our volunteers have to said over the years:

“… the teacher attributed the remarkable improvement of one ‘high risk’ student to the work I’d done with him.  Gratifying!!”


“Thank you so much for a great experience!! When I become a teacher, hopefully by this time next year, I will be contacting you for a volunteer!” 


To learn more about our different volunteer opportunities, or ask questions,

please contact: 

Barbara Harris, Director of Placements
Ph: 617-451-6145 or




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