Join us! Volunteers are an integral part of our work: helping Boston students, schools, and communities succeed. Whether you’re looking to make a one-time or ongoing commitment, work with your hands or inspire a student, there’s a volunteer opportunity for you. 

Please contact us at or 617-927-2516 to request more information.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Mentoring Program (October - May)
City Year Boston AmeriCorps members are a diverse group of young adults between the ages of 17-25 dedicating a year of their lives to service in Boston Public Schools as mentors, tutors and role models.  The Mentoring Program aims to give corps members a one-on-one relationship with a mentor by creating matches based on a corps member’s professional goals.  Mentors gain a first-hand connection to City Year service and the rewarding experience of supporting a developing young leader.  The program runs from October-June.

The 2016-2017 City Year Boston Mentor Program application is now open. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please complete the City Year Boston Mentor Program Mentor Application. The application will close on Friday, September 30 at 5:00 PM (EST).

18 Minute Networking (February/March 2017)
Every year City Year Boston hosts our 18 Minute Networking event, where corps members practice their networking skills and develop important connections for their post-City Year plans. Through this event, the corps can explore different career and educational paths while cultivating essential professional skills. This tremendous one day opportunity is only possible through the generosity of our event facilitators, who are volunteers like you: City Year alumni, colleagues of alumni, staff and accomplished members of the Boston community.

For more information, contact Colleen Flynn, Communications Director, at

Service Reserves (Year Round)
Our Service Reserves program is an ongoing opportunity for individuals to prepare and complete physical service projects in Boston Public Schools.  Reserves can also opt to attend an evening training in order to be approved to manage and lead volunteers.

Shifts are flexible and at the volunteer’s discretion. They can range from daytime to nighttime and on weekdays and weekends depending on the season.

Please apply here.

Service Events

Corporate Service Events
“[The highlight of my day was] seeing the physical results of my work, and knowing it will benefit kids.” -State Street Volunteer, 2014

Companies can also sponsor a custom service event for their employees. Projects vary depending on school need and the time of year but usually include painting, murals, landscaping, organizing, light construction and the creation of resource kits.

If interested, please fill out this form and a member of the City Year Boston staff will be in touch shortly to discuss possibilities.

Micro-Projects (November – March)
“This service day transformed our school space. The school looks more welcoming and the messages transfer expectations, ideals and hope for the learning environment. THANK YOU for believing in our community.” -Erin Vandeveer, Director of Operations, Oliver Wendell Holmes School, Dorchester

Periodically from October through March, volunteers can join City Year in the evening or on a Saturday to prepare and complete small projects in Boston Public Schools or surrounding community centers. These projects include painting teacher’s lounges, completing murals, organizing libraries and other small projects requested by the BPS facilities department and individual schools and centers. Individuals and small groups are welcome.

Upcoming opportunities include:

Boston Green Academy (Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 and Wednesday, November 9th, 2016)
Please join us on Wednesday, October 26th from 1-4 PM and/or Wednesday, November 9th from 1-4 PM to paint murals at the Boston Green Academy in Brighton.
Please register for one or both events here.
If you are unable to attend a listed project, but would like to receive notifications about upcoming Micro-Project opportunities as they are confirmed, please sign up here.
Red Jacket Weekend Service Day
Designed to improve the academic environment of a Boston Public School, Red Jacket Weekend's Service Day puts volunteers to work to paint walls and murals, pack student and classroom resource kits, landscape, organize and complete light construction projects. This opportunity is ideal for individuals or small groups.
Thank you to all who attended Red Jacket Weekend 2016 on September 16! We had a terrific day of service welcoming City Year Boston's new corps and refreshing the Curley K-8 and JFK schools. Stay tuned for details about Red Jacket Weekend 2017 in the spring.

Thanksgiving Service Event (Friday, November 18th, 2016)
Our Thanksgiving Service Event is an opportunity for us to address broader issues (primarily around hunger and homelessness) in the communities where our schools and students reside. Volunteers come together to create items (from apple pies to stuffed animals to hygiene kits) to support organizations such as the Pine Street Inn, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Hearth Inc, Rosie's Place, and the Boston Public School’s Homeless Education Resource Network. This opportunity can be for individuals but is ideal for small groups.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Mollie Puskar at

Informational Opportunities

Be The Change Breakfasts
Join us to learn more about our service in Boston schools, hear inspiring stories of impact from AmeriCorps members, and understand the potential to transform student achievement. The breakfasts take place in our office at 287 Columbus Ave between 7:30 – 9 a.m.

For more information and the next breakfast date, contact Colleen Flynn, Communications Director, at

Open Houses
Are you interested in learning more about becoming a City Year AmeriCorps Member?  If so, please consider attending an upcoming Open House event at our office at 287 Columbus Ave from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. You’ll be able to hear from current AmeriCorps members about their experiences, ask questions and talk with City Year staff.

Open Houses will return on October 25, 2016 in preparation for the 2017-2018 corps year. For more information, please contact Krista Acosta, Regional Recruitment Manager, Northeast Region, at