Weekly Volunteer Programs

Throughout the academic year, Civic Engagement offers opportunities to volunteer with local partner organizations throughout Boston & MetroWest. Interested in learning more? Fill out an interest form on Presence and a member of our Volunteer Engagement team will reach out with more information. 

Boston Area Partnership Programs

Contact
Caitlin Aguirre20
Ministrare Fellow— Community Partnerships, Boston Area

Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
Boston Healthcare for the Homeless is a program within the Greater Boston area that provides access to quality health care for homeless individuals and families. Students volunteer at the Stacy Kirkpatrick House, a step-down respite facility that cares for patients who are recovering from surgeries or obtaining long-term treatments. Students design and facilitate creative and fun activities for patients to engage in such as book club, bingo, and arts and crafts.  

 

Metrowest Partnership Programs

Contact
Erica Maul '21
Ministrare Fellow— Community Partnerships, MetroWest

South Middlesex Correctional Center
South Middlesex Correctional Center is a minimum security, pre-release women's prison on the grounds of MCI Framingham. It is the oldest women's prison in the nation. Civic Engagement supports a variety of student-led programs at the SMCC every week. Our programs change each semester based on the feedback we receive from the women at SMCC. Our current programs include a strength and conditioning class, a book club, an arts collective, and workshops on career readiness.
 

Natick Community Organic Farm
The Natick Community Organic Farm is a local working farm where students contribute through education, planting, and harvest. Through hands-on experience, students learn about land care, food systems, and environmental stewardship while getting their hands dirty.
 

 

Education Partnerships Program

Contact
Becca Pachl '20
Ministrare Fellow— Community Partnerships, Education

Science Learning and Mentoring (SLAM)
Science Learning and Mentoring (SLAM) is a STEM focused after school program that helps girls in underserved school districts develop and maintain an interest in science. SLAM has a team of 14 mentors that volunteer each week at two local elementary schools. Using their diverse scientific backgrounds, mentors create tailored scientific curriculums, with faculty guidance, that focus on experiences and hands on learning. Curriculums are adjusted each semester to meet the language and learning needs of the current students. SLAM’s goals are to ensure that the girls in the program have strong role models in science, that they are learning scientific concepts, and most importantly to show that science is FUN!
 

Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is an after-school program where high school-aged girls learn to code. Girls Who Code aims to to close the gender gap in technology, providing girls in the program with a safe and supportive environment where they learn to see themselves as computer scientists. During the program, the girls work in teams to design a computer science-based impact project aimed at solving real world problems relevant to their own lives.

 

Robogals
Robogals is a volunteer organization dedicated to mentoring young women in Grades 2-6 in engineering and related fields. Robogals teaches weekly engineering workshops at local elementary schools. Students work with simple robotics kits like littleBits and learn basic programming with Scratch. Volunteers act as role models who show our students that they can study science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics regardless of the their gender. By introducing girls to STEM at an early age, Robogals hopes to encourage girls to pursue their interests in these fields later on. Robogals also hosts tech and engineering events for Wellesley students throughout the school year to create a safe and collaborative environment for girls to explore STEM and develop the confidence to help them succeed.

St. Stephens After-School
The St. Stephen’s Youth Programs (SSYP) is based in South Boston and aims to promote sustainable equity in education, employment and opportunity for youth, their families and their communities. SSYP primarily serves  Latinx and African American students who are part of new immigrant households where English is spoken as a second language, live in public housing and thus are vulnerable to the stress of being surrounded by poverty and violence. The After-School program provides students from Grades 1 to 5 with after-school academic opportunities and personal enrichment. Wellesley students assist with serving nutritious afternoon snacks, helping students with homework, providing additional tutoring in math and reading. These programs engage children in science, art, music, technology and physical fitness activities while ensuring their health and  safety.. By volunteering with St. Stephen’s Afterschool Program, Wellesley students help provide a vulnerable youth population with a safe, educational and enriching environment outside of school.
 

St. Stephens SAT / College Prep
SSYP SAT / College Prep volunteers hold weekly SAT (spring) and college prep sessions (fall) with high school juniors and seniors for students from high schools from across Boston. During SAT prep, volunteers teach students test-taking strategies and review content on the reading, math, and writing sections of the SAT. During college prep sessions, students create a college list, fill out the Common Application, and write their Common Application essays and as well as other scholarship essays.
 

Girls Group
SSYP Girls Group offers programming for Latinx and African American students from Grades 1 to 5 in the South Boston area. Program curriculums focus on topics such as female empowerment, women in STEM, and Health and Fitness, and Civic Engagement. Girls Group volunteers collaboratively develop curriculum geared towards a specific theme each month. Girls Group volunteers meet weekly on Fridays to develop curricula and to deliver programs on site.
 

Framingham Unaffiliated Volunteers
Wellesley students volunteer as mentors in the Framingham Public Schools Explorers programs. Volunteers engage with students during snack, homework, clubs, and in mentoring roles. Meeting with students gives Wellesley volunteers the opportunity to build relationships with students outside of a set curriculum.
 

Let’s Get Ready: Boston
Let’s Get Ready is an after school program with a mission to provide historically underserved communities and first-generation-to-college students from the Framingham community with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Each spring Wellesley coaches work with students in either Verbal or Math and serve as role models and mentors.