826 Boston’s 2019-2020 AmeriCorps service members.

PROGRAM DETAILS 

The Writers’ Room Fellowship is an 11-month service program, beginning in August. As an AmeriCorps member, you will build upon your personal strengths and develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, leadership, decision-making, project management, and relationship development. You will develop your knowledge of school and community partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization. 826 Boston provides AmeriCorps members with formal onboarding in the summer, ongoing training throughout the year, and individualized coaching from a direct supervisor.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for interviews and throughout the term of service upon request.

2021-2022 positions:

Beca AmeriCorps de los Centros para Escritores/AmeriCorps Writers’ Room Fellowship, K-8 Program Specialist

AmeriCorps Writers’ Room Fellowship High School Specialist

AmeriCorps Writers’ Room Fellowship Volunteer Engagement Specialist 


BENEFITS
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  • A gross bi-weekly stipend of $629, totaling a minimum of $15,100 annually
  • An AmeriCorps Education Award to help repay public student loans or to put toward future educational classes of at least $6,345.00
  • A monthly $70 travel allowance
  • More than 170 hours of professional development
  • Medical coverage if needed—up to a $50 reimbursement to cover individual health coverage premiums
  • 40 hours to use for personal/sick time + 9 holidays + 2 weeks winter break
  • Possible eligibility for food, transportation, and public utility benefits

WHERE YOU COULD SERVE

826 Boston partners with six different Boston Public Schools to provide a dedicated classroom to catalyze a culture of creativity and writing for the entire school. Over the course of a school year, each Writers’ Room will serve every student in the school through whole-class visits, individual writing assistance, and/or after-school extracurricular activities. Below are descriptions of each Writers’ Room where you could serve as an AmeriCorps Writers’ Room Fellow.

High Schools

Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINcA) 

Address: 100 Maxwell St, Boston, MA 02124 

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, French, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Somali, Bengali, Arabic, and Amharic

BINcA is a high school specifically designed to serve a diverse student body of English Learners. Our ideal candidate would have experience working with English Language Learners.

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (EMK) 

Address: The Writers’ Room is located on Northeastern University campus | 35-37 Leon Street Meserve/Holmes Hall

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

The EMK is our newest Writers’ Room. It serves 11th & 12th graders and is located across the hall from Northeastern University’s Writing Center. We’re looking for candidates who are creative thinkers and those who can travel short distances multiple times a day.

John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science (O’Bryant) 

Address: 55 Malcolm X Blvd Roxbury, MA 02120

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Somali, Arabic

826 Boston’s very first Writers’ Room opened at the John D. O’Bryant—one of three Boston exam schools—located a few blocks from Roxbury Crossing. While many students have strengths in STEM subjects, there are plenty of creative writers here.  We provide support to students on a wide range of writing projects from history research papers to biology lab reports to college essays. We also have a range of exciting clubs after school such as Rubix Literary magazine (a bi-annual student publication) and an award-winning slam poetry team. We’re seeking candidates who have a love of writing and of teens. We also encourage applicants who have a desire to lead student publications and clubs, alongside create exciting new experiences for students.

Jeremiah E. Burke High School (Burke)

Address: 60 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02121

Languages Spoken: English, Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese

The Jeremiah E. Burke High School is the only Massachusetts high school to exit turn around status. To see such improvements, the Burke strongly believes in focusing to provide educational experiences that support the whole child. The community at the Burke is both strong and family-oriented. What makes the Burke special is its partners—we as a Writers’ Room are one of several different partners within the school. The school takes a trauma-sensitive approach, which is representative of one of the school’s core values: perseverance. The faculty/staff at the Burke works relentlessly to help students grow not only academically, but social-emotionally. We’re seeking candidates who are determined and have strong communication skills. Experience with trauma-informed practices and previous experience working in education is preferred, but not required.

K-8 Schools

Rafael Hernández Two Way Bilingual School (Hernández)

Address: 61 School Street Roxbury, MA 02119

Languages Spoken: Spanish & English (Two-Way Bilingual School)

The Rafael Hernández School was the first bilingual school in the state, founded in 1970 to support a wave of Puerto Rican immigration to Boston. Our Writers’ Room is named after Blanca Burgos, a former Rafael Hernández educator and mother of our current Teacher Leader/Assistant Principal. It is also a short walk to our 826 Boston offices in Egleston Square. Fluency in both Spanish and English is mandatory for this position.

Boston Teachers Union School (BTU)

Address: 25 Walk Hill Street, Boston, MA, 02130

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verde Creole, Somali

The Boston Teachers Union School is a shared leadership school. The school does not have a principal but instead operates under a committee structure and weekly faculty meetings. We’re looking for candidates who have experience working with young children and teens, a flexible and positive attitude, and strong organizational and communication skills.

QUESTIONS?

If you are interested in the 826 Boston AmeriCorps Writers’ Room Fellowship Program, please contact Catherine Gomez.

826 Boston seeks mission-driven change-makers to join the 2021-2022 AmeriCorps VISTA cohort. AmeriCorps VISTA members at 826 Boston serve for 12 months, supporting our development, communications, publishing, out-of-school time, and programming teams. Through your year of service, you will enable 826 Boston to empower students to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain critical communication skills, all while developing your knowledge of school and community partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for interviews and throughout the term of service upon request.

2021-2022 POSITIONS

BENEFITS 

  • Living Stipend: AmeriCorps VISTA members will receive a gross bi-weekly stipend totaling a minimum of $26,000 annually. Learn more here.
  • Education Award: AmeriCorps VISTAs qualify for an Eli Segal Education Award in the amount of $6,345 for every successful year of service, which includes completing a full 365 days of service. Learn more here.
  • Travel Allowance: $70/month travel stipend for months of active service
  • Professional Development: 826 Boston provides AmeriCorps VISTA members with formal onboarding in the summer, ongoing training throughout the year, and individualized coaching from a direct supervisor. 
  • Medical Coverage: The AmeriCorps VISTA program offers two healthcare benefits options to members, one for VISTA members who already have health insurance coverage and the other for those who do not. Learn more here.
  • Time off: 80 hours of sick time and 80 hours of personal time + 10 holidays.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA members may be eligible for food and public utility benefits.
  • Learn more about additional benefits provided by the AmeriCorps VISTA program here.

QUESTIONS?

If you are interested in the 826 Boston AmeriCorps Writers’ Room Fellowship Program, please contact Catherine Gomez.

826 Boston hires a group of enthusiastic, dedicated, and versatile interns for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Interns will work individually and collectively with each other, our staff and service members, and a large group of volunteers.

826 Boston is currently operating all of our programs virtually. While we do not yet know when we will return to in-person operations, intern candidates should be prepared to work all or part of their hours at 826 Boston’s physical location(s).

This is an opportunity to design, write, or teach in a professional environment, work with youth, get experience in creative arts education, learn about the day-to-day operations of a small non-profit, and join the network of national 826 chapters, while building job skills, advancing your resume, and acquiring excellent references. Applicants must be over the age of 18 but need not be currently enrolled in an academic program.

We are currently reviewing applications for Fall 2021 and Summer 2022 internships for the following positions. All positions for Summer 2021 have been filled. 

Program Data and Evaluation Internship

Youth Programs Internship

Youth Publishing Internship

Communications & Development Internship

High School Writers’ Room Program Internship

K-8 Writers’ Room Program Internship

STEM Literacy Special Projects Internship


“826 Boston gave me the opportunity to raise my voice, and taught me that my story matters.”

-Carla, a Boston International Newcomers Academy Writers’ Room alumna