June 27, 2019
Through a partnership with AmeriCorps and the Massachusetts Service Alliance, 826 Boston is debuting the Writers’ Room Fellowship. This inaugural cohort of 10-15 AmeriCorps members will facilitate 826 Boston’s ambitious expansion to serve more students through its innovative Writers’ Room Program.
Innovative, creative, and embedded within a Boston Public School, the Writers’ Room program provides high-quality writing assistance to every student over the course of the year. With a focus on publishing and project-based learning, the Writers’ Room adds trained volunteer tutors, as well as full-time, dedicated staff to help teachers unlock students’ full potential.
In 2013, 826 Boston opened its first Writers’ Room, at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science. From 2016 to 2019, the program expanded to include five Writers’ Rooms, in both K-8 and high schools: the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, the Boston Teachers Union School, Boston International Newcomers Academy, and the Rafael Hernández School. The sixth Writers’ Room will open in Fall 2019.
To support this growth, 826 Boston seeks to engage mission-driven change makers for 11 months of service in Writers’ Rooms. Writers’ Room Fellows will serve as K-8 Program Specialists, High School Program Specialists, and Community Engagement Specialists, supporting student development, managing publications projects and after-school activities, and recruiting volunteers.