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 cybvolunteer@gmail.com or 617-927-2516 to request more information.


Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Mentoring Program (February - June)
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 February-June.

The application will open soon for the 2018-2019 corps year. Please direct any and all questions to Career Services Manager Sebastián Villa Bahamón at svillabahamon@cityyear.org.

18 Minute Networking (February 13th, 2019)
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, please contact Career Services Manager Sebastián Villa Bahamón at svillabahamon@cityyear.org.

Alumni Service Reserves (Ongoing)
Our Alumni Service Reserves program is an ongoing opportunity for City Year alumni 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.

To learn more and apply, click here.


Service Events

Custom Physical Service Events
Groups can sponsor a custom service event for their employees or members. These events take place at a school or community center and though projects vary depending on school need and the time of year, they 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.

Custom Service Workshops

Projects for Service Workshops benefit a school or community center but are completed remotely at either the City Year or the event sponsor's office. Volunteers will pack supply kits, create incentive items, craft mosaics and much more. There are two different options for working with City Year to sponsor a Service Workshop.

Office Based Supply Workshop

Groups can sponsor a custom office based workshop for their employees or members. These events take place at City Year's office in the Back Bay or the CY volunteer team can come to you.

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

Craft Nights

Groups can sponsor a custom Craft Night for their employees or members. These events take place in the evening at City Year's office in the Back Bay.

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

Open Service Workshops and Events

Open Service Workshops and Events are free opportunities organized by City Year Boston's volunteer team. Due to the popularity of these opportunities, there are restrictions on the size of groups who can attend and these events are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Holiday Service Workshop (December 14th, 2018)

Volunteers will pack hygiene kits, create fleece items and make supply kits to support Boston Public Schools and the district's Homeless Education Resource Network. This opportunity takes place at City Year's office in the Back Bay and can be for individuals or for small groups.

MLK Day Service Event (January 21st, 2019)

Volunteers will paint murals, organize, and pack supply kits with the Brighton High School community. This opportunity will take place from 9 AM - 1 PM and is designed for individuals (ages 5+) and small groups.

Spring Into Service Workshop (March 22nd, 2019)

Volunteers will create incentive items, planners, testing goodie bags, supply kits and more for several Boston Public Schools. This opportunity takes place at City Year's office in the Back Bay and can be for individuals or for small groups.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, please contact cybvolunteer@gmail.com.


Informational Opportunities

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.

For more information and the next Open House, please contact Kristen Hill, Regional Recruitment Manager, Northeast Region, at khill1@cityyear.org.


Supply Drives and Donations

Even if you are unable to attend a service event, there are still ways to help.  Many of our projects focus not only on improving school environments, but also on providing students with the tools they need to succeed. There are two different ways for you to support this effort:

  • Help us create resource kits for Boston's students by directly donating school supplies.  A list of needed supplies can be found here
  • Organize a supply drive or packing event within your community to benefit Boston students. Please contact us at cybvolunteer@gmail for recommendations and support.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or other reasonable modifications in order to access City Year Boston events should contact Events Coordinator Maddie Rimsa at 617-927-2379 or mrimsa@cityyear.org.