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Accelerate can assist any student in grades K-8 identified by their teacher as needing extra academic or socio-emotional support. Accelerate mentors work 1-on 1 with a student, or in small groups, during regular classroom instruction time. Accelerate is designed to help students who lack the skills, motivation or interest in ELA or math.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

For more information, please contact bostonpartners@bostonpartners.org or see our Frequently Asked Questions.

1. COMPLETE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM.

After you submit the form, a staff person from Boston Partners in Education will contact you to schedule an interview. If you need any assistance, call the office at 617.451.6145 and ask for Peter Darling. He will be happy to answer any questions for you.

2. ATTEND AN INTERVIEW.

During the one-hour interview we’ll discuss volunteer opportunities and find a potential match for you. You’ll also be asked to give us permission to conduct Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sexual Offender Record Information (SORI) background checks.

3. GET TRAINED.

Training sessions are conducted at Boston Partners in Education’s office at 44 Farnsworth Street by our Director of Education and Training, Marc Saunders. Training may also be available off site for large groups. Training sessions last about two and a half hours and are held throughout the year. For details or a current training schedule, please call Marc Saunders at 617.451.6145.

4. BEGIN TUTORING AND MENTORING.

After training and background checks are complete, you are ready to begin and will be matched with a student in the Boston Public Schools. Most volunteers work during school hours (7:30 am–3:20 pm) for one hour a week for the duration of the school year.


Accelerate is supported in part by a State Mentoring Matching Grant, administered by the Mass Mentoring Partnership.
Accelerate is supported in part by the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

In 2015-2016:

  • 92% of Accelerate teachers who responded to our year-end survey claimed that working with Accelerate volunteers was excellent or good at improving students’ self-confidence.
  • 92% of teacher survey respondents reported that Accelerate was excellent or good at improving student’s’ classroom participation.
  • 89% of teacher survey respondents reported that Accelerate was excellent or good at improving students’ classroom behavior.
  • 80% of Accelerate Math volunteers who responded to our year-end survey reported that working with their student(s) was excellent or good at improving student interest in math.
  • 77% of Accelerate ELA volunteers who responded to our year-end survey said that working with their student(s) was excellent or good at improving student interest in reading.

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