Who are BPIE Volunteers?
Our volunteers, known as academic mentors, are recruited, trained, matched and supported to work with students during the school day. Academic mentors come from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds, and levels of education and experience. They are parents, engineers, college students, medical doctors, lawyers, professors, retirees, and much more.
These committed volunteers devote their skills and consistent presence to instill in students a love of learning, an ability to solve problems, and a positive sense of self. We ask our volunteers to give one hour a week — but it’s really the opportunity of lifetime, for the students and themselves.
An hour a week. A lifetime of opportunity.
Benefits for students and educators
- Academic mentors benefit the whole classroom, allowing busy teachers to concentrate on the kids who are struggling more and need their attention most
- Mentors provide one-on-one attention tailored to support students’ unique learning styles
- Consistent support allows students to build trust and confidence – helping improve attendance and participation in class
- Personalized attention aids with identifying and addressing gaps in students’ learning
- Students receiving extra attention during the school day show an increased interest in school, improved academic performance in math and literacy, enhanced self-esteem, and a better work ethic
Benefits for volunteers
- Opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child in a meaningful way
- Helps to improve the Boston Public Schools one student at a time
- Chance to give back and develop connection to the local community
- For volunteers studying to become a teacher, it’s a valuable way to gain experience working in a classroom setting
- It’s a great addition to a resume