Over the past two years, MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA has developed a partnership with Boston’s largest youth and human services agency, Boston Centers for Youth and Family (BCYF), developing a collaborative consisting of MACC and BCYF employees as well as students and staff from seven colleges (Boston University, Bunker Hill Community College, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Simmons, UMASS Boston and Wentworth Institute of Technology) in the Greater Boston area. The goal of the collaborative is to foster communication and collaboration between the City of Boston’s BCYF sites and the college students that volunteer with the. For more information on Boston’s Community Service Collaborative, please click here.
Currently, BCYF and MACC are developing a “BCYF Change Agents” program where at least four colleges, Boston University, Bunker Hill Community College, Northeastern, and UMASS Boston, will partner with two BCYF centers, Tobin Community Center and Cleveland Community Center, to implement a youth civic engagement program. The Change Agents program will offer 15-20 Boston youth ages 12-13 a high-quality civic engagement experience during the school year. BCYF Change Agents will provide the foundation for Boston youth to be change agents in their community with the support of Boston college/university student leaders as service mentors. For more information about the BCYF Change Agents program, please click here.