826 Boston empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life....
The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to rebuild communities and address unmet community needs. The Commonwealth Corps provides opportunities for skill building, leadership development and encourages and enhances a lifelong civic vocation for Corps members. Corps members provide direct service, build capacity, and recruit, organize and mobilize additional volunteers, thus building a grassroots movement of volunteers dedicated to service.
The Commonwealth Corps, a state-funded program administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance, was established in 2007 by Governor Deval Patrick and his partners in the state legislature. Since its inception, over 950 Commonwealth Corps members have served in the program, providing over 535,000 hours of service in areas such as community development, health services, benefits screenings, afterschool or summer programs, and volunteer recruitment and management, and directly benefiting over 595,000 individuals. No other state in the country has a service corps program focused solely on state residents.
"I joined Commonwealth Corps because I am passionate about empowering youth and wanted to gain experience in writing and civic engagement."
- Tara Barnes, 2016-2017 Commonwealth Corps Member with 826 Boston