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Community Service

In the Community Service Office, we seek to educate students about the social and political issues affecting Cambridge and surrounding neighborhoods, the impact these issues have on people and communities, and how community-based organizations are working towards solutions. We do this by connecting students with a wide range of opportunities to engage in the community. While engaging in the community, students learn alongside one another and reflect together on these experiences during on- and off-campus programming.

Through engaging in the community in meaningful and mutually beneficial ways, you are able to:

  • Explore and pursue your passions
  • Learn about yourself, your peers, the broader community, and how we are all interconnected
  • Develop and strengthen skills that will support your personal and professional growth
  • Contribute your time and talents to work alongside community members and organizations to affect positive change in the Greater Boston community   

How to Get Involved

The Community Service Office is a welcoming place, where you can drop-in, call, or email to get connected with existing civic and community engagement programs or develop new opportunities. We connect students with one-time, short-term, and ongoing opportunities to engage in the community and develop civic leadership skills.

To receive regular updates from our office about upcoming opportunities, sign up for our e-newsletter by emailing communityservice@lesley.edu and follow us on social media @LesleyOCS.

In addition to the programs listed, we also provide one-on-one meetings with students to learn about your personal and professional goals, passions, availability, and skills to help connect you with volunteer opportunities that are the right fit for you.  If you would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting, reach out to Jamie Willer, Coordinator of Community Service, at jwiller@lesley.edu.

  • Student Organizations

    The Community Service Office advises student organizations dedicated to engaging students in the community through ongoing volunteer opportunities and student voter engagement initiatives.

    Join the Lesley Votes student voter engagement group to reduce barriers to voting and increase student civic awareness. Sign up to mentor local youth with Big Brothers or Big Sisters. Join Bigs at Lesley to participate in mentoring trainings and be a part of a community of Lesley mentors. Volunteer with Lesley Delivers to support individuals experiencing homelessness and raise awareness about local housing justice issues.

    By planning and implementing student-led trainings related to engaging in the community and coordinating volunteer opportunities, student organization leaders develop their professional and leadership skills while building bridges between Lesley students and the broader community.

    If you are interested in joining one of these student organizations, please reach out to Jamie Willer, Coordinator of Community Service, at jwiller@lesley.edu to learn more about ways we can support you with connecting with community organizations and resources.

  • Programs

    Alternative Spring Break

    The Alternative Spring Break programs provide students an opportunity to volunteer alongside their peers to support a community organization while engaging in social justice-focused civic leadership activities and daily reflection.  In doing so, the program strives to build community, strengthen participants’ civic leadership skills, and inspire lifelong commitments to community engagement and social justice.

    In the past, students have volunteered with organizations committed to addressing housing insecurity, food insecurity, and providing access to quality education. Recently, students volunteered with Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford, ME, and had the opportunity to form relationships with local residents while exploring social issues impacting the Biddeford community through music and art.

    America Reads

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    • To provide quality literacy tutoring for public elementary school students in Cambridge
       
    • To build a strong and active network of Lesley students, faculty, administrators, and partners who share a commitment to youth, education, and social change

    The program matches tutors with local elementary school students to work one on one with the goal of developing youths' self-confidence, motivation, and love of learning. In addition to tutoring at the schools twice a week, tutors meet to receive training, share ideas, and reflect on their experiences. This is a paid federal work-study position. 

    Cambridge Math Tutors

    Tutors in the Cambridge Math Volunteers program have the opportunity to provide one-on-one math support to elementary school students in Cambridge Public Schools. This is a paid federal work-study position.

    Community Leadership Education & Action Program (L.E.A.P.)

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    If you are interested in applying, reach out to Jamie Willer, Coordinator of Community Service, at jwiller@lesley.edu.

    Art.For.Change. Series

    The Art.For.Change series is a student-led initiative to create a critical space for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to come together to express our thoughts and feelings about social justice issues through art. We also work to center the voices of those most directly affected in determining how to take action in solidarity. We encourage students to reach out to the Community Service Office if they have a specific social justice issue they would like an Art.For.Change. event to focus on. 

  • Federal Work-Study - Off-Campus Community Service

    The Community Service Office partners with the Financial Aid Office to offer off-campus positions at local community-based organizations for students who are eligible for the Federal Work-Study Program.

    There are also paid federal work-study positions available in the Community Service Office.

Contact Community Service