PICS Organization Name

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Organization Description

Boston Scores partners with the Boston Public School teachers, our “Coach-Mentors”, to provide urban youth in grades K-12 with after-school soccer & enrichment programs. Our mission is to provide urban youth with team-based education programs that promote health and well-being, academic engagement, and civic leadership.

Our Summer Learning Academy (Summer Scores) in partnership with Boston Public Schools serves 100 grade 3-6th grade students during the summer months. Summer Scores is a blend of academic classes lead by BPS teachers and camp-like enrichment activities lead by our Scores staff and coaches. The Princeton intern will play an integral part of the planning and the daily management of Summer Scores with a focus on connecting with families, managing our junior camp counselors and leading fun, hands-on enrichment activities.

Internship Description

As our Summer Associate, the PICS intern will be assisting the Boston Scores Program Director in the planning of our Summer Learning Academy (Summer Scores) in partnership with Boston Public School District. Our Summer Learning Academy is a combination of academic classes lead by BPS teachers and athletic and enrichment activities (soccer, arts & crafts, music, cooking classes, Book Clubs etc.). Typically based in East Boston at the Mario Umana Academy, Summer Scores serves 100 rising 3-6th graders for 5 weeks starting in early July through the beginning of August. The student population tends to be classified as English-Language Learners that need extra support in English Language Arts and Math. Activities focus on fun hands-on activities that stemming summer educational loss and build students' social and emotional and skills.

The Summer Associate will be the point person for parent communication, manage our high school junior counselors, lead an enrichment activity/class and assist with the day-to-day management of program.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 10 6/7/21 - 8/13/21 8:30 am 3:30 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

Must enjoy working in urban communities and have a commitment to urban education. Should be positive, patient and have an ability to communicate with and relate to children.


Fluency in Spanish is an additional asset. Prior coaching, teaching and/or positive youth development experience is preferred but not required

Former Interns
Eve Hewins '21, Richard Ma '22, Isabel Griffith-Gorgati '21

Evaluation Excerpt

Boston Scores provides children of lower income backgrounds who are typically children of color opportunities to advance in the classroom. Kids build relationships with our coaches and teachers, allowing them to feel comfortable learning and asking for help when they need it. The summer program prepares them for school in the fall and aims to bring the public school system towards a more equitable place for all students. I participated in teaching and connecting with kids, and saw them progress and become more confident students, which indicated the program was helping disadvantaged families take steps forward.  -- Eve Hewins '21

My goal in this internship was always to work with kids. When I played soccer with them, I found ways to challenge kids of all skillsets, from encouraging the quieter ones to call for the ball and be proactive during the game to pushing the more talented kids to the limit and to overcome a level of adversity in the opponent that they aren't used to. --Richard Ma '22

My best work experience this summer was organizing and executing a pseudo-Summer Olympic games with my campers on a Friday field trip in Boston Common. I made teams for them, Brazil, USA, Dominican Republic, Barbados, and Honduras. It was awesome to see it play out in real life and how excited the kids got, especially for the relay race and soccer ball juggling rounds. The hardest experience was having to discipline high school counselors who were not being respectful in the work place.
—MacLean Collins '18

I very much connected with the mission of my organization; I played Boston Area soccer for my entire youth and therefore had a personal connection to the programming that I was organizing. My values were energized and enhanced by the experience, and I realized that I was able to see the mission and operations of the organization in many more contacts than I had before
—Theo Tamayo '19

Providing underprivileged students with the opportunity to learn, play, and be creative over the summer is a really important cause to me, as is serving immigrant communities. In addition, I was able to occupy more than one role and practice several skills over the course of the summer, as well as witness many aspects of the way this non-profit functioned, so I think it was educationally enriching. —Isabel Griffith-Gorgati '21