PICS Organization Name
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Public Transportation Available
MacLean Collins '18, Theodore Tamayo '19
America SCORES Boston was incorporated in Massachusetts in 1999 as the first affiliate of the national organization America SCORES. SCORES has grown to become one of the largest after-school programs operating in the Boston Public School District – growing from 4 elementary schools serving 100 kids during our first year to delivering 43 programs to more than 1,400 kids enrolled in grades k-12 throughout Boston.
The mission of Boston Scores is to provide Boston youth with team-based education programs that foster their health and well-being, academic achievement and civic engagement.
Boston Scores helps to close the learning gap that exists between inner-city youth and their suburban peers and to support the development of the whole-child through after-school and summer learning programs. Scores has established long-term goals of promoting engaged learning, supporting creative expression, reducing childhood obesity, encouraging civic engagement and leadership and teaching students strategies to achieve financial stability and independence.
We partner with Boston Public Schools to provide more than 1,600 students with physical activity, academic enrichment, and service-learning projects. Students improve their health, academic performance, literacy, engagement in the community, and attitudes towards school and their future.
We deliver programs that foster the development of the whole child as an athlete, a student, and a caring, confident, & engaged member of the community. SCORES provides a safe, positive, nurturing environment that gives every child a chance to become who they truly are, not who their circumstances say they must be.
A Princeton intern will support Scores in closing the learning gap between inner-city youth and more affluent suburban peers during the summer months. Our students learn best through committed mentors. A PICS intern will be able to communicate the importance of education.
A Princeton intern will serve as the Summer Scores Coordinator and lead our summer program. We will shape the Summer Scores Coordinator position to best align with the skills and interest of the PICS Intern. In the summer of 2016, our intern was an artist; she supported the overall success of the camp and specifically led arts projects. In the summer of 2017, our intern was passionate about kids and soccer and he was intricately involved in that portion of our program.
In the summer of 2018, Boston Scores will deliver a summer program at a Boston Public School to youth recruited at that site, among our more than 30 partner sites, and in the community. Our program year began on September 18, 2017. The program year will end in June 2018. While evaluating the success of the 2017-2018 academic year programs and planning for the 2018-2019 academic year, Scores will host an 8-week summer camp called Summer Scores. The summer program is designed to stem learning loss that happens during the summer for many students who lack summer enrichment programs.
Summer Scores will meet 5 days per week and last 8 hours each day. Campers will receive nutritious meals, learn lessons on eating healthy, engage in moderate- to vigorous- physical activity through soccer, receive instruction on writing and self-expression, and be led by caring mentors.
Scores will adapt our educational and athletic lessons to serve students for 40 hours each week, incorporating lesson plans that range from creative arts and poetry to service projects, gardening, photography, soccer, and nutrition lessons. Examples of program activities include:
- Soccer practices and recreational matches that teach students our core values of teamwork, commitment, and leadership
- Writing workshops that use poetry to teach self-expression and develop literacy skills
- Student-led service projects that will see students identify and address a community need through social entrepreneurship; in summer 2017, students created baskets for homeless people and wrote notes of caring and support. They delivered these to an organization that serves homeless people.
- Nutrition workshops that teach the importance of hydration, adequate sleep, eating healthy, and being active
A Princeton intern will manage the overall program operations and lead activities suited to their strengths. Full-time Scores staff, summer coaches, and high school students will assist with the summer program.
Serving as an intern with Boston Scores will also develop skills around our core values. A Princeton intern will be a leader, serve as a mentor to the children and manage assistant coaches. By working 40-hour days, an intern will understand the commitment required for a career and demonstrate their commitment to the youth enrolled in the program. An internship with Scores allows a Princeton student to be a teammate for a small, but fast growing, nonprofit. Additionally, Scores will provide opportunities outside of the program, including a role in organizing the largest corporate soccer tournament in the United States and team-building activities.
- A passion for the mission of Boston Scores
- Experience working with youth
- Experience working with diverse constituents
- Spanish language knowledge
- CPR/First-Aid certification
- Teaching experience
- Soccer, writing, and/or service-learning experience
Expected Start Time
Expected End Time
late-June to mid-August
Meets Certificate Requirement
Boston has a large college student population, 250,000. Students often leave the city during the summer months and sublease their apartments.
It is likely that preparation work will take place outside of these hours. Time will be needed to plan lessons, give & receive feedback from teachers & youth participants, and support program administration.
We require all staff working with children to have CORI/SORI background checks which will be completed during the PICS intern's first week. The same type of background check is also required as a contingency for some funding.
*We will support our intern in finding housing. Boston's population swells during the academic year with tens of thousands of college students. During the summer months, when this internship is held, students sublet apartments. SCORES will solicit suggestions and availability from our network including a member of our board who housed our summer 2016 PICS intern.
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