Boston SCORES

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PICS Organization Name
Boston SCORES

Website
www.bostonscores.org

City/State
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Weekly Stipend
$500

Public Transportation Available
Yes

Housing Provided
No. 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, many students sublet apartments. 

Former Interns
MacLean Collins '18, Theodore Tamayo '19, Isabel Griffith-Gorgati '21

Organization Description
Boston Scores is a non-profit agency founded in 1999. 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. 

Scores provides after-school soccer & academic teams at 30 public elementary and middle schools in the city of Boston during the academic year and operates two Summer Learning Academies at public school sites during the summer months.

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.

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.

Internship Description

A Princeton intern will serve as the Summer Scores Program Coordinator, helping to lead our Summer Learning Academy serving 100 inner city 3rd-5th graders in the East Boston neighborhood. The Academy combines elements of a traditional summer school to stem summer learning loss (classroom-based learning led by teachers) with the fun, experiential-leaning activities more often associated with private summer camps, such as soccer clinics and tennis lessons, cooking classes, creating writing, field trips to museums and aquariums and so on. 

The target population of our Summer Learning Academy are 100 3rd-5th grade boys & girls from the East Boston Neighborhood. Most speak Spanish at home. Virtually all are classified as "high need" students. The Summer Learning Academy is provided at no cost to their families as part of a partnership between Boston Scores and the Boston Public School system. 

The Summer Learning Academy runs for five weeks from early July to mid-August. The PICS intern traditionally arrives in June and is deeply involved in organizing training, youth registration and logistics for the Academy in the month leading up to opening day. The internship typically concludes approximately one week after the close of the Academy, and includes a capstone presentation to the Boston Scores staff on key learnings and recommendations derived by the intern from his or her experience during the summer.

The PICS intern will be part of a three-person senior leadership team overseeing all facets of Summer Learning Academy operations. The other two members are Scores full-time staff members - our Senior Academic Program Manager and our Athletics & Nutrition Program Manager.

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.I n the summer of 2017, our intern was passionate about kids and soccer and he was intricately involved in the athletics and social-emotional skill building portion of our program.

This is an ideal internship for Princeton students interest in childhood education, urban planning, public policy, the sport of soccer, or non-profit leadership and service. The PICS intern will have significant managerial responsibility but will also enjoy daily hands-on work with youth.

Additionally, Scores will provide opportunities outside of the summer program, including a supporting role in organizing the largest corporate soccer tournament in the United States at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (the 40-team, $375,000 "Scores Cup" fundraiser) and other engagement activities with our corporate and civic partners in the City of Boston.

Internship Qualifications

  • A passion for the mission of Boston Scores 
  • Experience working with youth 
  • Experience working with diverse constituents

Preferred:

  • Spanish language knowledge 
  • CPR/First-Aid certification 
  • Teaching experience 
  • Soccer, writing, and/or service-learning experience

Expected Start Time
8:00 am

Expected End Time
4:00 pm

Required Dates
late-June to mid-August

Internship Length
10 Weeks - Start date of no earlier than May 30 and end date of no later than August 23

Meets Certificate Requirement
No

Additional Info
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.

Evaluation Excerpt

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

Applications for Summer 2019 will open in November 2018. 

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