Boston Public Library's Homework Help Program

The Boston Public Library's Homework Help program is now underway and will run through May 25, 2017. The program offers free afterschool help and mentorship to students in grades K-8 - no registration required! It runs every Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm. Boston Teacher's Union tutors are also available on select weekdays from 4-6pm for students in grades K-12. Online help is also available.

The program began in 2014 when the Boston Public Library collaborated with Harvard University to provide SmartTALK training to high school aged Homework Help mentors. These mentors are able to provide students with the support and confidence that they need to succeed in the classroom. Click here for more information about the program.

Woburn: Building Understanding and Community

Over the years SCI has slowly spread its roots, branching out to what is now nineteen different towns and cities across the Eastern Massachusetts area. It is amazing to see its growth, and even more amazing to see the impact that is has made in countless communities. As SCI creates new partnerships, it never fails to deepen the existing ties that is has created. Woburn is a prominent example of SCI's commitment to building long-lasting partnerships and understanding within a community.

This summer, SCI partnered with the City of Woburn to hold the Woburn Unites Vigil. The vigil was to show support for the city's police officers and ALL members of its community. This interfaith event was planned in the wake of a number of violent acts across the nation. It represented an opportunity for Woburn to come together to support their local police as well as show respect to each and every member of the community, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.Read more

Former SCI AmeriCorps Member Jen Ward, now Director of Milford Youth Center

Jennifer Ward, Director of the Milford Youth Center, is a shining example of an SCI AmeriCorps member turned advocate for youth and community. As Director, Jen has turned the center into a safe environment for kids, fostering self-esteem, character, and a sense of community.

Jen's career began at Stonehill College where she was often encouraged to volunteer. She envisioned doing some type of service work after graduation, thus joining SCI AmeriCorps as a Youth Leadership Coordinator in Milford. She served with the Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG), which is an adult coalition that prevents at-risk behavior in youth. Jen ended up serving two years with SCI AmeriCorps and spent much of her time at the Milford Youth Center, remaining as a volunteer in their after-school program despite having another full-time job.Read more

8 Ways to Engage Families for Student Success

Teachers listen at workshop

On Tuesday, November 8, as part of a workshop for Woburn Public School teachers, President of SCI David Crowley taught a couple of sessions discussing the importance of both engaging families and involving communities for student success. In today’s post, we will be focusing on the barriers and the SOLUTIONS that have helped teachers overcome family engagement issues.Read more

Harvest Wine Tasting on Nov 20 will benefit SCI

SCI will kick off this holiday season with a Harvest Wine Tasting on November 20th from 4-6pm at J. Mulkerin Realty. The event will feature a tasting led by Certified Wine Specialist Jenifer Murray of Urban Chef Catering, as well as some light appetizers. SCI and J. Mulkerin Realty teamed up to host a wine tasting last year as part of its biannual Holiday House Tour. It was such a success that SCI President David Crowley decided to bring back the tasting as a standalone event this year. J. Mulkerin Realty is located at 616 Main St, Woburn. Special thanks to Joanne Mulkerin for graciously hosting this event!Read more