social capital noun. the value of our social networks & relationships

SCI AmeriCorps

SCI AmeriCorps Fellows gain leadership skills, earn college credit, make local impact and build a career network while getting paid to serve communities in Greater Boston!

About SCI AmeriCorps

The goal of SCI AmeriCorps is to connect youth with relationships, experiences and resources they need to succeed.

SCI AmeriCorps Fellows help achieve that goal by facilitating volunteer engagement, youth enrichment programs and community outreach activities at their nonprofit host site placement. Fellows are placed at youth-serving organizations in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, and Woburn.

During a service term, SCI AmeriCorps Fellows gain professional nonprofit experience as well as: leadership training program through SCI, access college / graduate credit through an exclusive partnership with Merrimack College, and earn federal dollars towards higher education. Since 2007, over 300 Members have served local Greater Boston communities with SCI AmeriCorps.

SCI AmeriCorps is an AmeriCorps national service program and receives fiscal, in-kind, and technical support from the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA).

SCI AmeriCorps Fellow (center left) leads discussion on social media’s impact on mental health with teens.

Looking to Join?

SCI AmeriCorps is currently recruiting Fellows for our 2024-2025 cohort! Starting September 2024!

Optional housing benefit
Leadership and career development program
Full healthcare plan
Free enrollment in undergrad/graduate level course through Merrimack College
Transportation stipend, and more!

SCI AmeriCorps’ Partnership with Merrimack receives National Highlight!

Developed by America’s Service Commissions, the National Service & Higher Education Toolkit featured SCI AmeriCorps in a Case Study exploring our partnership with Merrimack College!

SCI AmeriCorps Fellows laughing with youth

Questions? Email or call 781.935.2244 ext. 4

SCI AmeriCorps Fellowship Details

  1. Receive a Taxable Stipend of $2,500 / month, paid bi-weekly (max stipend value = $25,000 per year).
  2. Receive a Taxable Stipend of $1,600 / month, paid bi-weekly, with Housing Placement & Homestay Benefit [$900 / month] provided by StudentRoomStay (max stipend value = $25,000 year).
  • Earn a Federal Education Award worth up to $7,395 upon successful completion of service
  • May receive Student Loan Forbearance during active service
  • Full Healthcare (medical, dental) provided by SCI AmeriCorps
  • $90 / month Transportation Stipend during your service term provided by SCI AmeriCorps
  • SCI Developing Leaders Program – receive badges of completion for 50+ hours of comprehensive career development in partnership with Merrimack College
  • Access to Merrimack College campus resources via Merrimack Student ID
  • Free Enrollment in a Community Engagement course taught by Merrimack College faculty with the option to receive undergraduate or graduate academic credit
Fellow activities will vary by host site, but may include some or all of the following:
  • Developing and implementing Community Service-Learning (CSL) projects
  • Engaging in Youth Mentorship
  • Leadership or Management of other Enrichment Activities (e.g. homework support, healthy lifestyles, and post-secondary success)
  • Volunteer Management Systems development and/or implementation
  • Volunteer Recruitment & Coordination
  • Volunteer Event Planning and/or Management
  • Community Outreach & Relationship Building
  • All Fellows: Facilitate a group of youth currently being served by the host site, to develop and implement a Social Capital Youth Project (SCYP) as the capstone of the Fellow’s youth enrichment service. The project will focus on community needs identified by the youth & members. The goal is to empower youth to positively impact their communities and build their social capital through collaboration with peers and adults while developing leadership skills.
  • Able to commit to a full-term of service in local communities with diverse residents 
  • Effective communication skills to conduct community outreach through marketing strategies and civic engagement
  • Strong work ethic, collaboration, and time management skills
  • Availability to serve in-person for some or all service activities.

2024-2025 SCI AmeriCorps Fellowship Timeline

February – July ‘24
Recruitment and Selection of Member through SCI and Host Site collaborative process
SCI will conduct 1st Round interviews with all applicants starting April 15th
Host Site will conduct 2nd Round interviews with applicants who meet basic requirements per 1st Round and select Member from applicant pool

August / September ‘24
Host Site Supervisor Orientation & Fellow Orientation; Beginning of Fellowship
September ‘24 – June ‘25
Fellows serve at Host Site approximately 32 hours / week (generally Mondays – Thursdays)
October – December ‘24
Fellows participate in SCI Developing Leaders training program in partnership with Merrimack College (Fridays)
January – May ‘25
Fellows participate as students in a Community Engagement course provided by Merrimack College (graduate credit, undergrad credit, and pass/fail options)
January – June ‘25
Fellows implement and complete Social Capital Youth Project (SCYP) capstone projects at Host Site that enhance existing youth enrichment programs or pilot new programming.
June / July ‘25
End of 2024-2025 Fellowships. Celebration of Fellows’ achievements and impact will happen in June 2025.


Submit your application through the form at

Questions? Email or call 781.935.2244 ext. 4

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps engages thousands of Americans in service opportunities each year through nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and conservation efforts across the country.  Joining AmeriCorps is a way to put your idealism into action.

When you join AmeriCorps, you’ll earn money towards past or future education, learn to be a leader, and gain real job skills. SCI AmeriCorps members build social capital in their communities through civic engagement opportunities and gain valuable experience in the process. Check out the video to learn more!

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