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Are you a current Simmons student interested in getting involved in the Greater Boston community? Join one of the Center for Community Engagement’s programs!

Opportunities for Students

Each academic year, the Center for Community Engagement offers programming for students to get involved in our community.

Alternative Spring Break: Boston Immersion

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) LogoAlternative Spring Break (ASB) is an immersive volunteering, and community engagement experience. Through meaningful action, reflection, and education, team members engage in direct service that addresses critical social issues. This year, students will explore the correlation between health inequities and environmental injustices in the Boston community. Teams will meet once a month from September – April and Team Leaders will meet twice a month.

To apply to be a participant, complete the Center for Community Engagement’s Alternative Spring Break application. You can also apply to become a team leader (which is eligible for federal work-study).

America Learns

America Learns LogoAmerica Learns* is an academic mentoring program that provides foundational literacy skill-building and classroom support to schools in our Boston-area neighborhoods. This year, we look forward to supporting the work of the Orchard Gardens School Library and Music Rooms through classroom support, individual and small group reading coaching, and music instructor assistance.

To apply, complete the Academic Mentor or Student Leader application on Workday, as well as the Center for Community Engagement America Learns application.

Bonner Community Leaders Program

Bonner Community Leaders Program LogoThe Bonner Community Leaders Program is a four year, service-based experiential learning and leadership program where students partner with community-based organizations and simultaneously engage in leadership development and growth opportunities provided by the Center for Community Engagement at Simmons. The program is a unique opportunity for students who want to combine a strong commitment to service with personal growth, teamwork, leadership development, and scholarship.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be first-year Simmons students and have Federal Work Study as part of their financial aid. Complete the Bonner Community Leaders Program application by Jun 30, 2022.

Girls Preparing to Succeed

Girls Preparing to Succeed logoGirls Preparing to Succeed* aims to foster self growth and develop healthy peer relationships through mentoring, supporting, and coming together in community. The program values developing identity, self awareness, relationship building, and self-esteem with a focus on empowerment, education, reflection, and critical thinking. Students increase their self-awareness and confidence through the program’s emphasis on critical themes like college access and healthy social media consumption. Mentors design and facilitate activities and discussions tailored to fit student needs and strengths.

To apply, complete the Mentor or Student Leader application on Workday, as well as the Center for Community Engagement Girls Preparing to Succeed application.


Jumpstart LogoJumpstart* is working towards the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Students join this AmeriCorps program for both semesters of the academic year; they are placed on a team and go into the classroom twice a week to implement a research-based and proven curriculum that develops children’s language, literacy, and social emotional skills to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond!

For more information and the Jumpstart application, visit the website at

Strong Women, Strong Girls

Strong Women, Strong Girls LogoThrough Strong Women, Strong Girls* committed college women, trained as mentors, utilize a research-based curriculum that incorporates the study of contemporary and historic female role models, skill-building activities, and strong relationships with mentors and peers to work with the girls, to: (1) Develop leadership skills and (2) Build a strong community of peers and leaders.

For more information or questions about the Strong Women, Strong Girls application, email [email protected].

*Jumpstart, America Learns, Girls Preparing to Succeed, Strong Women, Strong Girls, Alternative Spring Break Team Leaders, and the Bonner Community Leaders program offer financial support through federal work-study for eligible students as determined by their Financial Aid package.

Questions or concerns with the application? Email [email protected].