Teen Volunteer Programs

Click here to apply to volunteer for the 2014-15 Sunday Program.

Update: Applications are due by June 30, 2014.

Gateways Sunday Program

teens pile together for a pictureBoston-area high school students in grades 10-12 volunteer to support students in the Gateways Sunday Program as one-to-one aides or classroom assistants. Teens receive weekly training and support throughout their experience from on-site special education teachers and administrators. The teen training focuses on specific special education strategies that support student learning and includes the fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis, Structured Teaching, and Social Stories.  Teens also benefit from guest speakers from many disciplines such as Hebrew reading, occupational therapy, and speech and language pathology.  Additionally, volunteers receive “on the job” support from the classroom teacher, from the Volunteer Coordinator, and from the Program Director. These experienced staff members support and guide volunteers in helping the students be their most successful. 

We are fortunate to have forged an important bond with Hebrew College's Prozdor Hebrew High School. For more than eight years, many of our volunteers have worked at Gateways with the wonderful support and cooperation of the Prozdor staff and faculty. Prozdor students may elect to take a training course in the 10th grade, may volunteer for credit in the 10th and 11th grades, and can continue in their senior year.

For more information, watch our volunteer video featuring current and past volunteers, or please click here to contact Nancy Mager.

Mitzvah Mensches

Girl breaks from decorating cookies to smile at cameraMitzvah Menches is an inclusive social action youth group in which students learn about mitzvot and social action while practicing social skills in a fun, relaxing, yet structured setting.  Mitzvah Mensches is just like any other youth group, except half of the teens have special needs, and the other half act as peer models in weekly activities that promote friendships, responsibility, and Jewish values. We are grateful for the partnership of our friends at the North of Boston Jew Crew who travel all the way from the North Shore to participate in this program.  The class meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. every other Wednesday evening at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 300 Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill.

For more information about Mitzvah Mensches, please click here to contact Nancy.

Teen Madrichim Training

teen girl holding Sammy Spider and play TorahsTraining teen volunteers to work with diverse learners in tutorial or classroom settings. Training is conducted on site, in partnership with synagogues around the Greater Boston area with the goal of building capacity locally, and community building among the teens. The training consists of the following modules: Learning and Leadership, Teens and Teachers Together, Communication and Classroom Management, Memory and Learning, Typical Child Development, and Issues in Social-Emotional Development. Interactive module activities include simulations that build empathy and understanding, communication-building exercises and applied opportunities to differentiate lessons for their own classes.  The modules are framed in a Jewish context that gives participants an understanding of Jewish perspectives on education. 

If you are interested in Teen Madrichim Training, please click here to contact Sherry.