Teen Volunteer Programs


Applications are CLOSED for Teen Volunteers for the 2015-2016 School Year

Applications are now closed. You will be notified in mid to late August if you have been accepted.

If you missed this year's appication deadline and would still like to get involved with Gateways, check out Mitzvah Mensches, our inclusive, philanthropic teen youth group (below).

If you have questions about the process, please contact our teen volunteer coordinator, Mia Hyman, at miah@jgateways.org or 617-630-9010 x120.


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. 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 camera

Mitzvah Mensches is an inclusive youth group that focuses on philanthropy, social action and Jewish values, led by our uniquely trained social skills group facilitators (using techniques from Social Thinking©). Teenagers of all abilities engage in activities and discussions, and work together to give back to the community in ways that are meaningful to the collective group.  

Teens learn about philanthropy and social action through fundraising, grant writing and giving of their time or collected products. Teens at Mitzvah Mensches have a safe space to explore their creativity and leadership where Jewish values, friendship and inclusivity are valued and celebrated.

The program meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. twice a month on Wednesday evenings at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 300 Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill.

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