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Teen Volunteer Program

Teen Volunteers in the Gateways Sunday Program

Want to make a difference? Become a Gateways Teen Volunteer!

If you are a Boston-area teen in grades 10 – 12, you can apply to volunteer to support students in the Gateways Sunday Program as a one-to-one aide or classroom assistant.

More Than a Volunteer Experience

Gateways’ Teen Volunteer Program isn’t your average volunteer experience. What makes our program stand out is not the skillset you’ll gain or the volunteer hours you’ll collect, but the relationships that you’ll build with their students.

Throughout your volunteer experience, you’ll receive weekly training and support from on-site special education teachers and administrators. You will:

  • Learn special education strategies that support student learning, including the fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis, Structured Teaching and Social Stories.
  • Receive on-the-job support from the classroom teacher, Volunteer Coordinator, and Program Director. These experienced staff members guide volunteers in helping students achieve their greatest success. 

Aside from learning skills you can take to college or into a career, you’ll build a deep connection with the Gateways students you support.


Check out stories from current and former Gateways Teen Volunteers:

Program Structure and Fees

There is a $250 annual training and materials fee* for participation in the Teen Volunteer Program. The fee is $125 for students selected for half-year placements.

*These fees will be waived for any family that indicates that the costs will present a hardship.

How to Apply

Gateways accepts applications during the spring for the following school year. The application period for fall 2022 will open on May 1, 2021 and close on June 17. Click below to apply. Teens selected for the program are notified during the summer. Questions? Please contact our Teen Volunteer Coordinator, Mia Hyman.


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