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Apprentice Learning

  • 12 people are interested
Board Member Cinqué Dunham-Carson
Cinqué speaks to guests at Apprentice Learning's event at American Provisions.

We are seeking skilled, energetic professionals with a commitment to creating career opportunities in the Boston area for under-resourced youth. Our board is a positive, caring community that reflects the students we serve.

Are you looking for an opportunity to take an organization to the next level? Making a difference in the lives of young people? Contributing to a future diverse workforce? Read on!

Job Description: Board Member

Governance & Oversight

  • Undertake to understand and meet all of its legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings with Board President.
  • Approve annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions.
  • Review program outcomes and regularly measure organizational performance and effectiveness.
  • Partner with the ED to ensure that board resolutions are implemented.
  • Serve as trusted advisors to the ED as she develops and implements Apprentice Learning’s operational and strategic plans.
  • Undertake an annual performance evaluation of the ED.
  • Serve on various committees or task forces and will take on special assignments as needed.
  • Represent AL to current and future constituents, acting as ambassadors for the organization.
  • Ensure a commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities AL serves.
  • Assist the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting new board members.


In order to credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and other individuals, Directors are expected to make annual gifts at a level that is commensurate with individual circumstances and that places Apprentice Learning as a personal philanthropic priority.

Term of Office

Each Director shall hold office for a term of two (2) years or until his or her successor has been elected. Any person may be re-elected by a majority vote of the Board to serve successive terms as a director without limitation. Virtual board meetings are help monthly (1 hour) and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.


Directors should have recognized leadership in education, nonprofit sector, business, government, or philanthropy. Ideal candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • A commitment to and understanding of Apprentice Learning’s mission;
  • A commitment to supporting and promoting a diverse organization that is representative of the population we serve.
  • Diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships, and for persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, accountability and a passion for improving the lives of Boston’s youth.

More opportunities with Apprentice Learning

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Apprentice Learning


PO Box 3000-68, PO Box, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, US

Mission Statement

Apprentice Learning provides real-world work experiences for middle school students. We leverage career exploration to teach skills and to nurture dreams.


"All young people have dreams but not all have plans. Apprentice Learning inspires urban middle school students to nurture career dreams and make plans to achieve them."--Helen Russell, Executive Director, Apprentice Learning

Apprentice Learning (AL) offers career education programs for middle school students in Boston Public Schools that are designed to teach essential work skills and habits, expose students to a variety of careers, and introduce students to adults who are passionate about their professions. We help students make a clear connection between success in school and a satisfying, productive work life.

AL was established in 2012 in response to the high dropout rate in Boston. Growing evidence suggests that career exploration must begin early for under-resourced and at-risk young people. By teaching positive work habits and engaging young people in apprenticeships that match their interests, AL helps students gain a sense of purpose and a clear understanding of the link between career and academic success.

AL serves over 300 seventh and eighth grade students per year in five partner schools in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Brighton. Our 60+ worksite partners include small businesses, financial institutions, human service organizations, STEM-related businesses, and cultural organizations.

Board Development
Children & Youth


Thu Nov 12, 2020 - Thu Dec 31, 2020


Apprentice LearningJamaica Plain, MA 02130



  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Strategic Planning
  • Legal (General)
  • Fundraising
  • Networking


  • People 55+


  • Monthly time commitment is 3-5 hours. All candidates should plan on making at least a two-year commitment.

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