Spring 2017 Academic Mentor


Cause Areas


Wed Feb 01, 2017 - Thu Jun 22, 2017


Breakthrough Greater BostonCambridge, MA 02238



As part of our school year program, Breakthrough Greater Boston operates an academic mentoring program for its middle school and high school students. Academic Mentors (AMs) support students who need additional assistance with classwork and homework throughout the school year while providing mentorship to students by offering guidance around non-cognitive skills such as study skills, organization, and self-advocacy. Academic mentoring sessions will consist of tutoring in core academic subjects identified by Breakthrough staff as well as coaching around effective study habits and strategies. At each campus, AMs report directly to the Academic Mentor Coordinator and Director of Student Services.


  • Scheduling and committing to weekly academic mentoring session with assigned student; sessions generally occur weekdays in the afternoons/early evenings or on weekends
  • Communicating any concerns to your supervisors
  • Completing weekly academic mentoring log to maintain communication with your supervisors and record both student progress and student concerns


  • Resourceful, creative, and energetic
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate students’ needs
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Good academic standing
  • Willingness to serve as a role model to students and share academic and professional expertise with students


The two Breakthrough Greater Boston campuses are located at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and TechBoston Academy in Dorchester (both accessible by public transportation). AMs will meet students either on site or at a designated local library. AMs must commit to at least one 60-minute academic mentoring session per week for an entire semester (February-May). Additionally, AMs must attend one three-hour training session. Academic mentoring schedules will follow the Boston Public Schools and Cambridge Public Schools calendars and honor all holidays and vacation days.


The Academic Mentor is a volunteer position.


  • Development of mentoring and coaching skills
  • Satisfaction of guiding students through classwork and homework and celebrating their successes with them at the end of the semester
  • Mentoring students and passing along experiential knowledge of high school, college, and professional careers
  • Building meaningful relationships with students and fostering their growth as people and academics


For high school and college students, please email a copy of your school transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable) and Sections I-IV of the Academic Mentor Application (attached) to Michael Chan (mchan@btgbmail.org) with the subject line "Academic Mentor - Boston" or "Academic Mentor - Cambridge."

For professionals, please email your resume, cover letter, and Sections I-III of the Academic Mentor Application (attached) to Michael Chan (mchan@btgbmail.org) with the subject line "Academic Mentor - Boston" or "Academic Mentor - Cambridge."

For more information, please visit www.breakthroughgreaterboston.org.

Candidates for employment and employees are considered without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, citizenship, military status, gender identity, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Thank you for your interest in Breakthrough Greater Boston!


  • Mentoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Tutoring
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

Teens Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 17

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