Dudley Promise Corps


 

Overview:

Founded by BPE in 2013, Dudley Promise Corps (DPC) is a neighborhood-based AmeriCorps program whose corps members serve at BPE’s Teaching Academies: Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School (DSNCS) and Dearborn STEM Academy

DPC's mission is to leverage the power of national service to ensure all students in the Dudley neighborhood of Roxbury are responsible citizens in their community and are on track for college and career success, while simultaneously developing DPC corps members as engaged civic leaders committed to social justice.

Read about a corps member entering her 2nd year of service

To achieve this, DPC is driven by ambitious goals in five focus areas. Corps members share specific responsibilities in each area, both individually and as a team, as outlined below:

1. Academic Support—DPC corps members accelerate the academic growth and achievement of the students we serve:

  • At DSNCS, corps members support the goal of 3rd grade reading proficiency for all students—a key milestone for success in school and beyond. Through a unique partnership with Reading Partners, corps members use an evidence based curriculum to provide 1:1 literacy support to 5-10 target students on a regular basis.
  • At the Dearborn, members use supplementary curricula to provide 1:1 tutoring and small group academic support in math and/or literacy to up to 10 students in grades 6-12 who are performing below grade level.  Students served by corps members receive a minimum of two hours per week of extra support focused on specific learning gaps.  

2. Relationships— To promote student engagement and provide effective academic support, corps members build authentic relationships with students and serve in an informal mentoring capacity.  Since they are embedded in the school, corps members are able to spend non-academic time each day getting to know students in a range of settings and ensuring that each student is known and appreciated.  Corps members build authentic relationships with students and serve in an informal mentoring capacity.  

3. School Culture— Corps members collaborate with school staff to build whole-school community and a culture that promotes high levels of student engagement and investment.

  • Expanded Learning Time: At both schools, corps members lead or support opportunities to expand learning through age appropriate enrichment programming one afternoon per week as part of the school day. At DSA, corps members also stay after school three days per week to provide homework support and/or to offer additional enrichment programming.
  • School Operations: Members share in the responsibility of supporting non-academic duties essential in building school culture -- breakfast, lunch, recess, and dismissal.
  • School Events: Members support and organize regular school-based events, including student assemblies, family nights, student-led events, etc.

4. Community Engagement— As a neighborhood based corps, DPC members learn about the Dudley community history, assets, and aspirations, and engage with community partners through multi-faceted experiences outside of schools. DPC believes that this connection facilitates an understanding that allows members to better serve students.

5. Member Development— DPC members engage in regular professional development opportunities. In addition to receiving the training and support necessary to perform their responsibilities in schools, DPC members gain knowledge, skills, and experiences that empower them to continue working towards social justice and equity, and remain civically engaged leaders in their communities long after their service year.

 

Program Benefits

In return for their service, corps members receive:

  • A modest living allowance of approximately $1,000 per month, up to $12,500 for the year
  • Individual health insurance
  • An Eli Segal Education Award of up to $5,775 upon successful completion of service to be used for eligible education expenses
  • Extensive professional development, training, and leadership skill-building

Dudley Promise Corps members who are interested in taking the next step to become a Boston public school teacher are encouraged to learn more about Boston Teacher Residency during their service year.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED by the start of the program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident alien
  • Agree to state & federal background checks

Apply Now!

The admissions season for the 2016-2017 program is now open. Interested applicants should review the eligibility requirements above and submit a Prospect Form to access the online application. Once you fill out a prospect form you will be be emailed a link to the full application.

Timeline

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. After submitting a complete application, candidates will receive notification if they are selected to move forward in the process as a finalist and therefore invited to attend a selection day.
 
Since applications will be considered on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.
 

Program Start Date

The 2016-2017 service year will start on July 6th, 2016.

AmeriCorps Funding

AmeriCorps funding covers the corps member stipend, individual health insurance plan, and the Segal Education Award.  Every three years, AmeriCorps programs re-apply for funding.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact us at promisecorps@bpe.org or (617) 227-5511.

 

Boston Promise Corps partners include: