2020-2021 Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)

Apprentice Learning

Apprentice Learning (AL) believes that every young person should be empowered to pursue a fulfilling work life. We leverage career exploration to teach skills and to nurture dreams.

AL aims to close the opportunity gap in Boston Public Schools by providing career exploration programming and early work experiences for middle school students. Through a variety of programming, AL teaches students essential workplace skills, exposes students to various careers, and introduces them to a

network of professionals. AL showcases the link between academic commitment and professional success. Our programs encourage students to explore their identities, passions, and goals for the future, and also teach them skills for workplace success.

We serve 250 seventh and eighth grade students per year in five partner schools. Our 60+ work-site partners include small businesses, financial institutions, human service organizations, and STEM-related businesses.

Fellow Position: Program Specialist
The Fellow will be trained to facilitate the Apprenticeship program. This involves leading six preparatory classes and helping coordinate apprenticeship site and student matchups. The Fellow will also assist in connecting all of their students who are eligible for summer employment to opportunities in the Boston area.

The Fellow will report to, and work closely with, AL’s Program Director to implement the program. The Fellow will undergo training that will allow for an experience outside of their comfort zone, but with ample support. As the Fellow becomes increasingly oriented (i.e. comfortable delivering lessons and working with students), their level of autonomy will increase. This growth process will be formed through a collaborative process between the Fellow and their supervisor.

Better Future Project

Better Future Project works to build a powerful grassroots movement to address the climate crisis and advance a rapid and responsible transition beyond coal, oil, and gas toward a renewable energy future for all.

Our Guiding Vision is a world with a healthy, stable, livable climate where all people live in resilient communities powered by 100% renewable energy that is equitably distributed, decentralized, and democratically controlled and provides millions of safe, well-paying jobs. We believe in grassroots organizing and movement-building and work to center issues of racial economic and social within our work.

We began in 2011, with a student summer program. In 2012, we launched two programs, 350 Massachusetts and Divest Ed. 350 Mass is our statewide volunteer climate action network and now includes hundreds of active members in 17 nodes across Massachusetts who work together to change local and state climate/energy policy. After six years of supporting university student leaders working to divest their school’s endowments in Massachusetts and New England, Divest Ed expanded nationally in fall of 2018, and are currently supporting the work of 50+ campuses around the nation, 21 of whom have one or more students participating in our year-long fellowship program. Our newest program is Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW), which works to advance social resilience through engaging grassroots individuals and organizations around climate preparedness. These 3 programs are served by 11 FTE staff and 2-3 interns. We serve people who are concerned about climate change and want to join a grassroots movement.

Fellow Position: CREW Outreach Coordinator
Primary duties of this position would include: Conducting outreach to prospective "Climate Resilience Hubs" - existing community institutions that agree to educate their constituents on climate impacts and climate preparedness, and offer limited support during extreme weather events. Conducting outreach for "Climate Preparedness Week," following up with Climate Resilience Hubs to learn about their experiences and see how we can improve the program, and working with local CREW volunteer teams to improve their communities' resilience through service, education, and planning projects.

The population served are people in the greater Boston area who will be impacted by climate impacts or are otherwise concerned about these impacts. While our program is young and our fully demographics are being determined, we are particularly interested in working with traditionally marginalized communities, such as communities of color, immigrant populations, the elderly, and others who are more vulnerable to climate impacts. We also work with some who are not as vulnerable themselves but are excited to help their community, including more vulnerable members of the community, to prepare for climate impacts.

Qualifications:
+ Experience with grassroots organizing, community outreach, program management.
+ Experience working with diverse populations
+ Passion for climate, environmental, and social justice
+ Strong written and verbal skills
+ Familiarity with and passion for building an intersectional movement and learning about anti-oppression and social justice issues

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

The mission of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) is to provide easily accessible, affordable, appropriate, high-quality, personalized, coordinated primary care, for all who live and work in East Boston and the surrounding communities, without regard to age, income, insurance status, language, culture, or social circumstances.

For more than 45 years, EBNHC has provided high-quality, comprehensive medical care to the communities of Revere, Chelsea, Winthrop, Everett and East Boston. Since opening our doors in 1970, the health center has operated 24/7/365 and has grown to become the only health center in New England, and one of the few in the country, to provide continuous care. EBNHC serves a diverse, low-income, medically under-served community with one of the largest Latino populations in Massachusetts. Many families are first-generation immigrants, and over half of East Boston households are primarily non-English speaking. Long home to new immigrant groups, the arrival of newcomers over the past 20 years from Central and South America provides East Boston with the highest number (and largest proportion) of Latinos in all Boston neighborhoods. Seventeen percent of the population lives at least 200% below the federal poverty line and 39.8% of household incomes earn less than $35,000 per year.

Position: Care Navigator
In an effort to eliminate health disparities (gaps in health status and health care equity across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups), the fellow’s primary role will be to work in our Community Resource Center connecting patients to concrete community resources that they have been unable to access on their own. The Fellow will predominantly work with immigrants, low-income individuals, and patients with complex medical needs, linking them to needed medical, social service and legal services.

When focusing on immediate survival needs of food, shelter, and clothing, individuals without reliable access to care often defer healthcare concerns until they become acute. Whether it is explaining tenant rights to a family facing eviction, reviewing all available food access programs to an elderly patient experiencing food insecurity, or connecting a recent immigrant with local agencies that can provide free immigration consults, the Fellow will provide compassionate, direct services our patients. The Fellow will assist with completing applications for public housing, disability, utility and fuel assistance, as well as connecting families with childcare, playgroups, parenting classes, school enrollment, after school programs, and summer camps.
Additionally, Fellow will take a lead role in coordinating other community serving agencies services for EBNHC patients onsite and will oversee their operations. These include programs such as: Cradles to Crayons (distributing gently used clothing to children), management of a Fair Food program (packaging and distributing $2 bag rescued food), and a Red Cross Mobile Food Pantry The Fellow will actively seek innovative ways to help patients’ access basic needs and look to bring new resources to EBNHC.

FriendshipWorks

FriendshipWorks mission is to reduce social isolation, enhance the quality of life and preserve the dignity of seniors in Boston and Brookline. We accomplish this mission by recruiting and training volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to provide a range of services including: long-term social visitation, short-term task assistance, and accompaniment on medical appointments. Our PetPals, MusicWorks and Relaxation Through the Arts programs bring the joys of pets, music, artistic expression and movement to older adults in senior buildings, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. We serve adults 60+ (55+ if they have vision or hearing loss) who live in Boston or Brookline.

In 2014, FriendshipWorks celebrated its 30th year of service to elders in Boston and Brookline. Since its inception, FriendshipWorks has assisted over 23,400 Boston-area elders, providing almost half a million hours of donated care.

Position Description:
The Education Program Associate will work closely with the Education and Outreach Coordinator to establish and further educational initiatives that address access and inclusion for seniors in Boston. The bulk of their work will be in outreach and implementation of outreach initiatives particularly supporting LGBTQ elders and elders with vision loss. A portion of this position will set aside time to provide direct service to seniors in Boston (medical escorts, short-term friendly helping and potentially be matched for long-term social visitation).

Responsibilities:
Outreach and Implementation of Educational Initiatives (approximately 50% of time)
• Conduct outreach for special project initiatives recruiting volunteers and seniors and developing community partners
• Offer presentations on educational initiatives and assist with workshops
• Possibility of leading a group or facilitating a workshop depending on Fellow’s interests
• Support two key initiatives that address access and inclusion: LGBTQ Elder Initiative, Elder Low Vision initiative.

Educational Initiative Development (approximately 20% - 30% of time)
Direct Service (approximately 10% - 15% of time)

This partnership is made possible by generous support from The Friends Foundation for the Aging.

HEET

Home Energy Efficiency Team, Inc. (HEET)'s mission is to cut carbon emissions NOW by driving systems change.

HEET is a nimble nonprofit seeking solutions to climate change through research, education, and collective action. We are always seeking to cut more emissions faster for less cost, using methods that can be replicated nationally.

We began in 2008 with energy upgrade work-parties in homes and nonprofit organizations. We taught hands-on skills in diverse communities that people could use to lower their energy bills and emissions. Our work in nonprofits also enabled them to save money so they could deliver more critical services to their communities.

In the last few years we have shifted our focus to methane emissions because of their disproportionate climate impacts. Our approach is “triage and transition”: find and fix the worst gas leaks, and help communities make an equitable transition from gas to renewable energy. Seeking an equitable way to transition off gas, we spoke with many stakeholders and came up with the GeoMicroDistrict, a network of shared geothermal wells in current gas right-of-ways that can provide renewable heating and cooling to whole neighborhoods.

HEET is small but mighty. We have grown from 2 staff to 5, and with the help of seasonal interns and dedicated volunteers, we are having a large impact.

Education and Outreach Fellow-
You will be part of HEET’s Energy Shift program, with the goal of transitioning our region from natural gas to renewable thermal energy.

Working closely with HEET’s Co-Executive Director Zeyneb Magavi, you will attend meetings with stakeholders (legislators, municipalities, academics, community groups, unions, etc.), help coordinate a busy schedule, respond to email inquiries, and assist with writing, editing, and presentations. As a leader in Mothers Out Front, HEET and the Gas Leak Allies, Zeyneb is at the center of innovative and fast-moving changes in Massachusetts, offering you a front seat in how political change happens.

Another important part of your work will be planning, promoting, and hosting Taste the Future parties. These events bring neighbors together to learn about the transition off fossil fuels and see an induction cooktop in action. One of the barriers to people switching to greenable electricity is their attachment to their gas stoves. Taste the Future parties demonstrate induction as faster, safer and more precise than gas. This work involves outreach, community organizing, and community based education. After a period of training, you will be the lead staff person on the Taste the Future project.

HEET’s hours and work are flexible, and you will be exposed to a variety of work styles and venues. We hope to find a Fellow who is adaptable, comfortable working independently, and interested in being part of a collaborative, learning organization. Interest or experience in environmental science, policy, sociology, or engineering is excellent but not required.

 

Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN)

Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN)'s role as a facilitator of municipal-level action is unique among Massachusetts environmental groups. We empower our local chapters by enhancing communication, promoting town-level projects that improve communities, decreasing climate change-causing pollution, and reducing development time for those projects. MCAN speaks on behalf of all chapters to improve Massachusetts energy and climate policies and programs.

We:
- Support local MCAN chapters to implement change at the municipal level. Municipalities have been the most active level of government to fight climate change on a worldwide basis.
- Advocate at the state and regional level for policies and programs that will benefit municipalities and their citizens.
- Facilitate peer learning and tool-sharing to effectively replicate successful programs from one municipality to the next.
- Work with partner organizations, including neighborhood and faith associations and affinity groups, to help them take action on climate change.

Founded in 2000, MCAN has more than 40 chapters across MA, supported by one full time staffer (the Executive Director), paid interns, an active board, and numerous volunteers. Since our founding, we have helped our chapters accomplish local work ranging from climate action plans and greenhouse gas inventories to running solar buying programs and implementing energy efficiency in public buildings. At the state level, we have successfully advocated for passage and implementation of laws to help cities and towns do good work on climate, such as the green communities act and last year’s innovative clean energy bill.

Position Description- Local Clean Energy Organizing Fellow
MCAN facilitates a learning network of over 50 chapters, representing over 100 communities in Massachusetts. We help our chapters implement climate solutions on the local level, while giving them a voice on the statewide level on clean energy programs and policies. We are seeking a Fellow that will help make our program work possible by maintaining and strengthening relationships with our local chapters, from coaching them on community-wide campaigns to connecting them to resources and tools. Chapters and local groups need coaching and mentoring to help build their teams, make choices about what to pursue first, and think through how they will get it done. The Fellow would help these folks do all of those things, and therefore help towns and teams move from start to finish on projects and policies.

As a member of a statewide coalition of environmental leaders, MCAN's work is strengthened by our collaboration with our climate action, grassroots, and environmental justice partners. The 2021-2022 Fellow will have the chance to represent MCAN at community events, lobbying opportunities, and convenings with our state and local partners.

We are seeking a Fellow who is responsible, detail-oriented, and passionate about climate activism and community organizing. Because we are a small non-profit, our Fellow plays a vital role in facilitating and overseeing the campaign work of the organization; therefore we are looking for someone who is comfortable in leadership roles, eager to learn and ask questions, and energized by working in a collaborative environment.

Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center Health Promotion Center

South Jamaica Plain Health Center- Health Promotion Center The Health Promotion Center (HPC) is a part of the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center. Our mission is to provide personal, quality health care with respect and compassion to our diverse community.
The HPC uses the lens of Health Equity and Social Justice and takes an approach that considers social determinants of health/strives to be anti-racist through its programming and campaign work.

The Racial Reconciliation Project: Our vision is to build a movement of radical and structural thinkers. From this movement will emerge a core of racial justice practitioners that will be devoted to collective liberation and undoing the trauma that racism has caused.
Our mission is to guide youth to reach amazing levels of connection with the self, with their peers, and then ultimately with the world. In this, we aim to provide tools to help youth understand intersectionality and how the history of racism and white supremacy has shaped the current policies and practices in the US, manage and lower their stress levels, regulate their emotions, and understand their role in dismantling racism.

More than 12,000 patients in Jamaica Plain and surrounding communities make over 50,000 visits each year to the health center. Over 50% of our patients are Latino and our bilingual staff provide patients with high quality primary care. As part of BWH and Partners HealthCare, patients benefit from receiving care in a familiar, local setting while being part of a large, integrated network of specialty and hospital care that provides any medical services they might need.

With the opening of the SJPHC Health Promotion Center in 2010, the health center was able to move beyond medical care alone. Doctors and mental health providers can prescribe support groups, yoga classes, or many other activities with a specific focus that will address the patient's health needs. And we're thinking about the health of the community, working together to address the health equity, social and racial justice, and structures and policies that affect the health of all of us.

Fellow-
Work with a team of interns and staff to coordinate a variety of health promotion racial justice and equity projects. Fellow will support diabetes management groups, physical activity opportunities, and youth engagement; help evaluate and track progress and assist with grant reporting and other documentation; participate in community meetings and organizing projects related to transit and food justice; support youth programming at the south street youth center and with the Racial Reconciliation and Healing project www.racialrec.org. To learn more about SJPHC’s racial justice approach please view this video: https://vimeo.com/268050238

Fellow will receive training on the history of racism and white supremacy in medicine and beyond, the current impact of racism on health, racial justice framing and communication and how to apply Critical Race Theory to research and other projects. This is multi-racial, multi-identity work and all are encouraged to apply and bring their systems analysis.

Boston Support Meeting

We have welcomed QVS Fellows to Boston for the first time in August 2015, under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, and with support from Beacon Hill, Fresh Pond, Framingham Friends Meeting, and Wellesley Monthly Meetings.

We are so grateful for the continued support and welcome received in Boston, and are excited to continue the work for justice in Boston.

Contact #QVSBOS

There are many ways you can support the QVS Boston program and amazing Fellows, contact City Coordinator, Kristina Keefe-Perry, for more information about ways to be involved!

2020-21 Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Amelia Gerrard

Amelia Gerrard (she/her) grew up in the sunny, riverside town of Stillwater, Minnesota. When she wasn't playing board games or soccer in the school year, she spent her summers chasing after her cousins in the vibrant woods of Northern Maine and eating copious amounts of blueberries. After reading and falling in love with the words of Jane Austen, Toni Morrison, and Maya Angelou, Amelia decided to move to Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she studied English, Literature and Spanish at Macalester College. During her years at Macalester, she also discovered a passion for exploring the intersections between religion, sexuality, and gender. Finding that there wasn't a space to have discussions about these different identities, Amelia founded Queer Faith Community, a student organization where LGBTQ+ people of faith could come together in community to delve into these topics. In her senior year, she combined all of her passions by completing her thesis on the fusion of liberation theology, feminism, and fiction. 

Amelia also had the privilege of studying in the Dominican Republic in 2019, where she learned more about how climate change is effecting small farms, water sources, and political climates. Bringing this context back to the United States, Amelia considers environmental justice an important part of her daily life and looks for ways to continue to understand how to be a better steward to the planet and her neighbors.
Growing up in a spiritual, multi-faith family,  Amelia likes to include aspects of Christianity, Buddhism, and Spirituality into her faith practices. She is thrilled to be able to join the QVS community in learning more about Quakerism and how it will enrich her spiritual path and perspectives on the world. Amelia is also happy to be working at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center and to get to know more about Boston communities and neighborhoods. 

Rose Shuker-Haines

Rose Shuker-Haines has long been immersed in Quaker spirituality and activism, having grown up with family deeply involved in the Quaker community and having close ties to Quaker intentional communities. She is interested in how we can build radical and loving communities and is excited about learning more about building these communities in her year with QVS. She recently graduated from Wesleyan University where she studied Political Science and American Studies, with concentrations in Political Theory and Indigenous Studies. At college, she was also involved in the student farm and the prison education program, and she wants to continue to work on issues of food justice and prison abolition. Last summer she worked with Boston-based environmental justice organization Alternatives for Community and Environment and she is excited to continue doing environmental justice work with MCAN this coming year.

Danny Keane

Danny Keane likes trees and his favorite season is fall. He enjoyed four falls at Amherst College, and impressively none of his falls on black ice resulted in serious injury. While at Amherst, he majored in physics and mathematics and played a lot of piano. All of these pursuits gave him much joy, thanks in large part to the people he got to know through them. Danny enjoys practicing yoga with hopes of accidentally falling asleep at the end, and as an avid beginner rock climber, he climbs with hopes of at least falling gracefully. Notwithstanding the excellent opportunity for learning to pick oneself up that falling provides, it’s probably for the best that he didn’t fall off that log. Danny cares about public health and looks forward to working at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Having attended a handful of gatherings with the welcoming congregants of the Northampton Friends Meeting, he’s excited to further explore Quakerism alongside fellow members of the 2020-2021 QVS cohort.

Olivia Tennyson

Olivia Tennyson believes in candid conversations, scrappy solutions, and the power of questioning everything. A native of Memphis, TN, she graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019, where she majored in English and minored in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. On campus, she was involved in intersectional feminist and LGBTQ+ activism, and wrote her senior thesis on the politics of race in fairy tales. She is most proud of having driven cross country in a Prius, written a book, and making very good pasta. An avid practitioner of yoga and mindfulness, she is always looking to expand and deepen her spiritual practices. She is stoked to be working to reduce social isolation among older adults as the fellow at FriendshipWorks this year!

Margaret Keithline

Margaret Keithline is a recent graduate of Boston College with a degree in International Studies and Hispanic Studies. She is a lifelong long New England resident and has worked in various public service roles including her local congressional office in Central Connecticut, park rangering on the Connecticut shoreline, and research on equity of public spaces in Boston. She is passionate about environmental equity and understanding the impact of social determinants of health, specifically in partnership with older adults and undocumented folks. She has experience exploring human rights and indigenous movements after studying in Quito, Ecuador and Palestine while in college Her early experiences in a United Church of Christ congregation that embraced diversity and service helped instill in her value of community and spiritual development. She is new to Quakerism and is looking forward to further exploring community involvement in relationship with spirituality after four years at a Jesuit university. She volunteered at the East Boston Health Center throughout college and is thrilled to return as a 2020-2021 QVS Fellow.

Carrie Klein

Carrie Klein grew up in New Jersey and attended Oberlin College, where she studied English and Environmental Studies. Since graduating in 2019, she has discovered a passion for journalism and has continued to connect with others through swing, blues dancing, and contact improvisation. Carrie grew up in a Unitarian Universalist congregation and is looking forward to exploring Quakerism and learning and expanding with others. During her QVS year, she is exciting to be working with Home Energy Efficiency Team.

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