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Accepting applications for Fellowship Year 2020-2021!

Become an AmeriCorps Fellow

Our AmeriCorps Fellows play leadership roles in delivering our Middle School Academy program, the core, intensive element in our Pathway to Post-Secondary Success. Fellows lead literacy and tennis/fitness lessons, work with students’ families, help students select and prepare for high school, and more. As a Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellow, you will develop career skills in teaching and beyond, expand your network, and become more prepared for wherever your career takes you. And along the way, you will change the lives of Boston youth, helping them make their dreams come true.


Model the way!

Our AmeriCorps Fellows serve as positive role models, engaging families, and helping students prepare for high school. Fellows develop leadership skills and expand their own networks of mentors and advisors.


Bring learning to life!

Our AmeriCorps Fellows deliver core curriculum in our Middle School Academy. Our whole-child approach includes literacy, tennis/fitness, and life skills. Fellows build skills in teaching students in group and individual contexts.


Inspire student success!

Our AmeriCorps Fellows help middle school students build confidence and develop communication and teamwork skills both on and off the court. In the process, Fellows hone their own communication skills.

Learn More and Apply!

Join Tenacity as an AmeriCorps Fellow!

Teach | Mentor | Coach

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About Tenacity and the AmeriCorps Fellowship

Tenacity is a Boston-based youth development organization focused on closing the achievement and opportunity gaps. From elementary school through college and beyond, Tenacity offers a unique Pathway with a whole-child approach that combines literacy and life skills instruction, mentoring, family engagement, and tennis/fitness coaching to unlock potential and empower students.

The youth served by Tenacity’s Pathway programs develop self-confidence and positive identities as students, mentors, and leaders. The effectiveness of Tenacity’s approach is striking: a 95% high school graduation rate and 80% rate of enrolling in higher education. Tenacity is a dedicated partner of Boston Public Schools.

Tenacity’s AmeriCorps Fellows power the Middle School Academy, the core and intensive element in Tenacity’s pathway. Small teams of AmeriCorps Fellows serve at each of Tenacity’s 4 partner middle schools, offering individual and group support to students. As part of their service experience from August through June, Fellows:

  • Develop their teaching, professional, communication, and leadership skills and networks
  • Attend regular team-building and professional development events
  • Deliver literacy and tennis/fitness curricula, provide academic and high school planning help, lead field trips, and engage families
  • Serve alongside and with the day-to-day support of Tenacity’s professional, school-based staff

Core Responsibilities

AmeriCorps Fellows serve a critical role in all parts of the Middle School Academy program, collaborating to ensure excellence in program delivery; specific Fellow responsibilities include:

  • Developing and delivering curricula for Literacy, High School Selection, Tennis/Fitness, and Tutoring
  • Planning and leading field trips and high school visits
  • Supporting students in developing critical social, emotional, and life skills
  • Engaging families through scheduled visits and workshops, as well as as-needed outreach
  • Designing and leading an Elective based on each Fellow’s interests and experiences
  • Serving as a bus chaperone

As a member of a school-based team, each Fellow engages students, families, and members of the school community to represent Tenacity, support school partnership, and drive positive student outcomes.

Life as a Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellow

As a Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellow, you can expect to serve:

  • Full-time from mid-August through June
  • Mondays – Fridays either during school hours or a later shift that provides after-school hours programming
  • Primarily at one assigned school
  • On selected days (with advanced notice), attending training and team-building at the Tenacity office or other locations
  • From time to time, on evenings and weekends (with advanced notice)
  • In community projects on service days, with the Tenacity cohort
  • As a member of Greater Boston’s strong AmeriCorps community

Tenacity is looking for Fellows who:

  • Are excited about working with youth in schools
  • Believe that academics and fitness can support one another (but Fellows do not need tennis experience)
  • Want to build skills, learn new things, and challenge themselves

Benefits to Fellows

  • $17,000 living stipend over the course of the program year, in bi-weekly installments
  • An AmeriCorps education award of $6,195 upon successful completion of all requirements (pending eligibility)
  • A minimum of 32 hours of professional development focused on teaching, youth development, and career planning
  • Access to healthcare coverage, sponsored childcare, and loan forbearance (as determined by AmeriCorps), and SNAP benefits (pending eligibility)
  • Generous time away
  • Monthly MBTA pass
  • Join the network of over 1 Million AmeriCorps members and alumni who have strengthened their communities and their own skills!

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Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply now to serve as a 2020-2021 Fellow! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Tenacity does not discriminate toward individuals on the basis of age, race, gender, color, national origin, ability, religion, marital status, or sexual orientation or identity. Tenacity seeks to nurture diversity among its many members. When requested, Tenacity will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with a permanent or temporary disability.

Massachusetts Service Alliance


AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that seek to improve lives and foster civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs. At Tenacity, members work with middle school students at one of our Middle School Academy sites helping students grow into their best selves inside and outside the classroom.

Fellows gain teaching and youth development experience, while mentoring, and coaching students in tennis and literacy. The opportunity includes professional development and supervision focused on teaching, career, and leadership skills, and provides experience with urban education, family outreach, and whole child development.

Specific benefits include:

  • $17,000 living stipend (paid out semi-monthly)
  • MBTA pass
  • Health insurance
  • Possible child care benefits
  • A $6,195 AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of service
  • Student loan forbearance
  • Leadership training and development
  • Future service opportunities
  • Networking opportunities
Individuals who are serving in a term of service in an approved AmeriCorps position may be eligible to have the repayment of their qualified student loans temporarily postponed while they are serving. It is through an action called forbearance. While an individual’s loan is in forbearance, the member is not required to make payments. Interest may continue to accrue but if the member successfully completes the term of service and the loan is a qualified student loan, the National Service Trust will pay all or a portion of the interest that accrued during the service period.

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit earned by individuals who complete an approved term of national service in AmeriCorps programs. The award is named after Eli Segal, a pioneer of national service and the first CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The award may be used to pay educational expenses at eligible post-secondary institutions, including many technical schools and G.I. Bill approved programs, or to repay qualified students loans. The dollar amount of the education award is equal to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education Pell Grant and may change year to year.

AmeriCorps Fellows are paid a living stipend in exchange for their service. The stipend is paid semi-monthly. Tenacity is proud to offer a competitive stipend for its AmeriCorps Fellows.

Tenacity is looking for individuals who have a genuine desire and willingness to serve; someone who wants to make a difference in the community; someone who is willing to get out of their comfort zone to meet students on their level; someone who has consistency, drive, and initiative and who is inspired to help students become their best selves inside and outside the classroom.

Your impact with Tenacity doesn’t have to stop after your term of service. We encourage and support Fellows to step into full-time staff positions that fit their interests and career goals. We have numerous examples of AmeriCorps Fellows who have worked their way up into leadership positions across the organization—including director level roles. We actively build and retain talent here and are proud of it!