Get Involved

Beacon engages over 200 volunteers each year in both yearlong and one off engagement opportunities, both of which are very valuable to our students and alumni. Below are many ways to become involved in Beacon’s work. 

 

Running Program

During the fall Beacon students run twice a week and participate in several 5Ks on the weekends. This is a great opportunity for volunteers to run alongside kids who have never run before or to cheer on our students at their races. For more information contact Eric Nett at enett@beaconacademy.org.

Breakfast and Lunch Club

Beacon partners with Simmons College to provide breakfast and lunch to our students but when Simmons is closed we invite volunteers to bring in a healthy meal and stay and enjoy breakfast or lunch with our students, faculty, and staff. For more information contact Deedie Bouscaren at ddbouscaren@comcast.net.

Swap It

Twice a year we collect clothing donations and host shopping days. This is a great opportunity to come be personal shoppers to our students as they pick out interview outfits, winter clothes, and formalwear. If you are interested in volunteering for Swap It, please contact Sandy Dine at sandydine@gmail.com or Rebecca Mailer-Howat at rebecca@mailerhowat.com.

Care Packages

Beacon alumni stay connected to our school through their high school and college years and twice a year we send out care packages to high school and college age alumni. If you are interested in purchasing care package materials or in helping put together the packages, please contact Lonna Steinberg at lonnasteinberg@gmail.com.

Museum of Fine Arts

Join our Head of School, Mervan Osborne, as he leads our students through the Visual Thinking Strategies program during biweekly excursions to the MFA. For more information contact Mervan at mosborne@beaconacademy.org.

In-Kind Donations

Consider donating tickets to athletic or cultural events to enrich our co-curricular program. In the past, Beacon supporters have sponsored evenings at the Symphony, performances at the Huntington Repertory Theater, Celtics games, and more. If you are interested in sponsoring a co-curricular opportunity, please contact Sarah Smith at ssmith@beaconacademy.org.

Coaches Program

Our coaches program is a two-year commitment to aid in the academic and socio-emotional growth of a student. Each student is paired with a coach who acts as a mentor and advisor during their Beacon year and their first year of high school. During the first year, coaches meet twice per month at Beacon, aid in their student’s secondary school application process, monitor academic performance, provide moral and emotional support, establish a relationship with the student’s family, and participate in Beacon events throughout the year. Additionally, coaches support the student’s transition to high school. Though the coaching program commitment is two years, most coaches remain in contact with their students for much longer. Currently two coaching spots are open for the Class of 2018. If you are interested in becoming a part of our coaching program, please contact Beth Stonebraker at bethstonebraker@gmail.com.

Tutoring Program

Our tutoring program is a yearlong commitment to come to Beacon two to three times a week to mentor students in math, English, or writing. Tutors play an integral role in ensuring our students are academically prepared to succeed in high school and college. If you are interested in becoming a tutor at Beacon, please contact Anne-Marie Yu-Phelps ayuphelps@beaconacademy.org.