Service Posting – Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (Lawrence)

By: Chris Loney | Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Organization Summary

uAspire (formerly known as ACCESS) is committed to its mission of ensuring that every young person has the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to-and through-a postsecondary education.  Founded in Boston in 1985, uAspire has grown to become the city’s leading provider of financial aid advising and its largest scholarship provider.  In 2011, uAspire expanded to the city of Lawrence. The Program Coordinator Fellow will lead a diverse set of college affordability services-including direct one-on-one advising and delivery of workshops-focusing on engaging students and families in after-school hours. The Fellow will also play a key role in our community-based approach to advising by strengthening our evening partnerships with several community-based organizations. The Fellow will begin his/her year of service in August 2013.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Conduct one-on-one college affordability sessions during after-school hours for all Lawrence High School complex schools
  • Serve as the uAspire liaison for all uAspire partners in the Merrimack Valley
  • Facilitate workshops for students and families on college affordability, choosing colleges, and choices to make while in middle/early high school
  • Participate/conduct workshops at parent nights
  • Provide updates and report student progress to school and community partners
  • Create a student-centered focus group to evaluate uAspire’s work and impact in Lawrence
  • Research and assess potential partnership opportunities in surrounding communities
  • Work with a cohort of 30-45 young people during Summer 2014 to counsel and guide them through the last steps of the college process
  • Travel once a month to advisor staff meeting
  • Travel at least once/month to Fellowship meetings, retreats, and training throughout the Commonwealth


  • Excellent organizational and communication skills 
  • The ability to work independently 
  • An interest in and commitment to national and community service 
  • Experience working with youth
  • The desire to work with diverse constituencies
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor
  • Ability to see the big picture without losing sight of the details
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Professional and mature
  • BA/BS required
  • Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply (Spanish and English)
  • Access to a car required
  • Some evening and weekend service required
  • Must be a United States citizen, United States national or lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be willing to comply with a criminal background check and FBI fingerprint check


For a one year full-time commitment and 1,700 hours of AmeriCorps service, Fellows receive:

  • A taxable living allowance of $269/week
  • Comprehensive health care benefits
  • Excellent training opportunities
  • FREE courses at Northeastern University in the College of Professional Studies
  • Loan forbearance and a $5,550 educational award

How to Apply

Contact Information

Apply ASAP! Applicants are hired on a rolling basis. Send a letter of interest, resume and contact info for three references ASAP and before May 24, 2013, preferably electronically, to:

Elsa Martinez-Pimental




To learn more about the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship program, visit

The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship is committed to providing equal opportunities. We serve and partner with diverse organizations, and are dedicated to non-discrimination. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are treated without regard to age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or expression, or veteran status. We require that all our partners make reasonable accommodations for any and all individuals with a permanent or temporary disability. We actively partner with organizations representing minority concerns and interests to build high-performing teams that mirror the communities we serve.

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