Service Posting – Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (Springfield)

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 worked with over 50,000 youth to secure more than $150 million dollars in financial aid and has awarded more than $5 million in need-based scholarships.

In 2009, uAspire expanded outside of Boston for the first time when it was selected to operate the newly-created Springfield Promise Program, a financial aid advising and scholarship program for the city’s youth. The Program Coordinator Fellow will serve as a Financial Aid Advisor at a high school and will also focus on expanding the ECAA (Early College Affordability Awareness) curriculum, a set of workshops geared towards students in grades 7-11, that prepare them for the college application and financial aid process. The Fellow will need to have a flexible schedule to accommodate students during the school hours, and during after-school programs and evening events. It is also essential that the Program Coordinator Fellow have access to a car and can easily travel around the City of Springfield to multiple locations on a daily basis. The Fellow will begin his/her year of service in August 2013.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Staff advising hours for seniors at a Springfield high school
  • Build partnerships to expand ECAA curriculum to schools and community-based organizations
  • Facilitate ECAA workshops for students in grades 7-11
  • Develop new “uAspire After School” program, an initiative that will aim to engage 10 after-school clubs/sports teams to deliver ECAA curriculum 
  • Work with a cohort of young people during Summer 2014 to counsel and guide them through the last steps of the college process
  • Travel at least once/month to Fellowship meetings, retreats, and training throughout the Commonwealth


  • Excellent organizational and communication skills 
  • The ability to work independently and multi-task
  • 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
  • Coachable and open to feedback
  • Professional and mature
  • BA/BS required
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply
  • Access to a car required
  • Some evening and weekend service required
  • Must be a US Resident, US National or Permanent Resident Alien
  • 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, preferably electronically, to:

Erica Rose




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.