2019-2020 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 Outreach and LGBT Program Associate engages in overall agency outreach to raise awareness about FriendshipWorks’ programs and mission. They play a key role in overseeing our community ambassador team, scheduling presentations and tabling events, providing support for agency events, and reaching out to faith communities. Additionally, they will spearhead our LGBT Elder Advocate project. Working with our Medical Escort and Friendly Helping staff, they will develop inclusive and accessible programming the addresses the needs of LGBT seniors in Boston. The best way to share about programs is to have direct experiences, thus 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).

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

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is a non-partisan federation of national medical organizations in 66 countries, representing tens of thousands of doctors, medical students, other health workers, and concerned citizens who share the common goal of creating a more peaceful and secure world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation.

IPPNW was founded in 1980 by physicians from the United States and Soviet Union sharing a commitment to prevent nuclear war. Citing the first principal of medicine — doctors must prevent what they cannot treat — physicians from around the world came together to explain the medical facts about nuclear war to policy makers and to the public, and to advocate for the elimination of nuclear weapons from the world’s arsenals.

IPPNW received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. Although the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US and Russia retained thousands of nuclear weapons ready to launch at a moment’s notice. Studies now show that a limited nuclear war using a fraction of the world’s nuclear weapons would damage the Earth’s ecosystems and could result in the starvation of as many as two billion people in a “nuclear famine.”

Nuclear Abolition Program Assistant for International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is looking for a self-motivated, skilled individual to assist in outreach to medical professionals, allied groups, and individuals in sixty-six nations in support of the UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which passed on July 7, 2017. IPPNW, through its doctors and allies, will be working to educate policy makers and the public about the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war and secure the signature and ratification of fifty nations worldwide to bring the treaty into force.

The Nuclear Abolition Program Assistant, under the supervision of the Nuclear Program Director, will be in direct communication with chapter leaders, student leaders, and other activists from around the world, working together on this critical project. The position will involve some routine office work in addition to arranging logistics for conferences on the medical effects of nuclear war and meetings between advocates and government officials. The Fellow working with IPPNW will also work with Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility in planning a fundraising and speaking event in the fall. This job may involve foreign travel.

We seek someone who believes deeply in the cause of nuclear weapons abolition. Skills in graphic design, using social media in advocacy, promotional writing, and having facility in more than one language, would be very helpful but not essential.

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
1. MCAN has, in partnership with the Mass Power Forward Coalition, developed a toolkit to help those interested in making a difference on clean energy at the local level implement projects and policies that are proven to move the needle on climate change. 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.

2. MCAN’s chapters around the state have been doing amazing work, some of them for decades. They have had real tangible results at the local level through actions like getting solar on their capped landfills, ensuring their communities have better transportation and walk-ability, and saving their neighbors and town governments money through energy efficiency. However, this information is not captured effectively: we know some of what towns have done, but not all. And we don’t have the stories of how our members made the decision to do their projects, we don’t have pictures of all of the projects or the teams, and we don’t have the crucial information about how much they are saving in terms of climate change or money. The fellow would help capture this information and help chapters and members share their stories.

3. This Fellow will do research to help us deepen our knowledge of the issues we work on and to help inform our work with our chapters. this will include reading program proposals from state agencies and committees, grant RFPs, regulations, and case studies from other states or from our partners.

Massachusetts Sierra Club

Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, The Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with three million members and supporters across all 50 states. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

Founded in 1970, the Massachusetts Chapter is committed to moving the Commonwealth toward a renewable energy economy and clean, healthy environment for all people. Previous campaigns include the creation of the Waterfront Park on Boston Harbor and the fight to expand the Bottle Bill. More recently, we played a large role in organizing the Boston People’s Climate March and, in 2017, held over two dozen environmental activist trainings across the state.

We currently have five full-time (and one part-time) staff. Although our office is located in Boston, we work statewide to organize our roughly 100,000 members and supporters and countless ally organizations around issues relating to the environment, public health, clean energy, and climate justice.

Climate Leadership Fellow: The QVS Fellow will primarily responsible for supporting Sierra Club’s Massachusetts Climate Leadership project. Duties may include the following:
• Assisting with and helping to organize events (trainings, panel discussions, summits) around local clean energy and environmental issues
• Preparing email blasts to publicize local events
• Researching local initiatives and writing articles, blog posts, letters, and brief policy documents
• Preparing project deliverables, including flyers and social media posts
• Work with colleagues to track status of local actions in key cities and towns across the state
• Occasional administrative tasks (phone calling and data entry) as needed

The QVS Fellow will work closely with MA Sierra Club staff and volunteers. Volunteers come from wide variety of backgrounds and age groups. Fellow may also serve as a point of contact for some local leaders.

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!

2019-20 Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Grace Beavin

(She/Her) If you ask where she’s from, Grace Beavin will tell you it’s complicated; but she lived a total of 13 years in Berea, Kentucky and is a member of Berea Friends Meeting. She graduated in May of 2019 from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana with a degree in Spanish and Hispanic Studies and Theatre Arts. At Earlham she was a member of the Quaker Fellows Program. She worked for West Richmond Friends Meeting as a First Day School teacher; she became a leader for the Lightseekers after school program; and her senior year, she was the Sound Board Operator and Sound Engineer for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Spring Semester of 2017 she had the opportunity to study abroad for five months in Granada, Spain and in August of 2019 she went with members of the Earlham College Theatre Department to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform a new work, The Misadventures of Martin Hathaway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Grace loves to sing and play the piano (Billy Joel’s her favorite), she devours fictions of all kinds, dabbles in creative writing, and is learning how to knit. As an autistic woman, she also has a vested interest in autistic self-advocacy, and disability advocacy in general. This year she is beyond thrilled to put her passions and creativity to good use at FriendshipWorks Inc. 

Chloe Halsted

Chloe Halsted is a recent graduate of Earlham College with a degree in Music Studies. At Earlham, she was involved in many musical ensembles and a couple student-run cooperatives. One of her favorite on-campus experiences was the woodwind quintet she formed for her senior capstone project. She has also studied and engaged in a myriad of contemporary and historical musical traditions in Italy, Spain, Morocco, and France. Her favorite activities are kayaking, sailing, cooking, and (of course) music.

Earlham was Chloe’s first exposure to Quakerism. She has very much enjoyed learning more about Quaker principles and practices through her coursework, meetings for worship both on and off campus, as well as her engagement in an intentional living community with an interest in Quakerism. Chloe has grown to cherish her connections to Quakerism and she looks forward to continuing the learning process during her year with QVS.

For the past several years, Chloe has worked as a Medical Interpreter in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. She is passionate about providing marginalized and underserved communities in the United States with access to affordable, high-quality healthcare. She is thrilled to be working with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center as a 2019-2020 QVS Fellow.

 

Molly McGinty

Molly McGinty is a recent graduate of Salisbury University with a double major in Social Work and Gender & Sexuality Studies. She was raised in Catonsville, Maryland where she first gained a passion for social justice across all intersections. In the Salisbury community, Molly was an intern for the Eastern Shore Human Trafficking Task Force. In this internship, she held various leadership roles in order to advocate on the behalf of victims and survivors of human trafficking on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, including presenting her research related to the level of human trafficking awareness on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at various conferences. Additionally, she spent her senior year at Salisbury University as an Advocacy Corps Organizer with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). Through this position she was able to lobby her Congress members to Co-Sponsor the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act and work with her community to increase civic engagement. Working with FCNL was Molly’s first introduction to Quakerism, and she is excited to continue this journey throughout her year with QVS. 

Molly is looking forward to being able to use the experiences she gained at Salisbury University to bring a multi-faceted approach during her time as a QVS Fellow with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Miranda Catsambas

Miranda Catsambas (they or she) is a Greek-American Smith College grad who grew up in the suburbs of D.C. A proud women’s college alumna, their passion for gender issues has evolved into a greater understanding of other marginalized communities’ paths toward equality. Sensitized to the injustices in our world, Miranda is excited to be a part of a Quaker community which shares her commitment to inclusion and peaceful ways of engaging in authentic conversation with a similarly sensitized mindset.

Miranda enjoys creating space for the use of intentional language and intentional movement, with a focus on liberation from injustice through different modalities including Authentic Relating, Nonviolent Communication, Ecstatic Dance, and Contact Improvisation. She believes that sustainable liberation from social inequality comes not only from practical problem-solving, but also from practices that allow us to process the trauma that injustice has on our bodies. Miranda is excited by mind-body connection, and currently utilizes different religious practices which invite this connection. They have participated in and lead Smith College Religious and Spiritual Life events and activities including Soup Salad and Soul, a discussion group which generates weekly thought-provoking conversation about everything from self-care to capitalism. She is looking forward to working with the Sierra Club for such a worthwhile cause—that of safeguarding our planet with an understanding of how environmental degradation affects first our most vulnerable communities—and invites the spiritual growth that will come from living with other Fellows this upcoming QVS year.

 

Maya Margolis

Maya Margolis grew up in the greater Boston area, and just recently graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota as an American Studies major. During college, she studied off campus twice, once in India and once along the U.S.-Mexico Border. Her experience on the border, including an internship supporting people who had recently been deported in Northern Mexico inspired an interest in border justice and immigration rights work. She returned to the Sonoran desert the summer before her senior year to research a U.S. military base along the border that migrants have been pushed to cross through, turning this research into a magazine with photographs and drawings. Maya is excited to be working with East Boston Neighborhood Health Center this year. Maya grew up in secular Jewish community, where religion was very connected to community, good food and social justice. Though she has minimal experience with Quakerism, she is eager to take part in more intentional community-building and self reflection through out the year. 

Gideon Nachman

Gideon Nachman is from Brooklyn, New York, where he lived for 18 years before traveling north to Cambridge to attend Harvard University. He graduated from there in 2016 with a degree majoring in Literature and minoring in East Asian Studies. He also joined an improv troupe, the campus comedy magazine, the beekeeping society, and was a folk/blues DJ for the college radio station. Among other jobs, he has spent the past two years as a volunteer crisis counselor at the Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit that provides free and confidential support to those in severe emotional, psychological, and mental stress.
After college, he attended his first Quaker meeting in the fall of 2016 at the Brooklyn Meeting House and has not stopped going since. He has tried to attend meetings wherever he’s lived post-graduation, including the Wandsworth Meeting in London and now the Friends Meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

He’s excited to orient his life further towards Quaker principles and to deepen his connection with the spiritual community already present in the Boston area. An avid WWOOFer, he can’t wait to continue the work he’s been doing on sustainability and environmental responsibility with the Better Future Project.

Aldis Gamble

Aldis Gamble was raised in small coastal town in southern Maine, and his love of the outdoors was born on the rocky beaches and in the coniferous forests of the region. His first introduction to Quaker values came during the formative summers he spent at the Farm and Wilderness summer camps, in Plymouth, VT, where he developed a deep and lasting appreciation in the value of intentional community building and social justice. Aldis returned to Farm and Wilderness as a counselor for three summers bridging the end of high school and early college, and after a few summers’ hiatus will return on staff for summer 2019 before beginning his year with QVS.

Aldis attended Haverford College, graduating in 2018 with a degree in Anthropology. During his senior year he wrote his thesis on the ways pro-choice and pro-life activists develop their moral and political beliefs about abortion over the course of their lifetimes. Outside of the classroom, Aldis was a member of the Men’s Varsity Fencing Team, worked in Haverford’s first year orientation program, and sang with a male-voiced a cappella group. Following graduation, Aldis moved to Cameroon, where he has worked for the past year as an intern at the American School of Yaoundé, teaching high school English and Social Studies.

Aldis is thrilled to be returning to New England and be a part of a community built around a shared commitment to social justice, and Quaker values. He is greatly looking forward bringing the passion he developed in Vermont and Cameroon for working with and empowering young people to Apprentice Learning, where he will be serving during the coming year.

 

Miche McCall

Miche McCall is ultimate frisbee-playing coffee-loving Portland, Ore native and a recent graduate from Oberlin College. They majored in Comparative American Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, with a concentration in education and a minor in English. At Oberlin, Miche lived and ate in co-ops, doing work ranging from building accessibility to building co-op work charts. They spent time studying the inequities in American public school systems and how English literature can be taught through the lens of reducing oppression and fostering meaningful conversation in the classroom. Miche was raised Methodist and is excited to explore the Quaker faith through its commitment to service and thoughtfulness. Miche is thrilled to be building an intentional community with QVS Boston and working to reduce the effect of climate change with Mass Climate Action Network this year.

 

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