Match Corps: Boston
Match Corps: Boston is a one-year Urban Education fellowship program. It is possibly the most competitive such program in the nation, more competitive than admission to the Harvard Graduate School of Education or Teach For America. Match Corps: Boston is our original, flagship tutoring program.
Elite recent college graduates from excellent universities across the country commit one year to public service in Boston. They are assigned 6-7 Match students at the beginning of the year, with whom they work in small group or 1-on-1 tutorials over the course of each day, doing close academic support and building relationships. They receive housing and a modest living stipend. After that, some go into teaching, some to med school and law school, and others get involved in public policy.
The goal is clear: college success for each student. Most will become the first in their families to achieve this goal. Therefore, the demands are intense.
Match Corps members work relentlessly to build in-depth relationships with their students, acting as mentors and helping their students to reach specific goals. Corps members have close contact with parents and guardians, building the strong bridge between home and school that is an important part of the Match philosophy. The school environment is small enough that every Corps member knows every student.
The Match Corps is often compared to Teach For America and the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. Like those programs, the Match Corps allows idealistic and dedicated young people to invest their time and energy in helping disadvantaged youth via a "No Excuses" approach to pursuing measurable gains in student achievement. The biggest contrast between the Match Corps and other programs is depth over breadth. First-year teachers interact with more students, and spend most of their time trying to master classroom management - getting kids focused and working hard. By contrast, Match Corps members are able to focus their attention on the learning needs of each student from the jump.
Through the Match Corps, we challenge stereotypes every day. Some people believe that urban teens lack the ability or discipline to become outstanding critical thinkers and successful high school and college graduates. Some also say that many college graduates lack a sense of responsibility toward their communities.
We know it's not true. Every day, we do what many consider impossible--we bring together idealistic, dedicated college graduates and hard-working, disciplined urban teenagers. We have created a program that allows Match students to achieve what so many consider impossible: success in college and beyond for low-income, urban youth.