Match Corps

Keep reading to learn about Match Corps Boston if you are:

  • searching for a gap year opportunity before going to graduate or professional school.
  • looking to get into education policy or reform, and want to learn more about how and where you can make a difference
  • interested in doing a year of service with urban youth and families
  • passionate about becoming a full-time classroom teacher in a high performing urban school.
    If this last point speaks to you, click here to learn more about the Sposato Graduate School of Education® and the opportunity it offers after reading the introduction to the Match Corps below.

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About Match Corps

Match Corps is a one-year urban education fellowship focused on our tutoring and mentoring program.  This is our original, flagship tutoring program which began in the fall of 2004.

Elite recent college graduates from top universities across the country commit one year to public service designed to close the achievement gap in Boston, one student at a time. 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. 

Our school's goal is clear: success in college and beyond for each student. Most of our students will become the first in their families to achieve this milestone. Therefore, the demands on our students, teachers, staff and the Match Corps tutors, are intense.

Corps members are assigned a personal caseload of 6 to 10 students at the beginning of the year. Match Corps members work with their students in small-group or individual tutorials over the course of each day, providing close academic support, mainly in math and English Language Arts, and supporting habits that foster the academic success of their tutees. Unlike traditional tutoring models that happen outside of school hours and only target failing students, all students at the Match Charter Public School participate in stand-alone class periods of tutoring that are built into the school day. 

Match Corps members work relentlessly to build in-depth relationships that transcend tutorial boundaries with their students, acting as mentors, and helping their students reach specific goals. Corps members maintain close contact with students' 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 by name.

Corps members receive compensation for their services and housing is available to interested Corps members for a fee. After their year of employment, some Corps members remain in the field of K-12 education and direct service with youth, others go back to medical, law or other graduate school, and another subset gets involved in public policy or education reform.

Match Corps is often compared to Teach For America or City Year. Like those programs, Match Corps allows idealistic and dedicated young people to invest their time and energy in helping disadvantaged youth.  Match takes a "No Excuses" - high expectations, "whatever it takes" - 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 in a program like TFA interact with more students at one time, 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 of their students from the first day onward.

Through the Match Corps, we challenge stereotypes every day. Some people believe that urban students 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 this is not true. Every day, we do what many consider impossible--we bring together idealistic, dedicated college graduates and hard-working, disciplined urban youth. We have created a program that allows Match students to achieve what so many consider impossible for low-income urban youth: success in college and beyond.

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    Charles Mangiardi, Match Corps VII, Influence Specialist, Year Up reflects on the contributions of Abby Stemper, Match Corps IX, Admissions and Outreach Coordinator, Year Up:

    "Abby is already making her mark out here in our San Jose office. We're lucky and happy to have her, and I hope she's the first of many more MC alums who find their way to us."