Fellow Benefits

Being a Fellow is a rewarding experience. Emerging leaders gain valuable experience, grow their professional skills and networks, and give back to their communities through meaningful service.

But one doesn’t pour from an empty cup! Over the course of your service, there are numerous benefits and supports that you will receive in exchange for your time and service.


Benefits & Resources

Finances
  • Living Stipend: $20,000 for the 10.5 month service commitment. This stipend is divided into payments distributed to Fellows twice a month.
  • Segal Education Award: Fellows (as AmeriCorps Members) are eligible to receive a taxable educational award of $6,895 upon the successful completion of 1,700 service hours. The Education Award can be used on past or future educational expenses. Read more here.
  • Student Loan Forbearance: Most federally backed student loans are eligible for forbearance, allowing Fellows to postpone payments during service. Upon successful completion of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified student loans
  • Travel Reimbursement: Reimbursement offered for train, bus, or personal car travel to and from mandatory in-person Monthly Meetings at Northeastern University and Fellow Retreats.
  • State & Federal Benefits: MPF Staff will support Fellows in accessing Federal & State benefits that they are eligible for during service (SNAP, Fuel Assistance, discounted MBTA Pass, etc.)
  • Fellow Solidarity Fund: We understand that sometimes life happens, and Fellows might find themselves with unexpected expenses during their year of service that they cannot afford. Fellows can apply for emergency assistance for one-time unexpected costs during the year.
Insurance
  • Dental: Up to 70% of premium coverage
  • Healthcare: Full coverage offered through Corps Network OR offered a reimbursement on a state exchange plan
  • Mental Health: AmeriCorps Member Assistance Program gives Fellows 3 free therapy sessions and 24/7 confidential free access to a mental health professional
  • Vision: Exams covered in full through Corps Network with $100 reimbursement on glasses and contacts
Further Your Education

MPF’s partnership with the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University provides our Fellows with the opportunity to pursue free courses during and discounted courses after their year of service .

  • CPS offers courses that allow Fellows to work towards an undergraduate or graduate degree, or towards a professional certification. Classes are often asynchronous or offered in the evenings, allowing Fellows to balance service/work and their educational goals.
  • Fellows can take FREE CPS courses during the service year. Fellows who take advantage of this benefit typically take 1-2 courses at a time.
  • Fellows are eligible for a 25% discount on CPS courses for up to 7 years following their successful completion of MPF.
  • On average, 40% of Fellows will begin a graduate certificate, bachelor’s completion program or master’s program during their year of service.
Time Off

Fellows serve full-time (average 40hrs per week) at their host sites, with the ultimate goal of reaching 1,700 service hours in the 10.5 month period. This allows Fellows to take time off throughout the year to rest and recharge:

  • Birthday: Fellows with birthdays that occur during the service year receive their birthday off.
  • Federal Holidays: Fellows are not expected to serve during 9 federal holidays.
  • Flexible Time Off: Fellows work with their Host Site placements to schedule time off — there is no limit for vacation/sick days as long as Fellows stay on track to complete 1,700 hours of service within the program period.

The MPF Community

Cohort Model

While Fellows serve at host sites across the state, MPF uses a cohort model to ensure that Fellows have the training to be an impactful youth worker and a sense of connection with others who serve. In addition to ongoing communication and support, you can expect regular opportunities for professional development and connection with your Fellow cohort:

  • Welcome Sessions & Pre-Service: Welcome sessions give you an inside look at your benefits, stipend, institutional knowledge, support structures and necessary information to be successful for your year of service. These are also opportunities to meet other Fellows who may be entering their first or second year of service.
  • Fellow Orientation Week: Fellow Orientation is an intensive week-long immersion that will provide you with the foundations, skills, and mindsets needed to be an effective youth worker. This week occurs during the first week of service in mid-August, before you start service at your host site placement. At this time, you will be joined by the entire cohort to engage in approximately 40 hours of learning and building connections with other Mass Promise Fellows.
  • Fellow Monthly Meetings: In addition, the MPF leadership team will continue to supplement your learning and development by offering monthly professional development sessions for the entire Fellow cohort from September to June. Training topics will include: positive youth development, adultism, curriculum building, classism, racism, and more. Meetings are led by MPF leadership staff, alumni, and external hosts across our network. These sessions enhance community development, grow Fellow practices that can be infused into day-to-day work, and build professional competencies.
  • Fellow Fall & Spring Retreats: Twice during the year Fellows and MPF staff will participate in 2-3 day (overnight) retreats to build community within the cohort, create space for Fellows to relax and recharge, as well as provide additional training relevant to Fellow service or life after AmeriCorps.
  • Advising Groups: Lead by second-year Fellows, these small peer groups allow Fellows to have an additional support network throughout the year.
Connected to Who We Serve

MPF is committed to bringing together a diverse group of Fellows each year to build community through reflection, dialogue, and training. Each year, an average of five Fellows participated in a youth program led by another Fellows when they were in high school. These Fellows were inspired to give back to their communities by the Fellows that served them.

2022-2023 Cohort Demographics:

  • 76% of Fellows identify as BIPOC
  • 53% of Fellows are serving in their hometown
  • 47% of Fellows grew up in a low-income community
  • 35% of Fellows are first-generation college students
  • 6 Fellows are serving with programs they attended as teens
Alumni Network

The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship has been around since 1999. This year we welcomed our 24th cohort of Fellows to serve the young people of the Commonwealth. Our Alumni report a great sense of connectedness with their cohorts and a desire to support Fellows who come after them. Current Fellows get plugged into the alumni network from the start of their service year at Orientation.

  • Alumni Panels: During Orientation and Fellow Monthly meetings alumni are invited to join and share their wisdom and advice.
  • Fellow Alumni Mentoring (FAM): Fellows can elect to have an alumni mentor. Matches are based on Fellow interests, needs, and future career plans.

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship

Mailing Address: 360 Huntington Ave, 232 YMC, Boston, MA 02115

Email: c.roque@northeastern.edu

Phone: 617 – 373- 5312