Babson Students Impacting Communities Through Writing Program
Babson students in the Practicum in Peer Consulting and Writing course are making an impact on the Greater Boston community.
Practicum in Peer Consulting and Writing (Practicum) is a four credit advanced liberal arts class that trains select students to work as tutors in the Babson College Writing Center. The Practicum students have partnered with 826 Boston in Roxbury, MA, one of seven nationwide writing centers located in inner cities with the mission to provide academic support to underserved populations ranging from 6-18 years in age. The Babson students are meeting with 826 children and young adults every Thursday for four hours for the next 12 weeks.
“The experience was wonderful,” says Leinado Marte ’18, one of the Practicum students. “I can see exactly why 826 draws the regular constituency that it does. I was able to find kids who were Dominican like me, creating a bond and establishing a mutual trust that made the tutoring possible. I had a great time there I can’t wait to go back again!”
This program isn’t only benefiting the children and young adults at 826, but is also providing the Practicum students with rich multicultural and social contexts, intellectual diversity, and the opportunity to step into the role of the teacher, not just the student.
826 Boston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6- 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this understanding in mind, we provide after-school tutoring, field trips, creative writing workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English Language Learners, and in-depth publishing projects.