Empowerment League


The Empowerment League was founded in 1998 as the Volunteers for Citizenship, with a focus on literacy and ESOL classes. Since its founding, the program has also been known as the Multicultural Advancement Partnership Program (MAPP). Today, Empowerment League strives to address human rights issues while establishing beneficial partnerships in Boston. Volunteers are placed at sites such as the International Institute of New England, Massachusetts State Prisons, BEST, and CELOP.

In addition to our weekly volunteering, Empowerment League hosts one time events and monthly educational meetings. Past topics have included effective bystander training taught by the Sexual Assault and Prevention Center, a comprehensive understanding of what homelessness looks like in Massachusetts, and an Anti-Human trafficking event facilitated by Kim’s Project.


Empowerment League aims to enhance Boston University students’ understanding of Boston beyond campus through volunteer, education, and reflection opportunities. These opportunities empower students to support the work of Community Partners, enabling Boston community members can access the services and resources they need. Students will explore issues that impact people every day and strengthen bonds with each other and the city of Boston. Empowerment League focuses on a wide range of community issues and opportunities, including sustainability, human rights, public health, abilities, and language education.

Time Commitment

Weekly time commitments will vary from 1-4 hours a week per semester depending on the type of service.

Application for Fall 2018

Sign ups for our mailing list will be up soon as well!

Program Manager

For more information, contact Program Managers Ana Paula Gushken, Olivia Rosenburg, Ruyu Yan and Sydney Collier at empower@bu.edu