Our Programs


Brian Amusat, Alex Clark, Francoise Cattaneo

Afterschool offers Boston University students the opportunity to provide homework help, tutoring, SAT/College-Prep, and performing and visual arts education to youth ages K-12 in the Greater Boston Area through a variety of public schools and community centers. The program allows volunteers to serve as mentors as they work to understand the multifaceted issues faced by youth in Boston.


Alternative Service Breaks

Tobi Dele-Oni & Nicole Sancilio

Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) is a weeklong service learning opportunity open to all Boston University students. ASB seeks to create sustainable relationships between Boston University and its host communities, inspiring engagement and challenging social justice issues. ASB transcends geographical and personal borders, empowering individuals to discover communities and values through leadership and service experiences.


CSC Communications & Storytelling

Kaelyn Tindall & Bruna Giampietro

Communications and storytelling is key in our attempts to understand and interact with each other and the world around us. The Community Service Center strives to be a space where students and members of the Boston community can come together and learn from one another. BU students can aid in that mission by joining our storytelling teams.

Ask and Tell is the Community Service Center’s short-form podcast that pays homage to traditional, oral storytelling while discussing social justice topics relevant to our university, surrounding neighborhoods, nation and the world. Orators from the Boston community respond monologue-style to open-ended prompts and questions.

The CSC blog and newsletter offer outlets for students to learn more about our work, events, programs, communities, neighbors, and partners.

cscstory@bu.edu & bucsc@bu.edu

Days of Service

Eli Panetta & Natalie Swiacki

Days of Service are offered in September (Fall Days of Service) and April (Global Days of Service, in partnership with BU’s Alumni Relations). In groups, students engage in a service project with a local partner, learn more about a Boston neighborhood, and have a reflective conversation, all with the aim to celebrate BU’s hometown pride.


Education, Reflection, and Events

Erin Thomas & Hanna Gootee

Education, reflection, and community events are the cornerstones of a Community Service Center experience. Programs include:

  • CSC Orientations and Open Houses offered at the beginning of each semester
  • Monthly events in partnership with CSC initiatives to dive deeper into issues related to programs
  • Education and reflection modules in partnership with CSC programs
  • Commemoration of World AIDS Day, Trans* Awareness Week, and other national events
  • Holiday drives in partnership with local schools
  • And more!

cscevent@bu.edu & cscad@bu.edu

Empowerment League

Kirstin Buchanan, Noah Smith, Elliott Snow

Empowerment League (EL) strives to address human rights issues while establishing beneficial partnerships in Boston. EL provides service opportunities in focus areas as diverse as immigrants and New Bostonians, elders, disabilities, environment and sustainability, public health, and the rights of incarcerated people.


First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP)

Gabby Florio, Julia Martorell, Meghan Volcy

The First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP) begins with a week of community engagement, service, and education before classes begin. With a small group of other new students and returning student leaders, participants will build connections with Boston, its neighborhoods and people, community organizations, our campus, and each other.

FYSOP 2019 is open to all new undergraduates at Boston University beginning in September 2019, and will take place Monday, August 26, through Friday, August 30, 2019.


HUB CC 121 Cocurricular

Critical Reflection on Community Engagement (CC 121) offers students a chance to reflect more deeply on their experiences participating in longer-term community engagement experiences with social change organizations, programs, or initiatives in the Greater Boston area. Through direct or indirect community service, readings, critical reflection essays, and a final project, students will make meaning of their engagement experience, considering the ways in which lived experience and relevant issues inform their worldviews and perspectives, as well as those of others.

CC 121 satisfies 1 unit for the Hub area “The Individual in Community” within the Diversity, Civic Engagement, and Global Citizenship capacity.


The CSC is proud to engage over 300 students each year in leadership training and development. In fact, BU students drive decisions, initiatives, and programs here at the CSC.

Paid and unpaid opportunities are available for year-long (program manager, graduate intern), academic year (Alternative Service Breaks program chair and coordinator, peer leader, undergraduate intern), summer (FYSOP coordinator, coordinator of programs), and short-term (days of service program chair and partner leader, FYSOP staff leader) positions. 


Natalie Gallego & Sheila Phillips

Siblings is a partnership between Boston University and Big Brothers Big Sisters. BU students serve as big siblings to local children in one of two programs:

In our Campus-Based Program, we welcome Littles from the Grove Hall neighborhood to Boston University’s campus twice a month on Saturdays from 12:00- 3:00 during the academic year. 

In our Site-Based Program, Bigs meet with their Littles once a week at a local for ≈ 40 minutes at lunch time. Sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school.


Student Food Rescue

Jaclyn Sutherby & Tristan Tew

Student Food Rescue (SFR) is one of the largest student-run food salvage programs in the country.  Volunteers pick up donated food from local farmers markets, bakeries, restaurants, and grocery stores and drop it off at over 20 recipient partner organizations around the Greater Boston Area.


Urban Impact Microgrant

The Santander Urban Impact Microgrant Program was developed to spark creativity, foster innovation, and provide Boston University students with seed funding to support their good ideas. The program will provide micro-grants to BU students to launch projects in the City of Boston that touch on the following areas:

  • Engaging Children, Youth, and Teens
  • Urbanization (Addressing challenges in population growth, transportation, and cost of living)
  • Race, Diversity, and Pluralism
  • Smart City (Using technology to improve delivery of resources and services to citizens)
  • Urban Public Health