Thanks to the generous support of so many people, AFH is able to impact the lives of hundreds of teens every year. Each gift makes
a difference in AFH’s ability to empower and employ under-resourced Boston teens while providing a safe space for them to learn, create and grow. Give a gift to Artists For Humanity
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VOLUNTEER AS AN ACADEMIC TUTOR
One-on-one academic tutoring is one of the key ways to get involved at AFH as a volunteer. As an after-work supplemental program, tutoring provides critical support to AFH teen employees to ensure a stronger pathway toward academic success and beyond. Our tutoring program is one of AFH’s teen employment benefits and runs during the school year: on Monday and Friday afternoons, and after work hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Volunteering at AFH means doing something that matters by helping teens to reach their academic goals and advance toward a successful high school graduation. The best way to start the conversation is visit our studios, meet our young people, and talk with us about becoming involved.
Artists For Humanity’s (AFH) Youth Arts Enterprise employs Boston teens to work with a variety of art media. Working in collaboration with artist/designer mentors, teen apprentices learn new skills, make art using a variety of media and provide creative design services for business clients of AFH.
No artistic experience is necessary, just passion for being creative and learning on the job - all while earning experience and money!
Participants start at minimum wage and work for up to 9 hours per week during the school year, and up to 25 hours per week during the summer.
Recruiting Boston freshmen, sophomores, and juniors for an AMAZING opportunity to work afterschool in one of our five creative studios!
Painting, 3D Design, Graphic Design, Video/Film,
Animation, and Photography
IN ORDER TO JOIN THE
YOUTH ARTS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM,
YOU MUST BE:
1. A high school attendee or at least 14 years of age. All teens must be enrolled in and regularly attending a Boston public school (this includes attending a night, day, or G.E.D. program);
2. Able to attend during the program’s regular hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. during the school year; Monday – Friday from 12:00 noon – 5:30 p.m. during the summer); and
3. Able to complete an unpaid apprenticeship period of 36 hours, which doubles as community service hours.
STEPS TO EMPLOYMENT
1. Attend an AFH Open House Tour. The first step to employment is to attend one of AFH’s Open House Tours. The tour walks you through our creative studios, where you can see what we do, meet some of our amazing mentors and some of the teens already employed. You will also complete an online job application at that time, which will allow us to compile some basic information about you that is needed for the employment process: for example, your name, physical address, email address, telephone number, school enrollment, interests and experience. We will use this information in the hiring process.
2. Orientation & Interview for the job. AFH will send an invitation to attend an Orientation session where you will learn more detail about the job. The invite is sent only to those teens who have previously attended one of our Open Houses. This invitation is sent by email only. It is therefore very important for interested teens to check their emails for the invite and be on time. Eligible teens will interview for the job immediately following the orientation.
3. Notification of vacancy. As jobs become available, interviewed teens will be selected and offered employment. You will receive an email that will include the date and time of your first day of employment. It is very important to check your emails daily so that you don’t miss the notification and respond accordingly.
4. First day on the job. You’re hired - yeah! On the first day of your job, you will fill out the forms/documents that are needed in order to become an official AFH employee and get set up in our payroll system. Immediately thereafter, you will head to the Painting Studio to be introduced to your mentor and begin your AFH Apprenticeship.
5. AFH Apprenticeship. You will complete a 36-hour apprenticeship in the Painting Studio, after which you will begin your journey as a paid employee at Artists For Humanity.
upcoming open house dates:
“My first tour of AFH left me with such an impression – I was excited by the energy and moved by the level of maturity the teen artists demonstrated in explaining their work. What a cool organization with committed people, I just had to be a part of it!”
-Lisa Lenon, Volunteer at AFH
JOIN THE BOARD OF ADVISORS
The Board of Advisors is currently comprised of 37 engaging leaders from Boston’s business, philanthropic, academic, and cultural communities. Advisors serve as emissaries to the community and provide AFH with essential input on opportunities to strengthen and grow our organization. While each Advisor brings unique and valuable resources to AFH, they all share enthusiasm and commitment to our teens and the work we do. Being an AFH Advisor is a creative learning experience.
AFH works closely with Advisors to create innovative and personalized ways to advance our mission. Advisors support the work of AFH in some of the following ways:
Learning about and understanding AFH and our programs;
Sharing your passion for AFH with personal and professional networks;
Attending and bringing guests to AFH gatherings and events;
Referring clients to AFH for commissions of fine art and design services;
Making a financial contribution; and
Connecting AFH with other philanthropic individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Advisors volunteer in various roles throughout the year at AFH, subject to their schedules and personal interests, and are prominently listed on our letterhead and website. Advisors commit to a $2,500 annual contribution, which represents the wages paid to a teen working here during our school-year session.