There are many ways you can support the work of the TAG Program! Here are some ways you can become involved. For other ideas or for more information, please call the TAG Office at 617.287.7638.
- Donate: In these times of budget cuts, the TAG Program is in need of financial support more than ever! We welcome all donations, large or small. Your donations are tax-deductible, and can be made out to "TAG Program." Corporate matching gifts are welcome! You can also donate to TAG by sponsoring a fundraising event. If you are a foundation/corporation interested in learning more about the TAG Program, we welcome the opportunity to submit a proposal for funding.
- Become a student: TAG students benefit from holistic programming and are guaranteed admission to UMass Boston with successful completion of high school. TAG also offers many leadership development opportunities within every component, which can lead to a summer job or even a career, as it has done for many TAG students and Alumni! If you are interested in becoming a TAG student, please contact our office or email us; if possible, please include which component you interests you in particular. All school-year programs are free; Summer TAG has a nominal fee. Summer TAG application coming soon!
- Become a volunteer mentor: Mentoring is a proven method of motivating students and increasing their likelihood of academic and social success. Through a structured relationship with a TAG student ages 12-20, you, a caring and responsible adult, will provide access to people places and things outside the student's routine environment. You will become a friend, advisor, guide, and a positive role model that will provide the support, motivation, and follow-up to help the student maximize on his/her potential. The benefits are great for mentors as well, as you become a part of a very close community of Latino professionals who are resources to the program, students and each other. Mentors have access to training as well as the full on-going support of the Mentoring Coordinator and Program Director. You do not have to be Latino to be a mentor, but knowledge, understanding, and appreciate of the Latino culture and its people is important!
- Volunteer in other capacities: Whether you have just one day to donate your time, or a full month, there are many ways your help can positively impact our student's lives. Maybe you can be a TAG Club or PANAS guest speaker, and share your story of success, whether it be connected to your current profession or otherwise! Maybe you can offer the program a valuable training or workshop session! Maybe you want to tutor students and earn volunteer hours! Whatever your interest is, and whatever your talents and gifts are, we welcome the opportunity for you to share them with TAG. Please, give us a call or email us!
- Join Team TAG: Seasonally, the TAG Program employs highly qualified Boston Public School teachers, teaching assistants, and tutors who have experience working with the Latino and immigrant student community. Many teachers, TAs and tutors are Latino or Cape Verdean, and all understand and appreciate the students' cultures and the value they add to the classroom. Teaching assistants in Summer TAG and in the academies are high school students in grades 11 and 12 or college students, most of whom are TAG alumni; tutors are college students and TAG alumni. Teaching assistants and tutors provide students with relatable role models and act as mentors to students. One of the greatest strengthens of the program is its excellent staff, most of whom have been with the program for several years, and all of whom are committed to continually improving the quality of services to TAG students. If you are interested in joining Team TAG, please submit your resume to our email account and indicating your subject area of expertise, highlighting your experience with Latino/ELL/urban youth, and indicating the component of TAG in which you are interested.