Community Engagement Leaders help to facilitate sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships with local educational and mentoring organizations.  These partnerships enable Amherst College students to engage with— and learn from— the community as teachers and mentors. Read about our educational community partners below.

El Arco Iris Tutoring Program

El Arco Iris is an after-school program in Holyoke, an urban, working-class and predominately Puerto Rican community.  Amherst College tutors help the youth with homework, lead workshops for the youth to partake in, organize visits to Amherst College and, most importantly, present themselves as role models for the youth. Read more about El Arco Iris.

A Better Chance (ABC) Tutoring and Mentoring Program

The ABC Tutoring and mentoring program is composed of Amherst College students who are willing to make a difference in the lives of the young male members of the Amherst Chapter of the A Better Chance Program. Learn more about ABC.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hampshire County

Big Brothers Big Sisters matches volunteers with children who need another positive adult role model in their lives. Spend a few hours once a week hanging out and having fun while making a difference in someone’s life. Learn more about Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Girls Inc. of Holyoke

Amherst College students can volunteer in the after school program for Girls Inc. of Holyoke, an organization dedicated to "inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold."   Learn more about Girls Inc.

Vela Scholars

The Vela Scholars Program gives Amherst College students a chance to work with Amherst Regional Middle School students in need of additional support in mathematics, English language arts, and/or organizational skills.  Amherst College instructors will have the opportunity to work one-on-one and in small groups to increase students’ academic outcomes, improve MCAS exam scores, and strengthen students’ connection to the school and local community.  Learn more about the Vela Scholars.