For over 19 years, the City Links program has been providing recent immigrant teens in Cambridge with well-supervised public sector internships, support from work-site mentors, counseling on access to higher education, academic tutoring, and extensive training in and exposure to public service careers and leadership development. In addition, students are paired up one-on-one with a mentor who provides career, educational, and personal guidance.
City Links interns provide valuable program and interpretation assistance to city employees, while breaking down barriers to diversity. They work and learn at locations such as the Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge Public Libraries, and municipal child care centers.
Students also attend seminars on the public sector, covering such topics as: leadership; community development; the structure of city, state and federal government; Cambridge immigration history; translation skills for the workplace, and public sector career opportunities. In addition, students participate in volunteer activities and various community advocacy events.
The program offers these youth an opportunity to gain the concrete skills and work experience that will help them to achieve self-sufficiency and to lead productive lives and become community leaders.
Volunteer Opportunities at City Links
Cambridge Community Services (CCS) uses volunteers to serve as mentors and tutors for the diverse group of high school youth in the City Links program. Mentors provide teens with one-to-one career and personal guidance, and tutors offer individual academic assistance and test preparation on weekday evenings.
All volunteers receive comprehensive training that prepares them for their role in assisting young people to develop critical life skills, explore career options, achieve school success, and pursue higher education opportunities. Ongoing volunteer support and group activities are also provided.
Cambridge Community Services is located Central Square, Cambridge one block from the Red Line. For a detailed description of CCS youth programs, or to submit an application, please visit the website at www.cambridgecommunity.org, or contact Sandra Canas by phone at 617-876-5214 or by e-mail at email@example.com