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
BECOME A YOUTH ARTS ENTERPRISE EMPLOYEE
Recruiting Boston freshmen, sophomores, and juniors for an AMAZING opportunity to work in one of our six creative studios—Painting, 3D Design, Graphic Design, Creative Technology, Video & Event Projection and Photography!
Artists For Humanity’s (AFH) Youth Arts Enterprise hires Boston teens to work with a variety of fine art mediums and digital media in a studio setting. Working with professional artists and designers, teen apprentices learn new skills while providing creative design services for AFH’s clients.
Artistic experience isn’t necessary, but a passion for creativity and learning - and earning - on the job is! Upon completion of an unpaid 36-hour apprenticeship training, participants start by working up to 9 hours per week at minimum wage during the school year, and up to 25 hours per week during the summer.
IN ORDER TO JOIN ARTISTS FOR HUMANITY’S 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 area school (this includes attending a night, day, homeschool, or G.E.D. program);
2. Able to attend every week 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, before becoming a paid employee.
STEPS TO EMPLOYMENT
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the steps to employment have been modified to ensure the safety of all. More information will be provided during your orientation.
1. Apply for a teen job at AFH.
The first step to employment is to fill out an online job application with information like your name, address, email address, phone number, school enrollment, interests and experience. It’ll help us get to know you and to move the employment process along.
2. Orientation & Interview for the job.
Orientation will provide you the opportunity to learn more about what being an AFH employee is like. An e-mailed invitation to a virtual orientation session is only sent to teens who have submitted the online job application and who meet the criteria as oultined above. It is important to respond to e-mailed invitations and participate in the virtual orientation and be prepared for an interview.
3. Notification of vacancy.
As space becomes available, anyone who has already been interviewed will be offered a job. You’ll receive an e-mail notification that includes the date and time of your first day of employment. Be sure to check your email daily so that you don’t miss your job offer.
4. AFH Apprenticeship – yeah! You’re almost a paid employee.
Before becoming a paid employee, you’ll complete a 36-hour unpaid apprenticeship in one or more studios.
On the first day of your unpaid apprenticeship, you’ll fill out the forms needed to become an official AFH employee and get set up in our payroll system. Once that’s completed, you’ll be introduced to your Studio and meet your mentor.
5. It’s offical—you’re a paid employee!
You have completed your 36-hour apprenticeship and you will now begin to get paid.
“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.