Match Corps Boston Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

1.  Who are the children and adolescents who attend Match Charter Public School to receive tutoring?

Match students come from all over Boston. Most come from low-income households, and are Black or Hispanic. Many arrive with math and literacy skills that are below their official grade level.

Demographically, as urban youth, they arrive with just a 1-in-10 chance of earning a college degree. Our mission is to support their accelerated academic growth, so that each student goes on to thrive and succeed both in college, and beyond.  A tutor’s job is nothing less than to change the arc of his/her students’ lives.

2.  Are these super-motivated kids who attend Match?

Oh, no. Nope. Often they’re signed up for the random admission lottery by mom or a guardian. From a kid’s point of view, Match is longer hours, harder work, higher expectations, etc. There is no entrance exam or essay or process: just a straight lottery. Every single Match student receives high-dosage tutoring: from the top students (who might arrive to Grade 6 with 6th grade skills) to the lowest students (who might arrive in Grade 6 with 1st grade skills).

3.  Tutoring sounds vague. What do Match Corps Boston participants actually do?

Corps members provide their students with individualized academic instruction during the school day;  this typically takes up 2/3 or more of their time.  Additionally, every corps member is also assigned a secondary project, assisting a faculty or staff member several hours per week.  Finally, tutors devote time to preparing for upcoming tutorials, call their student's parent or guardian weekly, and might spend some time after school helping the most at-risk students with their homework.  

4.  How are secondary projects assigned?

After having the opportunity to learn about the opportunities available at their campus during summer training, Corps members apply to their top choices and interview with the applicable teachers or staff members.  Match Corps members rank their preferences, as do the staff, and the Match Corps director takes all this into account when assigning positions. Corps members usually receive one of their top two choices.

5.  What kind of housing is available?

High School corps members live on the third floor of the Match High School in a dormitory-style living space. Middle School, Community Day, and Match Next corps members live in group apartments near their respective schools. Everyone shares a bedroom with at least one other corps member of the same gender, and shares bathroom, kitchen and living space with a larger group.  Accommodations are furnished, and the rent includes utilities.  Although the majority of the Match Corps takes advantage of the convenience and value of this benefit, there are always some corps members who seek independent living arrangements.

6. Can Match Corps members really live on the stipend? 

Yes they can, and they have been able to for the last 10 years. Some Corps members have help from their families, dip into savings or find ways to earn a little extra on the side to make living on the Corps budget more comfortable, but many Corps Members live on the stipend without help from outside sources. 

7. Will I be able to defer my student loans during my year at Match?

Your ability to defer your loans is specific to your own situation. While Match can provide paperwork to your lender, Match is not involved in the decision. Historically, some tutors have received a loan deferral, and some have not.

8. Will I be able to receive SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps) during my year at Match?

The ability to receive SNAP benefits (or other government subsidies) is entirely up to the federal government and is specific to your own personal situation. Since Match is not involved in any decision making process regarding SNAP benefits it cannot guarantee that you’ll receive additional benefits, nor does it recommend that you assume that you’ll receive SNAP benefits (or other government subsidies).

9.  What kind of training do Corps members receive?

There are two weeks of full-time training in August before the school year starts, as well as ongoing professional development over the course of the year. During summer training, Corps members get to know the Match community and culture, learn how to build professional relationships with students and their families, are introduced to instructional and behavior management techniques to run effective tutorials, and help the rest of the staff prepare for the students' arrival.

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