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Two sections of First-Year Writing and one section of Advanced Writing in the Disciplines are officially designated as “service-learning” courses and feature a variety of projects with community partners.

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    First-Year Writing In addition to the following partnerships, students in several sections of FYW have also volunteered as tutors at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science Writers’ Room, a partnership between the O’Bryant, the NU Writing Program, and 826 Boston. Another section of FYW recently partnered with “Team Red, White & Blue,” an organization whose aim is to ease reintegration of veterans into civilian life through meaningful social interactions; students interviewed military veterans who were also NU students, ultimately producing short videos to tell those veterans’ stories.

    First-Year Writing partners
    • Catholic Charities, Labouré Center
    • Generation Citizen
    • Horizons for Homeless Children
    • Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly
    • Tobin Community Center
    • United South End Settlements
    • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
    • 826 Boston
    • Boston Scholar Athletes
    • Yawkey Boys & Girls Club
    • Citizen School
    • Jumpstart
    • Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
    • Stearns & Mason
    • Peace through Play
    • Haitian Multi Service Center
    • Hyde Square Task Force

    An inside look at the 826 Boston O'Bryant Writers' Room / Photo by Gretjen Helene Photography

    two people highlighting papers at the Writers' Room
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    Advanced Writing in the Disciplines  In addition to the following partnerships, students in a 2013 AWD class curated two exhibits for the Our Marathon digital archive, a web-based, crowd-sourced collection of pictures, videos, and oral histories in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

    Advanced Writing in the Disciplines partners
    • Building Our Kids’ Future
    • NU Center of Community Service Service-Learning program
    • Freedom House
    • HOME, Inc.
    • MathPOWER
    • Imagine Tolerance

    AWD students present their work for the Our Marathon digital archive.

    a woman presents to a crowd of people
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    College Essay Bootcamp The NU Writing Program and 826 Boston also collaborate on an annual College Essay Bootcamp for Boston high school students, held on Northeastern’s campus, aimed at providing targeted support for high school students working on their college application essays. In 2014, the NU Writing Program received the first 826 “Heroic Husky Community Service Award” for its work with 826 Boston.

    Writing Our Next Chapter

    November 2017 - volunteer tutors receive instructions at the 8th annual College Essay Bootcamp.

    people sitting in a lecture hall with papers in front of them
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    Writing Center Tutoring Northeastern’s own Writing Center puts out a hiring call for tutors every semester, seeking students from all disciplines across the university who have a desire to help other people become better writers. Tutoring opportunities in other units of the university can also be found through the Peer Tutoring Center.

    NU Writing Center

    October 2019 - Writing Center tutors promote University programming for the National Day on Writing.

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