The Building Bridges Writing and Mentoring Program is the cornerstone of Eighth Grade Academy. Through the Building Bridges Writing and Mentoring Program, students work on a variety of real-world assignments that help them develop personal and professional communication skills. As part of the program, students meet 1:1 with a biweekly volunteer coach from the community.

Coaches serve as both mentor and tutor, supporting students on developing their written and verbal skills and navigating their last year of middle school.

Become a Writing Program Coach


Mentor and tutor a Citizen Schools 8GA student as they make the transition from middle school to high school:

  • Approximately 15 sessions with your student

  • Early October through late May

  • 90 minute, biweekly sessions in the 2:00-4:15 window on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays

Join a Writing Program Team

Across Greater Boston, Citizen Schools partner organizations are hosting teams of 8GA students at their offices for the Building Bridges Writing & Mentoring Program.Join your company’s team or another partner organization. Options include:

Mondays approx. 2:30-4:00PM:

Tuesdays approx. 2:00-3:30PM:

Tuesdays approx. 2:30-4:00PM:

Wednesdays 2:30-4:00PM:

Citizen Schools Support


Citizen Schools is there every step of the way to ensure you and your 8GA student have a successful year. You’re never alone!

  • New Coach Orientation - Learn about the communities we serve, working with middle school students, our philosophy of instruction, and more.

  • Building Bridges Team Training - Meet your fellow Coaches and your AmeriCorps 8GA Team Leader.

  • AmeriCorps 8GA Team Leader - Travels with students each week, prepares lesson objectives, agenda, and materials, provides updates on student progress, and more.