student volunteers at Cradles to Crayons

Community Action Program

Through the Community Action Program (CAP), work-study-eligible students can do up to 20 hours of community service per week and get paid for it through Federal and Babson work-study funding. Under the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Amendments, Congress mandated that 7% of a college’s work-study allocation must be utilized in community service. Students gain real-life experience at an agency, while also gaining a greater sense of some societal problems and what can be done to help.

Each year, the Community Action Program recruits over 120 students to participate in projects within the local community. The purpose is to provide Babson students with opportunities to engage in intensive service experiences with communities in need and through reflective activities, promote community engagement, leadership development, and appreciation of diversity. The program challenges students to participate in an extended and intensive service experience.

Please contact Josh Stevenson if you wish to learn more about these positions.


Greater Boston nonprofits that students work with


Average hours per week Babson students work with community-assistance programs


Babson undergraduates working on community-based projects a year

Community Assistance Programs

The Community Assistance Program provides opportunities for students to engage with local nonprofits. Several of the organizations have been long-standing community partners, engaging Babson students for over 20 years. Students will have the opportunity to work in soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-assistance nonprofits.

  1. Cradles to Crayons
  2. Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore
  3. Harvard Square Church Meals at Christ Church
  4. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Deon Body ’23

Over the years, participating in these programs has been an incredibly fulfilling experience for me. They've provided me with the opportunity to contribute to positive change while developing essential skills such as communication, leadership, and teamwork. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of these programs and for their impact on me and the local community.

Deon Body '23
Friends of the Homeless 2019–2023
Big Brothers Big Sisters 2022–2023

Youth Afterschool Programs

The Afterschool Programs take place at the Wellesley, Needham, and Framingham Housing Authorities. A housing authority is Section 8 housing, a state or federally-funded program to assist low-income families to pay for rent. The Afterschool Programs focus on providing mentorship through after-school homework help, as well as providing activities that are both safe and fun for the children who live at the Housing Authorities.

  1. Needham Housing Authority Afterschool Program
  2. Pusan Road (Framingham) Afterschool Program
  3. Interfaith Afterschool program (Framingham)
  4. Big Brother Big Sister

Youth Entrepreneurship Programs

Babson College partners with schools and nonprofit organizations worldwide to virtually offer the Babson Youth Entrepreneurship Program, a curriculum created and taught by Babson students. The Babson students teach the Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® methodology, drawing on their experience in the Babson classroom and what they learn from the youth in the program about their culture and lives.

  1. Boys and Girls Club of Greater Boston
  2. Karatu, Tanzania
  3. Brazil
  4. Jamaica
Carisa Rubin
Given the privilege of being a student at Babson, I love having the opportunity to use my entrepreneurial mindset when giving back to the community and helping others.
Carissa Rubin '25
Volunteer at the Jewish Family Services Senior Technology Program
students volunteering in the 2023 VITA program

“It’s building on my personal value of helping others and community service. It helps with personal growth, not just academics. You’re developing your character.”

- Emily Wang ’26

Hear from students about their experience volunteering with the VITA program.

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Abby vanLuling mentoring youth through CAP programs

“It’s important that there’s somebody in their life that’s telling them if they try their best, it can help them move closer to becoming the basketball player, the meteorologist, the cellist they say they want to be.”

- Abbie vanLuling ’22

Read about student experiences volunteering to mentor youth.

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