Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures

Getting Involved With Family Gym

Family Gym regularly hosts students in several capacities each semester. Students are not required to be part of a service learning course to participate with Family Gym.

However, the majority of our volunteers come from Northeastern University (service learning courses or volunteer initiatives).

We regularly host students from other colleges and universities that are looking for opportunities to volunteer with children and families in a physical activity based capacity.

Feel free to send an inquiry to familygym@foundationforbcyf.org for more details about onboarding.

We welcome students to join us for a semester of service even if their school is not currently affiliated with our program. Currently Family Gym works routinely with students from Northeastern University, Simmons University,  UMass Boston, and Boston College each semester.

The four most common types of volunteers we see serving with Family Gym each semester are: direct engagement, deliverable development, capstone students, and curriculum development. Examples of student reflections and deliverables can be found on the Northeastern University Service Learning Expo Website.

  • Direct Engagement: These students participate in site based service and staff the weekly Saturday Morning sessions and lead activities with families in several Boston neighborhoods.
    • These undergraduate and graduate level students form the bulk of our volunteer base and primarily partner with us as part of a volunteer hour requirement for a course.
  • Deliverable Development: These students engage asynchronous project based service with families by creating materials and resources to educate the families who attend Family Gym about topics such as diabetes and obesity.
  • Capstone Students: Students completing a capstone with Family Gym typically focus on a research topic or complete a service project for the duration of a semester.
    • We typically host 1-2 capstone students a year.
  • Curriculum Development: These students engage a form of service that includes both direct engagement and deliverable development.
    • These students create materials to teach families about health and wellness topics and lead health theme discussions.
    • Found below is an example of a health theme video created to discuss the topic of sugars during the Fall 2020 semester as part of a service learning course.