For Students

At Masa, our programs build confidence and community while preparing young people to succeed academically.

For Parents

Masa engages whole families, helping parents build skills to advocate for themselves, their children, and their communities.

For Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to Masa. There are many ways to get involved, from outreach to our after-school program.

Meet Our Volunteers

Constance

Patience and persistence! Building the meaningful relationships I now have with students I’ve worked with for two or more years has been the most gratifying journey. The scholars I worked with are such smart, considerate, and kind individuals. They have such great potential. I know that if they work hard and believe in themselves they can achieve anything they want.

ConstanceVolunteer for 2.5 years
Louisa

Fun, learning, and smiles: After three years of volunteering at the Masa After-school Program, my experiences are still life-changing. Tutoring can be challenging but joining Masa means you’re FAMILY: you’ll find the support you need to get the job done. Our family is invested in advocating for children and families, improving grades, sharing cultural experiences, and having fun. Masa rocks!

LouisaVolunteer for 3 years
Erin

Rewarding. Energizing. Comedic. I joined Masa because I wanted to give back to the community and I wanted to become involved with a side of NYC I wasn’t familiar with. I tutor two students — they’re quite different from each other, but I love how consistently we laugh together. The most rewarding part of volunteering is seeing my students progress and forming a supportive relationship with them.

ErinVolunteer for 1 year
Jose

Exciting, gratifying, transformational: I have had the pleasure of working with different children and I have been able to make a small difference with each one. The most rewarding aspect so far is seeing the students you work with grow in front of your eyes. I have seen middle school kids transform into individuals who have integrity, are curious, always questioning, and who never cease to teach you.

JoseVolunteer for 2 years

Latest News

A big thanks to Masa’s volunteer committee!

Here at Masa, we’d like to share a huge congratulations and an enormous THANK YOU to Masa’s incredible Volunteer Committee, who ran a 5K/10K in late October (in the rain, no less) and fundraised $3,700 for Masa! We are so grateful for their efforts and proud to have them as part of #TeamMasa! You can see some pictures here.

Masa’s Family Fair for Hate-Free Schools is Tomorrow!

Masa Parents in Action (MPIA) is a committee of local parent leaders dedicated to improving the educational experiences of underserved families in the South Bronx, especially Latino and immigrant families.

Tomorrow, MPIA will host a Family Fair for Hate-Free Schools, an event to launch our campaign against race-based bullying, discrimination, and violence in our public schools. City-level trends show a rise in bullying in our schools: in 2016, 71% of students in grades 6-12 reported in the annual School Climate Survey that students harass and bully their peers; in 2017, that figure jumped to 81%. Similarly, in 2016, 51% of respondents said students bullied each other because of “race or ethnicity”; in 2017, 65% of students said kids bullied each other at school over “race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or citizenship/ immigration status” – a 14-point jump.

MPIA recognizes that schools must be safe havens for all students and families, and is demanding that schools have the resources and support they need to create such an environment. Key event details appear below:

Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 1-4 PM
Location: Brook Park, 494 East 141st Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (at Brook Avenue)

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Back to school + emergency DACA forum

We’re looking forward to the launch of our school year programs in just one more week! This week, we’ll focus on wrapping up our volunteer trainings and welcoming families back to Masa. In the meantime, we are mobilizing to respond to the DACA rescission. We will be holding an emergency forum on Monday, September 11th — details appear below:

Date: Monday, September 11th
Time: 6-8 PM
Location: Masa Centro Comunitario Tlanezcalli, 2770 Third Avenue, 1st Floor, Bronx, NY 10455
Language: Spanish
Topic: Overview of DACA rescission, Q&A with immigration attorney, and KYR
RSVP: Call 718-360-6655 or e-mail aceballos@masany.org
Flyer: Here

Due to space limitations, we’ll give preference to folks who are directly affected if the room fills up.