FYSOP, the First-Year Student Outreach Project, began in 1989 and is currently on its twenty-seventh year! The project welcomes first-year and transfer students to Boston University and the Greater Boston area before the fall semester begins. FYSOP engages first-year volunteers and upperclassmen staff leaders through social justice education, service, and reflection. Our service works to address community-identified needs through ten intersecting focus areas.

Volunteers participate in a program orientation, a day of social justice education, and three days of service and reflection in one of ten focus areas:

  • Abilities
  • Animals
  • Children
  • Elders
  • Environment
  • Food Justice
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Homelessness & Housing
  • Human Rights
  • Public Health

Volunteers are assigned to one of 10 different focus areas, each directed by two coordinators. Volunteers are placed in a smaller FYSOP group, consisting of 10-13 first year students and led by  three upperclassmen staff leaders.

For more information on FYSOP and many other volunteer opportunities visit the Community Service Center!

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