Active Community Engagement (ACE)

Get to know your fellow first-years and Greater Boston while you explore the social and environmental issues impacting local communities and beyond!

ACE is an engaging, action-oriented, and service-focused introduction to MIT and surrounding communities. Sign up for ACE as your MIT FPOP (First-year Pre-Orientation Program)!

How ACE works

ACE is a five-day celebration of community engagement and urban exploration. It’s a chance to volunteer with other first-year students on projects that help strengthen our neighborhood; participate in activities and discussions that delve into social issues such as inequality, privilege, and food insecurity; and develop valuable friendships while discovering local resources that will support you during the school year and beyond.

ACE is coordinated and led by older MIT students (often ACE alumni) who plan and train throughout the spring and summer to be coordinators and counselors.

Past ACE cohorts have engaged in:
  • Sorting food donations at the Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Organizing school supplies for an educational organization
  • Volunteering at community health and art centers
  • Engaging in activities that explore hunger, gender, and cultural issues
  • Learning from locals about the social issues facing our community
  • Getting the inside scoop on acclimating and thriving at MIT from a team of student counselors
  • Touring Cambridge and Boston’s diverse, culturally-rich neighborhoods
  • Eating froyo, hanging out, and watching movies together

Applications & info available on the MIT FPOP page. Please note: this year we may coordinate a mix of in-person and remote programming for the group, depending on our community organization partners’ capacity to host students and groups. You also, of course, can opt out of in-person travel via T or to local sites, if you are not yet comfortable. We will follow the current recommended Boston and MIT guidance for COVID-19 during ACE.