Amphibious Achievement is a dual athletic and academic program for urban youth in the Boston area founded by MIT Alumni and operated by students from MIT and other local universities. This program enhances achievement through mind-body learning as well as innovative and high quality mentorship and college preparatory tutoring.
Cambridge Community Center is located in the Riverside neighborhood of Cambridge, between Central Square and Memorial Drive, and has served the community for over 83 years. The center promotes community cooperation and unity and empowers youth, individuals, and families by offering social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities.
Camp Kesem is a college student run summer overnight camp for kids with a parent who has (or has had) cancer. This camp is a chance for kids ages 6-13 to have a fun-filled week and just be kids. Many MIT students have served as camp counselors.
Charles River Conservancy organizes volunteers to beautify the Parklands and preserve the landscape, advocates for land uses that advance healthy living, public access, and physical parkland improvements, and builds awareness about the Charles River.
The Children's Room is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive community so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone. Through support groups, educational series, and arts education, the Children's Room seeks to help children and teens adapt to a world changed by the passing of loved ones. The Children's Room is constantly seeking to expand programming, and currently maintains free peer support groups for grieving children and teens in Arlington, Lexington, and Needham schools, as well as an afterschool group at the Boys and Girls Club in Chelsea.
CityDays is a series of events organized by the MIT Public Service Center that encourages all undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a day of service around Greater Boston. Recently, CityDays transitioned from hosting one large orientation event to holding smaller events throughout the year, during IAP, student holidays, and the like.
Community Music Outreach is a program run through the Cambridge Center for Adult Education that emphasizes musical education to enhance community.
Freshman Urban Program (FUP) is a freshman pre-orientation program that introduces students to MIT and the surrounding community through service activities and discussion of urban issues.
Higg-Lew Leaders is an after-school program for 7th and 8th graders designed to teach them leadership and community skills. The group partners with Higginson-Lewis K-8 School in Roxbury, and high school students from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester receive a stipend to tutor HLL middle schoolers as part of the program.
Just-A-Start Corporation (JAS) was founded by an MIT alumnus in 1968 and helps working and retired families in Cambridge and surrounding Metro North communities meet basic family needs. JAS provides services to homeowners and renters to help increase their quality of living; offers education and workforce training opportunities; and develops, rehabilitates and preserves sorely needed, affordable rental and ownership housing.
Lifeworks provides education, jobs and homes for people with developmental disabilities empowering them to lead more meaningful lives within the Cambridge community.
Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House (MFNH) is located in Area IV, one of the most diverse and densely populated communities in Cambridge. MFNH provides needed services to over 4,000 constituents and focuses on building relationships that strengthen the community, eliminate violence from the streets, and promote access to basic human service and educational needs.
MIT InnoWorks is an innovative science and engineering initiative "by students, for students," designed and implemented by college volunteers for middle-school students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
MIT Sea Grant has created a suite of innovative, hands-on educational programs in marine ecology, ocean engineering, and underwater robotics for K-12 classroom programs and summer programs for high school and college students. In addition, they train teachers and community leaders, and conduct public outreach activities that bring the latest science and technology out of the laboratory and into the hands of students, professionals, and the general public.
MITxplore is a free after school math program designed by MIT graduate students. Currently piloting at the Fletcher Maynard Academy in Cambridge, the program provides students a weekly 90 minute session of games, activities, and discussions to spark curiosity for math. They host a Math Day, which includes a treasure hunt where students learn about probability, geometry, numbers, and limits. These activities help build students' interest and confidence in mathematics.
People Making a Difference (PMD) of Boston involves and engages people through meaningful, hands-on work that meets local needs by following a strong service ethic.
Project Manna is a program run by the Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church's hot meals program and food pantry. Project Manna serves approximately 150 meals a week throughout Cambridge.
Co-sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center and the Student Financial Services, ReachOut recruits, trains, and matches tutors with children at a local community center to engage and challenge them with reading and writing activities.
SHINE for Girls is a project that combines dance with academics in order to strengthen confidence in girls. They have been steadily increasing their reach in order to bring encouragement and all of the educational benefits that come with increased confidence to a greater number of schools in the Boston Area.
The Spring Service Fair is an opportunity for community organizations to advertise their volunteer opportunities on campus for MIT students, faculty, and staff. Each year, around 25 organizations come to campus and connect the MIT community with charitable causes in need of their time and energy!
TTT Mentor Program works with multicultural families with school age children in grades 4-7 living in the Greater Boston and Cambridge communities. The enrichment activities are in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Tutoring Plus aims to support and encourage the academic, personal, and social growth of children and youth in Cambridge with the help of volunteers and community partners through multiculturalism, mentoring, collaboration, inclusiveness, and by fostering academic success and self-esteem.