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.
Club de Ciencias (CdeC) is an organization comprised of grad students of different universities (MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, among others) with a blended model for science education, combining experiential and digital learning. The main building block of the program is the "Clubes de Ciencia": Intensive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workshops delivered to high school and college students. The workshops were one week long, and covered a wide variety of scientific topics.
Founded in 1932, the Community Art Center is a neighborhood institution committed to our mission: to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds. The Art Center has established an excellent track record of providing creative, challenging learning opportunities to youth. The Center does this in the context of a family-like environment with intensive social and emotional supports including academic help, mental health and transportation services and up to three full meals a day.
Community Cooks is a network of volunteers who offer home-cooked meals to vulnerable populations seeking assistance from direct-service agencies in the Greater Boston area. They proudly partner with agencies that, due to lack of funds and/or facilities, struggle to provide food for those they serve. Community Cooks supports the vital work of partner agencies by providing food support that nourishes their program participants. Their meals also help to create an atmosphere of caring that contributes to each partner program's ability to successfully fulfill its mission.
Community Music Outreach is a program run through the Cambridge Center for Adult Education that emphasizes musical education to enhance community.
Design for America (DFA) is an award-winning nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. DFA students learn how to apply human-centered design to local and social challenges as innovators through extra-curricular, university-based, student-led design studios. DFA currently tackles national challenges in Education, Health, Economy and Environment.
Dressables (Open Style Lab) is a summer educational program dedicated to creating innovative clothing solutions for people with disabilities, who often have difficulty dressing independently. Launched for the first time in Summer 2014 on MIT campus, they brought together engineers, designers and occupational therapy students to form interdisciplinary teams. Teams were matched with a client with unique clothing challenges, with the goal of creating products that go beyond the scope of pure functionality, emphasizing both the design and the engineering aspect of clothing solutions for disabled individuals.
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.
Impact Labs: Students established a D-lab like class, with a focus on energy and water projects, for late high school and early undergraduate students. The goal of the course was to work with participants to creatively solve energy and water problems in their communities by using local resources. A few days and some training later, the students had formed teams that came up with six innovative projects that will serve their communities. More information about the inaugural edition is available here: http://impactlabs.mit.edu/impactlabs-nigeria-2014.
The mission of IYP Fusion Dance Company is to provide mentorship to the students and youths in the community, while allowing them to express themselves through the art of dance. By doing this, IYPFDC hopes to teach the students culture, diversity and how to work as a team. The biggest effort is to expose the students of the dance company to the performing arts community, providing affordable dance lessons and performance experience to enhance the physical, social, and mental state of its students.
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 GlobeMed helps to support many MIT Health-based initiatives. Among the most recent project allowed students to travel to Togo, working with Association Espoir pour Demain (Association of Hope for Tomorrow), which provides consultations, medication, education, and family planning services to over 2000 HIV-positive patients in the Kara, Togo area. They worked to determine that, with a quicker means of transportation, the community health workers would able to visit more patients each day in rural areas far from clinics. They helped to provide bicycles and raincoats for travel on stormy days through CSF funding.
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 Inspire is a national high school research competition in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Students across the nation get the opportunity to meet, connect with, and impress some of the top experts in their favorite disciplines. Contestants have a great opportunity to learn about career paths and compete for a prize to validate their interests and encourage their continuing academic excellence.
The MIT Public Service Center offers a wide range of support for public service experiences that suit the interests, abilities, and needs of MIT students and the larger MIT community. They help match volunteers with hands-on experiences that serve communities and the volunteers themselves in life-transforming ways.
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.
The MIT Soup Kitchen at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church offers a free home-cooked meal every Wednesday at 6pm. There are approximately 40 volunteers on the project, consisting of students from MIT Hillel, three MIT fraternities (Zeta Psi, Sigma Nu and Phi Kappa Sigma), and others who joined after hearing about the project by word of mouth. At any given time on a Wednesday evening, 10 to 15 volunteers operate the soup kitchen. They cook, serve food, clean and talk with many of the people who come in for dinner.
The MIT Women's Initiative strives to inspire girls to pursue an education and eventual career in engineering through engaging presentations to high school students. Presenters are recruited from MIT's wonderful undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. women in the School of Engineering. Participants work together to educate girls on what engineering is, what engineers do, and how they can get involved from an early age.
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.
Read to a Child is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing children's success in life by inspiring adults to read to them. They have operations in six locations so far, and hope to expand and be able to help even more children to bridge the literacy gap.
Saha Global (formerly Community Water Solutions) empowers women in rural communities to solve their village's need for clean water and electricity by providing business opportunities. To do it, they bring leaders from around the world to Ghana through a Global Leadership Program where they train local women to launch profitable social enterprises. All of the revenue from these businesses stays in the community and is managed by the women entrepreneurs. To date, Saha Global has launched 71 clean water businesses and 5 solar electricity businesses, which empower 164 women entrepreneurs who serve 38,108 people. 100% of these businesses are still in operation today.
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!
Synergy is an experimental program that catalyzes partnerships between artists and research scientists. With an emphasis on communication and collaboration, Synergy aims to provide meaningful creative and intellectual experiences for both the general public and for participating artists and scientists. They carefully select and match artists and scientists to work together to formulate a shared voice, then present the outcome of these collaborations as group exhibitions that invite the public to engage with this unique collision of art and science.
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.