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Community Service Bulletin

January 11, 2012

Spotlight

Public Service Center’s 2012 IAP course offerings

Check out the MIT Public Service Center’s IAP offerings. Full descriptions and registration information can be found here: http://student.mit.edu/iap/nspsc.html

  • Pahoehoe: Do-Gooders Behind the Desk
    Thursday, January 19, 12-1:30pm, 1-135
  • Writing recommendations that rock (without sacrificing all your weekends)
    Tuesday, January 24, 12-1:15pm, 2-105
  • Answers to Your Intellectual Property Questions
    Wednesday, January 25, 2-3:30pm, 4-145
  • Starting Up Your Startup
    Thursday, January 26, 3-4:00pm, 3-270
  • IAP MIT Community Service Day
    Friday, January 27, 11am-4:00pm, Mezzanine Lounge-W20, Lunch @ MIT followed by volunteering on-site
  • Careers in Non-Profits: Learn about this exciting field from non-profit professionals!
    Monday, January 30, 5-6:30pm, 4-270
  • (Public) Service Smorgasbord: Eats and Opportunities
    Tuesday, January 31, 12-1:30pm, W20-491
  • How to Make Your Service Serve You: how public service can help you get into medical school, win a major scholarship, or secure a big grant!
    Tuesday, January 31, 12-01:15pm, 2-105
  • Design to Scale: Developing Technologies for Global Impact
    Thursday, February 2, 3:30-5:00pm, 56-114

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Volunteer as a Judge at the Pioneer Charter School of Science’s Annual Science Fair! (1/13)

The Pioneer Charter School of Science is a high-performing charter school serving low-income families from Chelsea, Everett, and Revere. Many of our students have a very little exposure to academia and will be the first in their families to attend college. Therefore, our mission is to expose them to leaders within the academic world in their surrounding neighborhoods to encourage them to maintain high standards for their own academic and professional future.

We are currently seeking judges who work in the fields of science or math for our annual Science Fair, and we would be most honored if you would consider participating.

The event will be held on January 13, 2012 from 10am-1pm at Pioneer Charter School of Science
51-59 Summer Street Everett, MA 02149

Judging will take place for about 3 hours, beginning at 10:00 am. We will provide you with a brief orientation, clear guidelines, and a form for judging projects. You will judge display boards that students have created and question them about their projects. Breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be provided.

Please contact us if you are available to judge or if you have any questions about the event.
Please contact: Mahmut Bekin at mbekin@pioneercss.org or (617) 389-7277

Martin Luther King Day of Service

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. volunteers of all ages are joining together for an afternoon of hands on service to help Cambridge residents in need. Come lend your hands to make a difference. We will be making fleece blankets and scarves for the homeless, bookmarks for literacy projects, valentine cards for homebound seniors and veterans, emergency room activity kits for children, sorting donated clothes, food and books and more. We will also have a Volunteer Expo of the year round needs for volunteers in the community. The 2012 Cambridge MLK Day of Service will take place in Central Square, Cambridge af the YWCA and Cambridge Senior Center. Organized by a wide network of Cambridge volunteers, we'll work together to serve Cambridge residents in need. Stop in for the whole afternoon from 2 to 5pm or just for an hour.

Please register in advance to help us plan (but come anyway even if you don't pre-register). Join us!! More info at http://www.manyhelpinghands.blogspot.com. Contact Lori Lander at manyhelpinghandsmlkday@gmail.com or 6173884656 if you have any questions.

IAP MIT Community Service Day (1/27)

Fri Jan 27, 11am-4pm, Mezzanine Lounge W20

We invite all members of the MIT Community to join us for the IAP Community Service Day! First, have a delicious Indian lunch at the Mezzanine Lounge lunch. Then, head out into the Cambridge and Boston communities to volunteer with three local organizations:

  1. The Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston, works to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. Volunteers will be inspecting, sorting, and repacking donated grocery products to be distributed to hunger relief agencies.
  2. The Salvation Army, Harbor Light Center, Boston, is a shelter for individuals struggling with addiction. It offers a residency program, two sober graduate houses, transitional housing assistance for women, a community feeding program and worship services. Volunteers will be painting the Center.
  3. People Making a Difference, MIT, is founded by one of MIT’s own, Lori Tsuruda ’89. PMD promotes volunteerism in one-time projects that meet local needs. Volunteers will be at MIT, assembling Lego kits into DNA models that will be used by schools in the Boston area and across the country. Public transportation fees to/from the service placement will be provided.

Please register by January 23th! Contact Amy Fan at (617) 253-0742 or serviceday@mit.edu if you have any questions.

Volunteer Judges for Science Project for Students age 8-12

Stella Conference Room 7-338; January 28th, 11:30am-2:00pm

We need volunteers to judge science projects (judges in the profession or studying science, technology, engineering or math) Saturday, January 28, 2012, for the TTT Mentor Program’s 13th Annual Project Day. The students will display and present their science project for competition. This will be a rewarding opportunity to see and hear approximately 10 students as they display and present their project. A Certificate of Appreciation will be issued to each judge. This event will take place on the MIT Campu and a light lunch will be provided.

Please email TTTmentorprogram.mysite.com ASAP.

Ongoing Opportunities

Technovation Challenge Teaching Assistant

Are you a computer science major? Would you like to help high school girls learn that programming is fun? Become a Technovation Challenge Teaching Assistant! You’ll work with a team of five high-school aged girls at local high schools near MIT as they design and prototype a mobile phone app using App Inventor for Android. You will support them and be the "technical expert" as they learn how to program for the first time. App Inventor is a blocks-based, visual programming language (similar to Scratch). Previous experience working with youth is important. The program runs from Feb-Apr and a weekly two hour commitment is required. If you're interested, fill out an application to tell us about your background by January 15th!

For more information, visit http://goo.gl/oVJOu or contact Tahani Zeid at Tahani@iridescentlearning.org.

$7,000 Carroll L. Wilson Award for MIT Grad Students (deadline 1/16)

Calling all MIT Grad Students: Get Funding For Your International Project!

The Application for the Carroll L. Wilson Award 2012 has been released. The Carroll L. Wilson Award is a grant for up to $7,000 awarded to graduate students, in any MIT department, who wish to pursue exciting and challenging opportunities abroad. We would like to invite all MIT grad students to apply for this fellowship to travel abroad. The deadline is Monday, January 16th, 2012, so students should start putting their proposals together as soon as possible.

To download the 2012 Application, go to: http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/clw-award

Any MIT graduate student is eligible to apply for the award. Every year, about four to five students receive $7,000 each, after a competitive evaluation of proposals and interviews by the Award Selection Committee.

If you have any questions, please contact: Christie Chong,CLW Awards Administrator, MIT Entrepreneurship Center at yih@mit.edu or visit http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/clw-award

Science Olympiad Advisors/Mentors for Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Team

Team kick-off meeting for new mentors and students will be Wednesday, January 18, from 2:45 to 4:45 pm in the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS) Library. Your volunteer commitment would be for one 90-minute session a week, between 2:35 and 5:30 pm, on a day of your choice, beginning soon after the 1/18/12 kick-off through the March 17 competition. Join us for the upcoming program launch. It's a time to meet and greet, identify your event and student team, share experiences, firm up logistics, etc. There are many events to excite you and the students!

Please contact Martha Osler at csv@cpsd.us or 617-349-6794.

Volunteer Mentor Coach for Title IX Girls Running Club

We are currently looking for energetic, women who can make a three season commitment. You’ll work one on one and in small groups, running with and mentoring club Members. Qualified candidates are self identified athletes who fully understand and embrace our mission of connection, balance and personal best. We offer a volunteer training to connect Mentor Coaches with others and program particulars.
Winter Season: Tuesday's Jan 31st-March 20th 6:30-8pm @ Harvard Indoor Track
Spring/Summer Season: Tuesday's May-June 4:30-6pm @ Fresh Pond
Fall Season: Tuesday's Sep.-Oct. 4:30-6pm @ Fresh Pond

Each candidate should be able to provide the following.

  1. Each volunteer must be willing and able to participate in the drills and workouts each week. All running abilities welcome.
  2. Making a commitment to a year/three seasons.
  3. Model good and safe behavior with a positive and inspiring attitude for club members and other volunteer mentors.
  4. Support the organization in general by helping to promote club activities and recruit members and mentors.
  5. Work as an ambassador and help raise awareness of club and club benefits to girls and families.
  6. Attend the volunteer training.

Please contact Malinda Gockley at malinda@titleixgirls.org.

MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program

Volunteers are needed to provide academic assistance in the areas of Math, English, Science, Social Science, and World Language, to disadvantaged high school students in our after school tutorial program. High school level tutoring experience is preferred.

Tutors are needed on Mondays/Thursdays from 3-6PM, and Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 3-8PM. We are looking for individuals who are able to commit to at least one day per week, with a minimum commitment of 2 hours per day. For consideration, please forward a letter of interest and a resume to upwardbound@mit.edu. For more information please contact Evette Layne at upwardbound@mit.edu or 617-253-5124

Third Annual Sillerman Prize for Innovations in Philanthropy on College Campuses

Third Annual Sillerman Prize for Innovations in Philanthropy on College Campuses
The Sillerman Center is offering its Third Annual Sillerman Prize for Innovations in Philanthropy on College Campuses. This $5,000 award for the best business plan to increase philanthropy and philanthropic values on college campuses is open to all undergraduate and graduate college students and due on March 2, 2012. A letter of intent to apply is due on February 3, 2012. Applications for submission and letter of intent are available at: www.sillermancenter.brandeis.edu.

Register your team for the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (deadline: 2/6)

The FSILG&D Service Challenge encourages teams of fraternity, sorority, independent living group, and dorm participants to compete for the Service Cup over a two-month period February through April. Teams are encouraged to serve the community as a community.

In addition to helping community organizations and the populations they serve, participation in the Service Challenge certainly has its benefits for participants. Registered teams have the chance to win Service Cup winner bragging rights, publicity of team service undertakings, access to exclusive alternative spring break funding, $2,000 in service implementation funding for the upcoming academic year, meaningful opportunities for team bonding, and an acquisition of knowledge about the local community.

Register your team for the 2012 Service Challenge by February 6 at 5pm (More information about the Service Challenge can be found on the PSC’s website or email servicechallenge@mit.edu.

MIT Community Service Fair

Find a great volunteer opportunity at the MIT Community Service Fair!

Looking to give back to your community? Build your resume? Acquire new skills? Broaden your horizons? Then come to the Spring 2012 MIT Community Service Fair! Don't miss your chance to meet over 30 local nonprofit organizations and find a great service opportunity!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
1:00-3:00pm
Lobby 10 and the Bush Room (10-105)

This event is open to the entire MIT Community and is sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center. For more information, contact: Amy Fan at servicefair@mit.edu.

Phoenix Charter Academy Mentoring Program

February 10th, 1:30-2:30PM
March 9th, 1:30-2:30PM

Interested in education, the achievement gap, or mentoring urban high school students? Become a mentor with the Phoenix Charter Academy Mentoring Program. Phoenix Charter Academy serves students who were not traditional successful in mainstream public school, in particular student groups like teen moms, court-involved youth, and English language learners. The mission of the school maintain high academic standards for students and build a pathway to college and college graduation.

This is where you can help! Through the mentoring program, you can show first generation college students what it really is like to attend college. We plan monthly tours, visits to classes/lectures, and other activities for students. As a mentor, you can share your experiences, goals, and advice with our students.

We will meet at the student center on the MIT campus and go from there. Please email Leah Bonnell (leahbonnell@gmail) for more information.

Red Ribbon Heroes – HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Every day there are more than 7,000 new HIV infections worldwide. It’s not going away, and there is no cure. Our best hope to end this epidemic is to find a safe and effective vaccine… But we need your help. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are looking for some everyday heroes – like you –to participate in investigational HIV vaccine research studies. You may be eligible to volunteer if you are a healthy, HIV negative adult between the ages of 18-50. Compensation is also provided for participation. And remember, you cannot get HIV from participating in an HIV vaccine study

Step up today and become a Red Ribbon Hero in the fight against HIV & AIDS. The world will thank you. Contact Teress Votto at redribbonheroes@partners.org or 6175257327 if you are interested and check out Red Ribbon Heroes at www.facebook.com/redribbonheroes and www.youtube.com/redribbonheroes.

Share your love of science at the Pioneer Charter School!

1. Mad Science Day: We are looking for a group of about 4 volunteers. The aim of the day is to show our students cool science demonstrations. Traditionally the demonstrations are done by the school's science department, but this year we are looking to do something a little different.

2. PCSS Science Speaker Series: Every year we invite a series of speakers from the field of science and engineering to our school to come speak to our students about their research interest, and what it is like to be part of the field. We have two series each year (fall and spring). We design these events to fit the needs of the speaker. The speaker can tell us the day and time they want to hold the event, as well as the student population to whom they want to speak. As always, we will provide transportation to and from any location the speaker requests.

Please visit our school's website to learn about our past science events. Please contact Sonia Hasan at shasan@pioneercss.org if you have any questions

EMARC Adaptive Aquatics program

Like to Swim? EMARC needs your help! EMARC provides support to people with developmental disabilities to live, work and play in their communities. Volunteers are needed to help with our Adaptive Aquatics program. This is an educational, hands-on experience in which volunteers work directly with a child (age 3-11), who has a developmental disability, to get comfortable in the water, to exercise, to learn basic swimming skills and to have fun! New sessions begin every 8 weeks.

Locations and Times:
Reading, Burbank Y Tuesday OR Friday 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Malden Y Monday OR Thursday 4:45-5:45 p.m.

For more information, contact Pat Simons at781.942.4888 ext. 4032 or volunteers@theemarc.org.

Science Club for Girls

We are looking for women and men to volunteer at one of our C.E.L.L.S. workshop for our Junior Mentors. This is a chance to engage our teen girls in a conversation about life issues like finance, budgeting, health and wellness and pressures facing young women today. Volunteers have done demos and different activities with the girls and have participated in a dialogue on teen related issues. Volunteers have also done demos and talked about their own field of study and why they decided to pursue a STEM field for college. The commitment varies per site but is typically 1-2 hours and are throughout Boston, Cambridge and Newton. Before attending these events, volunteers go through a phone call meeting with the Teen Programs Director to talk more about the girls at the site and the level of expectations this way we can make our volunteers as prepared as possible.

During the spring semester we are piloting a new program called Supper Sisters this spring on Thursdays 6pm-8pm. This is a new team-mentoring program connecting 12 girls in grades 9-12 with 6 volunteers that want to share their knowledge about food, cooking and nutrition. Each week mentors and the girls will be cooking delicious and healthy meal together while learning basic cooking skills. During the meals they will participate in discussion about food access, advertising and food choices so the girls can hone their critical thinking skills and articulate their own values surrounding health and nutrition. This program runs from February to May at the Russell Youth Center in West Cambridge, which is a quick bus ride on the 73 from Harvard Square.

Please contact Allison Smith at asmith@scienceclubforgirls.org or (617) 391-0361 x103. If you are still interested in volunteering in our clubs then you can easily start an application and pick your top 3 choices for sites.

Technovation Challenge

This Spring, Google will be hosting approximately 50 girls from surrounding schools for the Technovation Challenge:

Technovation Challenge is a unique after-school opportunity to help young women develop their skills in technology and entrepreneurship. In the Technovation Challenge, girls work in teams to develop Android apps, write business plans, and "pitch" their idea to venture capitalists for a chance to have their apps professionally developed and featured on the Android Market. The program is looking to recruit female mentors in the Boston area. We are looking for 10 female mentors working in the technology/computer science industry. The program itself will take place 2 hours, once a week (most likely on Thursday) for 10 weeks. It will span Feb 9th - Apr 26th excluding Feb 23rd and Apr 19th (these days are holidays for the the students). This is a website that provides more information about the position http://goo.gl/c3eaLand a link to the application to those who are interested: http://goo.gl/5Qwxc

Please fill out an application if you are interested - we will be hosting this event on-site from 5-7pm on the weeks they meet, so it's a really convenient location! Questions to: "Shannon Mahon".

Innovation Institute

ThinkImpact has launched the 2012 Innovation Institute Application process to provide 144 brilliant up and comers with the opportunity to plug into the next generation of thinking. This opportunity is a once in a lifetime chance for young scholars to make contributions that will last well beyond their college years.

The Innovation Institute is a curriculum-based summer immersion program from June through August. Teams of 12 scholars led by 2 advisors are sent to live and work in rural villages where ThinkImpact has established unique relationships. Our program is one-of-a-kind, and brings together multi-disciplinary backgrounds to propel students into the next generation of thinking.

Apply now: http://thinkimpact.wufoo.com/forms/innovation-institute-2012-powered-by-thinkimpact/

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Apply for the Huntington Public Service $10,000 Award (deadline, 1/18)

Public Service Award The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. $5,000 is awarded at the beginning of the project; and the remaining $5,000 is awarded upon receipt of a six-month progress report. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

To apply, please develop a proposal for public service in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. Apply by January 18, 2012, by going here: http://www.nationalgridus.com/huntington.asp. Your application should also include a one-page cover sheet, proposal, budget, transcript, resume, and three letters of recommendation. Awards will be based on the quality of your proposal, your academic record, and other personal achievements. Semi-finalists will be personally interviewed prior to selection of the award recipient(s).

Internship for International Campaign for Justice

Looking for something meaningful to do this IAP? Become an intern with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal! Announcement: The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, Boston chapter is looking for student interns to help automate some of its activities and expand its network of contacts. If you are skilled in web design, programming or have great writing skills, you can help make a difference in the lives of the survivors of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, the worst industrial disaster in history. Contact: boston4bhopal@gmail.com, (989)750-1649.

Develop a proposal for a Davis Projects for Peace $10,000 fellowship! (deadline 2/2)

Davis Projects for Peace offers a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer. The aim is to "help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world." MIT will select several compelling proposals to send forward, and at least one is guaranteed to be funded! Think creatively, innovatively, and entrepreneurially — this is a chance to formulate and test ideas for peace.

The award will be made to an MIT undergraduate, but the undergraduate may use the funds to also support team members as appropriate.

Find the details at: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/davis/index.html. Deadline to apply: noon, Thursday, Feb 2, 2012. Have questions? Need help planning or writing? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu.

LittleFoot Energy Unpaid Internship Opportunities

LittleFoot Energy helps organizations develop improvements in operating and financial performance by leveraging an information and application framework that provides consolidation and unification of critical business processes surrounding initiatives of sustainability. Interns are being accepted for the following two projects. For more information, contact Kevin Poulsen at 508-353-5836

Project 1:
LittleFoot Energy's Sustainability Manager is a Business Support System (BSS) for the sustainability office that provides multi-site, enterprise scale management of any asset or resource affecting market value and bottom line profitability, including energy, carbon, water, operations, and maintenance. For a single user or broader adoption, the Sustainability Manager manages process and tracks performance, unleashing additional dollars for investment in initiatives of sustainability.
End Goal: Validate market opportunity. Perform need gap analysis for customer trials.
Duration: 90 -120 Days with possible opportunity for follow-on projects
Start: Immediate
Tasks and possible follow-up activities include: Identify trial customers, perform interviews to assess need and applicability, perform need gap analysis, prepare customer slides and supporting messaging, establish product/service scope and pricing, prepare standard term sheet for customer trial, document go to market plan

Project 2:
Source available components for prototyping personal transportation vehicle. Review prior art. Test proof of concept.
Electro mechanical engineer: self balancing personal transport vehicle; control logic, control system for self balancing, throttle, braking; gyro, hub motor, wheel, battery
Industrial designer: frame design, saddle, packaging of wheel, electronics and battery
Sloan School Candidate(s): Business model, development merchandizing model, distribution plan

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