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Community Service Bulletin

January 25, 2012

Spotlight

Careers in Non-Profits: Learn about this exciting field from Non-Profit professionals!

If you are wondering what a career in non-profit might be like or what opportunities are available in your field in the non-profit world, this is the workshop for you! Join us Monday, January 30, 05-06:30pm, 4-270. After a brief information session about the field, panelists working for non-profits will tell their success stories. There will be time at the end to speak with the panelists and to ask questions.

Registration through CareerBridge: https://www.myinterfase.com/mit/student/ Questions? Contact: Kathryn Somers, 12-170, x3-4733, ksomers@mit.edu. Co-sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center and Global Education and Career Development.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Public Service Center’s 2012 IAP course offerings

Check out the MIT Public Service Center’s IAP offerings:

  • 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

Full descriptions and registration information can be found here: http://student.mit.edu/iap/nspsc.html

Science Club for Girls: Show Me the Science (1/26)

Are you a student studying science, engineering or math? Or a professional in the science, math or technology fields? Do you enjoy working with children and shaping minds? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of young girls? Then this one-time volunteer opportunity is for you!

Our first one-time opportunity of the year is called Show Me The Science, and will take place in Lawrence on Thursday, January 26 from 3:00-5:00pm. Show Me The Science is unique event that can best be described as a reverse science fair - where the adults present to the youth. You (or a team) can sign up to present at a table with a specific experiment or hands-on demonstration that provides a 10 - 12 minute engagement to girls in 6th-8th grade. We encourage interactive demonstrations that provide a "bite-sized" bit of knowledge. The students will rotate from station to station, where they will be exposed to different areas of science, technology, math and engineering. Exposing the youth to all of these areas will help them see and learn about all the wonders of these fields and your presence allows our students to see that they can become strong women who can pursue these careers.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about how you can make a difference with our programs. If you are interested in volunteering at Show Me the Science, please contact our Special Events Coordinator directly at jbair@scienceclubforgirls.org.

Volunteer at Science Share Day (deadline 1/27)

Work with elementary school children on a science share/fair. Children are grouped (maximum 4 or 5 students) by various types of projects (some initiated by them while others suggested by an adult). Volunteers can help lead and/or assist the group with their project and should have a desire to inspire children to develop a love for science and being creative.

For more information or to get involved, visit www.lincnet.org or contact Judy Pistorio by 1/27 at judy.pistorio@verizon.net or 781-572-4528.

Judge Science Projects for Kids Age 8 – 12 at the TTT Mentor Program's13th Annual "Project Day" (1/28)

Volunteers are needed to judge science projects (judges in the profession or studying science, technology, engineering or math) for 10 students at the TTT Mentor Program’s 13th Annual Project Day. The event will be held on Saturday, January 28 from 12-3PM at the Stella Room at MIT.

Sponsored in part by the MIT Community Service Fund and South End Technology Center@Tent City MIT CoLab. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kathleen Jones at kathleenjones@alum.mit.edu or 617-441-8133. For more information visit www.tttmentorprogram.mysite.com

Come sample programs and food at the Public Service Center's Smorgasbord: Eats and Opportunities! (1/31)

What type of service do you want to do? Maybe you want to tutor high school students in Cambridge, be paid for public service work with a great organization that needs your help, work with a community partner somewhere else in the world, or develop a new solution to deliver impact.

Come meet the staff of the Public Service Center who will introduce you to their programs. We'll have an open conversation over a smorgasbord of food to share with you the best way to get started on public service or to try something new. Faculty, staff, alumni and students are all welcome to attend to learn more about the opportunities available.

The event will be held on Tuesday, January 31st from noon-1:30PM in W20-491. RSVP Required: http://bit.ly/ti9Bhx

Garbage Dreams Screening (2/6)

The story of three boys born into the trash trade on the outskirts of Cairo.

Pizza + Movie
Mon, 2/6 (REG DAY), 6:30–8:30 pm
32-123

For more information about waste, check out http://web.mit.edu/idi/yunus_2012.htm

Presented by International Development Initiative and IDEAS Global Challenge

MIT Community Service Fair (2/8)

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!

The Service Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 1:00-3:00pm in 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.

Apply to be a FUP counselor! (2/16)

The Freshman Urban Program (FUP) is a pre-orientation program that introduces pre-freshman to MIT and Boston/Cambridge through public service activities and discussion of urban issues.

FUP is an amazing opportunity for upperclassmen to develop leadership skills, perform public service, mentor pre-freshman, and build strong friendships.

We need you to plan and lead next year’s FUP. No prior FUP experience is required.Apply today to be a counselor! Deadline: Thursday, February 16. For more information and to apply: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fup/ Questions? fup-staff@mit.edu

FSILG&D Service Challenge – Alternative Spring Break grant application deadline (2/17)

Teams registered to compete in the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (register here by Feb 6: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fsilgd/registration.html) may apply to subsidize one alternative spring break (ASB) project for their FSILG or dorm members.

It takes time to coordinate projects with agencies, raise needed funds, and plan travel logistics, so start searching for ASB opportunities now. Don’t let this great chance to engage in community service slip away from you! Full application guidelines can be found at http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fsilgd/break.html

Submit your project proposal to servicechallenge@mit.edu by noon on February 17. Email servicehallenge@mit.edu with questions.

Volunteers Need: Starlight Invitational Meet at MIT’s Rockwell Gym (3/9-3/11)

Starlight is a three-day meet with 900 gymnasts competing from all over the Northeast. It’s a premier event run by Mass Gymnastics Center of Waltham. We are looking for volunteers to work four-hour shifts (one session) from Friday at 10am- Sunday at 6pm. We have a total of 10 sessions and need at least 3 volunteers per session. We’ll work with you on schedules. Volunteers will be working assigned various roles such as event timers, score keepers, hospitality assistants and awards helper and It’s a really great event and amazing to see the talent and skill of the gymnasts. We hope you’ll consider helping out.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Melanie Varady, Starlight Meet Coordinator at melvarady@rcn.com or 617-877-1738

The Global Development and Environment Institute will award Michael Lipton and C. Peter Timmer the 2012 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought (4/3)

The 2012 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/about_us/leontief12_announcement.htmlrecognizes the critical work these researchers have contributed to the economics of food and agriculture. The ceremony and lectures will take place at Tufts University’s Medford Campus.

The prize will be awarded to Michael Lipton and C. Peter Timmer at the Global Food Crisis and the Future of Agriculture event on Tuesday April 3rd at 3:30PM in the Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall, Tufts University Medford Campus. Learnmore about the 2012 prize winners by visiting our website http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/about_us/leontief12.html

Learn more about the Leontief Prize http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/about_us/leontief.html, the Global Development and Environment Institute http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/, and the GDAE’s work on Food and Agricultural Policy http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/policy_research/community_control.html

MITFCU People Helping People Award

The 2012 "People Helping People" Award will be presented to one member of the MIT community who exemplifies compassion, commitment to helping others, and a sense of social justice. The award recipient will receive $2,000 and will choose a charity (from a pre-approved list) to receive an additional $2,000 donation. Anyone within the MIT community can elect to nominate someone providing they can substantiate their selection and the nominee is an MITFCU member.

Visit www.mitfcu.org for more information, eligibility requirements and application materials.

Ongoing Opportunities

Tutor & Mentor a Cambridge Youth (orientation 1/25)

The Mission of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is to support and encourage the academic, personal, and social growth of youth in Cambridge with the help of volunteers and community partners. We have over 200 tutors and mentors spread over six different sites, serving more than 145 Cambridge Youth.

Tutors in these programs commit to at least one academic semester in order to build a lasting relationship with their tutee. Most tutors enjoy their first semester so much they continue with their student for the full school year, or into the next school year. We also have high school and elementary school programs, and offer shorter term Math and Science Enrichment Programs as well.

Opportunities are now available on Mondays from 6-7p.m. There are two locations in Cambridge where tutors are needed. We also have a opportunities working with youth Mon-Thurs, 6-7(30)pm.

New Tutor Orientation is Wednesday, January 25th, from 6-7:30pm, and the spring semester starts January 30th, so apply today! To learn more about how to help an underserved youth in Cambridge, please visit our website at www.tutoringplus.org. You can apply online at http://www.tutoringplus.org/tutor/tutorForm.html. For more information, contact Sarah Morin at morin@tutoringplus.org or 617-349-6588 ext. 422

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.

Teach Science Classes at Dorchester Youth Alternative Academy

Dorchester Youth Alternative Academy is a small not for profit middle school located in Dorchester that serves underprivileged boys ages 12-16. They are looking for an individual who enjoys youth, and would be willing to share their knowledge and love of science. This individual would be willing to teach an aspect of science (physics, or chemistry or other options) through hands on experiments or demonstrations. Classes are approx 45 min. long – the individual would be expected to do two classes once a month (approx class size is 5- 6 boys and staff would be present as well.)

If you are interested, please contact Ruth Rieffanaugh at 617-822-0198 or dorchesterdya@aol.com to discuss details and options. The volunteer opportunity would take place at 18 Samoset St, Dorchester, which is located on the Red Line.

Volunteer at the AIDS Action Committee

AIDS Action Committee is currently looking for a group of 5-8 volunteers to help sort data forms from our Needle Exchange Program. Your help will support our ability to better serve our clients! The group is asked to commit to about 4 hours, with flexible times available (i.e. daytime, evening, or weekend).

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, advocating at the city, state, and federal levels for fair and effective AIDS policies, conducting cutting edge HIV prevention programs, and providing health and wellness services to people already living with HIV. Founded in 1983, AIDS Action is New England’s largest AIDS service organization.

For more information, visit www.aac.org/volunteer or contact Rylee Hollett at rhollett@aac.org or 617-450-1225. Hours are flexible depending on volunteers’ availability and is located at 75 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain, a short walk from the Jackson Square T stop.

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 toupwardbound@mit.edu. For more information please contact Evette Layne at617-253-5124

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

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.

GHC Fellowship Positions Are Open! (deadline 2/17)

Positions for Global Health Corps' 2012-2013 class of Fellows have been posted to our website! As always, we are offering a wide range of placements and skillsets - from Procurement and Logistics Coordinators with Partners in Health in Malawi, to Design Fellowships with MASS Design Group in Rwanda. Check out http://ghcorps.org/apply/placements for details. We are currently offering Fellowship positions in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and the US beginning in July 2012. Please help spread the word! Put us on your website, Tweet about our applications being open, post to Facebook and other social networking sites, add us to your listservs and newsletters, and anything else you can do!

Help GHC to build a community of committed young leaders who share a common belief: Health is a human right.

To apply, go to http://ghcorps.org/apply. Applications are open now through February 17, 2012.

Interested in spending your summer making a difference in the community? (deadline 3/7)

The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service is a summer academic internship program in Washington, D.C. offering both internships and classes focusing on volunteerism and the nonprofit sector.

Highlights of the Institute include:

  • Internships – Competitive placements with leading nonprofit organizations
  • Classes – Up to 9 transferable credits in ethics and philanthropy from Georgetown University
  • Housing – Roommate matching and furnished on-campus apartments in the heart of D.C.
  • Service – A variety of hands-on community projects with local and national organizations
  • Guest Lectures – With Washington’s top nonprofit executives and scholars
  • Leadership & Professional Development – Leadership, mentoring and career building activities
  • Networking – With seasoned nonprofit professionals and top student leaders from around the world
  • Scholarships – Approximately 70% of students receive generous awards based on merit and financial need.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until March 7, 2012. Students who complete their application by the priority deadline of February 7, 2012 will receive priority internship placement and scholarship consideration. The internship program will run from June 10 – August 4, 2012 and be held at Georgetown University.

For more information or to start an application, please visit the website at www.DCinternships.org/IPVS If you are considering a summer of service and have questions about the program, please feel free to contact Kristen Wright, IPVS Program Coordinator, at IPVS@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

Cultural Bridges Summer Fellowship Program – Summer 2012 (deadline 3/18)

The Vietnamese American Scholarship Foundation (VASF), in partnership with the Friends of the Hue Foundation (FHF), is pleased to sponsor the Cultural Bridges Fellowship for the second year in a row.

The Cultural Bridges Fellowship is a summer program that provides an opportunity for service-minded students to connect with Vietnam and the Vietnamese people. Fellows will have a chance to design and implement a full-time summer service project that address needs within Vietnam- Projects may focus on any area of need, including health awareness and treatment, vocational training, micro-finance, or orphan care.

Each Cultural Bridges Fellow receives a base stipend of $2500 to support travel and living expenses during the summer. Application Deadline: March 18, 2012. To find out more about the fellowship, visit www.vietscholarships.org/fellowships.html

Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) in Rural China

Since the summer of 2004, 1472 Tsinghua University students and faculty, and 356 America students and faculties from more than 30 American or abroad Universities and some other regions went to 214 counties in rural China. Volunteers taught English and computer skills, conducted social survey, and provided lectures and intercultural communication exercises to students and teachers in those counties. They brought hope, confidence and information to the locals, opening a window for learning about the outside world. At the same time, this “cultural immersion” way will allow American volunteers actually to participate in the daily life of a new culture during the whole program.

The registration deadline is July 11, 2012, and the program will be held from July 17-27 in rural China. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/then/7342/index.html or contact Wu Ding at air@tsinghua.edu.cn or +86 10 62795633

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