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Community Service Bulletin

October 11, 2012


IDEAS Global Challenge: Fall Generator Dinner (10/16)

Working on an idea to help underserved communities? Need funding? Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea? Come to our Fall Generator Dinner! The dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 16 from 7-8:30pm in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall.

Learn about how to enter IDEAS Global Challenge. Hear what other teams are working on. Pitch your idea to woo and recruit teammates. Or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the first chance to submit an Initial Scope Statement two weeks away (10/23), here’s your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team. The Generator will include other activities to help everyone get connected with the right teammates (you don't have to give a pitch).

There are two types of pitches: Recruit The IDEAS Dream Team and Get Yourself "Hired". Pitches must be professional, practiced, and to the point. Participants will each have 60 seconds to pitch their projects to the audience. Feel free to bring along small prototypes and presentation materials that help describe your project. RSVP to Pitch here: http://bit.ly/UPOCTN.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. RSVP at http://bit.ly/UPOCTN Or email globalchallenge-rsvp@mit.edu.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Boston Lyric Opera seeks college volunteers (10/19)

Boston Lyric Opera’s Community Engagement Department needs volunteers on October 19th from either 9am – 12pm or from 10:30am – 1:30pm. Volunteers will assist at a morning rehearsal of Madama Butterfly at Lorimer Hall (inside the Tremont Temple at 88 Tremont Street, Boston). A group of 5th grade students will be visiting so volunteers are needed to seat groups, assist teachers, and restore the seating areas after the students depart.

This is a great opportunity for students in education, music, and theatre to take part in an activity that is part of the national Music! Words! Opera! program, and to observe a professional rehearsal of BLO artists. Interested volunteers should contact education@blo.org or call (617) 542-5912 x242 for more information and to sign-up.

Volunteer at The Classical New England Cartoon Festival (10/27)

The Classical New England Cartoon Festival will be held at Symphony Hall in Boston from 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 27. Kids of all ages can enjoy their favorite Warner Brothers cartoons set to classical music on a giant screen, along with live performances, beloved PBS children’s characters (including the Cat in the Hat, Ruff Ruffman, Curious George, Arthur, Clifford, Peep), face painting, games, and more!

WGBH is seeking many volunteers to fill two different shifts on Saturday (9:30am-1:30pm, and 1-5pm), with positions ranging from face painter to costume character to volunteer photographer. Interested students should contact WGBH Volunteer Manager, Jaime Reese, at jaime_reese@wgbh.org or call her at (617) 300-4211.

AnnMarie Thomas: Every Child a Maker (11/2)

AnnMarie Thomas will be visiting the media lab on November 2 to talk about the new Maker Education Initiative (http://makered.org/). Join us for a presentation and discussion on November 2 at 2pm in E14-633.

This presentation will look at the growth of the "maker movement," and the role that it can play in education, both formal and informal. It will also introduce the Maker Education Initiative, a new non-profit that has as its mission creating more opportunities for young people to make, and, by making, build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts, and learning as a whole.

6th Annual PCSS STEM Fair (1/25)

Pioneer Charter School of Science (PCSS) invites professors, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students to judge STEM projects at their 6th annual STEM Fair on January 25, 2013. PCSS is a premiere science school that serves the under-resourced students of Chelsea, Revere and Everett. The annual STEM fair gives students an opportunity to investigate a STEM topic of their choice under the guidance of a science instructor who specializes in the project field. We hope you would join us in instilling the love of science and engineering in our student body by becoming a part of our distinguished judging panel.

The event runs from 9:30am-2:30pm at 51 Summer Street, Everett, MA 02149. Transportation will be provided to and from any location upon request. Breakfast and lunch will be served at 9;30am and 2pm, respectively.

For more information, contact Sonia Hasan at shasan@pioneercss.org or (832) 640-1602.

Ongoing Opportunities

Apply for a PKG Center Expedition Grant for IAP 2013

We have an exciting new process for PKG Center Expedition Grants for IAP 2013! Since Expedition Grants are sponsored by the Underclassman Giving Campaign, we are putting the final choices in the hands of underclassmen, who can vote for their favorite finalist during the Campaign!

We’ve also changed the requirements. Service Expeditions can be done anywhere in the U.S. or abroad – with appropriate concern for safety, of course. We can’t send students to places on the MIT Advisory list that are “High” or “Highest” level. And we have to be convinced that students have appropriate safety precautions in place for any site.

The application deadline is on Thursday, October 11 at 4 p.m. Interviews will be held on Friday, October 12, and finalists will be notified on Monday, October 15. Finalists will showcase their plans in Lobby 10 with pitches and posters the week of October 22 (exact date and time TBA).

For application information, visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/expedition. Contact psc-grants@mit.edu with any questions.

Join the Underclassmen Giving Campaign as a committee member

The primary purpose of the committee member is to solicit gifts from underclassmen in support of the Underclassmen Giving Campaign and Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Expedition Grants. The committee member is also expected to be present at the Lobby 10 Booth during UGC Week, help out at events, and support recruitment in the fall and spring.

Term on Committee: MIT Fiscal Year 2013 (September 2012 – June 2013).

  • Fall UGC Week: October 22-26
  • Spring UGC Week: March 11-15


  • Strong communication skills
  • Comfortable soliciting donations
  • Belief in giving back to the Institute, both financially and as a volunteer.
  • Enthusiasm for MIT.
  • The ability to make time for committee activities.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per semester (most of which is during UGC Week)

Interested? Contact Danielle Auriemma, Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy Programs, at auriemma@mit.edu or 617-253-5234.

Take the Four Weeks for America Challenge during IAP (deadline: 10/12)

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and Teach For America have teamed up to offer MIT students an exciting challenge for IAP 2013. Work with current Teach For America teachers and help them develop more innovative and exciting ways to teach science and math. Gain first hand experience of what it's like to Teach For America. Spend four weeks solving problems that matter, driving educational change and making a difference for kids, all expenses paid! (Some restrictions apply.)

Apply to participate in the Four Weeks for America Challenge! Applications are due Friday, October 12, 2012, at 5pm. Invitations to interview will be sent out in late October. Participants must be available for a training session on Tuesday, November 28, 7:00pm.

More information and application materials can be found at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/fourweeks/index.html. Questions? Email 4foramerica@mit.edu

Empower Women and Girls Challenge (deadline: 10/17)

GOOD is giving $2,500 to an idea that empowers and uplifts females. How could you positively affect their lives in your community? Perhaps you would teach a computer literacy course to women in Haiti, provide free maternal health advice to new mothers, or hold a retreat to boost self-confidence of local teen girls.

Empower Women and Girls challenge is open for submissions from September 19 to October 17 (noon Pacific Time). From October 18 to November 2 (noon Pacific Time), we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the GOOD community in selecting the winner.

Individuals, nonprofits and groups are eligible. Visit the website for more information: http://empowerwomen.maker.good.is/

StoryCorps’ National Day of Listening (deadline: 10/29)

National Day of Listening is a new national holiday started by StoryCorps in 2008. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks all Americans to record an interview with a loved one.

You can interview a relative, friend, neighbor, veteran, or someone in your community. You can also start a National Day of Listening project in your school or at a local organization. Has a friend or relative recently had a baby? You could document their first Thanksgiving as a family. Do you have an elderly neighbor you’d like to get to know? Record her fondest memories. Everyone has a story to tell, and we want you to document yours.

Submit an idea from October 1 to October 29 (noon Pacific Time). Our judges will select which applicants will pass to the voting round. From October 30 to November 13 (noon Pacific Time) we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the public in selecting the winner.

If you have any questions, please visit: http://nationaldayoflistening.maker.good.is/ or send us an email at maker@goodinc.com.

Tutor Youth in Cambridge

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge seeks Tutors and Mentors for Cambridge Students grades 4 through 12. Tutors are matched with the same student for the semester and meet them once a week on the same night each week. Volunteers provide homework assistance and subject specific help. Tutors often become trusted role models and continue meeting with their student for the entire year and years to come.

Opportunities are available Monday through Thursday 6:00pm – 7:00(30) pm at six sites conveniently located near the Red-line in Cambridge. Please visit our website www.tutoringplus.org to learn more about how you can help a student or to fill out an application online.

Questions? Contact Kevin Wetmore at wetmore@tutoringplus.org or (617) 349-6588 ext. 407.

Back to School! Become an Academic Mentor in Boston Public Schools

Boston Partners in Education is looking for volunteers to tutor and mentor students in the Boston Public Schools. Volunteers work one-on-one or with a small group of students for an hour a week during the school day. Opportunities are available in all grades (K-12) in either English Language Arts or math.

Boston Partners in Education provides training in subject matter as well as mentoring that will help to ensure a happy and successful match. We are required by the Boston Public Schools to run a CORI/SORI background check on each potential volunteer; this background check is run at no cost to you.

We ask a minimum an hour a week for a school-year commitment. To apply for this opportunity, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/bpevolapp.

Help Close the Achievement Gap at a Nearby Cambridge School!

Prospect Hill Academy (PHA) is looking for tutors who are ready to volunteer their time to help students succeed! Our ideal tutor volunteers have predictable schedules, creativity, flexibility, persistence, dedication to building relationships with students, and a strong understanding of their subject area. Math, Science, Spanish, Writing, and Study Skills/Organization tutors are needed for students in grades 7-12.

Volunteers with any number of hours available for tutoring are encouraged to apply! Tutoring opportunities are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30-5pm. PHA is located at 54 Essex St, Cambridge - it’s very easy to get to from MIT (one stop on the Red Line to Central Square, a ten minute bike ride, or a twenty minute walk).

If you’re interested, contact Paul Lerner at plerner@prospecthillacademy.org or (617) 284-7942. Tutors are desired as soon as possible!

Volunteer FileMaker Database Developer needed

Do you like designing databases? Do you want to get more practice in a real-world setting, working with a client? Do you like helping local schools?

Prospect Hill Academy's Academic Pursuits of Excellence program is looking for someone to help design and develop a FileMaker database to manage scheduling and contact information for tutoring students, tutors, Teaching Assistants, and volunteers. As a volunteer, you will meet with staff during business hours at Prospect Hill Academy at times determined by your schedule. You can do the actual work from home.

Mentoring Program at East End House

The Mentoring Program at East End House (EEH) matches adult mentors with middle school youth who have been selected by EEH staff. Mentors and mentees meet 4 hours/month for fun activities, on-site at the Putnam Avenue Upper School. We provide training for mentors at the East End House.

If interested in helping out with this program, contact Cristina Vega at cristina@eastendhouse.org or (617) 876-4444.

Help provide mobile healthcare and education to children in Boston and Louisville, KY!

Work with momdex and Family Scholar House in order to assist children and family access to education and healthcare. Family Scholar House provides regular medical workshops in person, but the resources are inadequate to sustain the level of supervision that would lead to a much higher impact. momedx is providing a technological solution to greatly broaden the impact of FSH’s medical intervention.

We are seeking your talents to help us:

  1. determine the best workflow to coordinate the use of technology with the clinical staff;
  2. monitor project progress and calculate success metrics;
  3. assess areas of the technology needing improvement;
  4. identify new opportunities for the expansion of similar offerings to other clinical settings.

This is a perfect opportunity for someone who wants to get into the field of health technology (touted as the potential savior of our crumbling healthcare system) from the perspective of implementation in real-world settings. Check out momdex's website for more information: http://www.momedx.com and email MIT Alum Yuri Ostrovsky, CEA of momedx, yo@alum.mit.edu with questions.

Pitching Social Entrepreneurship 2012: Win $1000 (Deadline 10/14)

Cutting through the clutter to get the attention of foundations and other social investors is not easy. To win donor support, Social Entrepreneurship ("SE") leaders must sell clear and compelling stories that differentiate them from other organizations. Pitching SE is your opportunity to refine your pitch, focus your ideas and wow a panel of seasoned judges. A panel of experienced non-profit and social investors will evaluate your pitch, and provide feedback and constructive advice.


  • You don’t need a business plan - just a business idea with significant social impact.
  • Your idea can be for a non-profit or for-profit or any combination.
  • It needs to be early stage – operations started after September 1, 2010.

How to apply
Applicants should be a registered attendee for ForSE 2012. Click here to register. Applicants should mail the following information to pitchforse@tie-boston.org by 11.59 pm EST October 14, 2012.

  • Name of organization.
  • Names of team members.
  • School affiliation (if applicable).
  • A two page (1000 word) Executive Summary of the business idea.
  • Brief bios (1-2 paragraphs) of team members. This will not be counted towards the 2-page limitation. Please let us know if you have any connection to TiE Social Entrepreneurs Group or MIT.

Selection process and Awards
Entries received will be evaluated by a team consisting of ForSE 2012 organization committee members and judged on social impact, innovation, feasibility of the idea, and sustainability of the business model.

The top FIVE entries will be notified by early October and will be asked to present to the panel of judges at ForSE 2012 on October 27th at 3 pm. All other entries will be eligible for the Wild Card selection which will happen live during the Pitching SE session on the day of the conference. The panel of judges at the Pitching SE session will, at their discretion and time permitting, select up to two additional entries to pitch.

The winning finalists will be eligible for a combination of monetary and in kind consulting awards.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Proposal writing workshops for PKG Center Fellowships and Internships (10/15)

Do you need help writing a proposal for the PKG Center Fellowships and Internships Program?! If so come to a Proposal Writing Workshop!! We will answer questions, provide helpful tips, give insight into what information is most important, and MORE!!!

There is one more workshop on 10/15 from 2-3pm in 4-146. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Elizabeth Parolski Parolski@mit.edu

Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Funded Fellowship and Internship Opportunities for IAP

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects. Students work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, schools, and social enterprises.

In both programs, you can:

  • Work by yourself, or as part of a small team
  • Create a project from scratch, or find project ideas and community partners on our website
  • Work locally, nationally, or internationally. For IAP, we particularly encourage projects in the Americas (including the US)

Applications for IAP projects must be submitted by noon on OCTOBER 18th.

Find more information about both programs at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/

Looking for project ideas? Check-out the PKG Center's opportunities page http://web.mit.edu/opps Questions? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center is not responsible for the quality or safety of outside service agencies, and does not screen volunteer placements or projects. The Community Service Opportunities bulletin is published once a week by the staff of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 617-253-0742, or stop by 4-104.

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