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Community Service Bulletin

October 2, 2013


THURS. OCT 10 @ 7:00pm, Bldg 50

Working on a project 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? 

Then join us for the IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner, taking place from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, Building 50.

Come hear what IDEAS Global Challenge and hear what other creative social impact projects teams are getting started on. This is the chance to pitch your idea 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 (10/24), here's your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team. 

RSVP at http://bit.ly/UPOCTN or email globalchallenge-rsvp@mit.edu with “Generator” in the subject to sign-up for a 60-second pitch opportunity.

We're recruiting volunteers to help us make the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge rock (again) this year. Come join our Volunteer Team and help us rally MIT, hone the ideas of the teams entering this year as a reviewer of team projects, use your writing wit to cover stories about IDEAS Global Challenge teams and events, and host events large and small. We have a variety of roles perfect for any skill set. We recruit professionals and students, alike. No experience necessary. 

Learn about the various volunteer roles (http://goo.gl/fU50T4) and complete the volunteer application online: http://goo.gl/kyLExi by Oct. 3!

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Oct 6: Help collect petition signatures at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Boston

Volunteer opportunities are available between the hours of 7 AM - 2 PM. People are welcome to volunteer as much or as little in that time frame. The Walk takes place at the DCR Hatch Shell in Boston. Please come to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) tent to check in and get your materials. Ask for Patricia.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the advocacy affiliate organization to the American Cancer Society. We work to educate and convince our legislators that fighting cancer should always be a top priority by passing bills that help cancer patients and their families, increasing funding for cancer research, etc.

We are partnering with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Boston to promote our advocacy activities and get people engaged in our work. We're looking for volunteers to help us get petitions signed by people at the Walk. There will be two petitions (one that asks members of Congress to increase funding for cancer research and increase funding for prevention and early detection program; the other one will be promoting a state bill that would expand palliative care services for cancer patients and eliminate pain and suffering associated with treatment and the disease). It's a fun and easy activity that doesn't take too much time! You can attend the Walk and easily volunteer with us for an hour or two as well. The petitions are a great way to have our voices heard with our legislators, and they're hand delivered to them so they can see how many people care about these issues.

For people who don't want to walk around and/or want to help with additional projects, we also have a few activities taking place at our info tent.

Contact: Patricia Mallios patricia.mallios@cancer.org, 508-335-4585

Oct 17-19: Boston Book Festival (Deadline 10/4)

The Boston Book Festival, now in its fifth year, is New England’s largest public literary event. In 2012, upwards of 25,000 people converged on historic Copley Square to enjoy author presentations and panels, kids’ events, seminars, and a street fair and thought leaders from around the world.

The Boston Book Festival’s day-of operations are run entirely by volunteers serving in every capacity - from event producers, to ushers, to checking authors in at the hospitality suite - there are many tasks to suit every personality and skill set. Our volunteers line Copley Square and the surrounding venues, ready to provide directions, advice, or even just a friendly smile to BBF attendees. The support of our volunteers helps ensure that the BBF remains free and open to the public. Many past volunteers have commented on how friendly everyone is, and how much they enjoyed the chance to go “behind the scenes” at the BBF.

This year we are looking for volunteers for the day of the festival itself, Saturday, October 19th, as well as for evening events on Thursday, October 17th and afternoon and evening events on Friday, October 18th. Volunteers are asked to commit to a 4 hour shift and to attend a 90 minute training the week of October 7th. To get involved, follow this link to fill out our volunteer survey:

Contact: Sarah Parker sarah@bostonbookfest.org

Nov 3: High School Quiz Show's Super Sunday

Nearly 400 students representing 100 schools from across Massachusetts will fill WGBH on that day to take a qualifying quiz. The incentive? The top-scoring teams will compete in Season 5 of High School Quiz Show. We’re looking for 70 WGBH volunteers to help moderate and score the quiz, as well as to get teams to their testing rooms.  Teams will arrive in three shifts throughout the day and each team takes an oral quiz.

Volunteers are asked to make a full-day commitment (8:30am to 5pm). Training takes place in the early morning and lunch is provided. Please review the Super Sunday volunteer position descriptions listed below and email me at jaime_reese@wgbh.org if you'd like to help. Please make sure to include the following information in your email response:
- Your full name
- Preferred position
- Prior education and/or test giving experience (for Moderator position)

- Moderator (must be 25+ years): must have a clear voice and strong command of the English language.  Prior education experience is also a plus.
- Scorekeeper (must be 20+ years): must be competent in math, organized and accurate.
- Registration Volunteer: must be friendly, organized and outgoing.
- Floater: must be friendly, outgoing and eager to provide assistance to guests.

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteers needed for Girls "Technofabrics" program at the Boys and Girls Club

WHEN: The program would need to take place on a weekday between the hours of 3:30-6:00 pm. The exact day and time is flexible depending on the availability of the volunteers.
WHERE: Medford Boys and Girls Club 30 Forest St. Medford, MA
HOW OFTEN: ONCE each week for 8 weeks (10/21/13 through 12/9/13)

Technofabrics is a series of hands-on activities where girls learn how to design circuits that light up and make noises to be incorporated into clothing, pins, and jewelry. This unique tactile STEM learning program will serve 30 girls ages 11 to 14, a gender and age group that is typically difficult to engage in science activities. Girls will work in pairs, or small groups, and will learn to design and create soft circuits of increasing complexity and work with technology in a more creative context. Girls will be provided with guidance on how to alter their circuit when it performs in a manner that they did not anticipate. Because girls will be making creative decisions about appearance and functionality, their projects will reflect characteristics of their personal identity.

The Medford Boys and Girls Club is looking for female volunteers who are passionate about the sciences and enthusiastic about serving as a role model for young girls. Volunteers will lead “TECHNOFABRICS”, which is a 8 week, innovative and hands-on STEM program designed for girls ages 11-14.

*The curriculum, space, supplies and enthusiastic youth participants are provided, all we are missing is YOU!

Contact: Jessica Jacob, 617-764-5958

Helping out in 6th Grade

I am looking for people who are willing to come into my sixth grade class in Everett and bring some hands on experiences to my students. This would be something that would occur once or twice a month and would focus on a lesson with a hands on element in the math and science field. Our students are fantastic and they would love, nothing more then, to be able t be a part of learning more about math and science through project based, hands on experiences!

The days are very flexible! I am looking for a once or twice a month, preferable commitment. The hours would need to be for the whole day each time 9:00-2:00 where we have 100 sixth graders and would need to break them into 4 classes for the activity. The where is the Parlin School 587 Broadway Everett

Contact: Katelyn D. Crossley, kdondero@everett.k12.ma.us.

Volunteer Tutor Opportunity with Upward Bound

The MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program is looking for individuals who are able to commit to at least one day per week, with a minimum commitment of 2 hours per day. 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 Monday to Thursday from 3:00 - 6:00pm at the
MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Room N52-130
Cambridge, MA 02139

For consideration, please forward a letter of interest and a resume to: upwardbound@mit.edu. For more information, contact Ms. Evette M. Layne at the above email address or at 617-253-5124

Computer literacy for high school students

Volunteers are needed to help design and teach basic computer literacy to high school students while exploring topics ranging from Math and Science to Economics and Social Sciences. Volunteers will be involved in creating a much-needed beginner course that could potentially become an integral part of the high school curriculum. Volunteers are needed for: designing lesson plans and/or projects throughout October, teaching the students during or after school hours twice a week for ~1.5 hours each starting in November. Time commitment will vary based on volunteer’s interest.

Contact: Bridget Navarro, 9517643634, bridgetn@alum.mit.edu

HIV/Education Research in Botswana

IAP 2014. Gabarone, Botswana.

Join the evaluation team of an education-based HIV/AIDS intervention in Botswana. You'll conduct independent and groundbreaking research aimed at answering puzzling questions about why Botswana, a relatively prosperous land-locked country in Southern Africa, has good hospitals and access to anti-retroviral drugs, yet has the 2nd highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world -- with a staggering rate of 25%. The project will involve hands-teaching of sexual education in urban and rural communities in Botswana, media/video design, data collection, and data analysis.

In conjunction with funding from the Fulbright program and the U.S. State Department, we will be conducting an independent evaluation of a program that will examine the effects of informing youth on the risks of holding multiple partnerships at once. The program itself is being implemented by the Baylor Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Gabarone, the capital of Botswana, and is funded by the World Bank.

Our role involves coordinating the experimental design of the evaluation, including randomly selecting partner schools and determining our outcome metrics, data collection software and protocol.

In addition, Stepping Stones International works with orphans in rural areas and will also be implementing a supplementary component of the concurrent partnerships program. They are further running and evaluating a literacy program, which we will be co-leading with their director of research.

Contact: Noam Angrist, nangrist@mit.edu, 857.225.0882

Essay Writing Help for H.S. Seniors

Join the exciting Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) program for high school seniors preparing for college by helping with their college essays and more. Work one-to-one with a student throughout the preparation period. College Ready Mentoring program begins on Thursday, October 3, from 1 to 4 pm at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, CRLS, the city's high school located in mid-Cambridge. Program takes places on Wednesday afternoons, after the initial October 3 kick-off. Meet weekly with your student at a convenient time for both of you.

Contact: Martha Osler, 617-349-6794

WANTED: The World's Most Unreasonable Entrepreneurs (Deadline: 11/7)

Applications are open for the 2014 Unreasonable Institute, now in THREE places! Global + East Africa + Mexico. Get training from 50 world-class mentors, connect with dozens of funders, and join a community of 100+ entrepreneurs from 37 countries! All under one roof for 5 weeks in Summer 2014. Apply by November 7th, 2013! http://www.unreasonableinstitute.org/apply

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Apply for a PKG Center Expedition Grant (Deadline: 10/9)

The PKG Center is now accepting Expedition Grant applications for IAP 2014! Since Expedition Grants are sponsored by the Underclassmen Giving Campaign, we are putting the final choices in the hands of underclassmen, who can vote for their favorite finalist during the Campaign!

Expedition Grants, open to all continuing MIT freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, enable students to serve someplace that they have never been before. The purpose of an Expedition Grant is to help you travel to an unfamiliar region to do work on a project of potential continuing interest. These grants are intended for service projects that are exploratory in nature, and we hope that this service work might even set the groundwork for future projects that have the prospect of sustainable benefit for the community.
Applications are due Wednesday, Oct. 9, by 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/grants/apply/expedapp.html.

Legatum Seed Grants for IAP Projects in Latin America (Deadline: 10/14)

Legatum Seed Grants provide funding to catalyze entrepreneurial solutions in low-income countries.
What we fund:

  1. Market research
  2. Prototype development
  3. Pilot testing
  4. International travel

To learn more about this opportunity, visit legatum.mit.edu/grant

Apply for a funded public service Fellowship or Internship for IAP (Deadline: 10/18)

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects. Students work with community-focused organizations including non-profits and social enterprises. These can include a student's own social enterprise. You can create your own project, continue work on an enterprise you already started, or find project ideas on our website. We welcome a wide range of community service projects and support work in the US and abroad. In addition, this IAP, we are promoting two aspects of technology development:

CITE-PKG Center Internships
We are partnering with the Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation http://d-lab.mit.edu/cite to offer CITE-PKG Center Internships working with USAID and NGO partners.
Work with development organizations like USAID, Mercy Corps, the World Food Programme, Oxfam, and more. During IAP, you could conduct market research, product testing or needs assessment at one of our partner locations around he globe! We are looking for motivated, detail-oriented, curious students to help generate, prioritize, and test/assess products designed for the developing world. Travel, accommodation, and living expenses are covered through an internship stipend. Contact Chris Pilcavage for more information csp18@mit.edu

Poverty Alleviating Technology
We encourage applications that will further the development of poverty alleviating technology. If you are working on a promising technology that needs field testing, community partner input, or a feasibility study, apply for a Fellowship. We are particularly interested in hardware technologies that have the potential to receive later support through D-Lab Scale-Ups  http://d-lab.mit.edu/scale-ups/fellowships, but we also welcome applications for software and technologies that will be implemented beyond the developing world.

Applications for IAP Fellowships and Internships projects must be submitted by noon on October 18th.

Find more information about both programs at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/
Questions? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

Volunteer Intern - Webmaster & Tech Development AND Fundraising & Advertising Chair (Deadline: 10/31)

The PN2K foundation is recruiting until Thur, Oct 31st, in which we hope to offer MIT students lots of hands-on experience in working with a ""start-up"" culture through a non-profit and help them build their communication skills and international experience as they go through MIT. Some of the initiatives that we just started in the past two months include the following:

* In collaboration with MIT Amphibious Achievement, a $500 academic scholarship, a Career Advisor Program, and a writing skills development initiative.
* Fundraisers through a personalized set of handy items
* A Southeast Asia international development library project.
* (Most recent development in the last month) In collaboration with MIT Campus Police, Cambridge City Council, MIT UAAP office, and more, we are coordinating a bicycle safety @ MIT event (one for IAP and the other to launch by next Fall Orientation 2014).

We really hope to attract strong leaders and/or do-ers to apply! No previous working experience would be necessary. We are looking for people who are committed, passionate, team-oriented, adaptable, and want to make a difference/contribution.

We are recruiting from now until Thur, Oct 31st for first round applications. Successful applicants will start on Jan 1 (probationary) to Aug 08, 2014.

If interested, please fill out this online application form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CRYSYoq9KDqlis9MMxZShwZuFmNFb1OkMRVXOEyGxIc/viewform) and do not forget to submit your CV/resume to pnnk-director@mit.edu.

Frontier Markets Entrepreneurship Research Internship

Qorax-Gollis Renewables (QGR) offers Somalilander students a post-baccalaureate program in solar photovoltaic installation and entrepreneurship. QGR has successfully won over $100,000 in matching seed money from the World Bank and has spent less than half of the amount building the education center. To really get this project off the ground, QGR is now looking for assistance from MIT-based volunteer interns to accomplish the following:
- Locate further grant money to unlock the additional portions of our World Bank matching grant in order to purchase energy related consumer goods to be sold out of QGR to finance its education initiatives,
- Identify energy related consumer products that will be competitive in the Somaliland market, and
- Help grow QGR’s social media presence."

Interns would work from home and meet approximately once every two weeks with the MIT-based co-founder. They would also communicate frequently with QGR staff based in Somaliland. We are looking for a 5-10 hour/week commitment for at least one semester, preferably two or more. You can read a brief (and slightly outdated) news bulletin about the partnership here: http://somalilandinformer.com/index.php/k2-showcase/item/114-gollis-university-and-qorax-energy-company-partnership-to-create-robust-renewable-energy-industry-in-somaliland

Gollis University: http://www.gollisuniversity.com

Qorax Energy: http://www.qoraxenergy.com

Looking for Structural Engineers!

Green City Growers (GCG) is an urban farming company located in Somerville, MA. We are in out fifth year of operation and have over 100 residential and commercial clients. Part of our mission is to proliferate rooftop food farms in Boston. We currently operate a 17,000 square foot farm on top of Whole Foods Market in Lynnfield as well as a handful of other sites and restaurants in the area.

GCG is looking for a civil engineer / structural engineer who has knowledge and experience with rooftop weight bearing limits and analysis. The proliferation of green roofs and agricultural ""food"" roofs in Boston is a mission of both our company and the Mayor of Boston's office. However, weight limits and structural integrity are major roadblocks as is the process and cost to survey.

Both GCG, the City, and our partner company Recover Green Roofs are looking to do any or both of the folllowing:
1) Partner with an engineer who would waive the cost of analysis or only take payment once the project moves forward.
2) Have a student group take on a project to come up with a comprehensive list of structural profiles and of all building types in Boston based on year built and characteristics as to vet the feasibility during the consultation process.

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