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Community Service Bulletin

November 13, 2013


Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) is seeking volunteers to help students prepare for the MA state Science Olympiad competition, to be held in March '14. The competition includes events ranging from build-ahead to content area tests. Work with students from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS) around 20 real events and five trial events.

The kick-off is Thursday, November 14, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. It will be held at CRLS, 459 Broadway in Cambridge, in the high school's Library. You must register for the kick-off at: www.scienceolympiad.eventbrite.com.

The time commitment is one weekly 60-90 minute session on an afternoon of your choice, once you have met your student(s). Get in touch with your "inner scientist" and help a high school student with this exciting competition!

One-Time Opportunities

  • None this week

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Nominate your favorite high-school teacher for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award!

Thank a high-school teacher who inspired you. Nominate that inspiring teacher for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award!

Show that you remember and help your favorite high-school teacher gain recognition and access to great MIT resources. Most of us have had a high-school teacher, counselor, or coach who stands out in our hearts and memories as a significant influence in our lives. The lessons such outstanding educators teach often go far beyond the subject matter of their fields. They may instill values and a love of learning that shape our educational and career choices, and guide us well throughout our adult lives.

MIT wishes to recognize a few of the exceptional high school educators who have influenced the lives of our students. Selections will be made on the basis of information and insights presented on this nomination.

Submit your nomination now at: web.mit.edu/inspire/nomination.html

Have questions about the award, process or application? Please contact us: info-inspire@mit.edu

Help Prepare Dinner for our Kids!

Mondays and Tuesdays beginning around 5:30PM and ending at 6:30PM
207 E Street in South Boston

Paraclete, Inc. is currently seeking volunteers to help prepare dinner for students attending the Paraclete Academy: our after-school academic enrichment program. The ideal volunteer would be available to prepare a meal for about 25 hungry children by the 6:30PM start time for dinner. Our building in South Boston is equipped with a large, well-stocked kitchen. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food on Mondays and Tuesdays.

* All volunteers must pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, which will be completed by the Paraclete.
* Must be able to follow cooking directions and manage time in order to have dinner ready by 6:30PM.
* Must be able to note students' food allergies and dietary restrictions and cook accordingly.
* Must practice proper hygiene and wash hands thoroughly before preparing food. Volunteers should not come in to cook if feeling ill.
* Must be flexible

Contact: slucero@paraclete.org

Help Students Achieve at the Paraclete Academy!

Monday - Thursday 2:30 - 8:00 PM
Friday 2:30 - 6:00 PM

Paraclete Inc. is located in the urban, historic, and fast-changing neighborhood of South Boston. We are easily accessible by public transportation: Andrew or Broadway stops on the red line, or buses 9, 10, or 11. We also have a parking lot that volunteers may use.

Paraclete, Inc. is seeking volunteers to help in a variety of capacities with the Paraclete Academy, its after-school academic enrichment program serving students in grades 4-6. Volunteers may assist in checking students' homework, guiding them through homework problems, reading out loud to them, or playing games with students who have finished their work. If you have a special skill (eg. foreign language, craft, computer knowledge) that you could share with students when they have free time, there may be opportunities for that. Depending on past experience, volunteers may also be able to assist the Paraclete teachers in their classes.

* All volunteers must pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, which can be completed by the Paraclete.
* Must be willing to work with and respect all students, teachers, and interns regardless of their ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
* Must be able to maintain patience when working with children who may be difficult at times.
* Must be able to communicate and collaborate with teachers, interns, and other volunteers to address student issues and promote academic achievement.
* Preferably comfortable helping students with late elementary/early middle school homework.

Contact: slucero@paraclete.org

Science Mentors Needed for Students Grades 4 -7

Looking for a rewarding experience? If you are a student or a professional in science, technology, engineering or math, we need your help. We are a volunteering nonprofit organization seeking science mentors/tutors to help students age 8-12 to help them develop a scientific project for presentation and competition.

Classes are on the Cambridge MIT Campus. Time line: Saturdays only from November 2013 -- January 2014. Some students may may go on to present in other competitions later in the year of 2014. "Project Day" is in January, after the presentation of all the science projects, award certificates are given to the students and mentors.

Contact: tttmentorprogram@yahoo.com

Science on Saturdays

Science on Saturdays is a new program aimed at primarily Boston area elementary school students to engage them in the wonder and magic of engineering and science. Sessions are held on Saturday mornings from 10-11 on the MIT campus and feature visual-type activities in which audience participants may be selected to do the actual hands-on. The venue is a large auditorium or lecture hall equipped with A/V to show what is happening up front. 

The program is looking for student groups/teams who have pre-canned demonstrations that they would be willing to present. There is some limited money available for supplies and support.

For more information or to schedule a presentation for the Spring semester, please contact Todd Rider [toddhrider@gmail.com] or Bob Vieth [rvieth@mit.edu]

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

[Graduate Assistant] MIT IDEAS Global Challenge - Job Description

Level of Effort: 18 hours/week
Compensation: $13/hour (depending on experience)

This Graduate Assistant will be an integral part of the team that makes the IDEAS Global Challenge, run by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, possible! (globalchallenge.mit.edu)

We are seeking a Graduate Assistant to:

  1. Run logistics for several events, large and small, which includes duties such as ordering food, reserving space, contacting A/V, publicizing widely throughout campus, organizing rsvp’s and name tags, etc
  2. Help manage the multitude of details that make the competition a success, including developing communications, working with teams and volunteers.
  3. Provide assistance with website and social media management
  4. Complete research relevant for resource development for the IDEAS Global Challenge (e.g. fundraising, publicity strategies, partnerships, sponsorships, other competitions and innovation projects, etc.)
  5. Other responsibilities as needed.


  1. Must be enrolled in a graduate program within the Boston area
  2. Ability to multitask
  3. Detail oriented
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills
  5. Demonstrated writing skills and creativity
  6. Experience running complex events and/or managing complex tasks
  7. Familiarity and interest in growing MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is a plus

Contact: Please send your resume and a letter of interest to Keely Swan at globalchallenge@mit.edu

City Year Second (Deadline 11/15)

Looking for a high-impact, meaningful post-graduate opportunity? Apply to City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. At our 25 urban locations across the United States, teams of highly-trained corps members serve full-time in schools as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of dropping out, corps members are uniquely able to help students and schools succeed.

City Year provides real world experiences of incomparable value in terms of personal and professional development. With over 340 hours of training, corps members develop skills that employers seek and have the opportunity to interact with a variety of corporate sponsors and a network of over 20,000 City Year alumni. City Year also partners with graduate schools across the country to provide tuition scholarships exclusively for corps members. Don't miss out on a life-changing opportunity and apply today.

Benefits include living stipend, loan forbearance, education award, extensive training and professional networking opportunities. Applicants must be between 17-24 years old and a U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Visit www.cityyear.org/joincorps for more information and to apply. Next application deadline: November 15th

Contact Thuy Le at tle@cityyear.org with any questions on the application process.

HultPrize@Sloan (Deadline 12/12)

MIT Sloan has been selected for HultPrize@. On the 12th December (TBC) we will be holding a 3 minute pitch competition, with the winner going on to the Hult Prize Regional Final and then (hopefully) on to further glory representing MIT at the Worldwide Final. The competition is open to all MIT students.

The Hult Prize Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to launching the world's next wave of social entrepreneurs. It encourages the world's brightest business minds to compete in teams to solve the planet's biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises. Annual Hult Prize winners can make their ideas reality with the help of USD1 million in seed funding.

Every year a Presidents Challenge is issued by Bill Clinton. This year the challenge is non-communicable diseases in urban slums, addressed in the following case: http://www.hultprize.org/en/compete/2014-prize/2014-case-studies/ Your mission is to ideate a social venture in this space.

HultPrize@Sloan is your opportunity to bypass 10,000 online applicants and go directly to the Regional Finals. MIT Sloan is 1 of only 10 schools chosen worldwide for this program, and the only school in the Boston area. Winners of the 6 regional finals will have support for their venture at the Hult Prize Incubator in Boston over summer, getting prepared to win the World Final. For HultPrize@Sloan you can work individually or as a team. The winner will take a team of four MIT community students for the Regional Final.

Additional information is available at http://www.hultprize.org

Questions? - email away mjcarter@mit.edu

Global Health Corps Fellowship (Deadline 1/26)

GHC is looking for driven, passionate, young leaders with diverse skill sets and experiences to join the movement for health equity. One-year paid fellowship positions are available with high impact NGOs and government organizations in East Africa, Southern Africa and the US. Applicants can apply for up to 3 positions that match their interests and skills, from project management to monitoring and evaluation, engineering, communications and more. We are looking for people from a broad range of sectors and disciplines.

Specific position descriptions for the 2014-2015 Fellowship Year will be posted on the GHC website on December 6. Here, you can see the job descriptions that are currently filled by fellows from the 2013-2014 class: http://ghcorps.org/fellows/apply/through-placements/

The only requirements are that applicants must:
- Be 30 years old or younger
- Hold a university degree
- Be proficient in English
The fellowship year will begin in July 2014 and end in August 2015.

Placements will be at local placement organizations throughout the United States (Boston, New York, Newark, Washington, D.C.), Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia.

Apply at http://ghcorps.org/fellows/apply/. Part 1 of applications open on November 6, 2013. Part 2 of applications (position selections and essays) will open on December 6, 2013. Your application will not be considered complete until both Part 1 and Part 2 have been submitted. Applications will close January 26, 2014.

Contact: applyinfo@ghcorps.org

Health Career Connection 2014 Summer Internship Application (Deadline 1/31)

The Health Career Connection Comprehensive Summer Internship Program includes:

  • A paid, full-time 10-week internship placement in a partner organization. Interns work under the direction of a preceptor and work on meaningful projects that are educational for the student and benefit the organization and its community. Interns also learn about the how the organization is structured and operates and about the roles of administrative and clinical professionals.
  • Workshops on key professional and personal development topics including: leadership, advocacy, cultural competence, life and career planning and graduate education preparation.
  • Site visits to a diverse set of key partner organizations to provide exposure to multiple settings and leaders
  • Peer support and network among interns within and across regions who share similar interests, passions and career decision dilemmas but come from diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Mentoring from Health Career Connection’s team
  • Connections to top graduate schools in public health and medicine for assistance with preparation
  • Support from Health Career Connection’s network of alumni and professionals during and after the internship

Internship stipends range between $3,000 and $4,000. Housing and transportation are NOT provided by Health Career Connection. If your application is selected, in person interviews are held in New York City, Boston, Chapel Hill, San Francisco/Oakland, Los Angeles, Fresno and Coachella Valley.

All majors welcome! Demonstrated career interest in health care management, health policy, health education, community health and other public health options. Past work experience is not necessary - just a strong interest in health and public health and/or working with underserved communities in a health setting. We do not provide medical or clinical internships. Students interested in becoming a provider must also have a strong interest in one of the areas described above and be willing to do an internship that is NOT clinically focused. The focus of the Health Career Connection Program is juniors and seniors from undergraduate programs, as well as recent graduates (less than 3 years). Sophomores and freshman may be considered.

The Health Career Connection 2014 Paid Summer Internship Application is now available at www.healthcareers.org

Two $4,000 Travel Scholarships for Women in 2014 (Deadline 1/31)

The Women’s Travel Club (WTC) is an organization that five Boston women established in 1934 “to promote intelligent travel and exploration by women” and “to provide help to other women travelers.” Today, the WTC has nearly 100 members in the Greater Boston area. Every other year the Club awards Travel Scholarships to two women for whom travel is critical for their professional goals. The Club will award two Travel Scholarships in April 2014. Each Scholarship will be $4,000.

The Club selects candidates on the basis of the compelling nature of their projects. There are no restrictions with regard to the destination or the age of the applicant. Recent Travel Scholars have included a Japanese/American sculptor who accompanied her work for exhibition in Japan where she lectured, studied traditional Japanese woodcarving and conducted workshops for children, and an entrepreneur whose global work in women’s development included developing a project using mobile phones to empower Kenyan village craftswomen to market their products.

There is no formal application material. Instead, each applicant should submit to the Committee Chair by email (denbien@aol.com, or by regular mail to the address below):

  • A one-page proposal that includes a budget and, if it is larger than $4,000, proof of additional funding.
  • A one-page account of personal background and travel interest.cExhibits may be included.
  • Two supporting letters, mailed directly to the Committee Chair.

Applications for a 2014 Travel Scholarship should be sent to the WTC Travel Scholarship Committee Chair (see below). They must be received no later than January 31, 2014. In February the Committee will review the applications, in March it will interview the finalists, and soon afterward it will make its decisions. The two Scholars selected will meet WTC members at the Club’s May 2014 meeting. Also, each Scholar will be required to sign an agreement to give a brief presentation about her completed project, with slides if appropriate, at a WTC meeting in the spring of 2015.

Denise R. Bienfang, Chair
Women’s Travel Club Scholarship Committee
2 Tabor Hill Road
Lincoln, Ma. 01773

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