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Community Service Bulletin

November 14, 2012

Spotlight

Amphibious Achievement Erg-A-Thon

Come out and support Amphibious Achievement on November 16th! The Erg-A-Thon is our exciting annual fundraiser that challenges volunteers to see how long they can endure the infamous ergometer (rowing machine) for charity!

Sign up a team of friends (at least four total) and hop on an ergometer together! Row your hearts out in Lobby 10 anytime from 10AM to 2PM on November 16th. Sign ups will be at the MIT Student Center on November 7-15th as well as online at amphibous.mit.edu. Get the most donations possible to your team from friends, fellow students, or family members, and donate at booth or online.

Prizes will be awarded for each of the following: the best team spirit, most time spent on the erg, most money raised, and greatest number of pledges. For team spirit, costumes are encouraged! Our sponsors are Berryline, Starbucks, Rockstar, Powerade, and more!

For more information, email aa-exec@mit.edu.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Nov 14: Volunteer at Catalyst

We have three different opportunities-

  1. Set Up volunteer from 3:30pm-4:45pm setting up tables and decorations,
  2. Registration Volunteers: greeting and checking in our volunteers and handing them their name badges from 4:45pm - 7:00pm
  3. Clean-up from 7:30pm-8:45pm where we close down the silent auction and clean up the decorations.

Would you be interested in volunteering with us at Catalyst? Email us at volunteer@scienceclubforgirls.org with "Catalyst 2012" in the Subject line.

Nov 15: Vote in the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge Photo Contest!

Photo and video submissions for the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge Photo Contest are now live and available for voting on Facebook. View the photos and videos and vote by "liking" them between now and Nov. 15. The winning team will receive $50 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.466338013409858.102276.152162144827448&type=1

Video: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=466346940075632

More information about the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge can be found here.

Nov 15: Off-Grid Solar for Lesotho’s Rural Schools and Clinics

Come join Development Innoventures Salon for a roundtable discussion on key questions posed by STG International on their next growth steps. STG International is a social venture spun out of MIT that has developed a novel solar energy technology sized to provide electricity and hot water to off-grid clinics and schools. They are currently finishing construction of their first user-test installation at the Matjotjo Village Health Clinic in the Berea District of Lesotho. (http://www.stginternational.org)

When: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7:00-9:30 PM
Where: Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) <room assignment sent out with confirmation>, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142 (just around the corner from the Kendall T)

Registration: http://innoventures.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=07ec4f550f3ba071b3e0d7749&id=604be9ef9d&e=08f5fa5217 (NOTE: capacity will be limited to 30; accepted registrants will receive email confirmation of their participation)

Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons

We are in great need of volunteers on weekdays through December. Currently, we need the most help on November 19th, 20th, and 27th-29th. If you have a group that may be interested, or would like to ask faculty, staff, and students to invite their families and join us, we would greatly appreciate this.

Contact: Marissa Ferber marissa@cradlestocrayons.org

Nov 26: Stop the Drones

7:30 pm in 32 - 141

On October 7 (the anniversary of the US attack on Afghanistan), a delegation of 31 US antiwar activists marched with tens of thousands of Pakistanis sickened by the civilian death toll and growth of rightwing reaction brought on by the US drone war in Waziristan. Hear first-hand reports and view slides from delegation members who just met with the families of drone victims, with intellectuals, political activists, and others in Islamabad, Lahore, and the tribal areas. We will also hear from Pakistanis on the impact of the US “War on Terror” and drone attacks on Pakistan.

Learn about the growing use of drones for military attacks and for domestic surveillance. Discuss what we can do to stop the use and proliferation of these deadly weapons.

Panelists:

  • Joe Lombardo, Co-Coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition; member of the Troy Area Labor Council (New York); tour member
  • Paki Wieland, Arrested Hancock AFB drone resister; Engages in peacekeeper & nonviolence training and education; tour member
  • Lois Mastrangelo, United for Justice with Peace; CodePink of Greater Boston; tour member
  • Osman Khan, Radical economist pursuing his doctorate; just returned from six months in Pakistan researching the impact of drone attacks and war on the tribal peoples of western Pakistan
  • Waqas Mirza, Recent Political Science graduate University of Massachusetts Amherst; Writes and speaks about impact of “War on Terror” on Pakistan

Nov 30: Inspirational Teacher Award Nominations

Nominate your favorite high school teachers for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award! Help them gain recognition in their communities and access to great MIT resources. It will also mean a lot to them to know that you still remember them.

web.mit.edu/inspire/nomination.html

Dec 5: Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service

Spend a summer in Washington, DC making an investment in your future that will help set you apart after college. The comprehensive program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit, and furnished housing in downtown Washington.

As a part of IPVS you will participate in community service projects that are designed to deepen your involvement and impact in the community as well as your understanding of issues here in the nation’s capital. Earn up to 9 academic credits from the DC Metro Area’s George Mason University.

Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 7, 2013. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of December 5, 2012 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% tuition discount.

For more information, please visit www.DCinternships.org/IPVS or contact IPVS Manager, Kristen Wright by email at IPVS@tfas.org or by phone at 202.986.0384.

Dec 8: Show Me the Science

At Boston at Simmons University's Alumnae Hall on Saturday, December 8th from 1:00-3:00 pm.

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 and their families in grades K-8 and their families. We encourage interactive demonstrations that provide a "bite-sized" bit of knowledge. The students will move 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. If you are not interested in volunteering to run a table, but are still interested in helping for the day, we will also need volunteers to help with set up, welcoming families, and clean up. Please email Brianne at bstuder@scienceclubforgirls.org if you are interested.

Jan 18: Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend to a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

Students are encouraged to develop their own proposals for public service in the U.S. 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.

Applications must be submitted by January 18, 2013. For application instructions, FAQs, and summaries of prior award winners, visit http://www.nationalgridus.com/huntington.asp.

The 2012 MIT Giving Tree is here!

Brighten the holidays for a local child! Please join your fellow MIT community members in supporting this great MIT holiday tradition. Through the Giving Tree, you can donate gifts to children in the Boston and Cambridge area. Each year, over 300 MIT faculty, staff, students, and partners provide gifts to over 550 children affiliated with 11 local service agencies. Co-sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center, the Panhellenic Association, and the Interfraternity Council and currently in its 21st year, the Giving Tree allows participants to choose specific gifts for specific children, making the gift-giving process a more personalized one for all.

Here's how to participate:

  1. Stop by the MIT Public Service Center (PSC) at 4-104 between November 19 and December 13 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).
  2. Pick up a gift label for a child--or choose more than one!
  3. Purchase, wrap, and place the gift label on your gift, and return it to the PSC’s Student Centerl location at W20-549f NO LATER than 10AM on Friday, December 14.

We will also gladly accept your monetary donation if you are unable to purchase a gift, but want to participate.

Questions? Email mitgivingtree@mit.edu. More info can be found at: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/programs/givingtree/

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteer at Rosie’s Place

As the holidays approach we are looking for groups to help us in the following ways:

  1. Volunteer in our dining room and evening food pantry
  2. Wrap presents at Cambridgeside Galleria Mall to benefit Rosie’s Place (ages 18 & older)
  3. Organize a coat, food or toiletry drive
  4. Assist with sending out mailings to our donors
  5. Hold a toy drive to help fill the 250 bags of new toys we distribute each season

If you are able to help, please email volunteer@rosiesplace.org.

Teach What You Love! Volunteer With Citizen Schools!

Citizen Teachers are volunteers who teach middle-school students in low-income communities new skills and expose them to new futures. Our program model, known as an "apprenticeship," allows volunteers to teach a fun, hands-on learning project. Volunteers have taught students everything from architecture to robotics, digital storytelling to business start-ups, journalism to space travel.

For 10 weeks, volunteers work with a group of 15-18 students for 90 minutes each week. Volunteers receive up-front training, weekly in-class support from a trained Citizen Schools staff member, and lesson-plan assistance.

www.citizenschools.org/volunteer/info

Please contact Carolyn Roscoe at carolynroscoe@citizenschools.org or 617.695.2300 ext. 1174.

For Kids Only Afterschool

Mentors will be assigned to a youth enrolled in a For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) program and will be responsible for meeting with the mentee on a weekly basis, for a minimum of one hour per week. A one-year commitment is preferred. The mentor may be asked to work on certain aspects of the youth’s personal development. They will work closely with staff to understand the youth and his or her family better and to facilitate activities to help the child. The mentor will serve as an example/role model to demonstrate that adults can give, and should receive, respect. Self-realization and improved self-esteem for the young person are important goals of the relationship. It should be emphasized that the volunteer in no way replaces the parent or family’s social worker; rather, he or she provides interested, compassionate friendship.

www.fkoafterschool.org

Contact Aimee at asinclair@fkoafterschool.org.

Spend IAP in Kenya Working With Real Time Data Programming and Program Development!

mSurvey provides insight about emerging markets where information is difficult to access. The mSurvey technology developed and patented at MIT solves the problem of tracking products and services in emerging markets. Companies and organizations spend significant amounts of money trying to get products and services to distant areas in the emerging markets due to inefficiencies and lack of infrastructure. mSurvey makes the process efficient and cost effective through data analysis tools and mobile applications. mSurvey currently operates out of Nairobi, Kenya, scaling across East Africa, Central, and West Africa, with our primary business location in New York City.

We face the immediate challenges of scaling, data security, and data integrity. As a start-up, we have limited resources and would like to share the experience and excitement with our colleagues at MIT. MIT students will gain firsthand knowledge of developing technological solutions for emerging markets. We are connected directly to the telecommunication networks offering the successful candidate leverage to develop robust solutions to scale across Africa.

Check out http://msurvey.co.kefor more info!!

Contact: Kenfield Griffith Kenfield@msurvey.co.ke

Help Create a Website for World Wide Women’s Self Defense

The goal of this project is to establish an online platform for the purpose of providing women's self-defense training programs that are based in developing countries with a central website through which they can:

  1. Expand and strengthen their network ties with each other
  2. Establish further partnerships to strengthen their cause
  3. Find financial sponsors
  4. Share their expertise and experiences with academic researchers
  5. Provide guidance to other organizations seeking to establish their own self-defense training programs

The initial website set-up would consist of:

  1. Profiling the organizations involved in self-defense training programs (along with their websites):
    1. their self-defense program models
    2. a list of all their secondary programs (such as the programs working to change men's mentalities on how to treat women, as well as the "train the trainers" programs)
    3. target audiences/recipients (women, children, elderly women, etc..)
    4. location of organization and where all they have worked
    5. a section showing their partnerships/networks
  2. A research and case studies section to show how these methods work and what impact they have
  3. An online forum where people can talk, ask questions, etc.

Check out their websites here: http://worldpulse.com
Email slaughternaves@miis.edu with any questions!

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

IHME Post-Bachelor Fellowship

IHME is an independent research center identifying the best strategies to build a healthier world. By measuring health, tracking program performance, finding ways to maximize health system impact, and developing innovative measurement systems, IHME provides a foundation for informed decision making that ultimately will lead to better health for people worldwide.

The Post Bachelor Fellowship (PBF) is a structured health research program where individuals can apply their knowledge and passion to help advance the field of health metrics and accelerate global health progress. This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for recent college graduates with strong quantitative skills to train with faculty and senior researchers on a variety of public health projects.

The PBF program combines academic research, education, and professional work with progressive on the job training and mentoring from a renowned group of professors and researchers. Through research, training workshops, coursework, and field experience in developing countries, the program aims to produce the next generation of scholars and leaders in global health measurement and evaluation.

Requirements
Bachelor's degree and proven quantitative and analytical skills. High academic potential and a strong interest in pursuing academic or professional careers related to public health and global health. No background in global health or a related field is required.

Apply online at: http://apply.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/
Learn more about the PBF program and IHME at: http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/

Davis Projects for Peace

Davis Projects for Peace is offering a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer of 2013. 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.

Proposals should be emailed to davis-peace@mit.edu by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

If your proposal is selected, we will help you refine it. You should be available to make final revisions before February 8, 2013.

See http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/ for more details of the program, examples of past winners

Have questions? Need help planning or writing? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

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