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Community Service Bulletin

November 16, 2011

Spotlight

Public Service Grants submission preferred deadline

Are you working on a sustainable public service project over IAP? Are you looking for funding?

The PSC offers grants that can help cover individual or group work in areas such as travel to the community in need, materials and food that helps facilitate the service. We also have funding available for training, such as workshops and conferences in the public service arena. Projects can range from exploratory to the implementation of a sustainable solution. To meet the preferred deadline submit your proposal by 11/28, 5pm.

For more information and to apply, please visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/grants/apply/index.html or contact psc-grants@mit.edu.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Amphibious Achievement Erg-A-Thon (11/17)

Come out and support Amphibious Achievement by participating in our Erg-A-Thon (November 17th)! The Erg-A-Thon is an exciting fundraiser that challenges volunteers to see how long they can endure the infamous ergometer for charity!

Sign up a team of friends (four of five in total) and hop on an ergometer together! Row your hearts out (no experience necessary!!) in Lobby 10 on November 17th anytime from 10AM to 2PM. Sign ups will be at the Student Center on November 10-16 as well as online here or at our website: amphibous.mit.edu. Donations are also more than welcome!

Prizes will be awarded for each of the following: the best team spirit, most time spent on the erg, and greatest number of pledges. You can win a gift certificate to Flour, Berryline, Starbucks, Cosi, and more!

Choose to Reuse

Choose to Reuse is an MIT event that seeks to reduce landfill trash accumulation through the promotion of REUSE.

From 8am-11am, people can drop off reusable items and from 11am-1pm, everything is up for grabs.

The event is co-sponsored by Sustainability@MIT, Working Green, and MIT Facilities. Starting this Fall, it will take place on the THIRD THURSDAY of every month at the Stata Center TSMC Lobby. We will need volunteers every month, so please get involved! Email sustainability@mit.edu to get involved.

STEM Education/Lego Volunteer Opportunity (12.7, deadline 11/29)

Make Useful Lego Science Kits for High School Students to Learn Biological Processes "Hands On.” Manipulating Legos representing DNA, RNA, and amino acids helps high school students learn about the processes for DNA replication and gene expression, from introductory to advanced placement levels.

We need volunteers to build, check, label, and permanently glue together the Lego molecules so that these science kits can be readily used by hundreds of high students and their teachers annually.

The event will take place at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) in Charleston, which is accessible from the Sullivan Square MBTA station. Free parking is available for this project. It will be held on Wednesday, December 7 from 4-7PM.

Register by 11/29 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22DRQ7U5763/

Ongoing Opportunities

Go Viral to Improve Health: Health Data Collegiate Challenge (registration deadline 2/10)

Based on the success of last spring’s event, the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Engineering are sponsoring the 2nd annual Go Viral to Improve Health: Health Data Collegiate Challenge. Working in interdisciplinary teams that meld technological skills with health knowledge, college and health professional students can generate powerful apps to improve health for individuals and communities. A video of last year’s first-place winners presenting their app, Sleep Bot, at the 2011 Health Data Initiative Forum can be found here <http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthData/2011-JUN-09/Morning-Session/Presentations/Challenge.aspx> .

Information about eligibility, judging criteria, and registration is available on the IOM webpage, www.iom.edu/goviral and the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/goviraltoimprovehealth

This year, a total of $10,000 in prizes will be available to the student teams who develop the best new health apps. Team registration is open until February 10, 2012.

Tutor With Breakthrough Cambridge

Want to work with some great students as they make their way to college! Breakthrough Cambridge is seeking one-on-one tutors for our middle and high school students. Tutors meet with their students once a week for an hour at a mutually agreed upon time and location. All tutors receive a 60-90 minute long training session before being paired with a student. Our students are motivated, engaged and waiting for you!

Tutoring sessions happen at a time convenient for both the tutor and the student. Most tutoring sessions take place at the Cambridge Main Library. If the tutor and student decide upon an alternative location they find preferable, it must be approved by the Director of Student Services.

For more information, please visit www.breakthroughcambridge.org To get involved, please contact Tommy Goodwin at tgoodwin@breakthroughcambridge.org or (617) 599-9827

Teach Basic Computer Skills at Rindge Ave.

402 Rindge Ave is a government subsidized housing building. We are looking for a tech savvy individual who would like to work with our residents on using the internet and setting up email. 402 Rindge Ave. does have a computer lab, but with limited working computers. However, many residents do own laptops.

Negotiable. Days available are 6:30 PM Monday-Thursday, 402 Ringe Ave. Cambridge (Just outside Alewife Station. For more information, please contact Deb Eskie at deb@402rindgecorp.com or 617-876-5083

Tutor High School Students at Pope John XXIII High School

We are looking for volunteer tutors for our dormitory which consists of 50 International students who attend Pope John XXIII High School located at 888 Broadway in Everett, MA. The majority of our students are from China with others from Korea, Spain, Vietnam, and Angola. There are approximately 12 students that are in need of tutoring concerning the subjects of English, Science, Social Studies, Theology and World Language.

Tutors are needed week days Monday to Thursday late afternoon or early evenings. Weekends will be considered if scheduling permits.

Any interested tutors will be provided with transportation to and from Malden Center MBTA station to get to Pope John High School, as well as will be provided with a gourmet style meal while tutoring at school. Please contact Victor Antolini – Housemaster with any questions, at antolinivictor@gmail.com or 617-780-7758. For more information, please see www.unitedschoolsassociation.org/

Academic and Social Support Volunteers

St. Stephen's Youth Programs is seeking Academic and Social Support Volunteers to help out with two aspects of our program:

Academic: Possibility of leading a class for a group of elementary or middle school youth. Classes should be an enrichment activity or collaborative project of your choosing and further discussed with supervisor. Tutoring and homework help

Social Support: Mentor and support a group of 15-20 elementary or middle school students participating in the program. This includes their safety in the building and on field trips, their sense of community, academic success, physical fitness, and their participation in the programs that are planned for each day.

Interested volunteers will be placed in either of our two sites: South End (419 Shawmut Ave) or Lower Roxbury (31 Lenox St.) St. Stephen's Afterschool program runs from 2:30 to 6 pm, Mondays to Fridays. We want to be flexible with your schedule, but ideally we ask for volunteers to commit 4-10 hours a week.

For more information or to volunteer please contact Eunice Brady at eunice@ststephensbos.org or 775-513-7365, or visit our website at http://ststephensbos.org/youthprograms.html

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 to upwardbound@mit.edu. For more information please contact Evette Layne at upwardbound@mit.edu or 617-253-5124

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Davis Projects for Peace (deadline 2/2)

Deadline to apply: noon, Thursday, Feb 2, 2012
Develop a proposal for a Davis Projects for Peace $10,000 fellowship!

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

GIS Internships in Lesotho, Malawi and Peru

Partners In Health (“PIH”), founded by Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl and other leaders in global health, and headquartered in Boston, MA, is an internationally recognized, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through its service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair. PIH has major programs in Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Burundi, Kazakhstan, the Dominican Republic, and Boston, working tirelessly to lessen the joint burden of disease and poverty.

Over the past year, PIH has embraced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the purpose of Monitoring and Evaluation and at the present is engaged in building GIS capacity across its various country programs. As part of this innovative step, PIH is looking for unpaid interns who will be integrated within the teams in different countries (Lesotho, Malawi and Peru), implement initial data-collection initiatives and help mentor and train our local partners in GIS.

For more information, including qualifications and responsibilities, please contact Sandra Lipson at slipson@pih.org or 617-998-8922, or visit www.pih.org

Editorial Internships at Public Radio International’s Living on Earth

A Living on Earth internship provides an invaluable introduction to broadcast media. Each semester, we rely on a handful of bright, capable interns to contribute to our award-winning program, and experience first-hand what goes on behind the scenes of a nationally-distributed public radio news magazine. Interns work in our Davis Square, Somerville bureau.

The Editorial Interns assist in various phases of story production, from finding and researching original stories and helping track down experienced correspondents, contacts and newsmakers, to editing host interviews. They monitor news wires and newspapers for environmental affairs. Interns generate questions for interviews and retrieve archive tape and other source material. They also write two short segments for the program. Candidates require strong writing and communication skills and should submit clips and/or writing samples. Some experience in journalism, environmental sciences, and public policy is helpful, but not required.

Interns agree to serve one term and are usually limited to one term. They commit to working for a minimum of 24 hours (3 full days) per week. Please note: this is an unpaid internship.

Email or mail resume with cover letter and two writing samples to: bolinsky@loe.org or Eileen Bolinsky, Living on Earth, 20 Holland St., Suite 408, Somerville, MA 02144 For additional information or to follow up on your application, call Eileen Bolinsky at (617) 629-3629; email bolinsky@loe.org

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