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Community Service Bulletin

December 11, 2013


Nominate your favorite high-school teacher for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award! (Due 12/16)

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 by December 16 at: web.mit.edu/inspire/nomination.html

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

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Dec 24: Bring Holiday Cheer to Lonely Elders

Tuesday, December 24, 1:30-5:00 PM
Anna Bissonnette House, South End

No cooking experience is necessary, but all volunteers must be healthy and enthusiastic about singing Christmas carols, plus able to follow simple recipes and to clean up while standing all afternoon. Showy/funny hats and/or loud holiday attire encouraged. This low-key project is geared for healthy participants ages 10 and older who can fully participate reliably for the entire 3.5 hours.

All adult volunteers must comply with Massachusetts' criminal record check requirement through PMD unless they have already done so with PMD. The official authorization document must be completed, signed, and returned WITH A SCAN of the front and back of government-issued photo ID received by Lori at pmd.org no later than 12/14. The official form is available online at http://www.pmd.org/CORI_172c_2012.pdf.

PMD requests that volunteers contribute $10 or more to help us offset the cost of groceries. (If this is a financial hardship, waiver available as part of online registration.)

No partial participation can be accommodated for this or any other PMD projects, i.e., we cannot accommodate late arrivals or early departures.

After you register online (and see a confirmation screen), PMD will email specifics the week before this project, including directions to the project site (by public transportation and by car), a checklist on how to prepare, and a waiver form.

Contact: Lori Tsuruda, Lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373, https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd12241

Ongoing Opportunities

MIT Giving Tree

The MIT Giving Tree allows students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends to provide gifts to children in need in the Cambridge and Boston area each holiday season. The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center works with 11 local agencies to collect gift requests from hundreds of children.

Gift requests can be picked up at the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center in 4-104, and all gifts are due back to 4-104 by 5 p.m. on Monday, December 16. Be part of this annual MIT tradition of service!

Learn more: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/givingtree/

Academic Mentors Needed in Boston Public Schools (Gr. K- 12)

Boston Partners in Education provides subject matter training and mentoring to help facilitate 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. Boston Partners in Education is looking for volunteers to tutor and mentor students in 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.

To apply for this opportunity, please visit: http://www.bostonpartners.org/index.cfm/pid/10253

Student/Volunteer matches are made based on your preferences:
- Location
- Time of day
- Day of the week
- Subject matter
- Grade level
- One-on-one vs. small group work

Ready to make a difference in the lives of Boston Public School students? For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Boston Partners in Education at ebrady@bostonpartners.org or 617-451-6145.

SquashBusters is seeking Academic Coaches!

SquashBusters is a long-term, intensive youth development program that combines the sport of squash with academic enrichment, community service, summer opportunities and college counseling and support. The mission is to ensure college enrollment and completion. The program serves 200 Boston and Lawrence middle, high school and college-aged students. SquashBusters runs long-term, year-round, comprehensive programming, and is located at 795 Columbus Ave, Boston MA.

The role of the Academic Coach is to work with SquashBusters’ high school students in their core classes. We are seeking academic coaches with expertise in the advanced sciences and math. Academic coaches broaden students’ awareness of science-based careers, as well as support students who are struggling in advanced high school classes such as: AP/Honors Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, and Calculus. Academic coaches will work one-on-one with students during a 60 minute homework help session. These sessions are designed to help honor roll students maintain strong GPAs, and to support other determined but less successful students to steadily improve their grades, so both groups are prepared for the college application process.

There are many opportunities for involvement, and we are looking forward to hearing from you. For further information, please contact: Charles Levinson, c.levinson@squahbusters.org, 617.373.6929.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Opportunity to be Teaching Fellow at Maranyundo Girls School, Nyamata, Rwanda (Rolling Deadline)

Beginning January 2014 through August 2014 (end date negotiable through to November)

We are now accepting applications for the 2014 school year. Resumes are accepted on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply NOW. If selected to formally apply, you will be interviewed by someone from the Maranyundo Initiative and the Head of School. All interested applicants should visit online at http://www.maranyundo.org for additional information. Please send your cover letter and CV to Kim Boucher at kim.boucher@maranyundo.org to obtain an application.

The Maranyundo School is a school of excellence, providing 180 middle school girls with dedicated, degree-qualified teachers, small classes, a first rate curriculum and a vibrant and safe residential community in which to learn and grow.

We are looking for a college graduate who is self-confident, independent and passionately committed to making a difference in the world. As a Teaching Fellow, you will spend at least one school year at the Maranyundo School, providing support to teachers and assistance to students in learning to speak and write English. Fellows will be present on campus full time during the teaching week, which runs Monday thru Saturday. You will live together on campus in the "Faculty House."

Contact: Kim Boucher, 617-268-1286, kim.boucher@maranyundo.org

Jan 16: City Year Shadow Day Opportunity (RSVP by 12/20)

RSVP by Friday, December 20th. Please e-mail the recruiter at the site you are interested in attending and indicate your name, school, year of graduation, e-mail address, phone number, and how you heard about the event. More details will be provided upon your registration.

City Year Boston
TIME: 2pm-7pm
CONTACT TITLE: Senior Recruitment Manager
ADDRESS: 287 Columbus Ave, Boston MA 02116
TELEPHONE: 617-927-2386
EMAIL ADDRESS: Tle@cityyear.org

City Year is 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 City Year’s 25 urban locations across the United States and two international affiliates, teams of trained young people - called corps members - serve full-time in schools for the academic year 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.

During the site visit you will:
- learn about City Year’s work addressing the national dropout crisis in public schools
- engage in a Leadership Workshop similar to training our corps members receive
- have an opportunity to meet corps members and students in a school

Contact: Thuy Le, 617-927-2386, tle@cityyear.org

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