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Community Service Bulletin

February 6, 2013


Apply to be a FUP counselor! (deadline 2/15)

We need YOU to lead the 2013 Freshman Urban Program (FUP)! FUP is a pre-orientation program that introduces pre-freshman to MIT and Boston/Cambridge through public service activities and discussion of urban issues. Counselors have an amazing opportunity to develop leadership skills, perform public service, mentor pre-freshman, and build strong friendships.

Apply today to be a counselor! Deadline: Friday, February 15. No prior FUP experience is required.

For more information and to apply: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fup/counselor.html Questions? fup-staff@mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Feb 7: Egyptian Movie Night

The Egyptian Student Association at MIT invites you to an Egyptian Movie Night featuring the movie: Hassan & Morcos with English Subtitles and followed by a discussion on Thursday, 2/7 starting at 6:30 PM in room 35-225 (MIT Building 35, 2nd floor, room 25, here’s a map). Food will be served!

Join us on our Facebook Event, and check out the Movie Wiki.

Feb 8: ReachOut Tutor Application & Orientation Session

ReachOut is a literacy program that matches MIT students with children at a local after school center for tutoring twice a week. Students may participate in ReachOut as volunteers or receive a paid position through Community Service Work-Study. The application can be found here http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/reachout/index.html and should be completed by Friday, February 8 at 3 p.m. All new tutors must attend an orientation on Friday, February 8 at 4 p.m. in 4-231.

Feb 9: Inaugural MIT Scaling Development Ventures Conference

Saturday, February 9, 9am-3:30pm MIT Media Lab

This is MIT’s conference for growing social ventures in low and medium countries. Join us to:

  • Hear about models that have worked from entrepreneurs at successful ventures such as D-Rev, Kopernik, SELCO and D.light
  • Meet teams that started their social ventures at MIT
  • Talk with experienced entrepreneurs in attendance

RSVP - while we are now oversold, you can sign up to be on our waiting list. Learn more at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/about/scalingdevventures or email scalingdevventures@mit.eduwith questions.

Questions: email scalingdevventures@mit.edu.

Organized by MIT's D-Lab, IDEAS Global Challenge, Media Lab, International Development Initiative, Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

Feb 11: Get paid to do something you love through Community Service Work-Study

Monday, February 11, 7-8 p.m., PDR1

Attend a student employment information session to learn about finding a job through Community Service Work-Study: an opportunity for students with Federal work-study to give back to the community and earn a paycheck. Students who qualify for Federal work-study are able to add to their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with finding creative solutions to the problems they face. Learn about working at the Science Club for Girls, ReachOut, Girls’ Angle, Tutors for All and many other organizations.

Contact Information:
Linden McEntire, mcentire@mit.edu, 617-253-8065

Feb 11: MIT’s Broader Impacts Group Kickoff

Monday February 11 (5:30 - 6:30 PM) at the MIT Museum

Join The Broader Impacts Group and guest speaker, science writer John Bohannon, for a kick off at the MIT Museum on Feb 11,5:30-6:30! Learn about BIG 's ongoing efforts to catalyze dialogue and allowed outreach beyond the lab, while exploring the art and skill of science communication. Network with others interested in outreach and bring your own fresh perspective to the table.

Contact: Sarah Rosengard, srosengard@gmail.com

Feb 21: MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner

Thurs., Feb 21 @ 7:00-9:00pm
Lobdell Dining Room, W20-208

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?

Come learn about the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge and hear what other teams are working on. This is the chance to pitch your idea and handmade poster to woo and recruit teammates or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the final chance to submit a Scope Statement on February 27, here’s your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team. Come join to mix and mingle and meet potential teammates or to learn more.

RSVP here: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/events/view/274

The evening will feature two recruitment open mic sessions to help teams form. Have an idea and looking for teammates? Sign up to pitch an idea: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/events/view/274

Questions? Emailglobalchallenge@mit.edu

Jun 2: Volunteer for AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run

When: Sunday, June 2rd

Where: DCR Hatch Memorial Shell Charles River Esplanade in Boston

Time: 7am-2pm (Volunteer shifts vary)

We are looking for talented, dedicated and hard working individuals to fill the following volunteer positions on Sunday, June 2nd:

  • Walk Course Marshals
  • Run Course Marshals
  • Crowd Control/Security
  • Finish Area Volunteers
  • Registration Volunteers
  • Cheerleaders

To sign up, please visit www.aidswalkboston.org and choose “Volunteer” as your participation type. If you can’t volunteer but would like to still participate in the event, we invite you to join us as a Walker or Runner. For more information about volunteering for AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run 2013, please contact Sharon Glasser, AIDS Walk Volunteer Coordinator at 617.450.1520 or sglasser@aac.org.

Ongoing Opportunities

Tutor an SAT Class!

Let's Get Ready is a non-profit that seeks to expand college access to under-served high school students. We offer FREE SAT classes to students from all over the Boston area at the Boston Higher Education Resource Center. We are currently looking for volunteers to help teach the class one night a week on either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6:00-9:00. We'll be doing Critical Reading and Writing on Tuesdays and Math on Wednesdays.

Fill out this brief application and we'll get back to you. Thanks!

Evaluation of Technologies for International Development

Professors: Bish Sanyal (sanyal@mit.edu), Oli de Weck (deweck@mit.edu) For graduate and graduate and undergraduate students.

Schedule: Mondays, 3:30-5:00
Location: 4-149

Animated by a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to establish the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at MIT, this seminar will serve as a forum on developing new methodologies for assessment of products intended to improve the quality of life of low-income households in developing countries. Sessions will explore methods of evaluation from various fields to ensure that these products are technically suitable, scalable and sustainable. In addition, the course will focus heavily on addressing real-world constraints and problems faced by development agencies, governments, NGOs, and development practitioners in general. Led by faculty and research scientists from Engineering Systems Division and Urban Studies and Planning; and drawing on presentations by practitioners from USAID, Partners in Health, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Consumer Reports and others this seminar will facilitate and discuss the very process of cross-disciplinary learning, incorporating knowledge and techniques from many fields including Systems Engineering, Institutional Analysis, Experimental Design, Supply Chain Analysis and Community Development. As a final project, students will be expected to develop an individual research proposal and evaluation plan focusing on a specific product. Students who write the most promising proposals may be asked to formally join the CITE research team by the end of the seminar and continue to work closely with CITE team leaders to conduct fieldwork over summer 2013.

URL: http://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/ESD/sp13/ESD.S20/

EC.714 D-Lab: Biodiversity

D-Lab: Biodiversity is a hands-on, multi-disciplinary exploration of the dynamic nexus between global biodiversity and human well-being. This course, comprised of lectures, guest speakers, experiential activities and projects, covers topics such as reforestation, nutrient cycles, poaching, complexity, climate change, fair trade, ecotourism and governance. It provides opportunities to develop and practice skills in cross-cultural engagement, negotiation, ecological measurement, permaculture and sustainable technology design. Students work remotely with community partners on projects, jointly identifying community concerns and co-designing potential solutions. Opportunities for summer travel to partner communities offered.

Times: TuTh 2-4pm
Location: N51-310 (above the MIT Museum in Central Square)
Units: 2-2-5

Register your team for the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (Deadline extended to 2/12)

The FSILG&D Service Challenge encourages teams of fraternity, sorority, independent living group, and dorm participants to compete for the Service Cup over a two-month period February through April. Teams are encouraged to serve the community as a community.

In addition to helping community organizations and the populations they serve, participation in the Service Challenge certainly has its benefits for participants. Registered teams have the chance to win Service Cup winner bragging rights, publicity of team service undertakings, access to exclusive alternative spring break funding, $2,000 in service implementation funding for the upcoming academic year, meaningful opportunities for team bonding, and an acquisition of knowledge about the local community.

Register your team for the 2013 Service Challenge by February 5 at 5pm (More information about the Service Challenge can be found on the PKG Center’s website or by emailing servicechallenge@mit.edu.

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge (Deadline 2/27)

Working on an innovative project that make a positive change in the world—locally, nationally or internationally?

Enter it into IDEAS Global Challenge for a chance to win up to $10k per team to make your idea a reality. All teams must submit a Scope Statement, then teams who are eligible will be invited to submit a Final Proposal on April 5. Teams must be led by a full-time MIT students and must demonstrate that MIT students have made a significant contribution to the project.

Details are online at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/competition/how-to-enter.
Questions? Email globalchallenge@mit.edu

The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge is a program of the MIT of Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center.

Apply for Alternative Spring Break funding for your Service Challenge team (Deadline: 3/1)

Teams registered to compete in the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (register here by 2/5: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fsilgd/registration.html) may apply to subsidize one alternative spring break (ASB) project for their FSILG or dorm members.

It takes time to coordinate projects with agencies, raise needed funds, and plan travel logistics, so start searching for ASB opportunities now. Don’t let this great chance to engage in community service slip away from you! Full application guidelines can be found at http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fsilgd/break.html.

Submit your project proposal to servicechallenge@mit.edu by March 1. Email servicehallenge@mit.edu with questions.

Global Engagement Studies Institute (Deadline 3/1)

Are you passionate about global change, committed to learning by doing, and ready to engage in hands-on international development?

The summer 2013 Global Engagement Studies Institute at Northwestern University will equip you to:

  • Work directly with local communities and community organizations in Uganda, India, Bolivia, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, or South Africa
  • Earn two Northwestern course credits (the equivalent of 6 semester credits)
  • Leverage the strengths, rather than list the weaknesses, of the communities in which you live and work abroad
  • Live with a host family and immerse yourself in another culture for eight weeks
  • Work in teams to design and implement an original development project in youth and education, environmental development, microfinance, gender and development, global health, social enterprise, human rights, and more

To learn more: Fill out our 3-minute interest survey, visit www.gesi.northwestern.edu, or email our office at gesi@northwestern.edu. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2013 for summer 2013. Apply today for the best chance of being accepted to your first choice GESI location.
We hope you'll join us from June 17-August 24, 2013 to be part of sustainable development and collaborative change on the GESI program.

Apply for the International Impact Investing Challenge Competition (Deadline 4/26)

The International Impact Investing Challenge is a pitch competition that asks students to propose and defend a sustainable impact investment strategy that uses finance and investment tools to create an innovative solution to an environmental or societal challenge.

The 2013 International Impact Investing Challenge (I3C) will take place at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., April 26, 2013, with the Calvert Foundation serving as host partner, and INSEAD serving as the European partner.

To participate in I3C, teams of students will submit a two-page prospectus outlining their investment strategy and the issue they want to address by March 14, 2013. Ten teams will be chosen and flown to Washington for the finals April 26, 2013, where they will pitch their idea to a panel of judges comprised of recognized leaders in the impact investing arena. Prizes will be awarded. Check out this site for more information: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsatmitsloan/2012/11/19/international-impact-investing-challenge-competition/

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Public Service Fellowships and Internships

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world. Fellows and Interns work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, government offices, international aid agencies, schools, grassroots groups, student-initiated service enterprises and even for-profit businesses if the business is using a social-entrepreneurship model to address the needs of an under-served community. Students in these programs receive a stipend for their work, which typically goes towards living and travel expenses.

The Fellowships and Internships application deadline is Thursday, March 21 at noon. http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/fellows-apply.html

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center is not responsible for the quality or safety of outside service agencies, and does not screen volunteer placements or projects. The Community Service Opportunities bulletin is published once a week by the staff of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 617-253-0742, or stop by 4-104.

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