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Community Service Bulletin

February 14, 2012

Spotlight

IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner (2/23)

Want funding for your innovative service project? Want to recruit members or mentors for your IDEAS team? Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea? Then come to the IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner and get connected!

The Generator Dinner will feature two recruitment open mic sessions with a prize for the best presentation in each category. Pitches must be professional, practiced, and to the point. The Generator will include other activities to help everyone get connected with the right teammates (you don't have to give a pitch). Feel free to bring along small prototypes and presentation materials that help describe your project

Participants who do submit a pitch will each have 60 seconds to pitch their projects to the audience in one of two categories:

  • Category One: Recruit The IDEAS Dream Team
  • Category Two: Get Yourself "Hired"

What: IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner
When: Thursday, February 23 at 7:00pm
Where: Lobdell Dining Room / Student Center

Open mic spaces are limited. RSVP by February 22 to globalchallenge-rsvp@mit.edu to sign-up for a 60-second pitch opportunity. RSVPs are welcome for dinner.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Apply to be a FUP counselor! (deadline 2/16)

We need YOU to lead the 2012 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: Thursday, February 16. 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

FSILG&D Service Challenge – Alternative Spring Break grant application deadline (2/17)

Teams registered to compete in the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge 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 noon on February 17. Email servicehallenge@mit.edu with questions.

Paint Signs for the Walk for Hunger with PMD! (3/3, register by 2/24)

Project Bread is the nonprofit organization that organizes the annual Walk for Hunger to raise funds to support 400+ emergency feeding programs in 135 communities Massachusetts, Hunger Hotline, food drives, and shaping public policies that address hunger. http://www.projectbread.org

Volunteers will pick slogans and paint colorful, 4-ft signs on drop clothes on the gymnasium floor. The 500 painted signs will direct, educate, and motivate, as well as decrease graffiti, along the 20-mile walk route.

This will be PMD's 19th year assisting with this unique project that offers wonderful opportunities to express your artistic side, and exhibit your work (anonymously) to thousands!

PMD policy requires that volunteers sign up only themselves and that all volunteers participate for the entire project time span to which they commit in advance, in order to enable us to finish all the signs needed, clean up the project site, gather and clean our tools and materials, and enable all volunteers to leave on time.

The project will be held on Saturday March 3, and volunteers can choose from 3 shifts: 9:30AM-12:30PM, 1PM-4PM, and 9:30AM-4PM, and will be located at Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger, in East Boston.

Register by 2/24 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22EPHPPBCM5

Be an All Star Tutor during Spring Break (3/3-3/10)        

Want an alternative spring break experience this year? Why leave Boston? Local communities need you! Become a volunteer tutor during the week of March 3 - March 10 and help Tutors for All bridge the Achievement Gap at schools in Boston.

Tutors will: work one-on-one with a middle or high school student to radically improve his or her math and literacy skills, Earn up to $14 per hour (subject to Work-Study limits) or up to 40 hours of community service credit, Be part of a team of young professionals and students from other colleges and universities in Boston, Benefit from intensive professional development and training. New tutors have choice of attending paid training from 4-8 pm on either February 29 or March 1.

Tutors have the freedom to choose their level of commitment: serve as few as 6 hours and up to 40 hours! Tutors for All programs operate at various sites throughout Boston. For more information or to get involved, please contact Annie Cervin at acervin@tutorsforall.org or (617)279-2445 or visit tutorsforall.org

Engaging Volunteers in Critical Times: Modernizing Nonprofit Organizations (3/15, register by 2/29)

DOVA and the MIT Public Service Center are pleased to host Australian volunteer engagement expert Martin J. Cowling from People First-Total Solutions for interactive workshops for volunteer leaders on "Creating a Pro-Volunteer Culture" and "Fundamentals-The Essentials of a Volunteer Program" in MIT's Bush Room (10-105) on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

To increase overall organizational support for volunteerism, the morning session (9am-12noon) on "Creating a Pro-Volunteer Culture" is for broad audiences (volunteer leaders and organizers, executive directors, managers, board members) including leaders at college associations, clubs, and living groups who will learn about and discuss The impact and value of a pro-volunteer culture, Why culture is important to an agency/group, The elements of an agency/group culture, What an ideal pro-volunteer is, Specific actions everyone working with volunteers can  take to strengthen pro-volunteer culture at his/her agency/group.

So that our volunteer programs function most effectively, "Fundamentals-The Essentials of a Volunteer Program” will be the afternoon session (1-5pm). Participants take inventory of the specific strengths and weaknesses of their volunteer programs in the context of key characteristics of an effective service enterprise that focuses volunteers on performing critical work, and then they will identify and plan what is needed to improve their situations.

We are pleased to offer a heavily discounted auditing option to the MIT Community. Register here: http://dovaboston031512auditor.eventbrite.com, but if you wish to participate fully in the meals and networking hours preceding each session for $100-$150pp, do NOT audit, register at http://dovaboston031512.eventbrite.comby 2/29.

Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship Applications are Now Open!

The annual awards program is designed to recognize and support social entrepreneurs anywhere in the world who are helping to solve the world's most pressing problems. Each award includes a core support grant to the entrepreneur's organization, to be paid over three years, and a non-cash award to the social entrepreneur presented at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. It is anticipated that fewer than ten Skoll Awards will be announced this year.

The foundation seeks to support social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale impact in a range of issues and areas, including economic and social equity, environmental sustainability, health, institutional responsibility, peace and security, and tolerance, justice, and human rights. The foundation's focus on these issue areas stems from a belief that many of the world's most pressing problems are exacerbated by inequality between the rich and poor. Social entrepreneurs provide solutions that address this inequity at a systemic level.

While the awards do not have an absolute budget threshold for eligibility, the foundation has found that organizations with annual revenues below $2.5 million that have activities primarily in developed countries and below $1 million that have activities primarily in developing countries tend to be at a disadvantage in the selection process. The selection process prioritizes organizations based on readiness to expand impact significantly and/or scale up solutions and favors organizations within these budget thresholds.

To receive an award, an organization must be a legally incorporated entity. Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) public charity status, including organizations based in other countries, will be asked to submit additional documentation.

For detailed awards criteria, the required eligibility quiz, application procedures, and an FAQ, visit the Skoll Foundation Web site: http://www.skollfoundation.org/about/skoll-awards/

Volunteer with Samanvai

Samanvai's mission is to promote education and career development opportunities as well as rehabilitation for students with disabilities of all economic backgrounds in India. Samanvai has made significant progress in the last several years, all due to the work of dedicated and determined volunteers.

We are looking to expand our volunteer efforts here at MIT and are currently seeking more volunteers. Volunteer work for Samanvai involves: grant/proposal writing for funds and fellowships, writing and editing for the website, media related jobs involving video/audio editing, organizing fundraisers and charity events, and more. We are currently discussing the development of a health program at Samanvai to promote the awareness and prevention of disability in rural communities and would love to have volunteers on board for this as well. There is also scope for volunteers to think creatively and come up with their own projects to implement for Samanvai's continued improvement. Also, with more volunteers on board, we hope to quickly apply for ASA recognition as an MIT student group.

If anyone is interested in our efforts, please have them respond directly to: Emily Brown at eebrown@mit.edu or Priyanka Saha at psaha27@mit.edu

Ongoing Opportunities

Join Amphibious Achievement as a tutor, coach or mentor! (deadline 2/17)

Amphibious Achievement is a dual athletic and academic mentorship program. Our goal is to promote "success in and out of the water" through a combination of instruction in aquatic sports and college preparatory tutoring.

Mentors for Amphibious Achievement will work with our students in a variety of capacities. One option is to be a coach. As a coach you will engage half of our students in innovative drills every Sunday from 9am-10:30am. These drills include teaching students correct rowing body swing with the Lean With It, Rock With Itdrill, dynamic yoga exercises, and learning the backstroke by balancing a filled cup on your forehead. You can also apply to be a tutor and work with our 35 student Achievers. Tutoring is comprised of 25% classroom-wide activities such as competitive Grammar Jeopardy, and 75% individual one-on-two tutoring, where tutors work with two students to read through The Economistand solve challenging math problems.

The deadline to apply to be a coach, tutor or mentor is February 17th at 11:59pm! Amphibious Achievement Mentor Application https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHJkZUx4MlRvX3g5ZXFIaUVaeHF2Mmc6MQ

Join The Coop’s Board of Directors! (deadline: 2/22)

Student Coop Members: Would you value an opportunity to gain practical business experience while you influence the way the Coop serves students and other members, and receive a stipend as too?

Well, the Coop can offer you an opportunity to do just that as a member of the Coop Board of Directors. The Coop is now accepting applications from interested Harvard and MIT undergraduate and graduate degree candidate students to serve during the 2012-2013 academic school year. The elected student directors will have an opportunity to closely interact with academic and business professionals from the Harvard and MIT communities.

The Coop Board of Directors meets approximately six times during the school year. Service on committees offers additional opportunities for exposure in practically every aspect of business- finance-auditing-real estate, community relations and charitable giving.

For election information contact Allan Powell aepowell@thecoop.com Apply online at www.thecoop.com to be nominated as a candidate for election to the Coop Board of Directors- click on Student Election for complete information. Apply by February 22, 2012!

Only paid-up student Coop members who are degree candidates at Harvard and MIT may apply.

MCAS Tutors Needed - Tuesday & Thursday Nights (Orientation 3/1)

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is seeking tutors for our MCAS program. Each tutor will be matched one-on-one with a student for this ten-week program. The MCAS program at Tutoring Plus begins March 6th and ends May 3rd (the program will close for two weeks due to school break). The program runs on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Cambridgeport School – 89 Elm St. Cambridge, MA. Orientation for tutors will be on March 1st from 6-7 p.m.

The Mission of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is to support and encourage the academic, personal, and social growth of youth in Cambridge with the help of volunteers and community partners. We have over 200 tutors and mentors spread over six different sites, serving more than 170 Cambridge Youth.

For more information, please contact Sarah Morin at morin@tutoringplus.org or (617)349-6588 x 422, or visit www.tutoringplus.org

Submit an Initial Scope Statement to enter MIT IDEAS Global Challenge (deadline: 3/2)

Last chance to get feedback and apply for development grants!

Working on a new way to deliver social impact? If you're working on an innovative technology, system or project, get started! Teams have four chances to submit an Initial Scope Statement and gain feedback from IDEAS staff. If teams need funding as they develop their idea over the next six months, they can submit a Development Grant Request. All teams must submit at least one Initial Scope Statement. Submit early, submit often.

This is the last chance to submit and get feedback from volunteers: March 2 by 11:59PM; details online at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/competition/how-to-enter. Wondering whether your idea fits? Just ask: globalchallenge@mit.edu

Join DIYDev: a new nonprofit dedicated to sharing of information between nonprofits, volunteers, and development practitioners

Every day, all over the world, students, volunteers, and development practitioners start new projects and organizations to address social problems. But nonprofits and aid organizations are notoriously poor at sharing information, and so every year, the wheel is reinvented, mistakes are recreated, and aid is delivered inefficiently.

DIYDev is a platform where students, volunteers, and development practitioners from around the world can connect and share do-it-yourself videos, lessons learned, tools, best practices, and other resources from their service projects. This information is organized by tags like topic, region, and phase of project, with an emphasis on information/resources that have been shown to be valid through data.

We are looking for volunteers! If you think our idea sounds interesting and have some extra time on your hands, and are interested in getting awesome start-up experience, we would love your help! We would also love the advice of those who have experience starting similar projects.

Specific areas we need help with: Web design, Site organization, Soliciting web content and building user base, Business strategy. There are many of other opportunities as well. Most of our team meetings are done over Skype, as we have team members located around the world. We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit at least one semester of time. If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions, just shoot us an email at diydev@googlegroups.com and we can set up a meeting.

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 617-253-5124

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

GHC Fellowship Positions Are Open! (Due 2/17)

Positions for Global Health Corps' 2012-2013 class of Fellows have been posted to our website! As always, we are offering a wide range of placements and skillsets - from Procurement and Logistics Coordinators with Partners in Health in Malawi, to Design Fellowships with MASS Design Group in Rwanda.

Check out: http://ghcorps.org/apply/placements We are currently offering Fellowship positions in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and the US beginning in July 2012.

To create an application, please visit http://ghcorps.org/apply/application

The Village Education Project 2012 Summer Volunteer Program

The Village Education Project Summer Volunteer Program is seeking motivated college students to teach in rural Ecuador this summer. Volunteers teach underprivileged seventh graders who cannot afford to attend high school and who come from impoverished primary schools unable to provide adequate preparation. Using a curriculum designed by Ecuadorian teachers and principals and American education students and professors, volunteers are tasked with helping the seventh grade students get up to grade level. Those who pass the high school entrance exam at the end of the summer will receive a full scholarship from The Village Education Project, including the cost of all school supplies.

All fees paid by volunteers will be used to fund these scholarships, so participation not only helps kids learn, but provides the financial means to send the kids from the summer program to high school that year. Almost every student sponsored by The Village Education Project is the first in their family to attend high school due to the high cost--about $200 per year--of secondary education in Ecuador.

The Summer 2011 program dates are from June 17th to August 4th. While the requirement is that all volunteers stay for a minimum of four weeks, we encourage all volunteers to stay for the entirety of the program.

For details on the program; pictures, videos and narratives from past volunteers; costs; and an official application, please visit the Volunteer section of our website at www.villageeducation.org/ or contact us at volunteer@villageeducation.org

The MIT 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 MIT 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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