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Community Service Bulletin

February 27, 2013

Spotlight

Apply for a Funded Public Service Fellowships and Internship for the Summer!

Deadline: March 21 at noon

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world. Students work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, schools, and social enterprises.

This summer, we particularly encourage applications for projects in Chile and Colombia. However, we fund projects around the corner in Cambridge, across the US, and around the world. (Note that Colombia is a Moderate Travel Warning country http://informit.mit.edu/epr/3.0travel.html/ so projects in Colombia must show excellent risk management and there are restrictions on project locations and transportation methods)

In both programs, you can:

  • Work by yourself, or as part of a small team
  • Create a project from scratch, or find project ideas and community partners on our website
  • Work locally, nationally, or internationally

Applications for Summer projects must be submitted by noon on March 21.

Find more information about both programs at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/

Looking for project ideas? Check-out the PSC's opportunities page http://web.mit.edu/opps

Questions? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

  • NONE

One-Time Opportunities

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

To pitch your idea: 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? Email globalchallenge@mit.edu

2013 MIT Founders' Skills Accelerator Applications Launching in March!

The MIT Founders' Skills Accelerator (FSA) gives MIT student teams the opportunity to make significant progress on their startup ideas during the summer, without leaving MIT, and receive up to $20K in milestone payments for doing so.

Teams will have dedicated work space, a specialized educational program, and access to a network of mentors. A temporary advisory committee will help keep teams on track with simulated board meetings throughout the summer. Eligible MIT team members can also receive $1K/month fellowships.

Applications will open in March. Keep up to date on all things FSA by signing up for the mailing list at http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/fsa

The Founders' Skills Accelerator is an initiative throughout all of MIT's schools, with resources provided by the MIT Skoltech Initiative, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, MIT Venture Mentoring Service, MIT Technology Licensing Office, Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, and more!

Mar 3: Volunteer at MIT Museum of Science’s Synergy Exhibit

The artists and scientists who worked together to produce Ocean Stories will discuss the powerful collaborative process that gave rise to this exhibit. You will hear firsthand about the challenges they faced and the surprises they uncovered. Presentations and panel discussions will begin at 1pm at the Museum of Science, on the CS&T stage, followed by a meet, greet, & mingle with the artists and scientists in the Ocean Stories exhibit hall."

We are looking for a volunteer who is enthusiastic about sharing science with the public, who is familiar with using Wordpress, and who enjoys creative collaboration.

Contact: Whitney Bernstein, 818 399 7359

Join the Underclassmen Giving Campaign

The Underclassmen Giving Campaign (UGC) raises money for Public Service Center (PSC) Expedition Grants! The Underclassmen Giving Campaign is back this March and is raising money for Public Service Center Expedition Grants, which provide funds to students to do exploratory community service projects. Last semester, we were able to raise enough money to fund two students who went to Costa Rica and Togo over IAP, and we will be raising money again this semester for summer grants. We need freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to volunteer and join this worthwhile effort to support fellow MIT students. This semester’s UGC is March 11-15.

To join, email underclassmen-campaign@mit.edu by March 1.

Attend the Education Expo

How will you help the next generation learn? Attend the Education Expo to discover the possibilities.

Thursday, March 14
Opportunities Fair, 2:30-4:30pm
Career Panel, 3:00-4:00pm
Twenty Chimneys & Mezz Lounge

Come to the Education Expo to discover a variety of ways to get involved in the education field, during your time at MIT and after graduation. Browse the fair showcasing education-focused organizations and programs at MIT, attend the panel discussion with professionals working to improve education through teaching and technology, or come to both events!

For more information and a current list of participants, visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/wheretolook/expo/
Questions? Email servicefair@mit.edu

Apr 12: Let’s Talk About Tech, Baby!

Do you have an MIT experience that trumps all others? Is it inspiring, grounding, or possibly even mortifying? Share your stories at the MIT Museum with classmates, prospective students, alumni, and members of the public from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Whether you love MIT or HTFP (or maybe a little bit of both) we want to hear what keeps you coming back for more drinks at the firehouse!

Presenters are asked to speak for 3-5 minutes to a non-technical audience (or create a video!) about their most memorable MIT experience. Why? It’s fun. It’s enlightening. It’s literally five minutes. It’s great experience. To participate, submit an email to museumtalks@mit.edu (subject line ""Talk Tech"") that includes your name, year/degree aspiration, course/major, phone #, and a brief note introducing yourself, along with a 1-minute audio or video preview.

Apr 20: 14th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup

Last year volunteers helped remove 40 tons of trash along the Charles River. The Esplanade Association provides volunteers with cleanup supplies, snacks, and a free t-shirt. Following the Cleanup you are invited to a volunteer appreciation picnic at the Hatch Shell with music, games provided by Knucklebones, and other fun. Visit our website to find out more.

How to Register
To request a volunteer spot on the Esplanade for the Cleanup please follow this link and fill out the electronic registration form on our website. Click here to register now!

Deadline
March 14th is the last day to register to participate in the Cleanup. Spots on the Esplanade fill up very fast. We are already at 350 volunteers and we often meet our volunteer maximum of 600 people well before March 14th, so please register now!
esplanadeassociation.org

Apr 27: Strides Against Stigma

Strides Against Stigma is a unique event dedicated to raising awareness of depressive disorders and building a community that will erase the stigma of depression. Unlike a traditional walk-a-thon, participants will spend their day at a single location - Boston University - engaging in a variety of fun, educational, and entertaining activities while counting their strides on pedometers.

We are currently looking for local groups and organizations to form their own teams and join us on Saturday, April 27th at Nickerson Field on the Boston University Campus. Please see below for event details and other important information. If you are interested in forming a team, please email me at Anna@plumproductionsinc.com and I will assist you with setting up your team.

Strides Against Stigma
Saturday, April 27th, 2013
11:00am - 3:00pm (10:00am Registration)
Nickerson Field, Boston University Campus

Strides Against Stigma Website
www.StridesAgainstStigma.org

Video from Strides Against Stigma 2012
Check out the Strides Against Stigma YouTube video!

Prizes!
Register before February 28th and be entered to win a Bose Radio!

May 4: Home Base Program’s 2013 Run-Walk to Home Base

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program has a fun, new initiative for MIT students and staff to participate in the Home Base Program’s 2013 Run-Walk to Home Base presented by New Balance on May 4th to raise money for New England veterans and their families and to have the opportunity to cross home plate at Fenway Park!

The Home Base Program is a partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. The Home Base Program serves veterans, active service members, and their families affected by combat- or deployment-related stress and/or traumatic brain injury.

We have created a new college team contest between five local universities: Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, MIT and Northeastern. The university that raises the most money and recruits the biggest team will receive:

  • Acknowledgment in the 2013 Run program and on the Jumbotron at Fenway Park
  • Tickets to a Red Sox game for the team Captain
  • Duck Boat Tour tickets
  • Special Lunch with Home Base Program Executive Director, General Jack Hammond
  • Other prizes TBA

We are looking for an administrator and/or student/s interested in serving as the team Captain for MIT. If you want to be Captain or know of student/s to spearhead the MIT team, please reach out to me at pgoldfarb@partners.org or 617-726-8373.

Ongoing Opportunities

Help Renovate the NAMI Project House

NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) is an organization that provides support and assistance to people who are living with mental illness, as well as their families and friends. The NAMI Wellness Project, located in Needham, Massachusetts, is dedicated to promoting the therapeutic value of exercise, nutrition and music.

We have a big old house in Needham that has been donated as space for our projects. Yet the house is in need of much work to make it usable again. We are looking for volunteers to contribute in what would be one of two possible venues (weather determining): a yard cleanup and bike stripping (for parts) day, to create garage space for the bike shop, or a cleaning and painting day, for several rooms in the house (we certainly have ongoing building projects, as well). All materials will be provided; we can provide food. There is date flexibility; any Saturday or Sunday would work fine, other than May 11, our annual Walk. Some weekdays would work, as well.

If you would like to get involved, or want to know more, contact program director Barry O'Toole at 781-444-0750, or email bodsquadfitness@aol.com.

Take Care of Rescued Cats

Broken Tail Rescue is opening a new cat shelter in Everett (Petsmart-Everett, 15 Mystic View Rd, Everett, MA 02149). We are looking for volunteers to help care for and process adoptions for our rescued cats. Interested volunteers should fill out an application: http://www.brokentailrescue.org/adoption-application/.

Contact: info@brokentailrescue.org

Chinese Language Tutor

Tutor my 10th grade daughter in Chinese language during her March break. She has been studying Chinese for one year

Two weeks. One hour per day, early evening March 11,12,13,14,15 and March 18,19,20,21, at MIT,$25per hour

Contact: Alicia Mawn-Mahlau, mawnmahlau@hotmail.com, 781-729-4722

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 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.

Northwestern University’s Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) (Deadline 3/1)

June 17- August 24, 2013.

GESI is a unique, credit-bearing program that combines service-learning, study abroad, cultural immersion, and invaluable international work experience at dynamic, community-based organizations, where undergrads design and implement small-scale development projects with local partners, or contribute to larger, ongoing projects throughout the course of the summer.

Our sites offer incredible opportunities for students interested in public health, preserving the environment, microfinance, human rights, education, social enterprise, non-profits, and more.We're looking for students to join us this summer in Bolivia, Nicaragua, India, Uganda, South Africa, and our newest site – the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Complete our online application. If you’re interested in cultural immersion, working towards positive social change, and professional development abroad, we hope you’ll fill out our 3-minute interest survey, visit www.gesi.northwestern.edu, or email our office at gesi@northwestern.edu.

Applications are due March 1 for summer 2013.

Cambridge Community Center STEM Program (Deadline 3/6)

The Cambridge Community Center has been helping people to learn, grow, and connect in the Riverside neighborhood for over 80 years, building community and providing a place for neighbors to meet. In partnership with the MIT Public Service Center we are seeking a coordinator for our new Middle School STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Program. This program will give middle school kids the opportunity to explore STEM activities and ideas under the guidance of MIT students. The Coordinator will work with CCC staff to choose a set of STEM activities, present the material in engaging ways and potentially recruit other MIT students to volunteer! The program is expected to work with about 10 middle school students during the hours of 3:30 – 4:30 one day per week during the spring semester.

This is a paid position for students who qualify for Community Service Work-Study. Please email mcentire@mit.edu with questions or for an application, to be submitted by March 6.

Nominate someone for the Priscilla Gray Award for Public Service (Deadline 3/15)

Nominations are open for the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service
Nominate at awards.mit.edu by Friday, March 15
Questions? Email psc@mit.edu

This award honors the inspirational contributions Priscilla King Gray has made to public service at MIT. It was established by the Undergraduate Association in cooperation with the Public Service Center. The award recognizes an undergraduate who is exceptionally committed to public service at MIT and its surrounding communities. The recipient clearly demonstrates a personal dedication to social change, prolonged and in-depth involvement and initiative in a leadership capacity.

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