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Community Service Bulletin

March 13, 2013


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 http://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 Priscilla King Gray 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.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Mar 13: Why America Needs Teachers from MIT

6:30, Rm 4-231
All courses and grades welcome.

Speaker: John Gutierrez from Teach For America

Mar 13: Monitoring and Evaluation as a Force for Change in Global Health

7PM in 6-120

Dr. Hirschhorn is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Associate Physician at the Division of Global Health Equity, and Visiting Scientist at Harvard School of Public Health. She also serves as the Director for Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality at Partners In Health. Her research focuses on monitoring, evaluating and improving access, utilization and outcomes of HIV and primary care in resource limited settings, and adherence in people living with HIV.

Mar 14: 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://mit.edu/mitpsc/wheretolook/expo/
Questions? Email servicefair@mit.edu

Mar 14: BEYOND 3.11: Using 3.11 for Policy Change

When: 6:00 pm-, Thursday, March 14, 2013
Where: MIT Student Center Room 407 (Building W20)
Open to the general public
RSVP: Link or Facebook page (Space is limited. Please RSVP)


  • Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science; Director of the Center for International Studies, MIT
  • Shun Kanda, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture; Director, MIT Japan 3.11 Initiative
  • Mio Yamamoto, Co-Founder and Director of World in Asia; Class of 2013, MIT Sloan School of Management

For more information, contact: Mio Yamamoto, mioy@mit.edu

Mar 15: SariFixation: A ReDesign Challenge

lallitara and the Council of the Arts at MIT are hosting SariFixation: A ReDesign Challenge to help turn waste streams into value streams. lallitara transforms secondhand Indian saris into one of a kind, unique and fashionable products. We want YOU to be a contributor of this transformation!

We are looking for a variety of designs to expand lallitara’s fashionable collection. lallitara will send contestants approximately 5 yards of reclaimed sari fabric to design and create products. Winning items will have a chance to be manufactured, promoted and sold on lallitara.com along with some fabulous prizes!

Mar 16: MIT Sloan Africa Business Conference

The 3rd annual MIT Sloan Africa Business Conference takes place on March 16th, 2013 at the MIT Media Lab, with the inaugural African Investment Forum taking place on the 15th.

The theme of this year's conference is "Africa Innovate: Celebrating Successes, Addressing Challenges" and we have a diverse and exciting list of panelists and keynotes across the two days including: Donald Kaberuka ( President of the African Development Bank), Njeri Rionge ( Founder of Ignite Consulting and Africa's first Internet millionaire) and Obi Asika ( entertainment mogul and CEO of Storm Media).

The conference will also feature our signature "Vision Talks" and the finale of this year's African Business Plan Competition.

For more information and to get tickets, click below to go the conference website: http://sloanafrica.scripts.mit.edu/africainnovate/

Mar 19: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance

Microfinance has been a major inspiration for the social enterprise movement in developing countries. It has garnered more than 100 million customers, billions of dollars in financing, and a Nobel Prize. Yet microfinance has fallen on hard times in recent years. Microcredit bubbles have popped. Powerful politicians such as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh have dealt the industry smack-down, equating it with moneylending. New studies have questioned the perception that microfinance reliably reduces poverty. Author David Roodman will share the findings of his book Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance, which he wrote in public through a blog. The book is not a diatribe, but an open-minded sifting of evidence from many disciplines. His analysis offers important lessons for social entrepreneurs. There is genuine value in building durable institutions to mass-produce useful services for poor customers, but entrepreneurs must guard against the convenient assumption that what they want to sell is always good for the customer.

Join us on March 19th 5:30PM, 45 Carleton St, Cambridge, E25-111. Free and open to the public

Mar 30: Prepare and Serve Lunch to the Women at Rosie’s Place

When it comes to helping people, even the smallest gesture can mean the world to someone. When it comes to helping women, the people at Rosie's Place truly excel - but they can't do it alone. They need help, your help. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve lunch to homeless women and their children. Don't worry - no experience necessary; just a desire to help others in need. So come help; come show these women that people care; come make a difference

For additional information about the event go to: http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=668

Apr 1: Volunteer for Family Scratch Nights

Family Scratch Nights are a series of creative technology workshops organized by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. These workshops engage parents and their children in underserved communities to create and invent together using Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu), a programming language where people can create their own interactive animations, games, and stories.

Volunteers will help as facilitators at the workshops, supporting families to work together and learn about programming. These workshops will run on Saturdays for five weeks starting on April 13 through May 11 at the South Boston Computer Clubhouse. We are looking for volunteers to commit to coming to all five workshops, which run from 5pm-8:30pm. No prior experience with Scratch or programming is necessary, we’ll teach you everything you need to know!

Contact: Ricarose Roque, 6178238874

Apr 27: Annual Spring Clean-Up of Ringer Park in Allston

Refreshment, Lunch, Work Gloves, Tools, etc. provided. Volunteers can work any time between 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Check-In: at the Softball Field! Community Service Letters are available upon request.

Contact: Joan Pasquale, Executive Director, pcbginc@mail.com

May 4: Cross Home Plate at Fenway to Help Veterans and Their Families

Be part of the Run-Walk to Home Base Presented by New Balance to benefit the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program serving veterans, active service members and their families affected by combat stress or traumatic brain injury. The event features a 9K run for adults age 14 and older and a 3-mile walk for adults and kids. Both courses wind through scenic Boston and end at the Green Monster and a photo finish at home plate at historic Fenway Park with friends and family cheering you on.

Kids ages 6-13 in walk - $125. Prizes for fundraising. To register or learn more: www.runtohomebase.org

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteer Tutor Opportunity with Upward Bound

The MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program is looking for individuals who are able to commit to at least one day per week, with a minimum commitment of 2 hours per day. 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.

For consideration, please forward a letter of interest and a resume to: upwardbound@mit.edu. For more information, contact Ms. Evette M. Layne at the above email address or at 617-253-5124

Volunteer to Lead a Tour of MIT

We want to get a group of middle school students from Salem, MA excited about careers in STEM and is there any better place to do this than MIT? Most of the students are from low-income homes and for many it will be the first time on a college campus and first time exposed to STEM careers.

We are looking for 3 - 4 volunteers to help organize and lead a large group of 6th and 7th graders (broken down into smaller groups) on a tour of the ""cool"" places on campus.  We leave it up to your ingenuity to design the tour.  It might also include a trip to the MIT Museum. We know how crazy you guys can be - so show us your stuff.

We are looking at Saturday morning, April 27 9:30 - noon. Or if you can mobilize faster - March 30, 9:30 – noon. Please contact Linda Saris at 781.696.0899.

Continuing to Grow the Graduation Pledge Alliance—You Can Help

The Alliance is the international coordinating body for those schools using the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility. The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility states:

"I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."

Today, the mission of the Graduation Pledge Alliance is to build a global community of graduates whose commitment to social and environmental responsibility in the workplace and in the rest of their lives is helping to build a healthy, sustainable, and just world. The Graduation Pledge Alliance encourages individuals, chapters, and schools to determine for themselves - consistent with building a healthy, sustainable, and just world - the meaning of social and environmental responsibility; and to adopt and/or reword the pledge as appropriate for their situation. If you are willing to help the Graduation Pledge Alliance pursue our mission on a global basis, promote the Graduation Pledge through your own networks, or just assist a single school, please contact our Executive Director Bill Benet at: BBenet@Bentley.edu

Come Be a Part of Maker Corps

The Maker Education Initiative (MakerEd.org) was established to create more opportunities for young people to participate in making as an engaging form of learning that can spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts. We want young people to join—and eventually lead—the growing Maker Movement, a community that combines creative ideas and technical skills to develop and share interdisciplinary projects online and at events such as Maker Faire (MakerFaire.com).

We are recruiting Maker Corps members that will serve as near-peer mentors and role models in a variety of community settings. Maker Corps members will be employed at a Host Site for the summer of 2013 to engage children and families in creative projects that develop problem-solving skills, while gaining experience serving as a community leader.

Applicants must be 18-22 years old as of June 1, 2013 and live or attend school within the community hosting a Maker Corps team.

Apply at http://makered.org/maker-corps-member-online-application/  Detailed description and job requirements attached.  Questions?  Contact Lydia Beall Design Challenges Program Manager, Museum of Science, Boston lbeall@mos.org

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (Deadline 3/26)

IPVS is an eight-week academic internship program held in Washington, D.C. for undergraduate students interested in volunteerism and careers in the nonprofit sector. The Institute combines substantive professional experience for 30 hours a week with a challenging academic experience worth 6 credit hours from George Mason University.  All students are housed in apartments in downtown Washington, DC.

To take advantage of the extended application and scholarship deadline, please contact Kristen Wright, Program Manager for the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service at kwright@tfas.org or 202.986.0384. We will work with you to help you complete your application and ensure that it qualifies for the extended deadline.

For more information or to start an application, please visit our website at www.DCinternships.org/IPVS.

Nominate an innovative programme for the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value (Deadline 3/31)

Help your programme scale up! We are looking to invest in social change by helping innovative, commercially viable, and high impact initiatives achieve social scale and financial sustainability. The winning entry will benefit from financial support of up to CHF 500,000 (approx. USD 530,000). Specific fields of activity include, but are not limited to: agriculture, including extension services and use of new technologies; food science and technology; nutrition education programmes; water management; protection of water resources; etc. The Prize is open to individuals, not-for-profit organisations, governmental and intergovernmental organisations, private enterprises and academic institutions. Closing date is 31st March 2013.  Find out how to nominate an initiative at www.nestle.com/CSV/CSVPrize or contact us at CSVPrize@nestle.com

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Apply for a Funded Public Service Fellowships and Internship for the Summer! (Deadline: 3/21)

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 PKG Center's opportunities page http://web.mit.edu/opps

Questions? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

Sense and Sustainability Fellowship

Deadline: Mar 17

Fill out the application form and send your resume to jisungpark@fas.harvard.edu If you are selected for an interview, a member of S&S will notify you prior to March 24. Interviews will be held either in person or over Skype and will last approximately 30 minutes. Candidates will be notified of selection shortly after interviews have been completed and will have a start date during the week of April 1st.

Positions open: Operations and Management Fellow, Online Media Fellow

Sense & Sustainability (S&S) is a podcast, a blog, and online community of leading young sustainability academics and professionals. Its mission is to translate the frontier of academic research and business practice to policymakers and the public at large. A virtual organization, S&S features contributions from university campuses and organizations all across the world.

We are currently recruiting two undergraduate Sustainability Fellows: one Operations and Management Fellow and one Online Media Fellow. These fellows will report directly to the CEO and play a critical role in S&S’s core operations over the course of one year, beginning April 2013. Both positions will require a time commitment of at least 10 hours per week, with the option to continue during the summer months. Fellows will have unique access to executive leadership within S&S, including sustainability and management consultants at firms like McKinsey; professionals at leading environmental non-profits and government agencies; and scholars who have earned Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and Gates fellowships for their work in various fields.

The positions are open to all Harvard and MIT undergraduates, though underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) are especially encouraged, given the potential for taking on greater leadership responsibilities in subsequent years.

To apply, please fill out the application form by MARCH 15. Note that previous experience working in environmental sustainability is not a requirement for either position. All we ask is that the candidate shows an interest in exploring this rapidly expanding field. While S&S does not offer monetary compensation, we will be happy to work with any successful applicants interested in seeking alternative funding sources or academic credit to supplement the skills, experience, and mentorship associated with the fellowships.

Apply for a D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship

The Scale-Ups fellowship program is an acceleration platform for MIT innovators and entrepreneurs turning poverty alleviating technologies into commercially scalable products. Phase I applications are open and due by April 3.

The Scale-Ups Phase I program focuses on the newest MIT social entrepreneurs who:

  • Have a new or improved hardware device to meet a defined Base of the Pyramid need.
  • Are available to work full-time on the project and spend 6-8 weeks in the target market.
  • Have project-based experience in a developing country.
  • Have a community partner and a technology mentor committed to the project.
  • Are graduating from an undergraduate or graduate program during the 2012-2013 year.

The fellowship runs June 1 to September 30 and provides $5,000 for travel and materials. You can download the Phase I application guidelines and program information

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