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Community Service Bulletin

March 19, 2014


Apply for a summer 2014 PKG Center Expedition Grant (apply by TOMORROW, March 20)

The PKG Center is now accepting Expedition Grant applications for summer 2014! Since Expedition Grants are sponsored by the Underclassmen Giving Campaign, we are putting the final choices in the hands of underclassmen, who can vote for their favorite finalist during the Campaign!

Expedition Grants, open to all continuing MIT freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, enable students to serve someplace that they have never been before. The purpose of an Expedition Grant is to help you travel to an unfamiliar region to do work on a project of potential continuing interest. These grants are intended for service projects that are exploratory in nature, and we hope that this service work might even set the groundwork for future projects that have the prospect of sustainable benefit for the community.

Applications are due Thursday, March 20, by 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/grants/apply/expedapp.html.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding, Employment & Longer-Term Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

March 24-28: Volunteers Needed for AnalyticsWeek - Big Data and Analytics Unconference

AnalyticsWeek (http://analyticsweek.com) is Boston's first weeklong Big Data & Analytics unconference to be held between March 24 and March 28, 2014 in the heart of Boston & Cambridge. It's an evening-only event.

We have volunteer opening for the following services to be managed at AnalyticsWeek:

  • Usher
  • Media setup
  • Social media
  • Food service

Volunteers will be given a free pass to the conference as well as exclusive limited edition AnalyticsWeek tshirt.

Contact: Sachin Kumar Bhate, skbhate@cognizeus.com, 601-466-9692

April 4: Nominate students for the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service (deadline extended!)

New! Now for graduate and undergraduate students. Nominations are now open.
The graduate PKG Center Award is co-sponsored by the GSC and PKG Center; the undergraduate PKG Center Award is co-sponsored by the UA and PKG Center.


April 6 and/or 9: Make book folders that improve reading for children (sign up by April 2 or 7)

Sunday, April 6, 2-5 p.m.
Hostelling International Boston (Theater District/Chinatown)
Wednesday, April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
HEARTH in Boston's South End

Make reading fun and engaging for kindergarteners. Join PMD in supporting GiftsToGive's early literacy initiative, which provides books and reading comprehension tools for parents.

Help compile and design colorful, informational folders about books. The folders will contain information about the author, summary, introduction, challenging words, conversation starters, etc. No special art skills are required, but the project does require fine motor skills and attention to detail.

When you are sure you can commit to the entire session, sign up at:

People Making a Difference (PMD): Lori Tsuruda '89, lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

April 22-25: Science for Kids - Cambridge Science Festival/Bright Horizons (sign up by March 21)

Bright Horizons is having open science activities for toddlers and their families during the Cambridge Science Festival, which runs April 18-27, 2014. Two of the Bright Horizons locations are looking for volunteers to run activities for the children around robotics technology and the environment, respectively.

Bright Horizons at Beacon Hill (any day Tuesday, April 22-Friday, April 25, from 10-11:30am):
The children are very into robots so they’d love someone to come in and do an activity with the kids around robotics technology, if possible!

Bright Horizons at One Kendall Square (Tuesday, April 22, 9:30-11:30am):
The children will be celebrating Earth Day and the center would love someone to do something around the environment/recycling etc.

Contact: Karen Kerr, karen.kerr@brighthorizons.com, 617-673-7782

Ongoing Opportunities

Join the Underclassmen Giving Campaign Committee

Each year, MIT underclassmen joined together to raise money to support Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Expedition Grants. Once again it is you, the students, who get to vote to decide which Expedition Grant projects will be funded by the UGC! Expedition Grants provide funding to send fellow students to places throughout the world to work on community based service projects.

The semester’s UGC week kicks off Monday, April 14, in Memorial Lobby, and we need your help on the committee to support these awesome projects. You will make a huge impact on your classmates with just 4-6 hours of your time for the entire semester!

If you’re interested in joining the UGC committee¬†¬† and helping other MIT students turn their ideas into reality, send an email to ugc@mit.edu.

MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program

Tutors are needed on Mondays & Thursdays from 3:00 - 6:00pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 - 7:00pm at the MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program located at:

265 Massachusetts Avenue
Bldg. N52, Rm. 130
Cambridge, MA 02139

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. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:

MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Bldg. N52, Rm. 130
Cambridge, MA 02139

Contact: Elaine Thomas, enthomas@mit.edu, 617-253-5124

Looking for a mentor/dialogue buddy/tutor for an 11-year-old

This 11-year-old loves art, design, math, science, people - and in general learning about the cosmos. He attends a public middle school and does OK, but is bored, unmotivated to do the homework. He thrives in a mentor relationship - - especially when the mentor is excited and knowledgeable about the topic - whether physics, math, biology, etc.

He's a great fan of David Attenborough's nature videos. He also viewed a recent video blurb about string theory and the 10 dimensions. So, it would be great for him to have a young adult also curious but a bit further along in academic career to discuss various topics of interest - as adjuncts to the material he covers in school. My hope is that by providing a stimulating partner he might do more outside research, study, exploring so that he can have the thrill of learning in a non-school setting. If this helps him academically during middle school - GREAT - but the mind need is to have an outlet and spark to develop these interests in more constructive ways.

Weekly meeting close to MIT if it is easiest. Monday or Friday afternoons - or other days that are convenient.

Contact: Ose Schwab, ose.schwab@comcast.net, 781-480-3214

Volunteer Tutor: MCAS Math Prep Program

Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm inside the Fletcher Maynard Academy (225 Windsor Street, Cambridge, MA 02139)

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is looking for volunteer tutors for our MCAS Math Prep enrichment program! This programs runs on Mondays and Wednesdays in March and April from 5:30-7:00pm and is open to students in 4-5th grades. This program follows a set curriculum every week as we help our students prepare for the statewide MCAS exam in May.

Contact: Kathryn Fenneman, 617.349.6588 x422, fenneman@tutoringplus.org

Funding, Employment, and Longer-term Opportunities

MIT in the Philippines

The Philippine Red Cross Operations Center is seeking 2-4 MIT student interns for Summer 2014 (June — August). Interns will work in the Operations Center in Manila for 10-12 weeks and report to the Disaster Management Manager.

Learn more about this opportunity here: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/projects/philippines.html

Contact: Sally Susnowitz, susnowit@mit.edu

Teach middle and high school students at MIT this summer!

Interested in a rewarding summer teaching experience? You can empower middle and high school students with the skills and confidence to become future scientists and engineers through a paid instructional staff position in the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP).

We’re looking for instructional staff applicants with:

  • Science, engineering, math or humanities backgrounds
  • A wide range of experience levels from rising college sophomores to experienced professionals with advanced degrees
  • Previous teaching experience (a plus, but not required for all positions)

Perks of teaching for OEOP this summer include:

  • Exciting, challenging, and important roles
  • Competitive compensation
  • On-campus housing
  • Catered meals
  • Fun program field trips

Rolling application, with priority to those who apply sooner: http://staffapp.mit.edu

Contact: Nick Holden, nholden@mit.edu, 617-324-9624

Work at a summer science and engineering camp!

i2 Camp is a hands-on STEM summer day camp designed to broaden middle school students’ exposure to innovative science, technology, engineering and math.

The camp will run in various locations across the US and internationally. Teachers must be at the camp from 8:30am- 4:30pm Monday- Friday for their weeks. Opportunity for 10 weeks employment. Mandatory teacher training will occur in New York from April 24-27, 2014, with an expectation that each course taught will require one full day of training (you may be required to be there for 2-4 days of training). Teachers can apply to teach any set of courses.

The camp will pay for all teacher materials needed for the courses and a combination of any travel and accommodation costs incurred. Children of teachers who enroll in the camp will be given a discount to attend the camp. Lunch will be served each day. Salary varies by location and will be discussed during the interview process.

  • Lead Teachers — Must have previous K-12 school teaching experience and an interest in project-based learning.
  • Associate Teachers — Must have or be working toward a degree in a STEM field or in K-12 STEM education. Previous classroom experience is a plus.
  • Near Peers — Must be interested in STEM, have a teacher recommendation, and be at least 16 years old at the time of camp.

Contact: www.i2camp.org, Bob Vieth (rvieth@mit.edu), Jessica Garrett (jessg@mit.edu), 617-324-7560

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