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Community Service Bulletin

September 11, 2013

Spotlight

Oct 1: Four Weeks for America Information Session

Information Session Tuesday, October 1, 7-8pm 4-231

The MIT Public Service Center and Teach For America have teamed up to offer MIT students an exciting challenge for IAP 2014. Work with current Teach For America teachers and help them develop more innovative and exciting ways to teach science and math. Gain first hand experience of what it's like to Teach For America. Spend four weeks solving problems that matter, driving educational change and making a difference for kids!

Contact: 4foramerica@mit.edu; http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/fourweeks/

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Sep 15: Microfinance and Rural Transformation Talk

Sep 15, 10:30am, 3-370. Register at www.thebostonpledge.com.

On September 15th, hear from Kapil Mandal about his work alleviating rural poverty in India. This event is part of The Boston Pledge conference. Find more details here: www.thebostonpledge.com.

Sep 21: Building LEGO Amino Acids to support STEM education

WHEN: Saturday September 21 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and/or 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
WHERE: MIT, Cambridge (Bush Room: 10-105)

Check, fix & permanently glue Lego amino acids for cool Lego science learning kits for high school students to learn biological processes "hands on." Register yourself by 9/13 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pmd092113. PMD cannot accommodate reservations or group registrations, so each individual member of a group/family must register him-/her-self separately.

Sep 28: National Public Lands Day: Helping Hands for America’s Lands

WHEN: Saturday, September 28th, 1:30 to 4:30 pm, rain or shine
WHERE: Fresh Pond Reservation, West Cambridge

Take hourly visitor census, weed/maintain trails, test water quality, etc. to improve and thus to increase public enjoyment of Cambridge's drinking water supply. No experience required. Everyone works at his/her own pace and is encouraged to take water and rest breaks, as well as to enjoy walking around the reservoir. Register online by 9/19 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd092813.

Nov 2: Breathe Deep Boston 5K Walk

Breathe Deep Boston is seeking motivated and friendly individuals to assist in the day-of-event activities of our 5K Walk at DCR’s Mother’s Rest at Carson Beach on Saturday, November 2nd. This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the LUNGevity Foundation, meet other dedicated individuals, and be a part of a truly rewarding event.

LUNGivity supports the largest research awards program of any lung cancer-focused organization in the US, and the Breathe Deep Boston 5K Walk is one of over 40 events held each year across the country to raise funds for the benefit of the LUNGevity foundation. The walk was started in 2006 by two lung cancer survivors, the late Rich Kaufman and the late Geri Norris. With the support of a small group of family, friends, and volunteers also touched by lung cancer, their grassroots movement has successfully drawn thousands of participants over the years and has raised over $1,000,000 for lung cancer research.

More information: kim.summa@gmail.com, http://events.lungevity.org/site/TR?fr_id=4050&pg=entry             

Apr 12-13 Global Health & Innovation Conference

Presented by Unite For Sight, 11th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

You and your colleagues may be interested in attending or presenting at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale, which is the world’s largest and leading global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference. For those interested in presenting at the conference, we are currently accepting abstracts for presentation, and the final abstract deadline is September 30. We would also appreciate it if you could please forward this announcement to others who may be interested in attending or presenting. The registration rate increases after September.

Rachel Turkel  203-404-4900

Ongoing Opportunities

Join the Underclassmen Giving Committee

For the past seven years, MIT underclassmen have joined together to raise money to support Public Service Center Expedition Grants. Last year, the Classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 combined to raise $8,047 with 47% of underclassmen supporting the cause.

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 campaign kicks off Monday, October 28, in Lobby 10 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 your class’ committee (2015, 2016, 2017) and helping other MIT students turn their ideas into reality, send an e-mail to ugc@mit.edu. The deadline to apply is October 1, so don’t delay!

Science Mentor for Middle/High School Students

The Science Mentor Program offers many talented middle/high school students the opportunity to experience experimental science. The program also encourages students to excel at various Science Fairs at the school, city, state, national, and international levels. During the program a mentor meets with his/her student mentee one or two hours after school each week. The mentor is to guide the mentee to form a project, to fulfill the project, and to work with the student to hone their presentation skills.

The program starts in late September/early October and ends the following January when the first of the science fairs begin. The program is at Boston Latin School (78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115, www.bls.org). A Mentee can also meet with his/her mentor at mentor's place.

Contact: Grace Zuo, 617.229.6932, zuo1998us@gmail.com

Computer Literacy for High School Students

Volunteers are needed to help design and teach fundamental Microsoft Excel analytical techniques to high school students while exploring topics ranging from Math and Science to Economics and Social Sciences. Volunteers will be involved in creating a much-needed beginner course that could potentially become an integral part of the high school curriculum. Volunteers are needed for: designing lesson plans and/or projects throughout September and October, teaching the students during or after school hours twice a week for ~1.5 hours each starting in early October. Time commitment will vary based on volunteer’s interest.

Contact: Bridget Navarro, 951.784.3634, bridgetn@alum.mit.edu

Tutors/Mentors in Cambridge Public Schools (K-12)

Join our awesome team of volunteers who will be tutoring in the Cambridge Public Schools this fall, grades K-12. Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) has opportunities for one-to-one tutoring at all levels and grades, classroom assistance, college planning and essay writing help, Science Olympiad advising, and much more! CSV requires a commitment of one to two hours per week, for at least one semester.

Register for our annual fall kick-off scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS), the city's high school. A pizza and salad dinner will be served. Register online at http://www.csvinc.org/for-volunteers/how-to-get-started/. If you cannot attend the September 25 kick-off, CSV will begin posting elementary/middle and high school orientation dates onto our website soon after September 25. You must attend an orientation before being matched with a student or program.

Martha Osler: 617-349-6794, csv@cpsd.us

Esplanade Drop-in Saturdays

Drop-in Saturdays run every Saturday, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm during the spring, summer, fall and winter (weather permitting). To participate, volunteers should meet TEA’s Horticulturist, Ozzie Bateman at 9:00 am sharp, BEHIND the Dartmouth Street Comfort Station on the Esplanade. Volunteers will depart from Dartmouth Street shortly after 9:00 am to head to the work site for the day so it is important to arrive on time.

For all Drop-in Saturdays, TEA asks volunteer participants to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, appropriate gear for the weather, and bring sun protection, water, and snacks (if desired). We provide tools and protective equipment. More information can be found on our Day of FAQ page.

All participants must sign our volunteer waiver form. Please either fill out this form in advance or you sign the waiver form when you arrive at project on-site. Guardians must sign the form for participants under the age of 18 in advance. Visit our Volunteer Page to find out more about volunteering with TEA. http://www.esplanadeassociation.org/help-the-park/volunteer/drop-in-saturdays/

Funding Opportunities

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award for graduating seniors

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

To apply, please develop a proposal for public service in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. 

Please complete and mail in an application form by January 18, 2014. Your application should also include a one-page cover sheet, proposal, budget, transcript, resume, and three letters of recommendation. 

To learn more and apply, visit http://www.nationalgridus.com/huntington.asp.

Collaborate with the HESN Network on “Big Ideas"

The Big Ideas Contest, originated on the UC Berkeley campus, is an annual innovation competition that provides funding, support, and inspiration to interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students who have creative solutions to pressing social, environmental, or economic challenges.

As Big Ideas now serves as part of the USAID / HESN-funded Development Impact Lab, specific categories in the 2013-14 Big Ideas Contest are now open to the other six universities with HESN Development Lab headquarters: Duke, Michigan State, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Texas A&M, The College of William & Mary, and Makerere University in Uganda.

Categories Open to HESN Development Lab Headquarters:

Contest Eligibility Criteria
At least one member of each applicant team must be a matriculated student at one of the seven universities with HESN Development Lab headquarters. Collaborations between the HESN headquarter universities and other HESN affiliate universities are welcome.

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