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Community Service Bulletin
September 25, 2013
Apply for a PSC Expedition Grant (Deadline: 10/9)
The PSC is now accepting Expedition Grant applications for IAP 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 Wednesday, Oct. 9, by 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/grants/apply/expedapp.html.
- Oct 1: Four Weeks for America Information Session
- Oct 19: Winning Together Gala, Meeting the Challenges of Lung Cancer
- Mentor middle school students at MIT! (apply by 9/27)
- D-Lab Youth Program UROP: Integrating hands-on design and technology activities into elementary school classrooms
- D-Lab Youth Program UROP: On-Campus Hands-On Activities Facilitator
- Tutor and mentor a Cambridge student!
- "Science Explorers" Volunteers Needed
- The Steppingstone Foundation's College Success Academy seeking Tutors
- Volunteer with Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) (by 10/11)
- Let's Get Ready! Coach and Mentor
- Science Mentor for Middle/High School Students
- Join the Underclassmen Giving Committee (join by 10/1)
- Apply for MIT Community Service Fund grants (Deadline: 9/30)
- CITE Web Content Developer (Deadline: 9/30)
- CITE Product Researcher (Deadline: 9/30)
- Apply for a funded public service Fellowship or Internship for IAP (Deadline: 10/18)
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 firsthand 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!
Uniting Against Lung Cancer, a leading nonprofit organization committed to funding innovative research and raising awareness to find a cure for lung cancer, is looking for volunteers for this October 19th. We are hosting our Winning Together Gala, Meeting the Challenges of Lung Cancer at the Pine Brook Country Club in Weston, MA to raise critical funds for lung cancer research.
We are in need of 15-20 volunteers between the hours of 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. who can assist us the day of the event for set up and event activities. In addition to helping Uniting Against Lung Cancer reach its goal, participating students can accumulate valuable community service hours. If you wish to participate in our event or have any additional questions regarding the Winning Together Gala, feel free to call us at 212-627-5500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) is actively recruiting mentors for our OEOP Middle School Mentoring Program. If you are interested in guiding an incredible student during a crucial point in his or her academic and personal development, please apply to be a mentor by Friday, September 27.
Each Saturday brunch (see schedule) will give you an opportunity to help reinforce your mentee's understanding of concepts they learned in our summer STEM Program. You and your mentee will work closely with other mentors and middle school students, go on field trips, and participate in social events.
Thank you for your consideration, and please email Ryan Rucker at email@example.com if you have any questions.
D-Lab Youth Program UROP: Integrating hands-on design and technology activities into elementary school classrooms
Time & Date: The UROP team will be working with 3 classes of 5th grade students weekly at JFK on Tuesdays from 9:30am-12:30pm. It is still possible to help with this project if you are not available for the entire time.
Weekly commitment: 8-10 hours (estimated 1-2 hours of meeting with teachers and other stakeholders, 3 hours of working with youth, 2-4 hours of research and curriculum development, 1-2 hours of transport)"
Eligibility: Students with a passion for working with youth, ideally with prior experience teaching in some capacity
This pilot project is a collaboration between the D-Lab youth program, the Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK), and JFK Elementary in the Boston public schools system. We are looking for a team of 1-2 UROPs to work with educators to develop and try out a hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) module that incorporates global awareness and creative design into regular classroom topics, starting by working with a writing teacher.
Time & Date: Some hands-on sessions will take place during D-Lab Open Hours on Tuesdays from 12-2pm, beginning in early October. Additional session times can be determined in coordination with the UROP team.
Location: D-Lab, 3rd Floor of Building N51 at MIT
Weekly commitment: 6-8 hours (estimated 1-2 hours of meeting with D-Lab staff, 2-3 hours of working with youth, 2-4 hours of research and curriculum development)
Eligibility: Students with a passion for working with youth, ideally with prior experience teaching in some capacity
D-Lab is an international development program at MIT that has recently started K-12 youth outreach activities with the aim of inspiring the next generation of innovators to address global poverty. We are looking for a team of 2-3 UROPs to work with D-Lab to develop and lead hands-on sessions that introduce young students to engineering, the creative design process, and international development.
Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is seeking volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with a Cambridge student (4th-12th grade). Each tutor is matched with a student based on age preference, availability, subject expertise and interests. We seek volunteers who can commit to one evening per week for 1-1.5 hours for at least one semester.
Programs are held at seven sites around Cambridge on Monday-Thursday evenings. Elementary and middle school programs run from 6:00-7:00pm, and high school programs run from 6:00-7:30pm. For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website at www.tutoringplus.org
Contact: Kathryn Fenneman, 617.349.6588 x422
Mondays from 5:30-7:00pm (starting 21 October) at 225 Windsor Street, Cambridge MA 02139
Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is looking for MIT students interested in becoming volunteers for our “Science Explorers” program! “Science Explorers” is a free enrichment program for 4th and 5th grade students who are interested in exploring science through hands-on experiments using everyday materials. Volunteers will help with weekly experiments focusing on biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. Examples of experiments will range from dissecting owl pellets and discussing anatomy, to understanding chemical reactions by making ice-cream! This is great opportunity to spark students’ interest in science while boosting their academic confidence! For more information, please visit www.tutoringplus.org and www.facebook.com/TutoringPlus, or call our office at 617-349-6588 ext. 407.
After-school sessions run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays:
Edison K-8 School, Brighton: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Jackson Mann K-8 School, Allston: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Would you like to directly impact the lives of promising, motivated Scholars? Join us after school and make college a reality! If you're passionate about what you do, care about improving educational opportunities for under-served students, you may find yourself at home working with our team of committed staff and faculty.
Volunteer tutors at the College Success Academy support a positive climate, teach social-emotional skills, and work alongside professional teachers to provide individual attention to Scholars. They help Scholars complete homework, facilitate educational games and activities, supervise recess, and assist with other tasks; individuals may also ride home on the bus with Scholars. All ages are welcomed to apply.
Contact: Christian Hightower, (617) 423-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression, seeks committed volunteers to staff its Legal InfoLine! Be trained in LGBTQ/HIV civil rights legal issues. No prior legal experience is needed. Register now for our next training.
Training dates are October 15 & 17 (5:30-9:30pm) and October 19 (9am-4pm). Volunteer one weekday afternoon a week from 1:30-4:30 pm helping people who have experienced discrimination by providing legal information that can make a real difference in their lives!
For more information and to apply, contact GLAD’s Public Engagement and Information Manager, Bruce Bell, (617) 426-1350, or email email@example.com or go to http://www.glad.org/rights/infoline/volunteer to obtain more information and an application.
The Let's Get Ready! Boston HERC site is looking for enthusiastic coaches to help tutor a class of 4-5 kids. You'll be teaching either SAT Math or Critical Reading (up to you, as long as you scored at least a 600 on the section you want to teach) and doing a bit of college application prep along the way. Your students will be carefully screened high school students from underserved areas in Boston. A lot of them will be the first ones in their family to even consider applying to college, so they're super excited and motivated to learn as much as they can.
The time commitment is just one night a week, either Tuesday from 6-9PM for Verbal Coaches or Thursday from 6-9PM for Math Coaches. Coaches must also attend one training session. The Boston HERC is located in South Boston at 68 Northampton Street, just a 15-20 minute ride on the 1 bus. Food will be provided at all sessions! Let's Get Ready! is an awesome program that helps underserved high school students apply to and get accepted into college. In fact, Morgan Stanley recently gave the program $50,000 as part of their philanthropy efforts. Let's Get Ready! is also affiliated with Teach For America, and many Let's Get Ready! coaches move on to join the TFA Corps.
Contact: Nancy Lu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4074010729
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, Zuo1998us@gmail.com, 617 229 6932/816 0141
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 email to email@example.com. The deadline to apply is October 1, so don’t delay!
MIT staff, graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and retirees are eligible to apply for CSF grants to support their personal public service initiatives, which include programs that they run or would like to start, or projects that they want to work on that enhance the public service work of an existing organization or school.
CSF funding is seed funding or project funding: it provides only short-term support. It can help you fill a short-term need, build an enhancement that is self-sustaining, or launch a new organization that will be supported by other sources in the long term. It is possible to reapply for additional CSF funding several times if funds are needed, but the Board will not consider applications for funding beyond a three-year period, and they will typically only supply partial funding within that period for ongoing work.
The Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation (CITE) focuses on evaluating technologies for the developing world and is searching for a student to develop content for its website. Responsibilities include gathering the most relevant information about CITE and formatting it using a form-based Drupal Cloud platform. Content should be derived from pre-existing CITE reports and will be created in collaboration with CITE faculty and staff. Students must have an engaging writing style, be able to work independently, and communicate technical issues effectively to non-technical audiences. This position would initially focus on extensive web content development but would transition into basic web maintenance. The work would entail approximately 60 hours over the course of the semester and would be paid hourly based on experience. Please send a resume and statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualified applicants will be selected for an interview. Applications are preferred by September 30.
The Comprehensive Evaluation for Technology Evaluation (CITE) is hiring a small team of student researchers to expand its existing database of products designed for the developing world. The product database will be invaluable in informing the next product families that CITE will evaluate. This primarily web-based research position will focus on compiling all background information on a range of products designed for the developing world. These data include but are not limited to: Technical specifications, Origin, Main users, Unit cost, Maintenance requirements, Number sold or distributed, Manufacturer.
Students must be detail oriented, have clear communication skills, and should have previous experience with a detailed research project. Students should be able to start immediately and work approximately 10 hours/week. Please send a resume and statement of interest to email@example.com. Qualified applicants will be selected for an interview. Graduate students and experienced undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Applications are preferred by September 30.
The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects. Students work with community-focused organizations including non-profits and social enterprises. These can include a student's own social enterprise.
You can create your own project, continue work on an enterprise you already started, or find project ideas on our website.
We welcome a wide range of community service projects and support work in the US and abroad. In addition, this IAP, we are promoting two aspects of technology development:
We are partnering with the Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation http://d-lab.mit.edu/cite to offer CITE-PSC Internships working with USAID and NGO partners.
Work with development organizations like USAID, Mercy Corps, the World Food Programme, Oxfam, and more. During IAP, you could conduct market research, product testing or needs assessment at one of our partner locations around he globe! We are looking for motivated, detail-oriented, curious students to help generate, prioritize, and test/assess products designed for the developing world. Travel, accommodation, and living expenses are covered through an internship stipend. Contact Chris Pilcavage for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Poverty Alleviating Technology
We encourage applications that will further the development of poverty alleviating technology. If you are working on a promising technology that needs field testing, community partner input, or a feasibility study, apply for a Fellowship. We are particularly interested in hardware technologies that have the potential to receive later support through D-Lab Scale-Ups http://d-lab.mit.edu/scale-ups/fellowships, but we also welcome applications for software and technologies that will be implemented beyond the developing world.
Applications for IAP Fellowships and Internships projects must be submitted by noon on October 18th.
Find more information about both programs at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/
Questions? Contact Alison at email@example.com
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