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Community Service Bulletin

September 26, 2012

Spotlight

Take the Four Weeks for America Challenge during IAP

The MIT Public Service Center and Teach For America have teamed up to offer MIT students an exciting challenge for IAP 2013. 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, all expenses paid! (Some restrictions apply.)

Attend an information session on Tuesday, October 2, 7:00pm, 4-163. Hear from students who have participated in this program in past years. Dinner provided.

Apply to participate in the Four Weeks for America Challenge! Applications are due Friday, October 12, 2012, at 5pm. Invitations to interview will be sent out in late October. Participants must be available for a training session on Tuesday, November 28, 7:00pm.

More information and application materials can be found at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/fourweeks/index.html. Questions? Email 4foramerica@mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Attend MIT’s International Development Fair (9/28)

Interested in International Development? Want to get involved? Have an idea but not sure how to get support for it? Come learn more about the many departments, labs, centers, student groups, student projects and competitions that feed the growing International Development ecosystem at MIT. Stop by Stata’s Student Street between 1-3pm on Friday, 9/28. For more information email: lsampath@mit.edu.

Showcase work at the “A Better World By Design” expo at Brown University (9/30)

A Better World by Design is a three-day internationally acclaimed conference that connects students, professionals, and individuals from a variety of disciplines in order to build a global community of socially conscious and passionate innovators. It is held annually at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Currently, we are looking for students and professionals with upcoming ideas and projects to showcase their work at our annual expo on Sunday, September 30th from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm in the main lobby. This is a great opportunity for students and professionals to share their innovations and ideas (devices, start-ups, projects etc.) with over 1,000 of conference attendees!

MIT students are invited to participate in sharing new and upcoming work. To register, visit http://www.abetterworldbydesign.com/get-involved/expo/. For more information about the conference, see http://www.abetterworldbydesign.com/.

Harvard's Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship (10/5-10/6)

The Social Innovation Collaborative invites you to a social entrepreneurship conference at Harvard. The Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship brings together students, academics, and leaders in the field who are passionate about developing innovative solutions to today's most pressing problems. Past Summit guests have included David Gergen (Harvard and CNN), Cheryl Dorsey (Echoing Green), and Nicholas Negroponte (One Laptop per Child). The theme of the 2012 Summit is ""Voice Your Passion,"" and we aim to highlight various stories of social entrepreneurship and inspire attendees to envision their own involvement in this sector. The unconventional conference will explore this theme through TED-style talks, topic-specific discussion panels, expressive workshops, and an Innovation Showcase.

This year, we will be partnering with The Resolution Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to host a Social Venture Challenge, through which students with promising plans for social enterprises have the opportunity to win a fellowship that includes funding and mentorship.

For more information, visit the website at http://summit.sicollaborative.org/. Questions? Contact Rahim Mawji at rahimmawji@college.harvard.edu or (602) 410-7815.

Volunteer to help at the HONK! festival (10/5-10/8)

The 7th annual HONK! Festival is coming to Somerville/Cambridge on October 5-8! This is a free, non-profit festival that exists purely for the sake of bringing people together through music and celebration.

With such a large event this year, we need more help than ever to pull the festival off in style. We've got 35 bands -- more than 650 musicians -- to house, feed, transport and support while they make their magic in our streets. We need all kinds of help, from Saturday "site wranglers" to Sunday night ushers (in Sanders Theatre!), from drivers and clean up crew to help at our information booth. We are also looking for people to host musicians in the greater Davis Square area. Contact participate@honkfest.org for general volunteer roles and housing@honkfest.org to host a musician.

For more information, check us out online: www.honkfest.org

Help with Harvest Festival kids' activities (10/6)

The Somerville Community Growing Center in Union Square is hosting a Harvest Fair that is free to the public. Volunteers are needed to assist youth and neighbors with activities such as apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, butter making, games, and food tasting.

The festival runs from noon-5pm on Saturday, 10/6 (rain date: 10/7). Sign up for a volunteer shift by 9/27 here. Contact Lori Tsuruda with questions at lori@pmd.org.

IDEAS Global Challenge: Fall Generator Dinner (10/16)

Working on an idea 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 to our Fall Generator Dinner! The dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 16 from 7-8:30pm in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall.

Learn about how to enter IDEAS Global Challenge. Hear what other teams are working on. Pitch your idea to woo and recruit teammates. Or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the first chance to submit an Initial Scope Statement two weeks away (10/23), here’s your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team. The Generator will include other activities to help everyone get connected with the right teammates (you don't have to give a pitch).

There are two types of pitches: Recruit The IDEAS Dream Team and Get Yourself "Hired". Pitches must be professional, practiced, and to the point. Participants will each have 60 seconds to pitch their projects to the audience. Feel free to bring along small prototypes and presentation materials that help describe your project. RSVP to Pitch here: http://bit.ly/UPOCTN.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. RSVP at http://bit.ly/UPOCTN Or email globalchallenge-rsvp@mit.edu.

A/V volunteer needed (10/27 or 10/28)

The Boston Vegetarian Society is hosting a free festival for the Boston public. The event will take place on Saturday, 10/27 (10-6pm) and Sunday, 10/28 (10-4pm) at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center. Volunteers are needed to help set up and operate the audio-visual equipment. Experience working with A/V equipment is needed. To volunteer, contact Evelyn Kimber at info@BostonVeg.org or (617) 731-8854.

Breathe Deep Boston 5K Walk (11/5)

Breathe Deep Boston is seeking motivated and friendly individuals to assist in the day-of-event activities of our 5K Walk at Boston’s Castle Island on Saturday, November 5th. 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.

Volunteer tasks include setting up, directing walkers, cheering on participants, and cleaning up. Contact the Volunteer Chair, Kimberly Summa, at kim.summa@gmail.com or (617) 335-1792. For more information about the walk, visit: http://events.lungevity.org/site/TR?fr_id=2980&pg=entry

Science on the Street

Science on the Street is the mobile arm of the Cambridge Science Festival. We have many upcoming science and engineering outreach opportunities where we can use extra help. Check out the opportunities around Boston and sign up to volunteer here.

Questions? Contact Sun Kim at sungmi@mit.edu or (617) 324-4379.

Implement curriculum through the Middle School Science Initiative (Info session: 9/27)

The Public Service Center is looking for a dozen MIT students interested in learning hands-on science curriculum this fall and traveling over IAP to deliver that curriculum to middle school teachers and classes. So far, the sites we have are in Virginia and Florida. Attend an information session on September 27, 7pm, 4-402. Please RSVP to psc@mit.edu by September 26.

Tutor high school students preparing for SAT subject tests

Freedom House is seeking college students to volunteer for their SAT preparation program - a program that prepares urban students to achieve a higher education. Tutors are needed for the SAT Math and Science subject tests. As a volunteer, you will facilitate a group of at least 25 high school students. Lesson materials will be provided.

The SAT preparation program runs weekly on Mondays from 4-6pm, October 8 through December 10, 2012. For any additional information regarding Volunteer Positions, please contact PUSH High School Program Coordinator Selina Ruiz at 617-445-2956 or email at sruiz@freedomhouse.com.

Stand-Up for Science competition: Prizes worth $25K

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has launched a competition for the most effective demonstration of how the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, or other federally funded research improves the health, quality of life, or economy of local communities. Demonstrations must have taken place or started by November 10, 2012. Prizes include a $10,000 Grand Prize, a $5,000 Runner-Up Prize, and five Honorable Mentions. Winners will be announced on January 15, 2013. For more information or to enter, please visit: www.faseb.org/contest.

Host an event or program at the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival! (Proposal due 12/8)

The 2013 Cambridge Science Festival is inviting you to submit a proposal to run a program or host an event during our 10-day celebration of the best of science, technology, engineering, art, and math! The festival will run April 12th through 21st, 2013 throughout the Cambridge and Boston area.

This year, the festival will feature the following themes:

April 12 - Big Ideas for Busy People
April 13 - Science Carnival
April 14 - Arts and Sciences
April 15 - (Open for suggestions!)
April 16 - Science Communications
April 17 - Science of Sports
April 18 - Technology & Innovation
April 19 - (Open for suggestions!)
April 20 - Space
April 21 - Earth Day and Conservation

If you have an idea that fits into our themes, great! If not, we're still interested if your ideas to celebrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math in ways that combine spirit, interactivity, and audience appeal.

Submit all proposals for lectures, performances, activities, exhibits, tours, debates, workshops, or creative ideas we've never imagined using this entry form.

Inform callers about their legal rights!

GLAD is New England’s leading legal organization fighting for full equality and justice for LGBTQ and HIV+ people through impact litigation and education. Through the Legal InfoLine, which operates 1:30 – 4:30, Monday – Friday, in English and Spanish, callers from all over New England can find out about their legal rights. They can access GLAD’s series of publications and get referrals to other agencies and to knowledgeable, sensitive attorneys should they need legal advice.

Our InfoLine depends on volunteers! We provide these critical services free of charge with the assistance of a dedicated team of volunteers. GLAD’s InfoLine volunteers get extensive training. The next training is October 9 & 11 (5:30-9:30pm) & October 13 (9am-4pm). No prior legal experience is needed!

If you have questions about the training or about GLAD, give me a call (617) 426-1350 or email me at bbell@glad.org. For more information, go to:http://www.glad.org/rights/infoline/volunteer/

Apply for the 2013 Lemelson- MIT Prize and Win $30,000! (Deadline: 11/30)

Individual inventors and/or key contributors to a team project, or whohave otherwise demonstrated a portfolio of inventiveness are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Applicants become a part of a cohort, benefitting from events, networking, and other opportunities. In addition to monetary support, winners (and up to 2 Finalists) gain national media attention, enabling them to further develop their ideas and/ or entrepreneurial ventures.

Check your eligibility by visiting http://web.mit.edu/invent/a-student-2.html. Applications are due on Friday, November 30th. For more information, contact Shannon O’Brien at shannon1@mit.edu or (617) 258-5798.

D-Lab Scale-Ups is now hiring Graduate Market Research Associate!

D-Lab Scale-Ups is seeking a part-time Market Research Associate! This is a great opportunity for a graduate student looking to expand on their market research experience, particularly in a developing world context. Launched in 2011, the D-Lab Scale-Ups Program provides an acceleration platform for entrepreneurs working to bring development technologies to market and to scale.

This semester, the market research associate will help our assessment coordinator review and develop the framework for gathering market research in developing country contexts. For details on responsibilities and desired qualifications, as well as instructions on how to apply: http://d-lab.mit.edu/opps/market-research-associate-open-graduate-students.

D-Lab will provide compensation based on a student’s education and experience. The desired time commitment is 10-12 hours per week for 12-16 weeks. Students should apply by 5pm on October 1st to be considered.

Assist high school seniors with college applications (Training: 10/3)

Join Cambridge School Volunteers' exciting program and assist college-bound seniors with college planning, applications, essay writing and more. As a volunteer, you will meet regularly with your student on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30pm starting on October 10. The program is held at the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School at 459 Broadway, Cambridge.

Sign up by 10/1 by contacting Laura Margosian at lmargosian@cpsd.us or 617-349-6794. Kick-Off Training will be held on Wednesday, October 3 from 1-4pm. Lunch and training materials will be provided.

Tech support needed at biodiversity non-profit

Grow Native Massachusetts is a small but growing all-volunteer organization that is using technology extensively. We need an IT whiz who is proficient with the Macintosh platform and Google Apps, and who can help us with a range of tech issues. We need to optimize our set-up of Google Apps for managing our website domains, E-mail, and other services. We also need occasional support on our office network set-up and troubleshooting. In addition, we are working to integrate the technology linking our drupal website, CRM database (Salesforce NPSP), and related applications for online transactions.

Depending on skill set and availability, the volunteer position could range from 3-4 hours per month to 3-4 hours per week. Some work will need to be done at our office in West Cambridge, but some can be done remotely. Ideally, we are looking for someone who will enjoy working with our great team on an ongoing basis, for a year or more.

For more information, contact the director, Claudia Thompson, at cthompson@grownativemass.org or (617) 354-0502. Visit the website to learn more about the organization: www.grownativemass.org/

PALS Mentors needed

The PALS Mentor Program helps to empower youth who are at-risk for behavioral concerns, an unstable home life, and a need or guidance, or who lack healthy social and emotional skills through time spent with a mentor. A mentoring relationship is based on guidance, quality trust and mutual respect and helps young people achieve their potential and realize their strengths.

Volunteers must be able to meet 1 hour per week during the academic year. PALS Mentoring is located on a school-based site between the hours of 3 pm - 6pm. Note: only the sites is Everett, MA are T-accessible, so you may need to have your own transportation.

For more information, contact the Mentor Coordinator, Rachel Chambers, at rchambers@fkoafterschool.org or (978) 740-5437 ext. 23. Learn more about the program at www.fkoafterschool.org.

Be a science mentor for middle/high school students

Volunteer to be a mentor for the Science Mentor Program – a program that offers talented middle/high school students the opportunity to experience experimental science. As a mentor, you would guide your mentee to form a Science Fair project, fulfill the project, and hone his/her presentation skills. Mentors meet with their student mentee one or two hours after school each week from late September through January. The program is at Boston Latin School, but meetings could also take place at the mentor’s place.

If interested, contact Grace Zuo at Zuo1998us@gmail.com or (617) 229-6932. Also visit www.blsfms.org.

Work with communities in Colombia or Chile

Do you want to put your time and energy into resolving quality-of-life issues in one of these countries? We have funds that could make that possible. (Keep in mind that there are some travel restrictions for Colombia – we want you to work safely.) We’re looking for enterprising students who have public service initiatives or projects in mind that are focused on Colombia or Chile. If that’s you, email the MIT Public Service Center, psc@mit.edu.

Opportunities in DC over IAP

We have connections with an array of possible internships, work-study positions, jobs, and volunteer opportunities in the DC area over IAP. We also know some great people in the MIT Club of DC. Besides connections, we can help with arrangements and funding. Why not experience DC this IAP? If interested, email the MIT Public Service Center, psc@mit.edu.

STEM role models needed for area high school students

A high school in a neighboring town wants MIT students to show their students just how cool science, engineering, and math can be. Transportation will be provided. This is a low-key, creative chance to make a real difference for high school students who haven’t yet been inspired by science. If interested, email the MIT Public Service Center, psc@mit.edu.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Proposal writing help for PSC Fellowships and Internships (10/3, 10/11, 10/15)

Do you need help writing a proposal for the PSC Fellowships and Internships Program?! If so come to a Proposal Writing Workshop!! We will answer questions, provide helpful tips, give insight into what information is most important, and MORE!!!

There are 3 workshop dates:

October 3rd at noon from Noon-1 in W20-555
October 11th from 1-2 in W20-555
October 15th from 2-3 in 4-146

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Elizabeth Parolski (Parolski@mit.edu)

Public Service Center Funded Fellowship and Internship Opportunities for IAP (deadline: 10/18)

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

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. For IAP, we particularly encourage projects in the Americas (including the US).

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

Applications for IAP 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 hynd@mit.edu

The MIT Public Service Center is not responsible for the quality or safety of outside service agencies, and does not screen volunteer placements or projects. The Community Service Opportunities bulletin is published once a week by the staff of the MIT Public Service Center. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 617-253-0742, or stop by 4-104.

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