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Community Service Bulletin

September 4, 2013


ReachOut: Bring your love of reading to a child

Do you like working with children? ReachOut was created to provide MIT students as reading partners for children in the after school program at Cambridge Community Center.  We will train you to work one-on-one with a young student. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the community, meet other MIT students, and make a difference in a child’s life! Participate as a volunteer or through Community Service Work-Study.

Apply online: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/reachout/
All new tutors must attend the ReachOut Tutor Orientation:
Friday, September 13
Location: 4-237
Questions? Email reachout-staff@mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Community Service Work-Study Information Session (9/9)

Attend a student employment information session on Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in W20-PDR 1 to learn about finding a job through Community Service Work-Study: an opportunity for students with Federal work-study to give back to the community and earn a paycheck. Students who qualify for Federal work-study are able to add to their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with finding creative solutions to the problems they face. Learn about working at the Science Club for Girls, ReachOut, Girls’ Angle, Tutors for All, and many other organizations.

Contact: Linden McEntire at studentworker@mit.edu, 617.253.8065, or visit http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/work-study/students/index.html.

Saugus Iron Works Historic Site – Iron Workers Needed! (9/11 or 9/21)

Help us prepare scrap iron for our annual iron pour. Volunteers are needed Wednesday, 9/11 3-5pm and Saturday, 9/21 1-5pm.

To sign up, visit www.nps.gov/sair/supportyourpark. Contact us at 781-233-0050 or krystal_vezina@nps.gov with questions.

Ongoing Opportunities

Mentor at the PYD Office

The Mentor Match program at Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc. (PYD) is committed to empowering young people with disabilities to reach their full potential. We do this by providing high quality one-to-one mentoring for youth, where caring adults act as positive role models and provide support, understanding, and guidance as the youth strive to reach their personal, educational, and career goals.

Mentors are expected to initially commit to one year. Over the course of that year, matches meet in person for at least four to six hours a month, and are in touch on a weekly basis by phone or email. Mentees and mentors do all sorts of things together: work on personal goals, go to museums and sports games, play games, do art projects, and more!

The program is free of charge to participants. The Mentor Match staff provides personal, on-going support to participants, helping each match thrive and succeed. We would love to have you become a mentor! Contact our Mentor Match Specialist at: mentormatch@pyd.org or 617-556-4074 x18.

Senior Technology Education Volunteer

United South End Settlements (USES) has an important history of bringing technology education to the underserved populations of the South End and Lower Roxbury. We continue to offer many programs for the community and have integrated computer education into almost all of our programs.

A technology volunteer is needed to help develop and teach computer classes to our Senior Programs as well as maintain computer hardware and software while gaining valuable insight into how to operate and organize a technology education center that serves participants of diverse backgrounds. Classes will cover concepts ranging from PC basics to using the internet to desktop publishing. The volunteer position is needed for Fridays 1:30-2:30 from 9/13-12/20 at 566 Columbus Ave.

Contact Rebecca Moramarco at moramarco@uses.org or 617.375.8111.

Tutor & Mentor Youth in Cambridge

The Mission of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is to support and encourage the academic, personal, and social growth of youth in Cambridge with the help of volunteers and community partners. Tutoring Plus is seeking tutors and mentors for Cambridge students to develop an out-of-school learning relationship that makes a difference in the life of students. Each volunteer tutor is matched one-on-one with an elementary student (grades 4 & 5), a middle school student (grades 6-8), or a high school student (grades 8-12). Tutors are currently needed to volunteer once or twice a week beginning in October.

These students are struggling in one or more academic subjects, and have expressed an interest in receiving extra help. Tutors are matched with students based on personality and compatible academic strengths and needs. Volunteer Opportunities are available on week nights from 6-7pm at 8 different locations in Cambridge. During the course of the school year, tutors in all programs establish a relationship with the student they work with on a regular basis. The highly personalized learning environment benefits both the student, and you, the tutor.

We looking for passionate and talented tutors - apply today! Volunteer orientations will be provided during the last week of September. Applications are available online at: http://www.tutoringplus.org/tutor/tutorForm.html. To learn more about our programs, visit our web site at http://www.tutoringplus.org.  

Contact: Kathryn Fenneman, fenneman@tutoringplus.org

Saturday Morning Volunteer

Pathways to Family Success is a family literacy program for low-income immigrant families. The program helps parents navigate the Cambridge Public Schools and resources. We are looking for a volunteer to help with children's activities, computer time and parent workshops. Activities may include arts n' crafts or homework help.

Pathways works with a variety of languages and backgrounds. We are looking for volunteers who work well with children and adults of a variety of languages and skills. We are looking for role models who is energetic and reliable for this 28 week program.

Contact: Beth McGinn, 617 665 3827, emcginn@challiance.org

Elementary Student Tutor and Mentor

Youth Tutoring Youth (YTY) is a free after-school program South Boston. We work with students in grades three through six who are at risk of underachievement or failure, providing academic tutoring and cultural enrichment to disadvantaged youth in the South Boston and Dorchester neighborhoods. YTY also employs five high school students who serve as tutors and mentors to the younger students while gaining meaningful work experience.

YTY is always looking for committed student volunteers to help us with our afterschool program. College volunteers serve to normalize the college experience for both our elementary school students and our high schoolers. They allow for more individualized interventions for young students in need, and provide a positive role model and mentoring relationship for the high school tutors in the program.

Program hours are Monday-Thursday between 2:30 and 6:00pm. Volunteers are asked to make a semester-long commitment to one day per week of volunteering. Volunteers are not required to attend the full 3.5 hours of programming on a given day. Hours are flexible and can be changed to accommodate class schedules and personal commitments.

Contact: Kylie Cannon, 617.464.8575, kylie_cannon@ccab.org

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.

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

Science/Math Mentors

Looking for a rewarding experience? We need your help. We are a volunteering nonprofit organization and seeking math and science mentors/tutors to help 10-12 students age 8-12. The children will study to improve their skills by practicing basic math problems: fractions, decimals; pre-algebra and geometry and some advanced math. The following weeks the mentors will assist the students in the development of their science project for presentation and competition. Class locations are on the Cambridge MIT Campus. Time line: Saturdays only from September 2013 -- January 2014.

All the lesson plans, grading of tests and notebooks are done for you. You just come in and work with the students. "Project Day" is in January, after the presentation of all the science projects, award certificates are given to the students and mentors.

If you are interested and have questions, please email Kathleen Jones at tttmentorprogram@yahoo.com.

Become a Big Brother!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is looking for youth mentors. Our professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring program matches youth in the community with caring adult mentors like you. You'll meet once a week with your Little Brother during lunch for about 45 minutes. You can eat lunch, head to the playground or just hang out. We match you with a Little Brother who shares your interests, so you can do whatever will be fun for you both. This is a great opportunity to get out into the community, have fun and make a lasting impact on a child's life.

Contact: David Hession at dhession@bbbsmb.org or 617.956.0251.

Hack-a-thon Double Header: Get pumped! We have a great line up for you!

H@cking Medicine is excited to announce that we're partnering with both Brigham and Women’s Hospital in September and Boston Children’s Hospital in October (see below). We're bringing together 100 of the brightest engineers, designers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs from around MIT and Greater Boston to each event to hack solutions to real, tangible problems. And we're surrounding them with the mentors and experts they need to get sh!t done.

So if you've been looking to apply your skills to healthcare but weren't sure how, this is the perfect venue to find problems straight from the source--clinicians and patients. Or if you've got an idea you've been dying to share but haven't been able to find the right team . . . we've got you covered too.
Make sure to apply soon - we review applications on a rolling basis, and spots go quickly. P.S. Each event requires its own application.

Brigham and Women's Hospital Hack-a-thon - September 20-22
Celebrate the launch of Brigham's new iHub initiative. In addition to prizes (stay tuned...they're pretty sweet!) and continued mentorship, winning teams have a chance to access the iHub's immense resources.
Learn more or apply now! You can also see the schedule here. 

Hacking Pediatrics with Boston Children's Hospital - October 18-20
Boston Children's has worked with the physician, nurse, and patient communities to identify some of the biggest healthcare challenges facing children today. Now it's time to do something about them!
Learn more or apply now here!

Employment Opportunities

Part Time Teaching Position at the MIT Museum

The MIT Museum is seeking educators and graduate students to teach science, technology, and engineering workshops for middle and high school students during the school year (September 2013 to June 2014). The successful candidates will have a science or engineering background, experience working with students in classroom or informal education settings and an enthusiasm for learning about MIT Museum collections and current research at MIT.

Three-hour shifts will be available Monday through Friday between 9:30 and 3:30, depending on school demand. The ideal candidate will have a flexible schedule and should be available for “on call” work 1-2 days a week, with two weeks advance notice. Anticipated commitment is 6-12 hours/month with the possibility of additional hours. Compensation of $12-$15/hour, based on experience. Training will be provided.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 2-3 references to the Education Coordinator, MIT Museum, Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 or edsearch@mit.edu. Review of applications will begin in late August, with hiring to occur by late September.

The Priscilla King Gray 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 Priscilla King Gray 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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