Weekly Opportunities – November 17th, 2014

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Tisch College and On-Campus Opportunities


Conversation with Senator Stan Rosenberg

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | 10:30 AM

Tisch College – Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall


Join Tisch College for an engaging conversation with Senator Stan Rosenberg, Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader representing Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester. A graduate of Revere High School, Stan earned a B.A in Community Development & Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was elected State Senator in September 1991 and was appointed Majority Leader of the Massachusetts State Senate in 2013. He has served as President Pro Tempore, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, and Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Redistricting.


Throughout his career, Stan has been a champion for: education at all levels; fair and progressive taxation to support the public services we all need and want; environmental protection with an emphasis on recycling, conservation, and alternative energy; economic development for our region; and social justice for all. RSVP requested to sarah.shugars@tufts.edu.


Spring 2015 Course:
PHIL 0020 – An Introduction to Civic Studies: Theories for a Better World
TR 10:30-11:45
This seminar course offers engaging dialogue about building better societies and the role of individuals and small groups in creating, nourishing, and sustaining good communities. Through a diverse range of theorists and practioners, the course will explore contrasting conceptions of active citizenship with roots in philosophy and practical experimentation. Taught by Peter Levine, Tisch College Associate Dean, the course aims to understand how people engage with their communities and develop strategies for building a better world. Relevant facts (empirical evidence), values (ethics), and strategies will be considered. No prerequisites.

Wanted: Students for the Clinton Global Initiative University Network!
Do you have an idea that addresses a pressing social issue? Are you interested in social entrepreneurship? Funding will be available to select students to help them turn their ideas into action. Tufts is among 61 colleges and universities that are members of CGI University Network. For more information and to submit a commitment, see https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative/meetings/cgi-university/before-you-apply


Absolute deadline is December 1. President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the eighth annual CGI U meeting from March 6-8, 2015 at the University of Miami in Florida for 1,000 student innovators who have made Commitments to Action that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. For assistance, contact CGIU liaison Mindy Nierenberg, Senior Director of Tisch College Programs at mindy.nierenberg@tufts.edu

Apply for the Tisch Summer Fellows!

Info Session Dates:

Mon, Nov. 24th at 12pm: Rabb Room


Are you interested in a paid summer internship in Massachusetts, New York City, or Washington, D.C.? The Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) program is an opportunity for Tufts students to gain real-world skills, grow their networks, and explore career paths while building stronger communities on a local, national or international level. TSF fellowships are available for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students.


The application and internship descriptions for each city will be posted on the Tisch College website by December 5th.  Please see the following page for Info Session dates and more program details: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/tsf/.  Contact Maggie McMorrow at maggie.mcmorrow@tufts.edu or 617-627-3076 for inquiries.


Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series:

Coffee with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Alumnae Lounge


Join Tisch College for coffee and an engaging conversation with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. An accomplished advocate for working people and a proud product of the City of Boston, Mayor Walsh was sworn in as the City’s 54th Mayor on January 6, 2014. With a commitment to community, equality and opportunity for every resident and neighborhood, Mayor Walsh has the record, skills and passion to move Boston forward.


Mayor Walsh previous served for 16 years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he established himself as a leader on creating and protecting jobs and as a champion for civil rights. Mayor Walsh also served for two years as head of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District.


Free and open to the public. RSVP requested at http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/speakers/


Spring 2015 Course:

CD 143-01: Teaching robotics to young Children in urban schools

Taught by Professor Marina U. Bers

This service learning course provides a unique experience for working in an urban school district serving a low-income, ethnically diverse community in Central Falls, RI. Students will learn about teaching in an urban setting and about ways to integrate robotics into early childhood classrooms. Then they will teach robotics to children in Pre-K to second grade. Students will teach robotics, using a developmentally appropriate robotic kit developed by the DevTech team, that doesn’t require tablets or screens. It can be programmed with wooden blocks. We will integrate arts and crafts materials, as well as dance and movement in our lessons. To learn more about the kit, visit: http://ase.tufts.edu/DevTech/ReadyForRobotics/index.as


Training date is set for Sunday Jan 11 at the DevTech lab. Work at the schools on Jan 12 & 13, Mar 16, 17, & 20, and May 8. Email alex.pugnali@tufts.edu with a paragraph explaining why   you are interested in registering for the class, or if you have any questions.


Do you have a great project idea that will improve a community? Interested in active citizenship?

Apply online today!


The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement can help! The Tisch Fund aims to provide funding for projects, events, and programs with a connection to active citizenship in a clear community-identified need.  Applications are live at our website: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/tischfund/.


Tufts Compass Fellowship—Application Open!

Learning, Opportunity, Social Entrepreneurship, Business, Sustainability, Community, Mentorship, Leadership” If any of these words rings a bell, check out Tufts Compass Fellowship! It’s a national fellowship program for first-year college students that provides mentorship, networking opportunities, and a supportive community to help you explore and pursue your passions, and develop your ideas into businesses that make a difference!


Feel free to apply at http://www.apply.compassfellows.org/ or get in touch with Khuyen, khuyen.bui@tufts.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing your passion come true!




Additional Active Citizenship Opportunities

Volunteers are needed for Giving Tuesday Somerville

Help raise $50,000 for nonprofit organizations in Somerville! Volunteers are needed for Giving Tuesday Somerville, a collaborative fundraising effort with 15 local nonprofit organizations coming together to tell their story and raise money during the holiday season. The event will be a telethon at SCATV in Union Square on December 2 from 6-9 pm. Volunteers are needed BEFOREDURING, and AFTER the event: tasks will include helping with a phone bank, picking up donations, distributing promotional posters, and more! This is a great way to get involved with your local Somerville community and #GiveMore during the holiday season. Please fill out this form if you are able to volunteer before, during, and/or after Giving Tuesday Somerville, and you will be contacted with more info!”


SENIORS: Public Policy Job Opportunity with PIRG!

Fall Application Deadline: November 19th


Looking for a job in public policy that makes a difference?  The student PIRGs are hiring graduating seniors to make a difference on college campuses across the country next year.  Students founded PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) over 40 years ago, based upon the simple idea that America has more problems than we should tolerate, and more solutions than we use. Today, campus organizers work on 40 campuses across the country to recruit and train student leaders to run campaigns. We work to solve big problems – like global warming, big money in politics, and hunger and homelessness.


Apply Today! You can find out more about our jobs at Jobs.StudentPIRGs.org or email the Tufts recruiter Nathan Broad at nathan@masspirgstudents.org . Early deadline is Nov. 19th, and applications will continue to be accepted after this date.

Cranksgiving Bike Ride

Saturday, November 22 starting at 1:00

Starting at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, through the greater Boston area, including Somerville, and ending at the Aeronaut Brewing Company in Cambridge.


Join the Somerville Homeless Coalition for  the First annual Cranksgiving Boston bike ride! Bring a bike, a bag, and a lock. This event is FREE but you’ll need about $15 to buy food to donate to The Boston Food Bank and the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Part scavenger hunt, part food drive, and part bike ride. As a grass roots event, Cranksgiving allows the Boston cycling community to give back to the neighborhoods we ride in and the city we love.

Navigate the streets of the Greater Boston area and the aisles of grocery stores searching for specific food items. Once you’ve found them and made your way through the checkout lines to the finish line, all of your food will be donated to the Boston Food Bank and the Somerville Homeless Coalition.


To participate, sponsor or volunteer, email dave@cranksgivingboston.org for more info! Find more info at the facebook event here, https://www.facebook.com/events/302207596652765/.


Gobble, Gobble Run, hosted by Somerville Road Runners

Thursday, November 27, 2014 | Race starts @ 9AM
No Mail-in or Walk-up registrations !!!

At Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates parking garage
40 Holland Street, Davis Square, Somerville MA

Register on line at racemenu.com . Sign-in registration is from 7:30 to 8:45AM in Davis Square at the Harvard Vanguard parking garage on the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road.

This event is benefiting SHC’s Project SOUP and providing scholarships to SHS students. Look at the following link for further information: http://www.srr.org/events/annual_events/gobble/index.php.


Horizons for Homeless Children seeking Playspace volunteers!

Horizons for Homeless Children is an organization that improves the lives of young homeless children and their families. They are looking for volunteers for the Playspace program. Play is really important for child development, so this is a chance to provide Playspaces in shelters for children.


Volunteers have to commit to working at a Playspace for two hours once a week for six months. Shifts are available weekdays between 8-9pm, but many of the shifts take place in the evenings from 6-8pm. They are looking for volunteers interested in working with the homeless population, especially if they have previous experience working with children. These volunteers should take initiative in planning and leading activities for the children. The Playspaces are designed to be developmentally appropriate for children ages 0-6. To become a PAL, you must fill out an application, pass a background check, provide two references, and complete a training.


Playspace Activity Leader (PAL) new volunteer training will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 19th and 20th from 6-8:30pm at HHC headquarters: 1705 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury MA 02119. Please feel free to attend the training and invite a friend to come along! Paper applications will be available at the door if you have not registered in advance.


For any questions during the training, please call the office cell phone at 781-686-8065.​​



SENIORS: Match Education seeking teachers-in-training!

This teacher training program was recently recognized by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for its innovation. Program participants receive training on how to become highly effective first-year teachers (there is a near 100% placement rate in high performing urban schools). In addition, teacher residents receive housing and a living stipend while completing their Master’s. The teacher residency is only available in Boston, but there are tutoring opportunities (for those just looking to do an urban education gap year) also available in Boston.

Here are some links that you may be interested in: Match Education’s “About Us” page, Our Graduate School of Education, Info on our 1-Year Tutoring Program.


We’re looking for seniors who either (1) want to spend a year working closely with students in Boston while training to be a teacher, OR (2) want to spend a year in Boston working closely with students before heading off to grad school or another career. You can contact our recruiting team directly at Recruiting@MatchEducation.org.



Announcing Global Hangouts

Americans for UNESCO, GenUN, Global Changemakers, Young Professionals In Foreign Policy, and other partners from around the world are excited to announce the launch of Global Hangouts. Global Hangouts is a new initiative to connect young people across the globe to discuss pressing international issues. You’ll be matched up with a young person from a different country to talk about education, culture, health care, youth political engagement, and related topics. More than 500 people from more than 75 countries have already signed up – join them! Whether you’re looking for support starting an international advocacy project or you just want the opportunity to expand your perspective on important global issues, Global Hangouts are a great way to connect with people all over the world. To learn more and sign up, visit: http://www.globalhangouts.org/ Within a few weeks of signing up, you’ll receive an email with your match. Questions? Contact youthglobalhangouts@gmail.com.


Interested in Impacting your Community? English At Large is Accepting Applications for Spring Internships

English at Large is a nonprofit that provides individual and small group instruction through a volunteer network to adult immigrants and other newcomers who want to acquire English language skills as they adapt to life in the United States. Our vision is that newcomers to the United States will develop the English language skills and acquire the cultural knowledge needed to fully engage in their communities and fulfill their life goals.

We have three part-time internship openings for the spring semester.  Our internship programs provide you with experience in a small, close-knit non-profit working environment, as well as offer you a variety of relevant trainings on topics such as grant writing and event promotion.


Our internship openings are as follows: Program Administration, Program Outreach, and Programs and Social Media. Internships will begin in January 2015 and end in May 2015, with the possibility of continuing into the summer. Interns are asked to commit 10-15 hours/week to their position.  All internships must be eligible for the Tufts Work Study Program, and will pay $10/hour.


The English At Large office is located in Woburn, MA, but there may be the opportunity to work more locally in Medford, MA. If this is a deciding factor, please reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator at the email address provided below.


To find out more or to apply, go to: http://www.englishatlarge.org/opportunities.html

Feel free to send your resume and cover letter to Coordinator@EnglishAtLarge.org.


Travel internationally and work in social entrepreneurship this winter break!

Saha Global (formerly known as Community Water Solutions) empowers women in rural communities to solve their village’s need for clean water and electricity by providing business opportunities. The organization brings leaders from around the world to Ghana through their Global Leadership Program, where they train local women to launch profitable social enterprises.


Applications for the winter program are coming soon, learn more at http://sahaglobal.org/.


Discounted Admission to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Discounted Tickets Available with Valid College ID

Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125 | (617) 514-1600

Open 7 Days a Week from 9am- 5pm


Come and explore the life and legacy of the thirty-fifth president of the United States at this monument of his legacy. Students and scholars can arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy. As well as take tours of our Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President.


Tutors For All – Work Study Position available

If you are a college student in Boston and want to make an impact in the lives of Boston youth, give back to the community, then apply to be a tutor at Tutors For All!


We are a non profit organization looking for tutors in Math, English, and ESL for the Codman program. The program runs from 8:30am to 12:30pm every Saturday. You can apply through your college Federal Work Study and get paid $12 an hour, or volunteer and get a free monthly charlie card.


For more information go to tutorsforall.org. If interested, please contact palakai@tutorsforall.org.


Boston Globe mobile app looking for Tufts student involvement!

A mobile application for the Boston Globe is looking for more students to get involved!


Allison Goldsberry, a Tufts University graduate and current part-time student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is working this mobile application for students and teachers to use in the classroom.  The app will feature Globe content and will build off of The Globe’s existing News in Education program.  Allison is working on this project in conjunction with students at Medford High School, where she teaches web design.


Allison would love to have Tufts students involved!  She is looking for students who are interested in one or more of the following: civics, journalism, education, technology, and digital media.  No technical skills are required but are certainly welcome.  Help is needed with research (user experiences, current news in education program assets, student/teacher technology use, survey data), design, prototyping, outreach, development, etc.  The help potential students can provide is geared toward their skills and interest.  The time commitment will vary based upon student interest and involvement but should be at least one hour per week; this can be virtual if easier.


Please contact Allison at agoldsberry@gmail.com or 781-526-1997.


SENIORS: Green Corps is looking for college graduates for their year-long program!
In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read on or visit http://www.greencorps.org/findoutmore .

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