Outside Opportunities

These listings feature service opportunities not associated with or facilitated by the Boston University Community Service Center. Volunteers enroll and participate at their own risk.

U.S.PIRG

U.S.PIRG is a national federation, with offices in 30 states across the country. They are looking to hire 25 graduating college students into our full-time Campus Organizer position. Organizers with U.S. PIRG will build a team of student activists and then work with them to do the research, advocacy and grassroots organizing it takes to win on critical public interest issues. They will receive extensive training and work on one of 40 college campuses, running 3-6 campaigns at any given time getting real results for the campus, community and the state. After a year as an organizer, they will have the skills and experience it takes to become a leader and have given students the tools they need to make change happen.

Debate Mate

Debate Mate is an educational non-profit that works in areas of high child poverty at some of the most deprived schools in Boston. They train university students to mentor and coach middle school students once a week after school, teaching debating and the life skills that come with it. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience and a great opportunity to change young people’s lives. We pay $30 per hour-long session, and $50 for competition days, plus travel costs. For more information, email anna@debatemate.com or visit debatemate.com.

Camp AmeriKids

Camp AmeriKids, a summer camp for children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease, is looking for caring, responsible, energetic and fun counselors for our 2014 season. A volunteer counselor team is responsible for the 24-hour supervision of a cabin and maintains a camper to counselor ratio of about 2 to1. Counselors spend each day of the one week camp session with their cabin group as they rotate through a schedule of activities and participate in new and exciting workshops provided by the program staff. Applications are available on the website: www.campamerikids.org.

Let’s Get Ready

Let’s Get Ready is an education non-profit that provides free SAT preparatory services as well as college access, transition and success mentoring to low-income high school students. They do this through mobilizing college student volunteers to act as coaches and mentors for our high school students. They are currently recruiting mentors for their programs. For more information, please visit http://www.letsgetready.org.

Citizen Schools Massachusetts

Citizen Schools Massachusetts is a non-profit that partners with middle schools in low-income Boston neighborhoods to expand the learning day. They offer the exciting opportunity for students to get involved as Citizen Teachers, a role in which volunteers choose an engaging, hands-on curriculum and teach an “apprenticeship” to a class of motivated students. For more information to get involved, please visit http://www.citizenschools.org.

FriendshipWorks

FriendshipWorks is a group that matches volunteers with an elderly person in the Boston area who may need help running errands, getting to a doctors appointment, or just simple companionship. They are currently looking for more volunteers. To get involved, please visit http://www.fw4elders.org for information.

Tutors for All

Tutors for All is an educational organization dedicated to eradicating the achievement gap in Boston one student at a time. They rely heavily on mobilizing the many college students of Boston to work in our tutorial programs at various schools throughout the city. They try to ensure that all of the students we serve work in tutorial on a one-on-one level. For information on how to get involved, please visit http://www.tutorsforall.org.

U.S.PIRG

U.S.PIRG is a national federation, with offices in 30 states across the country. They are looking to hire 25 graduating college students into our full-time Campus Organizer position. Organizers with U.S. PIRG will build a team of student activists and then work with them to do the research, advocacy and grassroots organizing it takes to win on critical public interest issues. They will receive extensive training and work on one of 40 college campuses, running 3-6 campaigns at any given time getting real results for the campus, community and the state. After a year as an organizer, they will have the skills and experience it takes to become a leader and have given students the tools they need to make change happen.

Debate Mate

Debate Mate is an educational non-profit that works in areas of high child poverty at some of the most deprived schools in Boston. They train university students to mentor and coach middle school students once a week after school, teaching debating and the life skills that come with it. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience and a great opportunity to change young people’s lives. We pay $30 per hour-long session, and $50 for competition days, plus travel costs. For more information, email anna@debatemate.com or visit debatemate.com.

Camp AmeriKids

Camp AmeriKids, a summer camp for children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease, is looking for caring, responsible, energetic and fun counselors for our 2014 season. A volunteer counselor team is responsible for the 24-hour supervision of a cabin and maintains a camper to counselor ratio of about 2 to1. Counselors spend each day of the one week camp session with their cabin group as they rotate through a schedule of activities and participate in new and exciting workshops provided by the program staff. Applications are available on the website: www.campamerikids.org.

Let’s Get Ready

Let’s Get Ready is an education non-profit that provides free SAT preparatory services as well as college access, transition and success mentoring to low-income high school students. They do this through mobilizing college student volunteers to act as coaches and mentors for our high school students. They are currently recruiting mentors for their programs.  For more information, please visit http://www.letsgetready.org.

Citizen Schools Massachusetts

Citizen Schools Massachusetts is a non-profit that partners with middle schools in low-income Boston neighborhoods to expand the learning day. They offer the exciting opportunity for students to get involved as Citizen Teachers, a role in which volunteers choose an engaging, hands-on curriculum and teach an “apprenticeship” to a class of motivated students. For more information to get involved, please visit http://www.citizenschools.org.

FriendshipWorks

FriendshipWorks is a group that matches volunteers with an elderly person in the Boston area who may need help running errands, getting to a doctors appointment, or just simple companionship. They are currently looking for more volunteers. To get involved, please visit http://www.fw4elders.org for information.

Tutors for All

Tutors for All is an educational organization dedicated to eradicating the achievement gap in Boston one student at a time. They rely heavily on mobilizing the many college students of Boston to work in our tutorial programs at various schools throughout the city. They try to ensure that all of the students we serve work in tutorial on a one-on-one level. For information on how to get involved, please visit http://www.tutorsforall.org.

Chelsea Community Schools Homework Help Program

The Chelsea Community Schools Homework Help Program is looking for tutors/mentors! Homework Help is a CCS initiative designed to improve the academic performance of students in grades 5-8 in the Chelsea Public School system.  They are looking for BU student volunteers to provide academic support and mentoring to their middle school students.  The commitment is 2 ½ hours, once a week, Wednesdays until mid April.  They also offer an in-class tutoring option for volunteers looking for classroom experience.  Contact their on-campus coordinator Edgar Puesan at edpuesan@bu.edu, call (617) 466-5233 or check out their website http://www.chelseama.gov/ccs/homeworkhelp for more info!

MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program

Volunteers are needed to provide academic assistance, in the areas of Math, English, Science, Social Science and World Language, to disadvantaged high school students in our after school tutorial program. High school level tutoring experience is preferred. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to upwardbound@mit.edu.

Chelsea Community Schools Homework Help Program

The Chelsea Community Schools Homework Help Program is looking for tutors/mentors! Homework Help is a CCS initiative designed to improve the academic performance of students in grades 5-8 in the Chelsea Public School system. They are looking for BU student volunteers to provide academic support and mentoring to their middle school students. The commitment is 2 ½ hours, once a week, Wednesdays until mid April. They also offer an in-class tutoring option for volunteers looking for classroom experience. Contact their on-campus coordinator Edgar Puesan at edpuesan@bu.edu, call (617) 466-5233 or check out their website http://www.chelseama.gov/ccs/homeworkhelp for more info!

MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program

Volunteers are needed to provide academic assistance, in the areas of Math, English, Science, Social Science and World Language, to disadvantaged high school students in our after school tutorial program. High school level tutoring experience is preferred. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to upwardbound@mit.edu.

Debate Mate
Debate Mate is an educational non-profit that works in areas of high child poverty at some of the most deprived schools in Boston. They train and employ university students to mentor and coach middle school students once a week after school, teaching debating and the life skills that come with it. They pay $30 per hour-long session, and $50 for competition days, plus travel costs. Mentor interviews and training will be held in late January. For more information, sign up here www.surveymonkey.com/s/DMUSA2014mentors and email anna@debatemate.com with any questions.

Better Future Project Internship
The internship will be a ten-week immersion program, involving living, working, eating, and traveling with a small team of peers. After two weeks of training in organizing skills, bike maintenance and other skill areas, teams hit the road for the rest of the summer. The interns will travel exclusively by bicycle, and will engage local civic, business, and government leaders in the communities they visit. The regular application deadline is January 17th, but the final deadline for our internship program is March 1st. For more information or to apply, visit climatesummer.net/apply.

Jumpstart BU
Interested in doing community service, working with kids, forging new friendships, and building a powerful resume? Then join Jumpstart BU! Jumpstart is a national literacy organization through which college students work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods, preparing them to be successful in Kindergarten and beyond by fostering adult-child relationships that focus on building literacy and social and emotional readiness. Teams of seven Corps Members go into local preschools two afternoons per week and work with the same group of children each time. Jumpstart Corps members commit to 200 or 300 hours of service (about 8 to 14 hours per week) and can qualify for a $1175 AmeriCorps Education Award at the end of their service. As a Corps Member, you’ll gain amazing experience, develop incredible friendships, build your resume and references, and most importantly, make a difference in a child’s life! For more information, please contact Jacqueline Bennett at jacqbenn@bu.edu or visit: http://www.bu.edu/sed/community-outreach/programs/jumpstart/. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis—don’t wait! Apply online today at www.jstart.org/apply.

 

To post information about your organization’s volunteer needs, please contact CSC Community Outreach Manager Kirsten Kuhn at bucsc@bu.edu.


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Furniture Bank (617) 423-9162
Boston Rescue Mission (617) 482-8819
Crossroads (617) 567-5926
Pine St. Inn (617) 482-7629
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