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Featured Opportunities

Jumpstart Positions- Now Recruiting!

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students to work with children in preschool classrooms. Inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, collaborate with others in a team, and build professional skills all while having fun! Join our Corps of 80 students on the UConn Storrs campus!All members will receive training prior to classroom service and receive an education award of $1,212 upon completion of 300 hours of service. Transportation to and from preschool centers is provided.
Help us close the achievement gap by equipping our preschoolers with the language and literacy skills they will need for success in kindergarten and beyond. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

For more information, visit our website at http://communityoutreach.uconn.edu/jumpstart/.
To apply, visit https://application.jstart.org/!

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to verbally communicate with peers, Jumpstart staff, children and classroom teachers
  • Ability to commit to 300 hours of service over the course of the academic year (September – May)
  • Time management skills (approximately 10-12 hours of service per week)
  • Ability to demonstrate effective reading and writing skills
  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others
  • Willingness to undergo a criminal history check
  • Recent tuberculosis (TB) test required for classroom service

Application submitted online at https://application.jstart.org/.

A Conversation on Gun Violence in Hartford

Please join UConn Against Gun Violence (UCAGV) as they host an event with Warren Hardy, a former gang member from Hartford, who will be speaking with us about his experiences with gun violence and current peace initiatives with Hartford youth. It will be February 27th at 7:30 p.m. in Oak 205.

Please see flyer for details.

1st Annual Annual Jeffny Pally Smile Mile

Spread the word to end the word, R-word awareness event!  Join Community Outreach and Special Olympics Connecticut for the first annual Jeffny Pally Smile Mile.  Saturday April 1st, 2017.  Registration begins at 9:30AM at the Hugh S. Greer Field house.  For more details email christopher.tweeddale@uconn.edu

Student Life Awards

UConn faculty, staff, and students are invited to nominate students, graduate assistants, advisers, student organizations, and other programs for one or more of the 2017 Student Life Awards at the University of Connecticut. The Student Life Awards are designed to recognize students for outstanding contributions to and leadership of the University community and beyond.

 

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 24th.
Award recipients will be recognized during “Leadership Recognition Week” from April 10th – April 16th.  The Student Life Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 in the Student Union Ballroom at 4:00pm.

 

Submit a nomination here.

2017 PeaceJam Youth Leadership Conference

Join Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee at Western Connecticut State University for 2017’s PeaceJam Youth Leadership Conference on February 25th and 26th! For more information contact Jennifer Huebner or call (203) 645-9922.

2nd Annual Connecticut Brain Freeze

The National Brain Tumor Society is gearing up for our 2nd Annual Connecticut Brain Freeze, a polar plunge fundraiser for pediatric and adult brain tumor research.  The event is March 5, 2017.  Find out more and how too apply on their Facebook and their website.

There is no registration fee for the Connecticut Brain Freeze, however there is a required fundraising minimum. Adult participants in the Connecticut brain freeze are required to raise a minimum of $100. Youth participants (ages 8-17) are required to raise a minimum of $50, up to 2 months post event (Thursday, May 4, 2017).

The Connecticut Brain Freeze program includes a plunge into the ice-cold ocean water of the Long Island Sound, an inspirational program of speakers, and a costume contest. We are expecting 350 participants on the day of the event to help us reach our fundraising goal of $50,000. Event proceeds will help drive strategic research, advocate for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community, and provide patient information on a local and national level.

 

Aside from fundraising, one of the primary goals of this program is to provide education and networking opportunities to brain tumor/brain cancer patients, caregivers, health professionals and their friends and families. The event is a forum for patients and caregivers to share stories, interact with health professionals and gather educational materials about brain tumors/brain cancer, while being in an environment of support and hope. Having a brain tumor can be a scary, isolating experience and at an event like this, brain tumor patients can find information about their disease, find other patients to share with and learn from, and feel empowered as a brain tumor survivor or caregiver. 

 

The Connecticut Brain Freeze is one of the 23 signature events (Walks, Rides, Races and Polar Plunges) the National Brain Tumor Society hosts throughout the year. In 2016, the Connecticut Brain Freeze was sponsored by Genentech and TPS Group, Inc. Media Coverage for this event included, FOX 61, Hartford Courant Media, ICRVradio, Shoreline Times, New Haven Register, WTNH News 8, 99.1 WPLR, WWCO In Waterbury, Meriden’s WMMW, Torrington’s WSNG, WDRC-AM In Hartford And Middlesex Counties, STAR 99.9, 102.3 DRC, 95.9-The FOX.

 

March for Science in Hartford CT

March for Science in Hartford, CT: April 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM
To parallel the main march taking place in Washington, DC, this will be a peaceful gathering – signs and any catchy chants are definitely encouraged to be developed, shared, and brought to the rally! We want to show our elected officials that science is important and that we hold fairness in research and objectivity in the highest regard. Science is not political, and “alternative facts” are not reality. It is not up to the government to decide which set of facts are real; that is discerned through the scientific method. At a time such as this, when the forefront of science is so expansive with cutting edge medical research, new insight into climate change, breakthroughs in our understanding of the cosmos, and so much more in development every day, it is critical that we respect our data and observations without overt perversion. Like never before, we have the power to communicate and inspire, share information, and share scientific discoveries en masse. Censorship of science helps no one, and since science does not belong to one political party or another, we refuse to halt discovery for 4 years. We have to develop a strong, clean, sustainable, healthy future and planet for our future generations. This march is to gather all who are concerned for the environment, our climate, our health and that of the future generations, protection of natural resources, energy transition, science classes for our next generation, and free speech for our scientific community.

We welcome anyone who prioritizes a better tomorrow to come join us. Please help us spread the word by LIKING & SHARING our page.

Mystic Aquarium’s 4th Annual Seal Splash

Mystic Aquarium is pleased to invite UCONN students to participate in their upcoming 4th Annual Seal Splash, an arctic plunge to raise funds for our Animal Rescue Program; on 2/18/2017. Mystic Aquarium’s Seal Splash is a great opportunity for fraternities, sororities, clubs and groups to come together and support a great cause. Please don’t hesitate to contact Lydia Shell at lshell@mysticaquarium.org or 860-572-5955, ext. 518 with any questions about Seal Splash. Thank you for your consideration, we hope you’ll be able to join us!

International Summer Volunteering

Learning Enterprises is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit that connects young volunteers with under-resourced host communities around the world who request native English speakers. We have programs in twelve countries on four continents, and charge no program fee which makes us one of the most affordable ways to volunteer abroad. Volunteers will live with host families, create their own curriculum and serve as representatives of their home countries and therefore need to be adventurous, flexible and open-minded. LE strives to foster creativity, expand horizons and promote understanding while spreading the spirit of volunteerism and providing rewarding work experience for young people. No teaching experience required.  If interested please contact Julia Burke at julia@learningenterprises.org

BRAVE Girls Leadership Conference

The BRAVE Leadership Conference is a powerful and important opportunity to bring our organization’s mission to life through the shared experience of teaching and learning about leadership. During this conference, all of our work will focus on working together to achieve self-empowerment through leadership development, education, networking and community engagement. Registration is $10 for students and the event takes place on 3/26/17 at 9:00AM
Please contact Isabella Baldoni at isabella.baldoni@uconn.edu for more details!

Narcan Training

Please join Julia Telfer of AIDS Connecticut (ACT) and Gillian Kuszewski, PharmD, of UConn Health for a Naloxone/Narcan training/presentation.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. UConn Health, 263 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT Low Learning Center (Ground Floor)
Check out the flyer!

Community Engagement Opportunities

ConnectiKids Tutoring and Mentoring at UConn

ConnectiKids is looking to hold tutoring and mentoring for middle graders on campus. Volunteers are needed for tutoring a 5th or 6th grader on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30PM. For more information please see both flyers or contact Kiera Steele, the program coordinator.

Camp Promise

Do you still need something fun to do this summer? Are you energetic, creative, and enthusiastic? Do you like working with youth and being a part of a FUN team? Are you looking to gain experience in the health care field or working with people with special health care needs?

If YES, then Camp Promise-East (www.camppromise.org) is looking for YOU!

We are currently recruiting volunteers who are mature and responsible individuals, who like working hard and who are willing to learn.

Camp Promise-East is a one-week overnight camp that is provided free of charge for kids, teens, and adults with muscular dystrophy and select neuromuscular diseases. We believe all kids should get to experience the magic of camp, regardless of their medical needs or physical abilities and highly value our volunteers who help make this happen. Our schedule is jam packed with theme days, pranks, costumes, summer fun, and activities that are 100% wheelchair accessible.

Available positions include:

  1. One-on-one counselors to provide personal care and assist with daily activities.
  2. Program staff (photographers, yearbook editors, camp newspaper, computers, science, sports, drama, music, etc.)
  3. Medical staff (licensed nurses, doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, etc.)

This is an ideal opportunity for individuals who are dedicated to giving back to their community and/or who are interested in a career in the healthcare field and are looking for experience working one-on-one with individuals with special healthcare needs. Many (but not ALL!) of our volunteers are pre-health students (e.g., medicine, nursing, physician assistants, PT/OT) or interested in social work or counseling, or graduate students/professionals in these fields.

While helpful, experience is not required as we provide all necessary training at our orientation session prior to camper arrival.

Our volunteers are 16+, come from diverse backgrounds and from all over the country, so whatever your skills may be, if you are committed to making camp the best week of our campers’ year, we’d love to hear from you!

Camp Details:

  • Dates: July 2-7, 2017 (volunteers arrive July 1st)
  • Location: Coventry, CT
  • Requirements: Be at least 16 years old, submit an application, complete an interview, and pass background and reference checks. Please visit our website for more information.
  • Application deadline: April 3, 2017
  • Website: www.camppromise.org


How to Apply:

Learn more about our application process and visit www.camppromise.org/apply to apply today.
Questions?

For more information, please contact Shannon Healey at Shannon@camppromise.org or 405-459-PIGS (7447).

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 2017 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 camp with their cabin group as they rotate through a schedule of activities and participate in new and exciting workshops provided by the program staff. The cabin counselor’s enthusiastic participation in all aspects of camp, from meals and activities to nightly special events and cabin chats, is crucial in creating a memorable camp experience for our campers. Counselors are expected to be role models, sources of energy and ideas, and are a key part of the Camp AmeriKids community.

Room & board at our site in Warwick, NY is provided.  Volunteers can apply for our 2017 camp session that will be held from August 5th – August 12th.   Applications are available here!  Learn more about us on our website. Please contact us at 203-658-9671 or equiroz@elm-project.org if you are interested in more information.

CT Walks for Haiti

CT Walks for Haiti is a 2.5 mile walk through West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square to raise money for desperately needed projects in Haiti.  Volunteers are needed at 11:00 am on 4/1/17 at St. Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford to lend a helping hand.
Please email Nancy Pelletier at  nancy.pelletier@comcast.net with any questions!

Internships and Scholarships

Sage Corps

Sage Corps is a global entrepreneurship program that sends top university students abroad to work with tech startups for a summer or semester. Sage Corps gives students the opportunity to hop on a plane, step out of their comfort zone, and catapult themselves into the top one percent of their peers. Unlike other intern abroad programs, Sage Corps fellows do not spend 12 hours per week sitting in a corporate cubicle. By working with local entrepreneurs, who bet their livelihood on solutions that they build to real problems, Sage Corps fellows get real responsibility.
Apply for their Summer and Fall Semester programs by March 1st

Arava Institute in Israel

Students have the opportunity to complete the HRTS 4291 Human Rights Internship component through participation in weekly Peace-building and Environmental Leadership Seminars. The scholarship for this program was generously funded by a grant through HRI from the Alan B. Slifka Foundation.

For more information about how you can apply, please contact Rachel Jackson before April 18th.


Milton Fisher Scholarship

The Milton Fisher Scholarship wants to help support students who excel as creative problem-solvers and help to make their higher educations goals more accessible.  This scholarship is open to creative high school Juniors, Seniors and College Freshman.  If you or anyone you know might be interested they can find out more information and apply here.  Deadline to apply is April 30th, 2017.

 

American Dream Clean (ADC) Tutor – Help an at-risk child stay on track for college or a career!

ADC seeks tutors who are passionate about partnering with us in our mission to help close the achievement gap in American education. For many of the kids we support, systemic problems in our educations system and beyond have pushed them off-track in school at a young age. We understand that college students are busy, and so the simpler we can make your lives, the better our program will be. That’s why our tutors work online and we multiply their effectiveness with professional online tutoring services like Khan Academy.  Find out more about ADC here.  If interested, send an email to JP Hernandez at jp.hernandez@americandreamclean.com

New Horizons Domestic Violence services Internship

Interns and volunteers are an essential part of New Horizons’ services. 1 intern is selected for the Fall semester, 1 intern is selected for the Spring semester, and 1 intern is selected for the Summer semester. Volunteers are welcome all year round.

Interns and volunteers can assist with:
• Shelter needs • Child care • Fundraising • Events • Community Outreach • Counseling • Research • Newsletters

Those wishing to provide direct service in shelter must complete a 4 day training to become a certified Domestic Violence Counselor. This training will provided upon successful interview and background check processes.

Deadlines:
Fall semester internship- July 1

Spring semester internship- December 1

Summer semester internship- March 1

Please contact Kelly Tea, Community Educator, at teak@chc1.com with your resume if interested.

GROW Windham Internship

GROW Windham is recruiting for the spring.  They collaborate regularly with professors and service learning instructors to host student interns for credit from the university and would love to collaborate with you as well! Their internships range from nutrition education to community engagement, graphic design and more.

The internship application can be found at their website.

Institute on Philanthropy & Voluntary Service Summer Program on Community Leadership and Service

All students are invited to apply for the 2017 Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary (IPVS) Service and be counted among the next generation of leaders to serve on the front lines solving the most pressing issues facing our communities, country and world.  Apply to intern with NGOs, take related course work and work with mentors!  Applications are due February 8th.  Learn more here and see the application checklist here.

100 Years of Women Scholarship Award

The University of Connecticut’s Women’s Center is pleased to announce the granting of the 100 Years of Women Scholarship Award.  The 100 Years of Women Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 to honor a current matriculated UConn undergraduate or graduate student or a high school senior planning to enroll in the University of Connecticut, who, as a role model or advocate, has demonstrated a commitment to women’s issues through service to their community or school.  Applicants must be enrolled for the entire Fall 2017/Spring 2018 academic year.  The scholarship award ranges up to $1,000. Check out the flyer and apply by February 28, 2017!

International Children’s Advisory Network (iCAN) Externship

iCan is looking for a young person with experience in any of the following areas: small business development, non-profit organizations, medicine/healthcare.
The purpose of this position is to help iCAN expand its public outreach, networking, social media presence, and fundraising opportunities for our non-profit organization. This is an unpaid position, requiring about 5-10 hours per week with very flexible hours (some work can be done remotely from home).  Keep your eyes peeled here for more info to come!

Job Opportunities 

Work at Morry’s Camp Summer 2017

This is a program that supports the academic and life success of hundreds of young people year-round. Morry’s Camp takes place during the summer only, and primarily serves children from ages 9-16 from under-resourced backgrounds. It instills important values, incorporates academic components, and provides the ability to go to summer camp cost-free for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Working at Morry’s Camp is an incredible experience, and staff gain a variety of skills along the way. If you’re looking for a summer experience unlike any other, you should consider Morry’s Camp!
Apply here. Questions?  Email : Paulina.rowe@uconn.edu or dream@projectmorry.org
Check out their Facebook as well!

Children’s Corps

Children’s Corps is an exciting program that recruits young professionals for an opportunity that makes a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families involved in the child welfare system.  Children’s Corps places its members in full-time positions with salary and benefits and offers pre-service training and a close, supportive network of professionals, peers, and alumni. A two-year commitment is required, throughout which Corps members receive on-going training, support, and professional development to prepare and encourage them to become the next leaders in the field.  To learn more about the program please go to our website.  This opportunity is open to anyone who will have or already has a BA or MA by June 2017.  Application becomes available on December ­­­­16th there will be two deadlines:  Jan. 22nd and Feb. 26th.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Scoville Peace Fellowship is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with one of more than two dozen participating institutions in Washington, DC. Including leading think tanks and advocacy groups focusing on international security issues.  Application Deadlines are: Fall 2017 Fellowship: January 6, 2017, and Spring 2018 Fellowship: October 2, 2017.  Check out their Facebook post and their website for more information!

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