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Call To Action

Call to Action (CTA) is the UConn Office of Community Outreach’s e-bulletin developed to publicize campus and community based events and opportunities. If you are interested in publicizing a related opportunity, please complete our online form.

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/.

Host Family Needed

CIEE and the High School Study USA program are looking for a host family for a student. Please share this with your family, friends and community.

They are looking for people interested in becoming a Host Family. If you or someone you know would consider this opportunity, please have them contact Kathy Thomson as soon as possible. Learn more about the program below.
CIEE accepts all types of host families-those with kids or no kids, empty nesters, retirees, single parents and others. Learn how satisfying it can be through this short video.

Students arrive well-prepared for life in the U.S., with proficient English skills and strong academic qualifications. They are smart, adventurous and purposeful in their intentions to experience life in America.
Host families can also receive a stipend to help offset the costs of hosting a student, and for CIBA the stipend is $900 per month. CIEE makes all this possible and very seamless-at every step of the process, 24/7. Learn more about CIEE and what’s required to be a host family

CIEE offers a $200 referral award to anyone who recommends a family that ends up hosting or someone becoming a local coordinator. This goes for groups, clubs, schools and individuals.

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

2017 Steeple Chase Bike Tour

The Steeple Chase Bike Tour recently opened online registration at www.steeplechasebiketour.org and www.bikereg.com to athletes, adventurers and families who want to take on the winding roads of eastern Connecticut. On Saturday, August 19th, bike riders from around Connecticut and neighboring states will meet at Eastern Connecticut State University’s athletic complex in Mansfield and spend the day riding routes of their choice to raise money for three critical Windham County social service agencies. These agencies shelter the homeless, offer a path to recovery for people with addiction, and provide basic needs from clothing to heat for under-resourced individuals and families.

Hartford-based Organizations Advertise Opportunities for UConn Students Here

Over the past few months, the Office of Public Engagement and the Office of Community Outreach have been working to put together an efficient and quick way for Hartford-based organizations to advertise internship/volunteer opportunities to UConn students.  Their office is eager to advertise internship or volunteer opportunities to UConn students that are relevant to the needs of the Hartford community, offer reciprocal benefits to both the organization and the engaged student, and are socially responsible.  By following the link below and completing the form, local organizations  can gain access to a pool of hardworking and academically competitive future professionals to fill intern or volunteer positions.  For more information please contact Johanna deLeyer-Tiarks at citiescollaborative@uconn.edu.
 

Community Engagement Opportunities

Help Develop a New Haven Community Garden!

Claire Callan is looking for students to help develop a 50′ x30′ space into a community garden!  Please contact Claire if interested.

Teacher’s Aide at the Lutz Children’s Museum

Assist the Curators in museum classes in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Times will vary day to day and month to month. Flexible hours! Pick and choose the classes with which you would like to assist. Show your support for educational programming, children and families by volunteering at the Lutz Children’s Museum. Learn more at  lutzmuseum.org

Farm Day with the Lutz Children’s Museum

The Lutz Chidlren’s Museum will host a Farm Day on September 9,2017. We need volunteers to make this a success!

All of the proceeds from this event help to support educational programming at the Lutz Children’s Museum. The museum serves children, families, and schools in twenty-nine towns. Our current programs include hands-on exhibits, live animals, classes, concerts, trips, special events, school outreach and a nature center. Learn more at their website.

The RIDE for Our Vets

On Saturday, June 17th, riders of all skill levels will travel throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties in support of Connecticut Veterans. This fully-supported ride benefits the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center and the amazing work they do to help veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness to overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare, and income.

Here’s how to get involved:

Ride:
Fund raise and ride to support Connecticut Veterans! 100% of proceeds go to the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. Top fundraisers are eligible for incentives. If you are interested in riding please contact Emilie Latainer

OR

Volunteer:
We are looking for volunteers to help on the route and at the event site. For more information on volunteering, please contact Tamoya Simpson

Visit: www.rideforourvets.org today to register for The RIDE For Our Vets and change a CT Veteran’s life!

Camp Amerikids

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.

Internships and Scholarships

Husky Nutrition

Students have an opportunity to act as Husky Scholars who act as role models and mentors. They deliver messages about healthy eating and physical activity to children and parents in under-served areas throughout Connecticut. The Husky Scholars program expects successful applicants to participate in discussions on provided readings and to complete an individual or group research project for presentation at the end of the experience.

More details and the application are on this flyer!

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

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.

Job Opportunities

Post Graduate Opportunity: AmeriCorps VISTA CCSNE

AmeriCorps VISTA Campus Compact of Southern New England (CCSNE) is looking to fill over 50 positions for the 2017-2018 year! AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program in which volunteers live in the communities they serve and build capacity for programs that will continue after they complete their service. Part of the AmeriCorps national network of service programs, AmeriCorps VISTA has been meeting the needs of underserved communities since 1965. Over the years, more than 100,000 committed individuals have joined forces with 12,000 local sponsors—public agencies and nonprofit groups—to strengthen communities across the nation.

Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE) VISTA members focus their service year on education programs aligned with the Corporation for National and Community Service education priorities in school readiness, K-12 school success and college access and success. The scope of these efforts range from the program level, to the organizational level to multi-sector partnerships working on collective impact. As a corps of 70, CCSNE VISTA members benefit from shared training and professional development and collaborate both regionally and by issue area throughout the service year. In addition to their host site supervisor, CCSNE VISTA members are supported by 3 program staff and 4 VISTA leaders based at the regional network office in Boston.

To learn more about applying to be an AmeriCorps VISTA CCSNE member, click here: https://goo.gl/TqP4Ml.

MSW Child Welfare Position

Children’s Corps, a program of Fostering Change for Children, aims to improve the lives of vulnerable children by building a highly-skilled and dedicated workforce that has the potential to become leaders in the field. Children’s Corps recruits, trains and supports Bachelors/Masters graduates and professionals of all backgrounds who are passionate about working with children and families involved in the child welfare system. Right now, Children’s Corps is only seeking applicants who will have their Master’s in Social Work OR Master’s in Mental Health Counseling by June 2017. These available, MA-specific positions offer an employment opportunity for individuals who want to gain valuable experience and make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and families.

Once accepted into the program, Children’s Corps members are required to participate in a 4-week Summer Training Academy, where “real world” experience and classroom training are brought together to a provide a foundation of knowledge and skills before beginning work in the field. Children’s Corps partners with 15 NYC foster care and preventive agencies that employ the Corps members and provide them with a full salary and benefits. After completion of the training, members are placed in full-time positions at these partner agencies, working in foster care, preventive services, or residential settings. It is not essential to have prior knowledge of the child welfare system, but rather the openness, patience, and persistence to learn. MSW and MA in MHC positions include:
1. Foster Care Social Worker – provides support, advocacy, and care management services to children, parents, and foster parents to work towards positive permanency for every child.
2. General Preventive Social Worker – provides support, advocacy, and care management services to children and their families in order to help sustain safety and well-being and prevent the need to place the children in foster care.
3. Family Therapist in an Evidenced-based Preventive Program – provides family support following the structure of the evidence-based model and in-home therapy sessions to address concerns and build upon family strengths. These positions will include additional training on the specific evidence-based model such as Brief Strategic Family Therapy, Family Connections, or Family Functional Therapy.

Children’s Corps requires its members to commit TWO years to working at their placement agency. Throughout, members receive ongoing personal support and professional development, which includes: monthly meetings and trainings, peer-to-peer support, individual staff support, professional mentors, and an online resource group. The program strives to fully support its members and enable to them to grow professionally and personally as they undertake this rewarding and challenging work. Children’s Corps, its members and alumni are building a community of leaders committed to advocating for and leading efforts to create improvements in the child welfare system and improve outcomes for children.

Benefits include:
• A full-time job in New York City with salary and benefits
• Clinical supervision hours for those eligible
• A very close and supportive network of professionals, peers, and alumni
• A dynamic and comprehensive pre-service training and on-going support
• An environment to accomplish personal and professional goals and to develop your skills as the next leader in child welfare

Job responsibilities/activities vary depending on the specific placement, but may include:
• Overseeing a caseload of children and/or families
• Assessing for safety and risk of children
• Visiting families in their homes and at the agency on at least a bi-monthly basis, at times working into the evenings to accommodate families.
• Coordinating and supervising family visits at the agency and/or in the community
• Referring families to services and providing follow up
• Advocating for clients in their effort to secure services such as public assistance, health insurance, and help with immigration issues
• Accompanying families to necessary programs or service appointments as necessary (i.e. drug treatment, medical, school, housing, public assistance, immigration, etc.
• Participating in family team conferences, agency meetings and trainings
• Interfacing and maintaining contact with schools, mental health facilities, and other service providers
• Attending and testifying at court hearings
• Documenting all case activity with families and community providers
• Working collaboratively with families, supervisors, lawyers, treatment teams, etc.

Eligibility:
• An MSW or MA in Mental Health Counseling before June 2017
• US citizenship, permanent residency or valid 2-year+ work authorization
• Two-year commitment starting in July 2017.

Children’s Corps seeks candidates who are:
• Interested in a career in the non-profit/social justice sector
• Passionate about and dedicated to supporting at-risk families
• Compassionate, energetic and self-motivated
• Flexible
• Not afraid of facing challenges or asking for help
• Resilient and persistent
• Very organized; able to set priorities and multi-task
• Good verbal and written communication skills
• Eager to learn and grow professionally and personally
• Confident and motivated to make a 2-year commitment to working in child welfare

How to Apply:
Final deadline is Friday May 5th at 11:59 PM. Please go to http://www.fosteringchangeforchildren.org/index.php/CC/apply to learn more about how to apply. You can also access the direct application by going to: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3506660/Childrens-Corps-2017-Application-MSW-MHC

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!