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Call To Action

Call to Action (CTA) is UConn 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

Natural Disaster Relief Efforts

Information on how to assist with the relief efforts for disasters across the globe such as Hurricane Harvey, Puerto Rico, Mexico, or flooding in Southeast Asia, can be found on the Community Outreach Relief Efforts webpage.

Toward Justice: Reducing Harm and Protecting Health and Safety – November 14 – 4pm to 5:30pm

This talk will look at how organizing grassroots and grasstops coalitions helped shift public will for systemic change and policy reform in Connecticut. Here, they will elevate the importance of community organizing in municipalities so policy reform efforts are grounded in the leadership of directly impacted people who are working with allies sharing aligned policy reform priorities. The public talk will occur from 4 to 5:30pm in Laurel 201, with an optional dinner discussion from 5:30 to 7pm in Laurel 302. Register for the dinner here

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/.

Community Events and Speakers

Guest Lecturer: Judge Matthew Gordon – November 13th – 10:10am to 11:00am

Connecticut Supreme Court Judge Matthew Gordon will be speaking on his experience as a Judge. He will discuss his motivations for pursuing judgeship, his experiences on the bench, and how what influences his decisions as a Judge, beyond just the law. The event will include a question and answer session. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/kWPPFp

Volunteer with North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Conference

 UConn will be hosting this year's NEACURH conference November 17th thru 19th. NEACURH is one of the eight regional affiliates of NACURH, Inc, the LARGEST student run organization IN THE WORLD!! NEACURH and NACURH are organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for all students living in residence halls. We are looking for positive individuals who can contribute some of their time, energy and of course cheer during these three days.
Volunteers are a key factor in pulling off a successful leadership conference. If you are interested in helping with this amazing event please fill out the quick form: https://goo.gl/forms/Q42kqBRpYTIbkvAC2

CT Speaks Out – November 17 – 6:30pm to 8pm

Generations has been asked to host a CT Speaks Out Forum on Health Insurance. The objective of the forum is to get feedback from consumers regarding the affordability of insurance. This information will then be compiled into a report and distributed to legislators to be hear in the upcoming session. Please consider attending to ensure that the community voice is heard. For more information, please see here.

Toward Justice Conference – December 4th-5th – Albany, NY

Attend the Toward Justice conference on December 4th and 5th in Albany, NY. The focus of the conference is related to reducing harm and improving health and safety. Communities across the country are grappling with the urgent crisis of mass incarceration, opioid addiction, and fatal overdoses. At Toward Justice, participants will explore innovative municipal approaches, like Albany's Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, to improve community health and safety, address racial disparities, and save lives. Register now at http://towardjustice.eventbrite.com
 

Community Engagement Opportunities

Special Olympics Connecticut 3v3 Basketball Tournament – December 3rd

Join Special Olympics of Connecticut for their 3 v 3 Unified Basketball Tournament on December 3rd. The event will occur from 9:30am to 1:00pm. Participants can sign up individually or as a team by going to https:give.classy.org/uconnco3v3 
You can find the event flyer

  here

YMCA Glastonbury Preschool

Glastonbury Preschool YMCA is looking for college students to work with their preschoolers. Those interested should contact Cheryl Wheeler at cheryl.wheeler@ghymca.org

Tech Time Support – Every Monday (Sept. 11 thru Jan. 1, 2018) 8:30am to 11:30am

Tech Time Support is an informal drop-in time when Seniors bring in their phones, tablets, and various devices along with their questions. The community partner is looking for at least one consistent volunteer who would like to assist this population with helpful technology information.Contact Cara Webb at WebbCJ@masfieldct.org for more information.

Windham Area Interfaith Ministries Walk for Warmth – November 19th

To meet the ever-increasing needs of residents in financial crisis, the Walk for Warmth is seeking to expand its base of participants who walk a short, 2-mile route through Willimantic to raise a goal of $40,000 for this year’s Energy Assistance Program. For more info please visit their website.

Internships and Scholarships

Community First School

Community First School is working to open its door in the North Hartford Promise Zone. They envision a school that inspires academic excellence, promotes greatness in each child, and partners with the community, but they need you to make it happen! Information on how to apply for the position can be found here

$500 OutdoorStack Scholarship

UConn students interested in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, skiing, or hunting are eligible to apply for this scholarship. More information on the details of this scholarship can be found here.

UConn IDEA Grant Accepting Applications

Funding of up to $4000 per student is available through the UConn IDEA Grant to support student-designed and student-driven projects including community service initiatives, artistic and creative endeavors, research projects, entrepreneurial ventures, and prototype development. Undergraduates in all majors at all campuses can apply. Applications are accepted from individuals, and from small groups who plan to work collaboratively on a project.
Summer funding application deadline: Monday, December 18, 2017.
More information available at http://ugradresearch.uconn.edu/idea 

Job Opportunities

Internship and Research Assistant positions

The Human Rights Education and Deliberation Project aims to provide a knowledge and understanding of human rights norms and principles. The project will focus on three classrooms at different local high schools during the spring semester. The project is seeking interns and research assistants to support the initiative. The position descriptions and information on how to apply can be found here for the internship and here for the research assistant.

Build a Career at Achievement First

Teach with Achievement First. Now hiring for positions in Brooklyn, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Click here to get a glimpse into #thatteacherlife and decide if Achievement First could be your future home: http://www.achievementfirst.org/ Submit your resume to weldonlummus@achievementfirst.org. Due to the volume of resumes we receive, only those candidates moving forward in our process will receive a response.