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Learn more about:
Public Service Center
City Days
Keys to Empowering Youth (KEYs)
LINKS
MIT/Cambridge Science Expo
Public Service Center Fellowships
ReachOut! Teach a Child to Read


Public Service Center

Contact
MIT Public Service Center
77 Massachusetts Avenue
W20-547
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-0742
Schedule
year-round

MIT's Public Service Center provides the opportunity for community involvement through volunteer placements, fellowships, and service programs. We also advise individuals and groups about initiating and developing community service events and programs. Students gain first-hand experience coordinating and participating in programs and events that strengthen the ties between MIT and the community.

The Public Service Center also creates and supports new service initiatives, collaborates with other organizations at MIT that provide community service, and functions as an information resource for community-campus connections.




City Days

Contact
Public Service Center
MIT, Room W20-547
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-0742
Cost
none
Schedule
September

MIT's Public Service Center sponsors a one-day event during MIT's Orientation called City Days. The main focus of the event is to introduce MIT students (particularly first-year students) to the greater Cambridge and Boston community.

In past years, MIT has welcomed over 500 Cambridge youths, grades four through six, to campus to participate in activities with undergraduates, including games, competitions, hands-on learning, and campus treasure hunts. In other years, MIT undergraduates went into the community to participate in service projects with different agencies, such as parks clean-up, playing with children in day-care centers, and serving food in soup kitchens.




Keys to Empowering Youth (KEYs)

Contact
Public Service Center
MIT, Room W20-547
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-0742
Cost
$15 refundable
Schedule
year-round
Grade Level(s)
middle school

KEYs brings 11- to 13-year-old girls together with MIT student mentors for one- and three-day workshops throughout the year. Workshops focus on women in science and technology, and issues such as empowerment, awareness, and problem-solving. Through participation in hands-on activities and interaction with supportive role models, girls discover the opportunities afforded by nontraditional career paths.




LINKS

Contact
Public Service Center
MIT, Room W20-547
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-0742
Cost
none

LINKS is an ongoing, cooperative effort that matches MIT students with Cambridge public school science teachers to enrich the science education in Cambridge schools. LINKS volunteers typically work one to three hours per week. Volunteers have the option of choosing the grades they want to work with and what tasks they want to do, ranging from helping out in the classroom, to tutoring, to teaching a unit of science. In addition to assisting science resource teachers and other faculty in one-on-one and small-group learning and experimental projects, LINKS volunteers support science discovery clubs and science fairs at each school.




MIT/Cambridge Science Expo

Contact
Public Service Center
MIT, Room W20-547
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-0742
Cost
none
Schedule
spring semester
Grade Level(s)
middle school

Each spring, over 250 seventh- and eighth-graders representing 14 Cambridge schools converge at MIT for the annual MIT/Cambridge Science Expo showcasing student science projects. These students, including winners from their own school science fairs and members of after-school science clubs, exhibit and explain their projects to MIT student volunteer "science advisors." Each group of students is paired with one or two MIT students who take them on tours of different labs around the Institute.




Public Service Center Fellowships

Contact
Public Service Center
MIT, Room W20-547
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-0742
Cost
none
Schedule
January, spring, summer

MIT students are awarded competitive, paid fellowships from the Public Service Center to work with public schools and service agencies. In January, during MIT's Independent Activities Period, PSC fellows work with local public school classrooms to assist with science instruction and work on special projects. A new "Vector Fellowship" program provides fellowships for MIT students to offer teaching support at a public school in their hometown during winter break. During the spring, fellowships to continue selected projects are offered. PSC Summer Fellowships partner students with local community agencies. Past partnerships have included the Patriot's Trail Girl Scouts and the Jamaica Plain Arts Council.




ReachOut! Teach a Child to Read

Contact
Public Service Center
MIT, Room W20-547
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-0742
Cost
none
Schedule
fall, spring semesters
Grade Level(s)
K8

MIT students serve as literacy tutors in local after-school programs. ReachOut is part of the America Reads Challenge, a federal initiative that matches college student tutors with young children who are struggling with reading and writing skills.

Through MIT's Federal Work-Study program, eligible students are paid for their tutoring hours. Tutors meet with the same child twice each week for one semester. MIT trains and matches students with children who have been identified as needing additional literacy support by their teacher or after-school coordinator.


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