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Apply to Become a Specialty Counselor at Camp Ramapo!

Apply to Become a Specialty Counselor at Camp Ramapo!

Rhinebeck, New York

June 11-August 14, 2015

http://www.ramapoforchildren.org/about-ramapo/employment/summer-staff

  • Work with children and teens with emotional, social, or learning challenges
  • Gain intensive, hands-on experience through our one-to-one staff-to-camper ratio
  • Receive the same state of the art training that we administer to 10,000 teachers and youth-service professionals each year
  • Gain up to 9 credits through an on-site college course

Specialty counselor posiitons include:

  • Outdoor/Woods Specialist
  • Ropes Course Facilitators
  • Garden & Animal Care
  • Performance Arts
  • Reading Center
  • Science Discovery Center
  • Waterfront
  • Craft Areas
  • Athletics

For more information, call 845-876-8403 or apply online at http://www.ramapoforchildren.org

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Bryant Science Fair Mentors!

Volunteer Opportunity: Bryant Science Fair Mentor- Winter Quarter 2015

Share your enthusiasm for science by serving as a Science Fair Mentor for students at Bryant Elementary School. As a Scientist Mentor, you will develop and lead a project related to your field of expertise with a small group of 4th/5th graders. Once a week, you will meet with your group to work on your science project and guide students in the most important parts of the scientific process: conducting background research, formulating a question or hypothesis, developing appropriate experiments, analyzing results, and drawing/communicating conclusions. This is your opportunity to share your learning and experience, be a team leader and inspire future scientists!

Excellent communication skills, consistent weekly attendance and some volunteer experience working with young people are desirable. All Science Fair Mentors will attend an orientation which occurs at the beginning of the first session. Science Fair mentors are supported by the Science Fair Coordinator and 4/5 grade teacher teams.

*Commitment*: 1 session per week for 8-9 weeks, Time: 1:35-3:15 p.m.

Choose one day:

Monday Jan. 5- March 9, 2015 (2 mentors needed)

(1/5, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9)

Tuesday Jan. 6- March 10, 2015 (12 mentors needed)

(1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10)

Friday Jan. 9- March 13, 2015 (1 mentor needed)

(1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13)

Science Fair: Saturday, March 14 from 1-3 p.m.
Location: Bryant Elementary School
3311 NE 60th St.
Seattle, WA 98115

Contact: Ann Marie Patterson,

Community Volunteer Coordinator/Science Fair Mentor Recruiter e-mail: ampatterson@seattleschools.org

Thanks and we look forward to welcoming you to participate in this rewarding volunteer opportunity at Bryant Elementary School.

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Volunteer Coordinator with Cascade Bicycle Club

The Volunteer Coordinator works in the Membership, Outreach and Volunteer team, and is responsible for effectively recruiting, engaging, training and recognizing the nearly 1000 volunteers who support Cascade’s events and programs. The Volunteer Coordinator aims to cultivate volunteer engagement across multiple departments, including but not limited to education and advocacy. This person works closely with the Rides and Events staff. Key responsibilities include:

  • Functioning as the point of contact for all Cascade volunteers
  • Assessing organizational needs for volunteers in conjunction with other departments
  • Recruit and train new volunteers
  • Tracking hours and outcomes of volunteer engagement through Cascade’s database
  • Leading volunteer appreciation and recognition events

Cascade has a number of large events throughout the year requiring coordination of hundreds of volunteers. Due to this demand, the Volunteer Coordinator is required to be onsite at many Cascade events.

For more information, visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/GXwKxcHnNbJd

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Bryant Science Fair Mentor

Volunteer Opportunity: Bryant Science Fair Mentor- Winter Quarter 2015

Share your enthusiasm for science by serving as a Science Fair Mentor for students at Bryant Elementary School. As a Scientist Mentor, you will develop and lead a project related to your field of expertise with a small group of 4th/5th graders. Once a week, you will meet with your group to work on your science project and guide students in the most important parts of the scientific process: conducting background research, formulating a question or hypothesis, developing appropriate experiments, analyzing results, and drawing/communicating conclusions. This is your opportunity to share your learning and experience, be a team leader and inspire future scientists!

Excellent communication skills, consistent weekly attendance and some volunteer experience working with young people are desirable. All Science Fair Mentors will attend an orientation which occurs at the beginning of the first session. Science Fair mentors are supported by the Science Fair Coordinator and 4/5 grade teacher teams.

*Commitment*: 1 session per week for 8-9 weeks, Time: 1:35-3:15 p.m.

Choose one day:

Mondays Jan. 5- March 9, 2015

(1/5, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9)

Tuesdays Jan. 6- March 10, 2015

(1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10)

Fridays Jan. 9- March 13, 2015

(1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13)

Science Fair: Saturday, March 14 from 1-3 p.m.

Location: Bryant Elementary School
3311 NE 60th St.
Seattle, WA 98115

Contact: Ann Marie Patterson,
Community Volunteer Coordinator/Science Fair Mentor Recruiter e-mail: ampatterson@seattleschools.org

Thanks and we look forward to welcoming you to participate in this rewarding volunteer opportunity at Bryant Elementary School.

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One Heart Source in South Africa

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Volunteer Programs in South Africa. In 2015, we are offering a variety of 2 and 4-week programs in Cape Town, South Africa! Programs Offered: April 20 – November 6, 2015.

We will be hosting live online information sessions Nov. 10, 12, 16, and 18!
Join us by Registering Here!

As an OHS Volunteer, you will:

* Integrate yourself into and work closely with members of the local community to create positive social uplift
Teach primary school students through a mentorship program focused on building strong Math and English foundations, while empowering students
* Exchange ideas and culture with people from around the world
*
 Lead after-school programs in non-traditional subjects like dance, debate, art, and sports
Work with a small, dynamic team of international university and graduate students
* Develop empathy, confidence, and leadership skills while pursuing social justice
We at One Heart Source believe in creating lasting social change through education and human connection. We encourage you to take a step towards providing a more socially just future for some of the most marginalized communities in the world.

Both Graduate and Undergraduate students are encouraged to

APPLY NOW FOR OUR 2015 PROGRAMS!

Next Application Deadline: November 21st

For more information and to apply visit: www.oneheartsource.org/volunteer/apply/

Please contact volunteer@oneheartsource.org with any questions!

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Green Seattle Partnership Planting Events

Join the Green Seattle Partnership on Saturday, November 8th, as we kick off planting season and celebrate Seattle’s urban forest and all it does for us with a day of volunteerism in 21 parks throughout the City. The 9th Annual Green Seattle Day is a perfect time for you to roll up your sleeves and have a lasting impact on your community. Volunteering empowers youth to civic engagement through learning about our urban forests and how they impact our city’s success. Our biggest event of the year, Green Seattle Day is a great chance for first-time and long-time volunteers to help grow the forest in their own city by planting trees and other plants in city parks.

This year our main site will meet at the Rainier Beach Community Center (lunch included after planting), but there are 17 other locations around Seattle that need volunteers, including Magnuson Park and the Burke-Gilman at Sand Point, so check out the full list here, pick your lucky park, and sign up now so that we can plan the best event for everyone. To join us at the main site, sign up to volunteer at the East Duwamish GreenbeltKubota GardensLakeridge Park, or Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, and meet at the Rainier Beach Community Center at 9am.

Green Seattle Day is great for all ages. We’ll bring the gloves, tools, and all of the plants, you bring the helping hands! Coffee and snacks provided at all sites, so register early so that we can have enough for everyone. Please dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and a little dirty. This is our biggest party of the year and we want you there! More information available at www.greenseattle.org. Please contact Norah Kates at  info@greenseattle.org, or call (206) 905-6943 with any questions.

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Science Fair at Queen Anne Elementary

Do you like challenges and working with kids? Then, this is an opportunity for you.

Queen Anne Elementary is looking for mentors for its First Annual Science Fair. We are calling all graduate students interested in leading a team of 4th and 5th grade students. Mentors will work with their teams for two to four hours a week, on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday afternoons for ten weeks.

As a mentor you will guide your students in conducting research on a specific topic, formulating hypothesis, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. Most importantly, you will help them to create an interactive presentation of their findings.

The First Queen Anne Elementary Science Fair will take place on the evening of April 9th. The projects will also be presented to the entire school on April 10th.

Mentors commit to two days per week, from February 9th to April 10th.

Come share your passion for science, inspire students to be creative and curious while having fun!

If you have any questions or need more information email us at clubs.qae2013@gmail.com

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Pipeline Project’s Environmental Alternative Spring Break

Have you thought about what you want to do over spring break?

Do you want to travel to a rural or tribal community in Washington and help facilitate hands on environmental education and science projects in elementary/middle school classrooms?

Then you should apply for Pipeline Project’s Environmental Alternative Spring Break! As a part of EASB, you will enroll in a 2-credit planning seminar during winter quarter to work in a team and develop lesson plans, fundraise, and gain experience volunteering in local classrooms or environmental organizations. Make the most of your break, and make a lasting impact in a group of students’ lives. Apply by November 14th!

EDUC 401 P (2-credit) seminar: Thursdays 4:30-5:50PM (location TBD)
Apply at: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/lhuynh10/214782

Pipeline Project: http://expd.washington.edu/pipeline

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On campus service-learning opportunity for Juniors & Seniors

Attention Juniors & Seniors!

Gain Experience and Make a Difference

Be A Tutor-Mentor: EDUC 401 F & G

UW’s Academic Support Program is offering a service-learning seminar titled “EDUC 401: Tutoring and Mentorship in Higher Education” in Winter Quarter 2015. This weekly seminar introduces juniors and seniors to tutoring, mentoring, and teaching methodologies. Students apply what they learn in class through tutoring and mentoring new transfer, freshman, and sophomore students who are transitioning socially, culturally, and academically to the UW. This is a great opportunity for seasoned students to give back to UW by sharing their knowledge and experience.

· Seminar begins the 1st week of Winter Quarter, January 5th, 2015

· Seminar meets on Mondays from 3:30-4:50 PM or from 6:00-7:20 PM

· Tutoring takes place on campus

· Receive 2 credits for working with one student, or receive 3 credits for working with two students

· A letter of recommendation will be available upon request after completion of the seminar

For more information, visit our website at: http://depts.washington.edu/aspuw/tutor-mentor/

For registration information, please contact Leslie Ikeda at: ikedal@uw.edu
Educ. 401 Pamphlet.docx

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Recruiting Student Volunteer for Student Life Social Media Team

Volunteer Opportunity: UW Student Life Twitter Manager

Are you looking to build upon your digital communications experience with a robust and growing UW social media presence? The UW Student Life social media team is looking for a student volunteer to manage our Twitter account! (twitter.com/uwstudentlife) To apply, submit a letter of interest outlining your qualifications for the role, as well as how your involvement on the social media team would help to strengthen student engagement with the UW Student Life brand. Additionally, craft three innovative tweets that you would use to promote an upcoming UW student-focused event of your choosing. Include a short description of how these would be used to generate buzz among our followers (hashtags welcome!). Email your submission and a link to your personal Twitter account to: dawglife. Application deadline is Friday, November 7.

Leigh Tucker

Marketing & Communications Manager

Division of Student Life

101 Gerberding Hall

Box 351266 Seattle, WA 98195-1266

direct: 206.685.4445

lhtucker http://www.washington.edu

Position Description_UWSL Twitter Student Manager.doc

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Science Fair at Queen Anne Elementary

Do you like challenges and working with kids? Then, this is an opportunity for you.

Queen Anne Elementary is looking for mentors for its First Annual Science Fair. We are calling all graduate students interested in leading a team of 4th and 5th grade students. Mentors will work with their teams for two to four hours a week, on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday afternoons for ten weeks.

As a mentor you will guide your students in conducting research on a specific topic, formulating hypothesis, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. Most importantly, you will help them to create an interactive presentation of their findings.

The First Queen Anne Elementary Science Fair will take place on the evening of April 9th. The projects will also be presented to the entire school on April 10th.

Mentors commit to two days per week, from February 9th to April 10th.

Come share your passion for science, inspire students to be creative and curious while having fun!

If you have any questions or need more information email us at clubs.qae2013@gmail.com

QAE science fair volunteers.pdf

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Wind Energy Volunteering in Peru

At the WindAid Institute we are focused on getting electricity to rural Peru through the participation of volunteers from around the world, who learn about, construct, and then install wind turbines with communities in need.

We have formed a WindAid Institute Board of Directors, completely comprised of past and current volunteers, specifically focused on the sustainable progression that we have been so passionate about achieving for years.  We have also launched a completely renovated website to help us highlight what we do, who we are, and our projects past and future.

In the past few months we have been featured on the White House website for our joint project with Northampton Community College (NCC) and the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo (UNT).  In partnership with WindAid, NCC  received President Barack Obama´s extremely competitive 100,000 Strong in the America´s initiative grant which aims to increase educational exchanges between Universities in the USA and the international community.  The hands-on work of our volunteers brought light to a community school in the town of Cushuro in the Peruvian Andes. The 2.5 kW wind turbine is powering laptops, lights, communication devices and other items for both the school and community.

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WindAid Institute, Northampton Community College, the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and the Cushuro community.

We have also started our first ever electrification of an entire community in the fishing village of Playa Blanca,on the Pacific coast of northern Peru!  This July we installed three 500 Watt turbines.  Seeing the faces of both families and volunteers light up when all three turbines were switched on makes all the hard work worth it! We are eager to install the next set of turbines with them, and need you to come be a part of helping the WindAid Institute power the entire community of Playa Blanca!

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Playa Blanca – a fishing village on the northern coast of Peru and now the first village working with WindAid to power the entire town.

Your access to this experience just got closer to home with the addition of six new WindAid ambassadors around the world! We congratulate those dedicated individuals, and thank them for all they have already done. They have specifically chosen to make themselves available to you and are ready to present, email, and chat about the “inspirational experience” they had down here in Peru.

Want to come with us on the next project? Apply now with just a few projects available for late this year, we fill up quick at the WindAid Institute, and want to be sure you get a spot.  We have also just opened the Project dates for 2015.  Make next year unforgettable with the experience of learning, creating, and collaborating in Peru!

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Click here to experience what it’s like to be a volunteer at the WindAid Institute (video). 

Thank you once again for your help and support in passing along this email to your students, colleagues and friends.  We look forward to seeing you down here at the WindAid Institute!

-Jessica Rivas

WindAid Institute Co-Founder

volunteer@WindAid.org

Claro: +51 991648491

Google: +1 (281) 606-5036

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EarthCorps Fall Planting Challenge

Hints of cooler weather, Seattle rain, and crisp air means it’s time to start the Fall Planting Challenge!

This Fall EarthCorps has committed to planting 10,000 plants around Puget Sound – and we need your help! Sign up for one of the many Fall Planting Challenge events on our Volunteer Calendar and help keep our parks green and healthy.

Why do we plant in the Fall? The fall is the perfect time to plant native plants in the northwest. Many plants are largely dormant during this cool and wet season, making them more resilient to the stresses of planting. The ample rainfall allows the root systems to become established before the dry, drought conditions of the summer begin. Putting plants into the ground in the fall and winter gives them the best chance of survival. You can try this approach in your yard too!

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Friends of the Cedar River Watershed Volunteer Habitat Restoration Coordinator

Volunteer Habitat Restoration Coordinator

About Us

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (FCRW) is an award-winning 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the greater Lake Washington/Cedar River/Sammamish Watershed. The watershed is home to more than 83 species of fish and wildlife and 14 species of concern such as sockeye salmon and the endangered Chinook salmon. It is also home to 22% of Washington’s human population. The watershed is our home. Its future is ours.

Our roots are in the water. The 143 square miles of the protected upper watershed provide clean drinking water to over one million King County residents. It is unique—one of only six protected municipal watersheds in the country and the only one owned by the people who depend on it. FCRW began in 1996 with the charter to support the construction of the Cedar River Watershed Education Center, and since then has evolved to promote stewardship and education about the importance of restoring the Lake Washington/Cedar River/Sammamish Watershed.

Through innovative collaborations with municipalities, schools, individuals, and businesses, we link local citizens to environmental stewardship efforts including volunteer habitat restoration events, salmon recovery efforts, and conservation and education programs in order to preserve these finite resources for future generations.

Job Summary

The Volunteer Habitat Restoration Coordinator is responsible for the planning and implementation of habitat improvement projects and building relationships with program partners (agencies, businesses, community organizations, schools) and volunteers. The Volunteer Habitat Restoration Coordinator also manages programmatic operations, works with local community members, manages and leads volunteer habitat restoration events, and creates and delivers environmental education field lessons.

Position Responsibilities

  • Implement habitat restoration projects throughout the greater Lake Washington/Cedar River/Sammamish Watershed
  • Professionally serve as program and organizational liaison to city, county, and private project partners
  • Coordinate annual restoration event calendar, written and verbal communications, and program logistics
  • ·Enthusiastically recruit and retain volunteers
  • Staff volunteer events and manage on-site timelines, educational presentations, and tours
  • Maintain and develop strong partnerships with business partners and sponsors
  • Track project outcomes and report statistics to project partners
  • Manage volunteer tracking system in cooperation with FCRW staff
  • Contribute to newsletter and blog articles

Qualifications

  • Experience carrying out habitat restoration projects and managing volunteers
  • Excellent public speaking and communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to build partnerships, communicate with government officials and the general public, and facilitate meetings
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously with tight timelines
  • Self-motivated, energetic, strategic thinker
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Experience working with diverse groups from children to adults with various backgrounds
  • Proven ability to deliver engaging environmental education lessons to youth grades K-12
  • Train volunteers and interns in ecological restoration theory and practice
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental field
  • Preferred experience includes a background in natural resource management and a minimum of two years of experience developing and implementing on the ground habitat projects

Compensation

This is a part-time temporary position through 2014. Hourly rate DOE.

To Apply:

Please submit resume and letter of interest outlining your qualifications for this position to hiring@cedarriver.org by September 22. Early applications encouraged.

Amy Kaeser

Restoration Programs Manager

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed

Tel  206.297.8141  |Fax  206.297.8142

www.cedarriver.org

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Volunteer Habitat Restoration Coordinator

The Volunteer Habitat Restoration Coordinator is responsible for the planning and implementation of habitat improvement projects and building relationships with program partners (agencies, businesses, community organizations, schools) and volunteers. The Volunteer Habitat Restoration Coordinator also manages programmatic operations, works with local community members, manages and leads volunteer habitat restoration events, and creates and delivers environmental education field lessons.

Qualifications

  • Experience carrying out habitat restoration projects and managing volunteers
  • Excellent public speaking and communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to build partnerships, communicate with government officials and the general public, and facilitate meetings
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously with tight timelines
  • Self-motivated, energetic, strategic thinker
  •  Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work independently or as part of a team
  •  Experience working with diverse groups from children to adults with various backgrounds
  • Proven ability to deliver engaging environmental education lessons to youth grades K-12
  • Train volunteers and interns in ecological restoration theory and practice
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental field
  • Preferred experience includes a background in natural resource management and a minimum of two years of experience developing and implementing on the ground habitat projects
This is a part-time temporary position through 2014. Hourly rate DOE.
To Apply

Please submit resume and letter of interest outlining your qualifications to hiring@cedarriver.org by September 22, 2014. Early applications encouraged.

For further information: http://www.cedarriver.org/job-openings/job-openings#volunteer-habitat-restoration-intern

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Opportunity to Tutor Underrepresented Youth with Seattle MESA

We are look­ing for engag­ing and moti­vated under­grad­u­ate and stu­dents who want to make a dif­fer­ence to under­rep­re­sented youth in Seat­tle.  Start­ing this fall, you can begin your train­ing to become a Seat­tle MESA math and sci­ence tutor for high school students.

WHAT IS THE SEATTLE MESA TUTOR TRAINING PROGRAM ALL ABOUT?  

Seat­tle MESA pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties and resources that inspire stu­dents tra­di­tion­ally under­rep­re­sented in STEM fields, to pur­sue edu­ca­tion and careers in math, engi­neer­ing and sci­ence (http://www.seattlemesa.org/).  We are offer­ing a tutor train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for UW grad­u­ate and under­grad­u­ate stu­dents as well as com­mu­nity mem­bers to work with Seat­tle high school stu­dents in math and science.

WHO CAN TUTOR?

Engag­ing and moti­vated UW grad­u­ate and under­grad­u­ate stu­dents who want to work with high school stu­dents and have a com­mit­ment to diver­sity and inclu­sion.  We are look­ing for stu­dents who want train­ing and expe­ri­ence work­ing in local Seat­tle schools with a cohort of trained peers.

Seat­tle MESA Tutors must com­plete to following:

  • Com­plete a Seat­tle MESA Intro­duc­tory Tutor­ing Train­ing Work­shop (CENV 410).
  • Attend a weekly sem­i­nar dur­ing their first quar­ter of tutor­ing (CENV 420 offered Autumn or Win­ter quarters).
  • Tutor stu­dents once a week on site at a part­ner school dur­ing the after­school pro­gram hours.
  • Com­plete and pass the appro­pri­ate sub­ject area test.
  • Com­plete a back­ground check through the Seat­tle Pub­lic Schools and fol­low UW vol­un­teer guidelines.

HOW AND WHEN CAN I START?

Reg­is­ter now for the fall MESA Intro­duc­tory Tutor Train­ing Work­shop (C ENV 410 Spe­cial Top­ics in the Fall Time Sched­ule). This is a 1 credit hour tutor skills and cul­tural com­pe­tency train­ing designed to get you ready to work one on one and in small groups with Seat­tle high school stu­dents in math. You will observe teach­ers and your stu­dents in their class­rooms and com­plete a series of assign­ments and reflec­tions.  There will be two work­shop oppor­tu­ni­ties offered in fall quar­ter: one in Octo­ber and the other in Novem­ber. They meet three Wednes­days each:  Sept. 24, Oct.1 and 8 from 3–5 pm OR Nov 5,12,and 19 from 4-6pm.  All stu­dents must also be able to com­plete a class­room obser­va­tion dur­ing the day at a local high school.

CAN SEATTLE MESA TUTORING COUNT TOWARDS MY MAJOR OR MINOR?
Maybe!  Our tutor­ing train­ing pro­gram course­work can ful­fill the Field Expe­ri­ence require­ment for the ELS minor and may be con­sid­ered as cred­its towards the Diver­sity minor.

Ques­tions?  Please email mtutoruw@uw.edu depts.washington.edu/seamesa

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Seeking volunteers for Urban Forestry and Restoration Project

FOREST RESTORATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

What: 10 adult volunteers needed to assist Leschi Elementary Students (K-5) in planting native shrubs and trees in Peppi’s Woods. Volunteers will also assist GSP Forest Steward in prep work between
classes and demonstrating proper planting technique.

When: Friday, November 7, 2014, from 8:45 to 3 pm. Volunteers can do all day, or commit to half the day (8:45 am to 12 pm or 12 pm to 3 pm).

Where: Peppi’s Playground and Woods, east of Leschi Elementary school. 3233 E Spruce Street, Seattle, 98122, http://www.leschicommunitycouncil.org/ParkPeppisPlayground.htm


Why:
Leschi Elementary is located adjacent to three of Seattle’s Natural Areas (Frink, Peppi’s and Leschi). As Forest Stewards with Green Seattle Partnership, we seek to provide ways for Leschi students to extend their learning beyond the walls of their classrooms, educate and train up future forest caretakers, and introduce students to the natural areas in their neighborhoods as a resource for play, health and learning. For many students at Leschi, last year’s planting day was the FIRST time they’d entered a forest. Many of the students entered with fear, and left asking to stay longer. It’s an inspiring and energizing experience to re-connect kids to nature!

Contact: If you are available and interested in helping out, contact Green Seattle Partnership Forest Steward, Jana Robbins, jana_b@earthlink.net, 206-390-0438 for more information.

Through Green Seattle Partnership, all the plant material, gloves and tools are provided. Lunch will be provided for those that volunteer. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm, water and appropriate
clothing for working in the woods. Seattle Public Schools does require all volunteers to submit to a background clearance and watch a video prior to volunteering. I will forward this information to all
interested volunteers.

We also run a regular Friday Outdoor Education program at Leschi Elementary, using the adjacent Peppi’s, Frink and Leschi Natural Areas. If you are unable to attend this work party day but are interested
in helping out on Fridays, please let me know.

Hope to see you in the woods!

Jana Robbins
GSP Forest Steward, Peppi’s Playground

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Join the Dream Project

The Dream Project is a student-run organization with over 400 mentors that support high school students in low-income areas in Seattle on applying to college and other post-secondary planning.

The details:

* Mentor students on the crazy process that is college admissions & beyond!
* You can take it for 2 credits or volunteer. For credit, register for EDUC 260 and EDUC 369 on your UW registration. To volunteer without earning credit, sign up here.
* Lecture (EDUC 260) is on Mondays from 3:30-4:20 or 5:30-6:20 and covers important content related to the college application process, mentorship strategies, and social justice. Counts for I&S credit.
* High School visits (EDUC 369) take place throughout the week at various times. There is also a high school breakout on Mondays 4:30-5:20pm
* Transportation to the 16 different partner schools around the area is PROVIDED!
* Meet awesome undergrads, find leadership opportunities, and make new friends! * Average commitment of 4-6 hours per week.
* Writing credit available (see http://www.dreamproject.org/wcredit for details)
* Schools that especially need more mentors include ACE (EDUC 369 A), Auburn (EDUC 369 G), and Kent-Meridian (EDUC 369 Q)

Still not sold? Check out this Buzzfeed article on Dream Project. If you have questions, email us at dreamproject@uw.edu

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Volunteer Opportunity Announcement

Hello new and returning students!

Are you looking to get geared-up for classes and research but don’t have any current opportunities to get out to the woods?
Are you interested in nutrient cycling, taking in fresh forest air or finding out what happens to tree farm areas after they are logged/thinned?

Matt Norton, a graduate student here in SEFS is working on modeling the decomposition of stumps in a tree far setting. His work mainly involves using a resistograph, a tool for determining wood density, to establish the degree of decay in stumps. During field work, additional samples will be taken for carbon and nitrogen analysis to relate the amounts of these nutrients in stumps to their density. The work is not hard but is in rough terrain and requires proper field dress as well as some personal protective equipment, which will be provided. He is looking for two to three students for five field days (TBD by weather). This project is scheduled to continue on 9/18 (again dependent on weather).

If you are interested in getting into the swing of things by helping out in the field, or if you are just looking for some hours of research, please contact Matt Norton at smnorton@uw.edu

Thank you and have a great Fall Quarter!

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Seattle MESA Tutor Training Course Announcement

We are looking for engaging and motivated graduate and undergraduate students who want to make a difference to underrepresented youth in Seattle. Starting this fall, you can begin your training to become a Seattle MESA math and science tutor for high school students.

WHAT IS THE SEATTLE MESA TUTOR TRAINING PROGRAM ALL ABOUT?

Seattle MESA provides opportunities and resources that inspire students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, to pursue education and careers in math, engineering and science (http://www.seattlemesa.org/). We are offering a tutor training and certification for UW graduate and undergraduate students as well as community members to work with Seattle high school students in math and science.

WHO CAN TUTOR?

Engaging and motivated UW graduate and undergraduate students who want to work with high school students and have a commitment to diversity and inclusion. We are looking for students who want training and experience working in local Seattle schools with a cohort of trained peers.

Seattle MESA Tutors must complete to following:

· Complete a Seattle MESA Introductory Tutoring Training Workshop (CENV 410).

· Attend a weekly seminar during their first quarter of tutoring (CENV 420 offered Autumn or Winter quarters).

· Tutor students once a week on site at a partner school during the afterschool program hours.

· Complete and pass the appropriate subject area test.

· Complete a background check through the Seattle Public Schools and follow UW volunteer guidelines.

HOW AND WHEN CAN I START?

Register now for the fall MESA Introductory Tutor Training Workshop (C ENV 410 Special Topics in the Fall Time Schedule). This is a 1 credit hour tutor skills and cultural competency training designed to get you ready to work one on one and in small groups with Seattle high school students in math. You will observe teachers and your students in their classrooms and complete a series of assignments and reflections. There will be two workshops opportunities offered in fall quarter: one in October and the other in November. They meet three Wednesdays each: Sept. 24, Oct.1 and 8 from 3-5 pm OR Nov 5,12,and 19 from 4-6pm. All students must also be able to complete a classroom observation during the day at a local high school.

CAN SEATTLE MESA TUTORING COUNT TOWARDS MY MAJOR OR MINOR? Maybe! Our tutoring training program coursework can fulfill the Field Experience requirement for the ELS minor and may be considered as credits towards the Diversity minor.

Questions? Please see our FAQ at mtutoruw with specific questions.

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