CSSP's Holiday Book Party - Dec. 10th
Community School Student Partnerships (CSSP) will have it's annual Holiday Book Party on Wednesday December 10th at 12:30pm at the FIJI Chapter House (3619 Locust). This finals' season, take an impactful study break by volunteering to be a Book Buddy for an awesome West Philadelphia scholar. All you need to bring is a book and a smile. We'll take care of the rest. Sign up to be a book buddy today! Once you sign up you will be matched with a book buddy and receive a letter from them as well as an email with more instructions. You are then responsible for purchasing an age-appropriate book and meeting them at the book party.

If you have any questions you can email Joanna Abaroa at joanna.abaroa@gmail.com. Join the Holiday Book Party event on Facebook!

Public Policy and Advocacy Internship at Women's Way - Start in January!
WOMEN'S WAY seeks a part-time, unpaid Public Policy & Advocacy Intern for the spring of 2015. WOMEN'S WAY is the leading grantmaking, education, and advocacy organization for women, girls, and families in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Public Policy & Advocacy Intern will work closely with the organization's Director of Public Policy & Advocacy and the Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator to pursue social and policy change to promote equity, safety, and justice by directly engaging in the public policy process, undertaking campaigns to promote changes in social or institutional practices, and by helping community members to become advocates for social change. The position is well-suited for students with an interest in the fields of grassroots/community organizing, public policy, government, or social change.

Responsibilities:
The Public Policy & Advocacy Intern will assist the Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy with a variety of policy and community organizing activities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assisting with the coordination and facilitation of coalition meetings.
  • Preparing materials for, and participating in, visits with elected officials.
  • Conducting research and drafting policy memos on new or emerging policy issues.
  • Developing and/or updating WOMEN'S WAY advocacy resources and social media campaigns.
  • Assisting in organization's grassroots organizing efforts, including participating in community outreach activities, amongst others.

Qualifications:
  • Applicants should be enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree program.
  • Have a general understanding of state and federal legislative processes.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in social and public policy issues impacting women, girls, and families.
  • Be available to work some evenings or weekends.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office and social media posting.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be comfortable discussing important, and sometimes contentious, issues with a wide variety of community members.

Time Commitment:
This is a part-time position that requires a mixed schedule of standard business hours (i.e. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm) and some evening and weekend hours for special events.

Compensation:
This is an unpaid internship. For current students, course credit may be arranged if available through your institution.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and a 1-3 page writing sample to Diana Marques, Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy, at dmarques@womensway.org. The subject line of your e-mail should state, "Public Policy & Advocacy Intern," followed by your name. Only qualified applications will be contacted for interviews. No phone calls please.

LIFT-Philadelphia Spring Internship Opportunities Available - Apply Now!
LIFT-Philadelphia's mission is to help community members achieve economic stability and well-being. LIFT is working to establish a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country's fight against poverty. LIFT is looking for dedicated, resourceful, and enthusiastic individuals to serve as advocates for the spring semester. Advocates will have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of Philadelphia community members while learning about local domestic poverty issues. Advocates at LIFT work side-by-side with community members, helping to identify and work toward goals such as finding employment, safe and stable housing, educational and job training opportunities, and quality referrals to other resources in the community. Internships for academic credit and work study are available! For more information and to receive an application, please e-mail phillyrecruitment@liftcommunities.org. To learn more about LIFT, you can also visit the website.

Join the Inaugural Class of B Corps Fellows - Deadline Dec. 31st
As the first national service program for the impact economy, B Corps Fellows will help redefine success in business so that one day all companies will compete to be best for the world. Both MBA and undergraduate Fellowships are available.

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Questions? Email fellows@bcorporation.net.

Internship Opportunities at the African American Museum in Philadelphia
The African American Museum in Philadelphia collects and preserves art and artifacts and, through exhibitions and programs, interprets the history and stories of African Americans and those of the African Diaspora. We enrich the lives of all visitors, especially children and youth, using education to empower them through experiences that will enlighten them culturally and intellectually. We are a gathering place for the community, a forum for broader community engagement and a partner for collaborations with historical and cultural institutions.

The Museum seeks one or more Museum Education interns to assist with the functioning of the Education and Public Programming Department.

Intern(s) will assist in all areas of the department, potentially including leading tours, conducting research, booking artists and performers, writing and editing for various purposes, planning and executing programming, and more. Intern(s) may also occasionally assist other departments, including Visitor Services, Administration, Development, and Exhibitions and Collections.

Opportunities are available for the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.

If interested, please contact Curator of Education and Public Programming Adrienne Whaley at awhaley@aampmuseum.org.

Volunteer with the Read to Me Literacy Program
Read to Me Literacy Program, sponsored by ACHIEVE-ability Education, is a structured coaching program to help students increase their reading comprehension which will help with their math computation skills. Volunteers will work one on one with youth K-12 for 2 hours a week coaching them through the reading curriculum.

Qualifications:
  • Must have completed a background clearance check
  • Complete a child abuse clearance
  • Passion for working with youth
  • Teaching or tutoring experience preferred though not required

Training Volunteers must attend a tutoring training session after which they must commit to one volunteer session a week for the duration of a semester. Tutoring takes place from 4-6pm at 21 S. 61st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139.

Volunteer with BOOST (Best Out of School Time)
Interested in making an impact on a child's life?

BOOST (Best Out of School Time) provides before and after school care for over 900 students at 11 of Philadelphia's most underserved schools. Our West Philadelphia sites include Bryant (6001 Cedar Ave), Anderson (1034 S. 60th St) and Overbrook (2032 N. 62nd St). Volunteers are needed to provide homework assistance and to lead clubs such as dance, theater, chorus, art, spoken word, chess, robotics, Scrabble, videography, photography, cooking, digital arts, website design, debate, and yoga. After school programs are 3pm to 6pm Monday through Friday. Volunteers can choose to volunteer one or multiple days. Please contact Amanda Beardall at amandab@lcfsinpa.org if interested.

Volunteer at West Philadelphia Senior Community Center
Seniors in poverty are at a high risk for early death from living sedentary lifestyles and social isolation. You can change that by volunteering with the West Philadelphia Senior Community Center to teach a class to engage seniors. Our seniors are active and excited to learn from you. Possible class topics could include scrapbooking, woodworking, Spanish, yoga, or jewelry making, but we welcome new subjects as well. Create lasting connections with our members while applying your skills in a professional setting. The West Philadelphia Senior Community Center is located at 1016 N. 41st Street and is open from 8:30am-6:30pm from Monday to Saturday. Please contact Amanda Beardall at amandab@lcfsinpa.org to make a difference.

Winter Break Service Project in Nicaragua
Volunteers for Peace is offering an opportunity for a week-long service trip from December 27, 2014 to January 4, 2014 in San Ramon, Nicaragua! Volunteers will help the local workers with picking coffee, processing the coffee berries in the wet mill (and learn about the process), washing and drying the berries and selecting before transporting them to the beneficio in Matagalpa. Volunteers will have the opportunity to spend a day at the beneficio to see how the drying process is completed and will enjoy a "cupping" (tasting)! The objective is to learn about coffee while helping the pickers increase their team for pickings, and therefore their profit. Many of the pickers have large families to support so this help will be very appreciated! There are also other opportunities for volunteers in environmental work as well. Learn more about the volunteer work, accommodations, housing, and requirements here!

Summer International Development Internship - Apply by December 15th
Are you passionate about global change, committed to learning by doing, and ready to engage in hands-on global development?

Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) is a unique, credit-bearing program that combines experiential-learning, study abroad, cultural immersion, and international work experience at dynamic, community-based organizations.

GESI
will equip students to:
  • Work directly with local communities and community organizations in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Nicaragua, India, South Africa, or Uganda
  • Earn two Northwestern course credits (the equivalent to six semester credits)
  • Live with a host family and immerse yourself in another culture for eight weeks
  • Work in teams of undergraduates to design and implement a development project collaboratively in microfinance, social enterprise, education, environmental sustainability, global health, and more

Engage directly with local communities:

GESI 2014 - Uganda:
GESI participants worked with community members and a rural development group to assist a community with income generation. The community's sole source of income is selling fish they've caught and dried on the shore, though the drying process is long, unsanitary, and usually results in significant portions of soiled fish. The GESI team used regional case studies to design a solar dryer for the community's fish, using locally sourced materials, thereby saving time, effort, and ensuring a more sanitary product. The team and community worked together to build the solar dryer, and materials that explain the building process for further replications. They also assisted the community in creating a nutrition garden, as well as organic fertilizers and pesticides.

GESI 2014 - Bolivia:
The team worked with a local NGO that serves families and their children with disabilities by providing therapy and information about legal rights access to opportunities. Appointments with the NGO staff were often missed by parents, due to a lack of understanding about the importance of treatment. The GESI team worked to dissolve the stigma surrounding disabilities by creating and providing materials for families to learn about the rights of their children under Bolivian law. They also ensured videos educating families about their rights and the needs of their children, are shown throughout the NGO.

Ready to take the next step?
To learn more about GESI, and how to apply, visit here. Be sure to fill out our survey to receive more information.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Early deadlines are December 15, 2014 and January 15, 2015, for guaranteed first choice placement if accepted into the program. Final deadline is March 1, 2015, but please apply early, as spaces will fill. If you have questions and want to speak to a member of the GESI staff, please contact us at gesi@northwestern.edu or 847.491.5932.

President's Engagement Prizes Applications Due January 16th
Created by Penn President Amy Gutmann to strengthen the University of Pennsylvania's commitment under the Penn Compact 2020 to impactful global, national, and local student engagement, the President's Engagement Prizes will provide recipients with up to $150,000 – $50,000 for living expenses and up to $100,000 for project implementation expenses – to develop and implement a promising local, national, or global engagement project during the year after graduation. (Collaborative projects will be welcome with up to three awardees for a collaborative team project.) The competition will be open to traditional undergraduates in good academic standing in the College, Engineering, Nursing, or Wharton who have completed at least three-quarters of the credits needed for their baccalaureate degree and who are scheduled to graduate in December 2014, May 2015, or August 2015.

Application Deadline for All Materials (including supporting letters): Friday, January 16th, 2015

For more information, click here.

Global Service Trip in Udaipur, India - January 2014
Medicinal Gardens in Udaipur, India
Partner Organization: Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti (JJVS)
Theme: Environment, Traditional Health
Dates: January 12-21, 2014 (10 days; dates flexible)
Cost: $1,495
Project Details: The goal of the project is to promote sustainable life support systems, such as traditional medicine, income generation and biodiversity through the conservation of Community Conserved Areas and Sustainable Pockets around Udaipur, Rajasthan. Specifically linked with Traditional Healers in the area, JJVS works towards the promotion and revitalization of primary health care solutions through traditional medicine and nutritional support.

Project Objectives:
  • Promote the conservation of Sustainable Pockets and conserve the biodiversity of natural life support systems
  • Promote the use of local medicinal and nutritional plants as primary and preventative health care solutions
  • Work with local Gunis to design and establish growth of a Sustainable Pocket in order to promote biodiversity and conservation of medicinal and nutritional plants
  • Introduce the concept of biodiversity and natural life support systems to community members through a Community Event focused on Traditional Medicine and healers

Program Components:
  • Day 1-3: Orientation to JJVS to include a field trip to meet Traditional Healers (Gunis), learn about JJVS work on Traditional Medicine and environmental conservation, and visit Guni Clinics and Guni Training cum Treatment Centres around Udaipur.
  • Day 4-6: Work with Gunis to select plants and start plantation and conservation at a Sustainable Pocket focusing on nutritional and medicinal plants
  • Day 7-9: Finish work at the Sustainable Pocket and present the garden to the local community through an exhibition on Biodiversity and Traditional Medicine

Learn more about this service trip and others from the Foundation for Sustainable Development on their website!