This Week we Celebrate Education Volunteerism!
For the week of Sept. 28, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will work in cooperation with Boston Partners in Education, Bottom Line and Science Club for Girls to highlight dedicated volunteers and promote the importance of their efforts. Why volunteers in education are important:
Congratulations to our "Patriots Difference Maker of the Week" Michele Scavongelli Volunteer, Bottom Line
- Higher education is proven to help lift people out of poverty.
- First-generation students do not have the same support as their peers when it comes to getting in and through four-year college.
- Good field position is as important in the classroom as it is on the gridiron. In education, the better position a child starts with, the better chance they have at reaching the end zone: graduation.
Michele Scavongelli is the proud mother of seven, a lawyer, child-empowered legal advocate and Bottom Line volunteer. For the past four years, Michele has raised over $50,000 as part of the Bottom Line Boston Marathon team, working to raise money to ensure that first-generation, low-income students from the City of Boston have an opportunity to go to college. Michele believes that by volunteering to not only serve on the Board of Bottom Line, but by running more than 100 miles in support of Bottom Line’s mission she is helping disadvantage students realize the dream of a college degree. With educational attainment disadvantage students can transform their lives, achieve greater prosperity and lift communities out of poverty.
In addition to running the Boston Marathon, Michele has mentored countless Bottom Line students by helping with resume building, mock interviews, and participating in roundtable discussions with Bottom Line students. She has given pro-bono legal service to Bottom Line. Michele works tirelessly to help disadvantage students and is deeply committed to education, and equality.
Michele also volunteers her time to the Youth Advocacy Foundation, and specifically The Education/Law Project also known as Ed Law Project. She works to ensure that Massachusetts’ highest risk children receive a quality education and avoid the school-to-prison pipeline. A partnership between the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts and the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Children & Family Law and Youth Advocacy Divisions, the project offers direct advocacy to students facing school exclusion, experiencing ineffective reintegration into the school system following detention or incarceration, receiving inadequate education while in state custody, or struggling with undetected and underserved special needs.
BOSTON PARTNERS IN EDUCTION 44 Farnsworth Street Boston, MA 02210 617-451-6145 firstname.lastname@example.org
Boston Partners in Education enhances the academic achievement and nurtures the personal growth of Boston's public school students by providing them with focused, individualized in-school volunteer support.
Boston Partners in Education has been contributing to the academic achievement of Boston’s public schools students since 1966. The organization mobilizes volunteer academic mentors to assist struggling K-12 students in reading, writing, and math. Boston Partners also supports high school students struggling in science. Academic mentors help students gain the skills, self-confidence, and motivation they need to succeed in school and in life. Students with academic mentors improve their scores on exams, develop a love for reading and math, and most importantly, stay in school and graduate! Ways to get involved at Boston Partners in Education:
- School Volunteer Program: The School Volunteer Program provides academic mentors to K-12 students. Volunteers work in the classroom under the direction of the teacher. Volunteers work with students either one-on-one or in small groups to assist them in reading, writing, and math. They can also support entire classrooms in grades K-2. To learn more, email: Barbara Harris, email@example.com
- Math Rules!: Math Rules! helps students to build math skills at a young age so they can succeed in the subject as it becomes more difficult. Students in grades 1-5 who are struggling with math are nominated by their teachers for the program. These students are selected because they will benefit from the extra in-class tutoring and mentoring. Volunteers work in the classroom, with one to four students, under the direction of the teacher. To learn more, email: Wendy Beninati, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Power Lunch: Power Lunch is a literacy-based mentoring program that sparks enthusiasm for reading in K-3 students. Volunteers from participating Boston companies meet and read aloud with students once a week during their lunch breaks. They can opt to meet with their student once every other week if they partner with a co-worker. By engaging in reading, games and conversation, the volunteers provide personal attention to help foster a love of reading and learning. To learn more, email: Ashley Lee, email@example.com
- The Big Cheese Reads: The Big Cheese Reads is a sponsorship initiative linked to our annual Gala. It connects middle school students with business, community and cultural leaders in order to emphasize the link between literacy and career success. Funds raised through The Big Cheese Reads ensure that thousands of students in Boston are matched with academic mentors each year. To learn more, email: Judy Harrington, firstname.lastname@example.org
BOTTOM LINE 500 Amory Street, Suite 3 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-524-8833 email@example.com
Bottom Line is dedicated to helping disadvantaged students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life. The organization achieves this mission by providing low-income and first-generation students with one-on-one guidance through the application process and during college. Volunteer Opportunities:
- Participate in Mentoring Bottom Line College Students
- Volunteer at Bottom Line Go Far Career Reform by participating in one-on-one Mock Interviews with college Juniors and Seniors, Facilitate Career Roundtable
- Review Bottom Line College Students Resumes
- Coach Bottom Line Students on Interview Skills
- Join the Bottom Line 2015 Bottom Line Boston Marathon Team
- Bottom Line does not receive any public funding and relies solely on philanthropic donations
SCIENCE CLUB FOR GIRLS 136 Magazine Street Cambridge, MA 02139 617-391-0361 firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of Science Club for Girls is to increase the self-confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) of K-12th grade girls belonging to groups that are underrepresented in these fields, through free programs that include hands-on learning, mentorship, and leadership opportunities. Girls work with mentor-scientists who model and foster leadership, affirm college as an expectation, and promote careers in science and technology as goals and options. Why volunteering for Science Club for Girls is important:
Volunteer Opportunities: STEM Internship Host Sites:
- Since its founding in 1994, Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has strived to provide the very best in girls-specific programming, by connecting girls in K-12 grades, especially those from underrepresented groups, with female mentor-scientists through free science and engineering programs in a fun, nurturing, interactive environment.
- Our leadership program for teenage girls gives them the opportunity to be role models, teach young children science, learn life skills, conduct outreach, and explore careers in science and technology.
- With fully 80% of the fastest growing jobs in the next decade requiring capabilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, our efforts to increase interest and promote career awareness in these fields are essential to ensure the economic security for underrepresented groups and their communities.
- Out-of-school-time programs like Science Club for Girls are incredibly important to narrowing the achievement gap and to assuring the long-term economic competitiveness for the state and the country, as outlined in the MA Governor’s Plan for Excellence in STEM Education and in President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign, including the Change the Equation initiative.
Young women gain authentic experiences in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields in academic and industry settings. Interns design, execute, and present capstone projects; contribute to the internship blog; and attend bi-monthly workshops focused on college readiness, professional development, and resume skills. Host sites commit for 3 hours per week over the course of the academic year. Interested in learning more about becoming an internship host site? Email: Volunteer@scienceclubforgirls.org Guest Speaker for 8th Grade – 12th Grade Programs:
Science Club for Girls hosts Career Exploration, Leadership & Life Skills (C.E.L.L.S.) workshops for middle and high school students take place after the club programs, typically after 4 p.m., at various locations in Cambridge and in Boston. Speakers often bring a demo or an interactive activity to highlight what they do in science/engineering, or in other fields ranging from financial literacy to time management to conflict resolution. Speakers also talk about their career/life path and invite the girls into a conversation. Interested as being a volunteer? Email: email@example.com Career Mentor for College Professional Mentoring Program:
Science Club for Girls aims to connect college students mentoring their youth with women in their aspiring professions in STEM. Professional mentors meet twice a month with their college student mentee and discuss interview skills, resumes, graduate school and more. Interested in learning more about being a Career Mentor? Email Volunteer@scienceclubforgirls.org
The Patriots Celebrate Volunteerism
The Celebrate Volunteerism initiative aims to share examples of dedicated volunteers, build awareness of the need for volunteering, identify and educate others about volunteer opportunities and inspire New Englanders to follow the Kraft family's example of becoming a lifelong volunteer.
Throughout the season, the Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will celebrate volunteers that work tirelessly to support children and families in need throughout the New England region, while also encouraging Patriots fans to get involved in their communities. From animals and arts to military and homelessness, the foundation will have different weekly focuses throughout the season. Each week, the Kraft family and foundation recognizes one outstanding volunteer as the "Patriots Difference Maker of the Week."
Fifteen outstanding volunteers will be named as a Patriots Difference Maker of the Week and are recognized at Patriots Community Tuesday events. During the players one day off, they can be found out in the community at a nonprofit organization based around the weekly theme. Current and former Patriots players will interact with children and families each week and present the Patriots Difference Maker of the Week with an award. Patriots cheerleaders, mascot Pat Patriot and families of Patriots players and coaches will also be actively involved in the Celebrate Volunteerism initiative throughout the season.
The Kraft family and foundation encourage all Patriots fans to join us! Celebrate Volunteerism activities include the opportunity for fans to pledge volunteer hours and submit photos of their own "Patriots Difference Maker" certificates. Patriots' fans from around the world can send along their photos that will be used on our website. Each week, the foundation will also post volunteer opportunities that are available with our partnering nonprofit organizations.
Be sure to check back here throughout the season for the most up to date information on the Celebrate Volunteerism initiative.
2014 Celebrate Volunteerism Weekly Schedule
To view the 2013 Celebrate Volunteerism initiative, click here
||WEEKLY VOLUNTEERISM FOCUS
||Exercise and Healthy Eating Volunteerism
||Arts and Music Volunteerism
||Special Needs Volunteerism
||Bullying, Domestic Violence and Drug Prevention Volunteerism
||Holiday Giving Volunteerism
||Senior Advocacy Volunteerism