Northeastern University: Center of Community Services
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Service Opportunity

(1) Mars Rover Habitat Competition and after-school tutors/homework help for public housing youth.

We are looking for students/faculty/community/alumni to act as:
1. Mentors to help public housing youth design and build a mock-up of a settlement suitable for life on Mars.

2. Afterschool Tutors for youth at the 3 public housing family developments in South Boston.
o Boston has 25,000 public housing tenants. National figures (2013) show about 10% of public housing tenants are educated below 9th grade. 25% have NO high school diploma…just 25% are educated beyond high school level.
o Median income for the 3 public housing family developments in South Boston is $10K; neighborhood median $67K!
o Phya aims to help public housing youth overcome the educational barriers that keep these young people and their families locked in repeating cycles of intergenerational poverty.

Be willing to guide public housing youth, (grades 6-8), in designing and building a mock-up of a habitat (a Martian pod/home or community/settlement) suitable for living on the red planet. We hope to recruit about 12-16 youth in 3 different teams. Volunteers will also need to:
□ Help youth with homework and any study/test and lesson prep for the next day’s classes.
□ Help Youth conceive/build a futuristic Mars Habitat for a national STEM competition with the University of Houston.
□ Tutor youth (from scratch) in STEM/STEAM and other areas like: Graphic/Industrial Design, Robotics, Criminal justice, Entrepreneurship, languages. We will also consider other skills, not mentioned here, that volunteers bring to the table.
□ Help us set up/refine our website/social media platforms.
□ Must demonstrate professionalism and confidentiality at all times.
South Boston is a highly desirable gentrified neighborhood which encompasses South Station and the Seaport District. It is easily accessible by public transit (Red Line) with DIRECT buses from Ruggles and the Green Line on Huntington Ave.

Qualifications & Requirements
□ Tutors with art education and community service backgrounds especially relating to urban, low income/minority/diverse, multi-cultural communities, immigrants and/or youth – a plus.
□ Especially need multi-lingual tutors…public housing tenants in Boston speak about 32 languages!
□ Attend a 2-hour Orientation to meet program staff/youth and familiarize themselves with the community, facilities and travel arrangements.

Volunteers will work with a Program Manager who will be available on-site to coordinate and support tutors.
Hours: Afterschool 3:00 PM to 6 PM, Monday to Friday. We hope to get enough Tutors to rotate shifts…
Location: Old Colony Housing Development, South Boston 02127.
Public Transit: Red Line stop: Andrew. Buses: CT3 (to Andrew) and # 47 (Broadway). Both leave from the Longwood area via Ruggles Street OR Green Line to Park Street, change to Red Line: any train: Ashmont or Braintree Lines.
Minimum Time Commitment: 6 Hours/week
Email Resume and a Reference (Academic, Volunteer/Community) to:

Organization Information

Public Housing Youth Academy
Concetta Paul

Box 170922
Boston, MA 02117


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