Commit to Social Justice in Spring 2017

Dozens of ways to get engaged depending on your time and interest

The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) announces opportunities for social justice and deep community engagement in Spring 2017. Interest forms for these programs and opportunities are available through CSJ’s website. Each interest form includes more detailed information about the program.

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Serve in the MLK Day of Service on Saturday, January 14
Tutor and mentor court-involved youth with After School Kids (ASK)
Tutor elementary school students with DC Reads
Tutor English Language Learners (K-Adult) with DC Schools Project
Serve men and women experiencing homelessness with HOME
Advance STEM engagement for 3rd graders with STEM Afterschool
Alternative Breaks Program – Apply by January 17, 2017
Apply to the 1-credit course, UNXD 130: CBL Social Action
Volunteer with the Hypothermia Outreach Team during the cold weather
Apply for the Social Innovation and Public Service Fund (SIPS) Executive Committee
Support the CSJ’s work and join the CSJ Front Desk Administrator or CSJ Van Assistant teams
Apply for a CSJ MetroCard for your community-based learning commitment
Save the Dates: Upcoming Events

Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Participate in MLK Day of Service on January 14

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service unites the Georgetown Community and DC’s Ward 7 Community through celebration, service, and reflection. This service day aims to raise awareness of and foster sustained commitment to social justice work as expressed by the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sign up to be a site leader at https://goo.gl/forms/mTJShsVcHy2g1hua2 or register as a participant at https://goo.gl/forms/qDAm3Za5fMqsMuPP2. Email Brendan Burke with questions.

After School Kids Program

Serve as a mentor and tutor with the After School Kids (ASK) Program and empower court-involved youth in Washington, DC to make positive changes in their lives by challenging them with new learning opportunities and teaching them the necessary skills to successfully meet those challenges. ASK offers multiple scheduling options and a supportive team environment: evening shifts (Monday-Thursday, 5:30pm-8:30pm) and Saturday shifts (10:30am-2:30pm). Find additional information about ASK and apply online at https://goo.gl/forms/h2LjyBkMVQGhMKJ03. Volunteer and Federal Work-Study (FWS) positions are available. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to interest received by Wednesday, January 18. Contact ASK Program Director, Gina Bulett, with questions.

Georgetown DC Reads Program

Georgetown DC Reads is a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program for K-5th grade students  in DC’s Ward 7 who are a grade level or more behind in literacy skills with college students serving as tutors through Volunteer and Federal Work positions. Register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/4oBRJKF5RskNy2yp2. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to interest received by Monday, January 16. Contact DC Reads Program Director, Sabrina Sifuentes, with questions.

DC Schools Project

DC Schools Project (DCSP) is a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program that serves youth and adults of all ages who are English Language Learners (ELLs). DCSP offers multiple options to fit with your schedule. You do not have to speak another language to tutor with us! Join us today in Volunteer and Federal Work positions. Regster your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/Zqz9hboRWvKmVcvA2. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to interest received by Sunday, January 22. Contact DCSP Program Director, Jessica Lee, with questions.

HOME Program

Through HOME, students serve at the drop-in center Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) guiding service-resistant, chronically homeless individuals towards stability and housing through aggressive street outreach, provision of a safe and welcoming environment, and advocacy for the homeless. Students support different client-focused programs and projects 4-8 hours a week in Volunteer and Federal Work positions. Register your interest online at https://goo.gl/forms/gbD8QaDEZ313AqZh2. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to interest received by Sunday, January 22. Contact HOME Program Coordinator, Melissa Bernard, with questions.

STEM Afterschool

STEM Afterschool is a project-based science enrichment program for 3rd grade students in DC elementary schools. Georgetown STEM tutors are responsible for leading science, mathematics, engineering, and technology explorations to improve youth's academic performance in STEM. Volunteer and Federal Work Study positions are available. No STEM background is required! Find more information and apply online at https://goo.gl/forms/3XzTvBLilLZLZJXD2. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to interest received by Monday, January 23. Contact STEM Afterschool Program Coordinator, Alexis Banks, with questions.

Alternative Breaks Program – Apply by January 17, 2017

The Alternative Breaks Program (ABP) applications for 19 trips are currently open to all GU students, faculty, and staff members. The application for the spring break trips will be open until 11:59 pm on January 17. Visit csj.georgetown.edu/abp for the application, trip descriptions, and more information. Contact Assistant Director for Immersion Programs, Mollie Vita, at altbreaks@georgetown.edu, or attend our two final information sessions on Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm or Sunday, January 15 at 7 pm (check csj.georgetown.edu/abp for an update on the location early in 2017). 

UNXD 130: CBL Social Action

UNXD 130: CBL Social Action is a 1-credit course that offers students the opportunity to integrate their academic studies with a community engagement experience. Through reflection, UNXD 130 students link a course in which they are enrolled with 30-40 hours of community-based service / social justice work. Click here to apply to UNXD 130: CBL Social Action. Completed applications (including confirmation of your location of service) are accepted on a rolling basis, no later than 11:59pm on Thursday, January 19.  CSJ can suggest community-based organizations and courses. Contact Assistant Director for Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy, Amanda Munroe, with questions.

Hypothermia Outreach Team (HOT)

The Hypothermia Outreach Team (HOT) is an ad hoc volunteer group that go in teams during cold nights to assess the needs of those living on the street, helping to prevent injury and death from exposure and encouraging them to seek safety in available shelters and warming stations. This volunteer work is an important way for the Georgetown community to care for our own neighbors in need. No previous experience or specialized skills are required. All are invited to register their interest and RSVP to a HOT training here. Contact HOME Program Coordinator, Melissa Bernard, with questions.

Join the Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) Fund Executive Committee

SIPS Fund makes strategic investments in Georgetown students and ideas that further our community’s Jesuit tradition of service to others. The SIPS $1.25 million endowment has invested more than $100,000 in student and alumni projects since its inception in 2011. Find more information about SIPS and download the application to join the SIPS Executive Committee at sips.georgetown.edu. Contact the SIPS Executive Committee with questions at sips@georgetown.edu. The application is open until January 13.

CSJ Front Desk Administrator

The Front Desk Administrator (FDA) is the first point of contact for visitors and callers to the Center for Social Justice. The FDA distributes van keys, manages mail, and supports the administrative work of the CSJ staff. This position is Federal Work-Study only. Register your interest online at https://goo.gl/forms/8rQvwMFNw7b4bn9X2. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to registrations received by January 4. Contact Operations Officer, Robert Fronta, with questions.

CSJ Van Assistants

The CSJ Van Assistant works with CSJ in keeping the vans fueled and cleaned. Hours are flexible for each day. A valid driver's license for at least one year is required to obtain a driver authorization. This position is Federal Work-Study only and pays $12.00/hour. Register your interest online at https://goo.gl/forms/8rQvwMFNw7b4bn9X2. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to registrations received by Friday, January 22. Contact Van & Payroll Administrator, Lucia Cappelloni, with questions.

ASK/DCSP Drivers

The ASK/DCSP driver positions are a crticial component of our programs, without whom we would not be able to serve the community. The drivers will fulfill pick-up duties for the ASK program and/or drive GU tutors to youth's homes for DCSP's 1-2-1 in-home tutoring program. For ASK, drivers will be departing campus by 3:30pm to pick up youth participants to bring them back to campus for youth programs. For DCSP, drivers will be dropping off the tuors at the homes in which they tutor, and then pick them up after their tutoring sessions to bring them back to campus. Trainings will be held so that drivers feel comfortable driving a 12-passenger van and navigating routes.

Any combination of days and 2.5-, 3-, or 5.75-hour shifts are available Monday through Thursday between 3:30 - 9:15pm.

Shift Option 1: 3:30 - 6:00pm (ASK)
Shift Option 2: 6:15 - 9:15pm (DCSP)
Shift Optino 3: 3:30 - 9:15pm (ASK & DCSP)

Find additional information about the position and submit interest forms online at https://goo.gl/forms/r3DniHb4Te5CJdUw2. Volunteer and Federal Work-Study (FWS) positions are available. Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority consideration is given to interest received by Sunday, January 22. Contact ASK Program Manager Allison Hilton at askprogram@georgetown.edu or DCSP Program Director Jessica Lee at dscp@georgetown.edu with any questions.

Apply for a MetroCard for your social justice work

CSJ provides MetroCards to undergraduate students participating in campus-sponsored service-learning initiatives, such as Community-based Learning (CBL), as part of an academic course, or UNXD 130: CBL Social Action, that require regular transportation needs. The MetroCard is used by the student to take public transportation to and from campus to their community-based organization site in the Washington, DC metro area. Fill out the following short application at https://hoyalink.georgetown.edu/form/start/117763. The application deadline is 9 a.m. on Friday, February 3. Contact Lucia Cappelloni, with questions. Funds for this program are limited; MetroCards will be loaned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Save the Dates

Point-in-Time - Homeless Community Count: Wednesday, January 25 @ 9pm
Social Justice Week: Monday, February 13 - Friday, February 17, 2017
Careers for the Common Good: Thursday, February 16, 2017
CSJ Summer Programs Fair: Friday, February 17, 2017
5K Race Against Homelessness and Spring Fling: Sunday, March 26, 2017
CSJ Celebration: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 7pm in Copley Formal