Spring 2020 Opportunities with the Center for Social Justice

Spring 2020 Opportunities

The Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service (CSJ) announces opportunities for social justice and deep community engagement in Spring 2020. Sign-up forms with with more detailed program information can be found below.

Planning for summer? CSJ Summer Programs sign-up forms are also available for part-time and full-time opportunities as summer #HoyasForOthers in Washington, DC. Join us at the campus-wide Summer Jobs Fair on Wednesday, January 29.

After School Kids Program

Serve as a tutor and mentor with the After School Kids (ASK) Program which serves striving court-involved teens in the DC metropolitan area who are taking positive steps in their lives to bring about change in their communities. ASK offers a supportive team environment and multiple scheduling options in the evening (Monday through Thursday) and Saturday. Find additional information about ASK and sign up at https://forms.gle/GPweRxHqUKKzmHcx5. Volunteer and Federal Work-Study (FWS) positions are available. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration is given to sign-ups received by Friday, December 6, 2019 and a secondary deadline of Friday, January 10, 2020. Contact ASK Program Manager, Shanelle Roberson, at askprogram@georgetown.edu with questions.

Georgetown DC Reads Program

Georgetown DC Reads is a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program for elementary students who are a grade level or more behind in literacy skills in DCPS schools and community centers East of the River in DC. DC Reads time commitment ranges from 5-8 hours per week, with multiple scheduling options. Volunteer and Federal Work positions available. Sign up at https://forms.gle/4GkbLqZFJRYbADTC6. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration is given to sign-ups received by Friday, January 10, 2020 and a secondary deadline on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Contact the CSJ Assistant Director for Educational Equity, Noelle Gipson, at dcreads@georgetown.edu with questions.

DC Schools Project

DC Schools Project (DCSP) is a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program that serves youth and adult immigrants 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. Sign up at https://forms.gle/x3jXWxaoqKTsi9e99. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration is given to sign-ups received by Friday, January 10, 2020, with secondary consideration given on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Contact DCSP at dcsp@georgetown.edu with questions.

HOME Program

HOME provides two program options for students to provide direct support and engagement of people experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC.

In the first option, students serve at Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC), a drop-in center which seeks lasting solutions to homelessness one person at at time. Students assist GMC’s staff at guiding individuals experiencing homelessness towards stability and housing through street outreach, educating the community about homelessness, and creating a safe, respectful, and welcoming environment in the center. Students support client-focused programs, services, and projects 4-8 hours a week.

In the second option, students can also serve with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless by assisting with individuals’ rights observations and outreach during the DC government’s encampment cleanings. For this program, students must be available on Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9AM to 12PM.

Volunteer and Federal Work Study positions are available. Submit your sign-up form at https://forms.gle/55vkqVqnodujiV6L6. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration is given to sign-ups received by Friday, January 10, 2020 and a secondary deadline of Friday, January 17, 2020. Contact the HOME Program Coordinator, Brianna Ledsome, at homelessness@georgetown.edu with questions.

Georgetown Jumpstart

Georgetown Jumpstart engages preschool children from under-resourced communities in playful learning experiences to develop the language, literacy, and socio-emotional skills they need to succeed through twice weekly programming. Jumpstart asks for a 10-12 hour per week time commitment for the full academic year. Volunteer and Federal Work Study positions are available. Upon completion of program, corps members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education award of $1,250. Sign up at https://forms.gle/daF7WEbWvWapcbbW8. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration given to sign-ups received by Wednesday, December 11, with a secondary deadline of Wednesday, January 15. Contact the Jumpstart Site Manager, Taryn Kitchen, at jumpstart@georgetown.edu with questions.

DC STEM

DC STEM 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 sign-up at https://forms.gle/4GkbLqZFJRYbADTC6. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration is given to sign-ups received by Friday, January 10, 2020 and a secondary deadline of Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Contact the DC STEM Program at dcstem@georgetown.edu with questions.

First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI) Leader Team

Interested in applying for a leadership position with the First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI)? FOCI is CSJ’s pre-orientation program for incoming first-year and transfer students. The program invites students into service, social justice activism, community-building and engagement in DC and at Georgetown. Apply today to be a FOCI captain or member of the leader team. More information and the application can be found at csj.georgetown.edu/foci. Contact CSJ’s Deputy Director, Ray Shiu, at ray.shiu@georgetown.edu with questions.

The application deadline is 11:50pm EST on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

UNXD 130: CBL Social Action

UNXD 130: CBL Social Action is a 1-credit course. Students integrate a 3 or 4 credit course with a community engagement experience through 1 credit in reflection. 30-40 hours of community-based service and/or social justice work is required to be completed throughout the semester. CSJ can suggest community-based organizations and courses. Contact CSJ’s Associate Director, Mission Curricular Integration, Amanda Munroe, at csjcbl@georgetown.edu 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. Submit your interest online. Contact CSJ’s Operations Officer, Lucia Cappelloni at csjvans@georgetown.edu, with questions.

CSJ Evening Programs Drivers

The CSJ Evening Programs Driver positions are a critical component of our DC Schools Project and ASK evening programs, without whom we would not be able to serve the community. The drivers will fulfill pick-up duties for the After School Kids (ASK) program and/or drive GU tutors to homes for the DC Schools Project’s (DCSP) 1-2-1 in-home tutoring program. CSJ will provide trainings so that drivers feel comfortable driving a 12-passenger van and navigating the city and routes.

Any combination of days and 2.5-, 3-, or 5.75-hour shifts are available Monday through Thursday between 3:30pm – 9:45pm. Additional options are also available on Saturdays.

  • Shift Option 1: 3:30 – 6:00pm
  • Shift Option 2: 6:15 – 9:45pm
  • Shift Option 3: 3:30 – 9:45pm
  • Shift Option 4: 8:00 – 9:45pm
  • Shift Option 5: 8:30 – 10:30am (Saturday)
  • Shift Option 6: 2:00 – 4:00pm (Saturday)

Volunteer and Federal Work-Study (FWS) positions are available. Sign-up forms are accepted on a rolling basis with priority consideration is given to sign-ups received by Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Contact CSJ Deputy Director, Ray Shiu, at ray.shiu@georgetown.edu 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 individuals to seek safety in available shelters and warming stations. This volunteer work is an important way for the Georgetown community to care for our 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, Brianna Ledsome, at homelessness@georgetown.edu with 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 this short application at https://forms.gle/dotbLMTpznc4hfJt5. The application deadline is 10pm on Monday, February 7, 2020. Contact CSJ’s Operations Officer, Lucia Cappelloni, with questions. Funds for this program are limited; MetroCards will be loaned on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

The SIPS Fund is a $1.5 million student-run fund that makes strategic investments in Georgetown students and ideas that further our community’s Jesuit tradition of service to others. Since inception in 2011, we have funded more than $200,000 in student and alumni social ventures ranging from sustainable community gardens in DC to youth action mapping in Liberia. SIPS is recruiting individuals to fill the following roles: Deputy Executive Director, Deputy Managing Director, Deputy Outreach Director, and Project Manager. Learn more about each position here, and to receive updates on the application process, fill out this interest form. The application will be available at sips.georgetown.edu. Contact the SIPS Executive Committee with questions at sipsfund@georgetown.edu. The application closes on Sunday, January 19, 2020.  

Save the Dates

  • January 22: Point-in-Time Count
  • January 29: Summer 2020 On-Campus Jobs Fair
  • February 17-22: Social Justice Week
    • February 22: MLK Evening of Hope and Resistance
  • March 12-13: Junior Science and Humanities Regional Symposium “Science Fair”
  • March 22: Spring Fling
  • April 26: CSJ Celebration
  • May 15: Social Justice Send-Off
  • May 29: CSJ Open House at Alumni Reunion