Middle School Program Homework Room Volunteer

Homework room volunteers will work anywhere from one to five days a week between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00. The Middle School Program serves youth in sixth through eighth grade from many of the Cambridge Public Schools. The Middle School Program prides itself on being able to offer individual academic support in completing homework assignments, improving literacy skills, and maintaining strong connections with the parents and teachers. Homework room volunteers will work with children in a variety of grades by explaining assignments, providing direct support and encouragement, and assisting staff in managing the daily operations of the room.

Purpose
To provide academic support and foster positive academic engagement and attitudes.
Working Relationships
Volunteers work with the Program Director, Group Leaders, Specialists and Assistant Group Leaders and reports directly to the Program Director.
Duties
Establish and foster positive relationships with children, staff and families
Assist program staff running the homework support rooms from 2pm - 4pm
Assist youth with homework assignments
Help youth stay engaged and on task
Assist youth with computer research and special projects
Requirements
Must adhere to the East End House Staff Ground Rules for Working Together as outlined in the East End House Personnel Policy Handbook
Must be enthusiastic about working with and enriching the lives of middle school youth
Must be able to establish positive working relationships with youth, staff, and teachers
Must be a positive ambassador for East End House in the community

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Volunteer

STEM Volunteers will contribute to East End House’s School Age and Middle School Programs by connecting with children and youth during afterschool hours. As professionals or students from the STEM sector, STEM Volunteers will share their knowledge, interest, and work with young people between the hours of 2pm and 6pm, at programs situated in East Cambridge.

Purpose
To connect children and youth with “real life” scientists and STEM professionals in their neighborhood. To excite young people about learning STEM, teach them the many professions that are part of STEM fields, and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.
Working Relationships
Volunteers work with the Program Director, Group Leaders, Specialists and Assistant Group Leaders and reports directly to the Program Director.
Duties
Visit afterschool STEM classes for students in the School Age Program (grades K-5) or the Middle School Program (grades 6-8); participate in curriculum written by East End House staff members; contribute knowledge and engage young people in experiments, hands-on activities, exploration, and conversation.
Visit the School Age or Middle School Program as a Guest Speaker; share information about the Volunteer’s STEM work, study, or interests; engage young people in hands-on activities that help them learn the Volunteer’s work; if possible, link the Volunteer’s presentation to curriculum in the afterschool program.
Host a group of students at a lab, workplace, or classroom; give a tour of the space and the work that is done there; if possible, engage young people in a hands-on activity that demonstrates the STEM work of the lab or classroom.
Contribute knowledge to Group Leaders as they write and plan curriculum; be available via phone or email to share STEM knowledge with youth development workers who write curriculum in Life Science, Physical Sciences, and Earth and Space Science.
Requirements
Must be passionate about learning, exploring, and working in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math
Must be interested in helping, connecting with, and inspiring children and youth
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