Homework Room Volunteer

Homework room volunteers will work anywhere from one to five days a week between the hours of 2:00 and 6:00. The School Age Program serves children kindergarten through fifth grade from many of the Cambridge Public Schools. The School Age 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 in explaining assignments, providing direct support, encouragement, and assist staff in managing the daily operations of the room.

Purpose
To aid in the development of the well-being of the children by providing daily enrichment activities and implementing curriculum in order to enhance the child's experience of out of school time.
Working Relationships
Volunteers work with the Program and Director, Group Leaders, Specialists and Assistant Group Leaders and reports directly to the Program and Director.
Duties
Establish and foster positive relationships with children, staff and families
Assist program staff running the homework support room from 2pm - 4pm
Engage children in active conflict management and address behavior issues in a positive manner
Assist children with homework assignments and one on one reading
Help with set-up and clean-up of the homework room
Assist with snack set-up/clean-up and general classroom maintenance
Maintain a safe, healthy environment for children, adhering to proper EEC, COA, Department of Health guidelines
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 school age children
Must be able to establish positive working relationships with children, staff and families
Must be a positive ambassador for East End House in the community
Must be flexible

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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