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Supporting Special Education (18-22 yr olds)
CSUSM students will be able to volunteer in SMUSD Adult Transition Program. Adult Transition Program (ATP) is a program designed for young adults with disabilities aged 18-22 years of age. The ATP program provides training and instruction to facilitate the transition from public school into appropriate adult programs and supported work placements. CSUSM students will be able to participate in mutually beneficial training in vocational tasks relating to real-world opportunities. CSUSM students have an opportunity to work with 5 different classrooms ranging in ability levels from mild, moderate, and severe individuals with disabilities.
For Service Learning students, description and tasks include trail maintenance and clean-up, garden maintenance, administrative assistance, clerical assistance, craft preparation, school program preparation, exhibit support, data input, critter care, cleaning of animal habitats, inventorying goods, event preparation and support, fair and festival attendance, outreach support, marketing, photography, building support amongst others.
CSUSM Ambassador for Virtual Short-Term Program for Japanese Students
Service Learning students will be asked to participate in classroom sessions alongside international students from several Japanese universities. They will share American language and culture while leading group discussions.
Interested students must apply by 12 pm, Monday, February 7. Apply at https://www.csusm.edu/global/alci/studentresources/sp22_niu_sl_app.html. Acceptance decisions will be announced February 9.
Volunteer Program Support: I Love Art
This fine arts program gives youth the opportunity to learn about art concepts and express themselves through art. Youth will learn about basic art concepts including drawing, painting, abstract art, printmaking, shapes and space, and other art concepts.
Volunteer Program Support: Psyched on Science
This program gives youth the opportunity to learn about science concepts through hands-on activities. Youth will learn about basic science concepts with matter, force, and energy, earth and space science, and organisms and the environment
Volunteer Program Support: Healthy Habits
This program emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being. In this program youth will have the opportunity to learn about making healthy habits including learning about nutrition, exercise, and making healthy food choices.
Volunteer Program Support: Music Program Assistance
This program covers the basics of how to read music, learning the keys/chords of instruments, beats, etc. Having volunteers help once a week would be very helpful especially in making this program run smoothly.
Instruction Videos in Spansih
Remote Opportunity: The Instructional Video Project will allow a student to produce a video of him/herself teaching a skill or lesson geared to any age from 5-18 years. The Instuctional Videos should not exceed 30 minutes in length. Some examples are: Read or tell a story and talk about it; Do a science project and explain the steps and potential outcomes; Demonstrate some dance moves and explain how to execute them; Present a math problem and teach the steps necessary to solve it; Read a poem and talk about it's meaning. These are only examples. There is no limit to the subject matter that can be taught. The goal is to engage the audience and teach them a skill. The videos will be used in various classes/tutorials in the Build a Miracle Community Center.
Field Trip Volunteers
Service learners will aid our staff on field trips for 3rd grades students during the 2021-22 school year. During these fieldtrips, children are introduced to our local habitats, problems impacting ecosystems, and solutions to those issues.
Work alongside a facilitator of 'good things' in an outdoor farm environment located conveniently in the city of San Marcos. Help organize the flow of the projects, assist to empower rather than enable a young student to engage in the hands-on project, and plant seeds in their hearts and minds, believe in them when they don't yet believe in themselves, and encourage 'failure' leading to success!
Social Media Assistants
Our nonprofit needs two CSUSM students to work remotely with our President to post on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Students will have learned how to use Canva and how to create messages that are congruent with the mission of our nonprofit.
Outreach and Launch of Center for Mindfulness
The overall purpose of Mindful CSUSM is to provide support to all members of the campus community through contemplative practices, pedagogy and research that foster deep learning, reduced stress, increased capacity for compassionate listening and increased well-being. Our work is based on the premise, best stated by Nelson Mandela that: “If they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love”. Hence, our activities are focused on creating a more just and compassionate community. We are getting ready to launch a Center on mindfulness practices on our campus this semester. We are looking for students to help us prepare for the launch especially focusing on ways to engage students.
STEAM Mentoring Program Aide
Program aides with MSKSI will assist the primary teacher/mentor with a number of duties. MSKSI staff responsibilities include group instruction and supervision, clarifying instructions, checking for learning, engaging students in discussion, and helping students with projects.
In-School and After School Tutoring/Mentoring
In-School and After School Tutoring/Mentoring is an academic skills development initiative where volunteers help struggling learners in a safe, nurturing school environment. We welcome community service learning volunteers to engage in a mutually beneficial partnership in the following areas:
We provide brief orientation sessions and resources for new volunteers.
Helping Parents with English Language Development
Community Service Learning Students will join a team of volunteers providing interactive English Language Development (ELD) for parents after school. They will engage in conversational English during a time of snacks and fellowship and also facilitate engagement in reading high interest bilingual books as a family.
Spanish Language Coaching
Community Service Learning students will provide one-on-one coach elementary school teachers and staff to develop their competence in conversational Spanish. Readily available news articles will be used as a starting point to initiate conversation at the learner's actual level.
Social Media Ambassador
Connect with people through social media! The role of the Social Media Ambassador is simple but crucial to the mission of Solutions for Change, as you help promote brand awareness to a greater community.
Beach Cleanup and Administration
Volunteer at monthly community beach cleanups at beaches all over the county. We provide service learning opportunities for students who'd like to participate in our public cleanups, assist our volunteer site captains with setup/breakdown and hosting the events, and also with tallying up volunteer beach cleanup data and entering it into our online database.
UURISE Special Translation Project
Remote Opportunity: Students will have the opportunity to work with materials created by one of UURISE's partner organizations, Leap to Success, and collaborate with one another to translate a workbook that is used during a self-empowerment course for women who have been the victims of domestic violence, homelessness, and other major life challenges.
Apart from placing with UURISE through the CSUSM Internship database, students who are interested in earning service-learning hours with our site through this project are required to complete UURISE's Volunteer/Intern Application (if they have yet to do so) and send over a copy of their most recent resume (if available). Once the application is received and reviewed, students will be contacted to set up a virtual interview.