Become a Site Coordinator

picture of JHU Baltimore First students in front of Keswick Multi Care sign during service

Baltimore First Site Coordinator applications are now open for Fall 2019 until Thursday, August 29 at 5:00pm. Apply now!

As a student-led program of the Center, PDF Document: Baltimore First is an opportunity for students at all stages of the active citizenship continuum (Break Away 2014) to engage with our Baltimore community. Baltimore First offers two volunteer opportunities for student engagement: as a General Volunteer or a Site Coordinator. Learn more about becoming a site coordinator below or consider becoming a General Volunteer.

Still have questions? Contact the Baltimore First staff advisor, Nairuti Shastry, or email the Baltimore First Student Executive Board at baltimorefirst17@gmail.com

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Site Coordinator Overview

Become a Site Coordinator

Why Should I Apply?

Baltimore First Site Coordinators will:

  • communicate expectations and build a strong cohort of peers committed to service;
  • facilitate reflection in a group of their peers; and
  • demonstrate critical understanding of at least one social issue that affects at least one community organization in Baltimore City.

Application Process and Procedures

Site Coordinator applications are now open for Fall 2019.

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View Site Coordinator Description

The Site Coordinator position is a semester-long commitment. Volunteering begins the week of February 18, 2019. There are four mandatory trainings that can be viewed in the “Important Dates” tab.

General Summary:

Founded in 2017, Baltimore First is a student-led individualized direct service program of the Center for Social Concern. Committed building a mutually-beneficial, consistent relationships with community organizations across the city of Baltimore, Baltimore First provides local nonprofit and community organizations with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly student volunteers.

This position is responsible for supporting the overall mission and vision of the organization by: 1) building community among and managing the general volunteers that attend your assigned service site, 2) facilitating reflection during each educational workshop, 3) serving as a brand ambassador of the program to community & campus partners and the general student body.

Essential Job Functions:

Volunteer Management (40% of time)

  • Familiarize self with program expectations and requirements including vision, values, & mission and attendance policy.
  • Supervise all service-related site logistics (member attendance, schedule changes, inclement weather policies, etc.).
  • Coordinate with Director of Education and Director of Community Partnerships in maintaining an accountability structure for the program.

Facilitation of Multipartial Reflection (30% of time)

  • Support the Director of Education in building a culture of reflection among all program members.
  • Review workshop material prior to the day of the workshop in order to build reflection sessions that support members on their journey towards PDF Document: active citizenship.

Brand Ambassador (10% of time)

  • Build authentic, reciprocal relationships with community partners.
  • Model engaged and intentional volunteerism for general student volunteers.
  • Support program marketing and recruitment efforts as requested.

Other Duties as Assigned (10% of time)

  • Attend a series of Site Coordinator trainings co-facilitated by the Director of Education and CSC Staff Advisor/Executive Director:
    • Wednesday, January 30 (7-8 p.m., Charles Commons 324)
    • Wednesday, February 6 (7-8 p.m., Charles Commons 324)
    • Monday, February 11 (7-8 p.m., Charles Commons 324)
    • Wednesday, February 13 (7-8 p.m., Charles Commons 324)
  • Attend a series of education workshops co-facilitated by the Director of Education and CSC Staff Advisor/Executive Director.
    • Sunday, March 3 (5-6 p.m., Levering Hall Glass Pavilion)
    • Sunday, March 31 (5-6 p.m., Charles Commons Banquet Hall)
    • Monday, April 8 (5-6 p.m., Charles Commons Banquet Hall)
    • Sunday, April 21 (5-6 p.m., Charles Commons Banquet Hall)
  • Attend a Site Coordinator team building event led by the Director of Education and Director of Volunteer Management.

Qualifications

At least one semester of service with Baltimore First required, including a clear understanding of program values, expectations, and requirements. Experience facilitating multi-partial reflection is preferred.

Important Dates

Important Spring 2019 Dates

EventDate/Time
Site Coordinator Application OpensFriday, January 11
Site Coordinator Application Closes (Site Coordinators Notified)Monday, January 28
Mandatory Training
(Site Coordinators Only)
Wednesday, January 30
(7-8 p.m., Charles Commons 324)
Mandatory Training
(Site Coordinators Only)
Wednesday, February 6
(7-8 p.m., Charles Commons 324)
Mandatory Training
(Site Coordinators Only)
Monday, February 11
(7-8 p.m., Charles Commons 324)
Mandatory Training
(Site Coordinators Only)
Wednesday, February 13
(7-8 p.m., Charles Commons 324)
Baltimore First Community Partner Site ExpoSaturday, February 16
(1-4 p.m., Charles Commons Salon C)
Full Program BeginsMonday, February 18
Mandatory Education Workshop 1
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, March 3
(5-6 p.m., Levering Hall Glass Pavilion)
Mandatory Education Workshop 2
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, March 31
(5-6 p.m., Charles Commons Banquet Hall)
Mandatory Education Workshop 3
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Monday, April 8
(5-6 p.m., Charles Commons Banquet Hall)
Mandatory Education Workshop 4
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, April 21
(5-6 p.m., Charles Commons Banquet Hall)
End-of-Semester Celebration (Last day of Classes/Programming Ends)Friday, May 3
(4-6 p.m., Levering Hall Glass Pavilion)

Community Partners & Volunteer Times

During spring 2019, Baltimore First will be partnering with 14 local nonprofits and community organizations. Learn more about each organization and commitment times below.

*All times include travel.

Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project at Moravia Park Primary School: (Tuesday OR Thursday, *3:00 p.m.- 6:15 p.m.)

Description Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project Logo . go to www.refugeeyouthproject.org/ for more information about this organization.

The Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project seeks to improve the lives of Baltimore’s youngest refugees by supporting their academic needs and making their integration simple and meaningful. RYP is committed to its mission of creating a safe environment for refugee children to improve their literacy skills, enhance their knowledge of American culture, engage in enriching extracurricular activities, and grow to be confident, caring individuals. Volunteers will work one-on-one or with small groups of refugee students at Moravia Park Elementary School to increase their vocabulary, reading and basic math skills.

Blue Jay’s Perch: (Sunday, *9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.)

Description

The Blue Jay’s Perch is a Hopkins community garden dedicated to growing organic produce for both the educational enrichment of the Hopkins community, as well as to build relationships between Hopkins students and community members. The Blue Jay’s Perch has individual community member plots, as well as two large communal plots where a majority of the produce is donated to either a local soup kitchen or community group. We also have multiple fruit trees, a pollinator garden, and a bug farm! Volunteers at the Blue Jay’s Perch will be tasked with helping to upkeep our communal plots, including but not limited to planting, weeding, watering, turning the compost, and tending to our bug home.

Additional Requirements

All volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver form after orientation.

Bulldog Basketball School at the Barclay School: (Tuesday OR Thursday, *3:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m.)

Description Bulldog Basketball School Logo. Refer to bulldogbasketballschool.org/ to learn more about them.

There are few different volunteer opportunities with the Bulldog Basketball School at Barclay as described below.

Tutoring:

  • help with homework (elementary or middle school subjects, math, language arts, science, social studies)
  • help write high school application essays
  • help fill out high school applications
  • do self-adapting math and language arts lessons on a computer website called iReady

Basketball Practice:

  • assist with basketball practice
  • rebound for the shooters
  • act as the passer for the shooters
  • act as “dummy” defenders
  • monitor skills and maintain quality control

Basketball Games:

  • keep the scoreboard during a game
  • collect entrance fees at games
  • sell concessions at games
  • help clean gym after games.

Carmine Garden: (first and third Sunday of every month, *9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Description

Carmine Gardens is a community garden in the westernmost part of Baltimore City. Obtained through the city’s adopt-a-lot program, Carmine Gardens functions with the support of the Franklintown community association, community members, and two volunteer garden coordinators. At Carmine, volunteers assist with developing garden infrastructure, assisting community members with maintaining and beautifying their plots, general maintenance of the garden, and the planting and harvesting of fresh produce, which is shared throughout the surrounding community.

Civic Works: (Thursday, *3:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.)

Description

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. One of their programs, Real Food Farm, seeks to make a sustainable, economically viable, environmentally responsible agriculture sector in Baltimore. Civic Works also works to combat the growing problem of food insecurity in the Baltimore Community. Volunteers at Civic Works will work on existing urban farms to cultivate various crops for the community. Volunteers are requested to wear close-toe shoes and weather appropriate clothing that can get dirty.

JHU Sharing Languages at Hampden Elementary/Middle School: (Tuesday, *2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Description

JHU Sharing Languages is an after-school foreign language program at Hampden for elementary school students. Each week, we teach basic language courses to children grades 3-5 to introduce them to language fundamentals in an engaging manner, with interactive games and cultural activities. We hope to inspire a love of language and appreciation of different cultures at a young age, so students can grow up with a greater cultural understanding in today’s increasingly interconnected world.

Keswick Multi-Care Center: (Sunday, *11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Description KEswick multi-care center logo. go to https://choosekeswick.org to learn more.

Keswick is a facility that provides a multitude of services to the elderly such as rehabilitation, long-term care, and health services.

Volunteers at Keswick will:

  • help transport residents downstairs to the dining facility.
  • help serve the residents lunch and dessert.
  • have the opportunity to socialize with the residents.
  • coordinate transportation to and from the dining facility with nursing staff.

Paul’s Place: (Friday, *1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Description Paul's Place Logo. Go to https//paulsplaceoutreach.org/ for more information.

Paul’s Place is a community outreach center designed to help the homeless and those in need. Paul’s Place provides programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity, and growth. Volunteers at Paul’s Place will assist in the center’s Marketplace, a clothing bank designed to provide those in need with the experience of shopping for their own clothes.

Reading Partners: (Monday OR Wednesday, *1:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

DescriptionReading Partners logo with two charis and desk. To learn more about Reading Partners, visit their website at https://readingpartners.org/

Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students in under-resourced schools with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. In fourth grade, students are expected to transition from learning to read to reading to learn. From this point on, they’ll use these foundational reading skills to explore and master new subjects like science, history, and geography. At this age, it is even more essential to have proficient reading skills. Volunteers will work one-on-one with students for 45 minutes twice a week, delivering a simple, proven curriculum each week to help the child begin to gain lost ground.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center: (Tuesday OR Thursday, *3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)

Description St. Francis Neighborhood Center logo. visit www.stfranciscenter.org for more info.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center, in the Spring of 2009, established an after school youth development and family stability program called The Power Project. The Power Project consists of three major components: education, mentoring, the arts, and human services. This program provides disadvantaged youth and families living below poverty in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood, ages 5 to 18, with the opportunity to receive academic enrichment, one-on-one tutoring, attend educational seminars and workshops, participate in our dance, art and music groups, and establish valuable relationships with caring and responsible individuals who will serve as positive role models in their lives.The after school program is at no cost to youth and families and is held at the Center Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:15 pm during the school year with snacks and dinner provided. The program can accommodate on average, 60 children at a time. Volunteers will support all facets of the The Power Project.

St. Mary’s Outreach Center: (Wednesday, *2:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.)

Description

St. Mary’s Outreach Center helps older adults meet the challenge of living self-sufficiently with dignity and respect. Volunteers will provide regular social support to older adults to help them remain St. Mary's Outreach Center logoconnected to our community. Sample activities include card and board games, crafts, reading, discussing current events, and recording oral histories. When possible, volunteers will be matched with program participants with shared interests and hobbies.

Additional Requirements

Volunteers will need to complete a volunteer form and an orientation, both of which will be provided during their first volunteer session. It is also standard agency practice to do a criminal and sex offender background check for volunteers with this level of contact.

Southeast Development Corporation at Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School: (Friday, *7:30 a.m.- 9:15 a.m.)

Description Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle school logo. go to www.baltimorecityschools.org/Domain/394 to learn more about this school.

Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle school is a pre-k -8th community school in East Baltimore. Our mission is to provide all students the opportunity to reach their individual potential as positive and productive members of society by providing high quality instruction and motivational supports to students and their families in a safe and mutually respectful environment. Volunteers will work in the classroom with small groups during our “Power Hour,” a new school-wide intervention system based on helping our students fulfill their full potential.

The Community School & Mentoring High School: (Tuesday, *11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

Description

The Community School Logo. Go to tchighschool.org to learn more.

The Community School is an academic & mentoring high school, based in the Remington community, for young people who want to advance their education, improve their lives, and better their community. Students develop their skills, knowledge, creativity, confidence, intellectual curiosity and worldview in a safe, supportive, and comfortable yet rigorous environment.

The League for People with Disabilities (Club 1111): (second Saturday of each month, 4:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.)

Description Club1111 Logo. Visit www.leagueforpeople.org/club1111 for more info.

Club 1111: is Maryland’s first and only nightclub for people with disabilities that includes DJs, dancing, spa, games, and much more! The Club provides a place for people within the Baltimore disability community that might not otherwise have such a social opportunity. On the second Saturday of each month, year-round, The League for People with Disabilities’ 50,000 sq foot facility is transformed into a nightclub with the capacity to serve 600+ guests. Volunteers assist with registering guests, staffing snack windows, helping out with the spa, and generally engaging participants and ensuring that each person has the best possible experience.