Become a Site Coordinator
Baltimore First Site Coordinator applications are now open for Spring 2020.
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 Student Executive Board at email@example.com.
Site Coordinator Overview
Becoming 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 Spring 2020.
View Site Coordinator Description
The Site Coordinator position is a semester-long commitment. There is one mandatory training that can be viewed in the “Important Dates” tab.
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 (30% 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 Reflection (50% 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.
- Facilitate a site specific reflection session.
- Attend a Reflection Check-In prior to your site-specific reflection session.
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 one Site Coordinator training co-facilitated by the Director of Education and CSC Staff Advisor/Executive Director:
- Saturday, February 1st (9am-5pm)
- Attend a series of education workshops co-facilitated by the Director of Education and CSC Staff Advisor/Executive Director.
- Attend a Site Coordinator team building event led by the Director of Education and Director of Volunteer Management.
At least one semester of service with Baltimore First required, including a clear understanding of program values, expectations, and requirements. Experience facilitating reflection is preferred.
Important Fall 2019 Dates
|Site Coordinator Application Opens||Wednesday, November 20|
|Site Coordinator 1st Round Deadline (Priority)||Friday, December 20|
|Site Coordinator 2nd Round Deadline||Thursday, January 23|
(Site Coordinators Only)
|Saturday, February 1 (9am-5pm)|
|Baltimore First Site Expo||Monday, February 10 (time TBD)|
|Full Program Begins||Monday, February 17|
|Mandatory Education Workshop 1|
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
|Mandatory Education Workshop 2|
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
|Mandatory Education Workshop 3|
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Community Partners & Volunteer Times
During Spring 2020, Baltimore First will be partnering with 9 local nonprofits and community organizations. Learn more about each organization and commitment times below. Please note that the time commitments listed below were for the Fall 2019 semester and may be subject to change. The final commitment times for Spring 2020 will be made available by January 13, 2020.
*All times include travel.
- 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
- 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
- keep the scoreboard during a game
- collect entrance fees at games
- sell concessions at games
- help clean gym after games.
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.
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 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, 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 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 connected 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.
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: (Thursday, *7:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.)
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 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.)
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.