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Baltimore First student leader applications for 2022-2023 are now closed.

Baltimore First Student Leader Overviews

Baltimore First is the Center for Social Concern’s (CSC) individualized direct service and volunteering program. Committed to building mutually-beneficial relationships with Baltimore-based community organizations, Baltimore First provides CSC Service Partners (Baltimore City-based organizations) with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly student volunteers. In addition to coordinating regular volunteer opportunities, Baltimore First advances the CSC’s vision of preparing JHU students to be active citizens within their communities by providing students with educational trainings and facilitating spaces for critical reflection.
The CSC supports 6 Baltimore First student leader paid positions that are comprised of 2 areas:
  1. Community Engagement
  2. Education & Reflection

Learn more about the Director of Community Engagement and Director of Education & Reflection student leader positions below or consider becoming a General Volunteer. Contact the Baltimore First Student Executive Board at BaltimoreFirst@jh.edu with any additional questions.

View Comm. Engagement Position

Director of Community Engagement (3 positions)

General Summary

Baltimore First is the Center for Social Concern’s (CSC) individualized direct service and volunteering program. Committed to building mutually-beneficial relationships with Baltimore-based community organizations, Baltimore First provides CSC Service Partners (Baltimore City-based organizations) with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly student volunteers. In addition to coordinating regular volunteer opportunities, Baltimore First advances the CSC’s vision of preparing JHU students to be active citizens within their communities by providing students with educational trainings and facilitating spaces for critical reflection.

Reporting to the CSC’s Community Partnerships Specialist, the Baltimore First Directors of Community Engagement play critical leadership roles within the program by serving as the primary point of contact for Service Partners and student volunteers. The Directors of Community Engagement are responsible for cultivating strong relationships with Service Partners, supporting and building community among student volunteers, and coordinating complex logistics across service sites.

Commitment & Important Dates

This position will run from mid-August 2022 through early May 2023. The student leader will be expected to attend a two-day virtual leadership training hosted by the CSC in August. During the academic school year, the anticipated time commitment for this role will be 78 hours per week.

Essential Job Functions

Logistics Coordination (20%)

  • Collaborate with Service Partners to design a semesterly work plan for student volunteers
  • Work with CSC Community Partnerships Specialist to coordinate logistics for service at a particular site (e.g. # of volunteers needed, days of the week volunteers needed, transportation, including Lyft credits and HopVan rentals)
  • Support CSC Community Partnerships Specialist to ensure Baltimore First volunteers are adhering to JHU risk management policies

Service Partner Relationship Management (30%)

  • Serve as an ambassador of the CSC and the face of Baltimore First to Service Partners
  • Maintain constant communication with Service Partners, sharing relevant information about student life at Hopkins (e.g. sharing the academic calendar every Fall) and working with the CSC Community Partnerships Specialist to troubleshoot any issues that arise during the course of each semester
  • Conduct semesterly site visits with CSC Community Partnerships Specialist to all Service Partner Sites
  • Regularly solicit feedback from Service Partners and work with Baltimore First Leadership Team to align programming to Service Partner needs
  • Support CSC Community Partnerships Specialist with Service Partner data management and impact evaluation
  • Onboard Service Partners to Hopkins Engage and provide technical assistance as needed

Student Volunteer Management- Volunteer Engagement (20%)

  • Monitor the Baltimore First group on Hopkins Engage: ensure volunteers are logging impact hours and track volunteer attendance at each Service Partner site
  • Create a roster of volunteers and ensure information is regularly updated
  • Coordinate the logistics for special events and other community-building opportunities for volunteers (I.e. scheduling, reserving rooms, etc.)

Program Management & Other Duties as Assigned (30%)

  • Attend Community Engagement Team meetings with CSC Community Partnerships Specialist
  • Attend Baltimore First Leadership Team meetings and general volunteer meetings
  • Participate in CSC Student Leadership Trainings (two-day virtual training over the summer and up to two additional trainings per semester)
  • Participate in mandatory Baltimore First education trainings and critical reflection sessions
  • Serve as the leader for one Service Partner site. Responsibilities include serving as the point of contact when volunteering, calling Lyfts for volunteers and/or driving volunteers in a Hop Van, and actively participating in volunteer activities at that site
  • Support recruitment of Baltimore First student participants including attending the Student Involvement Fair
  • In collaboration with Baltimore First Leadership Team, monitor email and social media accounts and send communications to student volunteers
  • Serve as a CSC Student Ambassador at campus events throughout the year
  • In collaboration with CSC staff, design and distribute program evaluation forms to participating students
  • Lead at least one Baltimore First Day of Service or special volunteer project
  • Manage and update project management platform in a timely manner to ensure clear and up-to-date information with the entire Baltimore First team

Qualifications

Candidates must embody the characteristics of a servant leader, be passionate about the Center for Social Concern’s mission, and excited about engaging with Baltimore communities. At least one semester of service with Baltimore First preferred. Experience with logistics management and relationship-building preferred.

Compensation

The Director of Community Engagement will receive a stipend of $3000, paid out in small increments each pay period until the end of the spring semester. An additional $100 will be offered for student leaders that become Hop Van Certified. Hop Van certification must be completed by the end of September.

Application Process and Procedures

The 2022-2023 application is now open on Hopkins Groups through April 17. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates will be invited to interview. Offers will be extended by the end of April.

Apply Now

View Education & Ref. Position

Director of Education & Reflection (3 positions)

General Summary

Baltimore First is the Center for Social Concern’s (CSC) individualized direct service and volunteering program. Committed to building mutually-beneficial relationships with Baltimore-based community organizations, Baltimore First provides CSC Service Partners (Baltimore City-based organizations) with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly student volunteers. In addition to coordinating regular volunteer opportunities, Baltimore First advances the CSC’s vision of preparing JHU students to be active citizens within their communities by providing students with educational trainings and facilitating spaces for critical reflection.

Reporting to the CSC’s Student Leadership Specialist, the Baltimore First Directors of Education & Reflection play critical leadership roles within the program by serving as the lead trainers and facilitators of student volunteers. The Directors of Education and Reflection are responsible for implementing the CSC’s education curriculum by hosting workshops and trainings, coordinating service-learning opportunities for volunteers, and cultivating a culture of critical reflection among the cohort.

Commitment & Important Dates

This position will run from mid-August 2022 through early May 2023. The student leader will be expected to attend a two-day virtual leadership training hosted by the CSC in August. During the academic school year, the anticipated time commitment for this role will be 78 hours per week.

Essential Job Functions

Coordinate & Facilitate Educational Trainings & Critical Reflection Sessions (40%)

  • Communicate expectations to volunteers for attendance and participation for mandatory trainings and reflection sessions
  • Coordinate and facilitate at least 2 trainings per semester for Baltimore First volunteers aligned to the CSC’s Education Curriculum
  • Coordinate, schedule, and lead at least one special service-learning opportunity for volunteers per semester
  • Design and distribute bi-weekly reflection prompts and community-building check ins
  • Select and regularly distribute relevant educational resources to volunteers (I.e. articles, resources, events, etc.)
  • Coordinate and facilitate at least 2 small group critical reflection sessions per semester
  • In collaboration with Student Leadership Specialist, design and distribute preflection exercises and post-training evaluations in order to ensure programming is meeting intended learning outcomes

Lead Baltimore First Team Meetings (10%)

  • In collaboration with Baltimore First Leadership Team, develop a schedule for regular leadership meetings and general volunteer meetings
  • Prepare agenda and activities for Baltimore First Leadership Team and General Volunteer meetings

Student Volunteer Management – Volunteer Development (20%)

  • Write and distribute monthly newsletters to the volunteer cohort and send special announcements/updates as needed
  • Coordinate programming and activities for special events and other community-building opportunities for volunteers
  • Schedule individual or small group check-ins with volunteers and lead peer accountability conversations as needed

Program Management & Other Duties as Assigned (30%)

  • Attend Education & Reflection Team meetings with CSC Student Leadership Specialist
  • Attend Baltimore First Leadership Team meetings and general volunteer meetings
  • Attend CSC Student Leadership Trainings (two-day virtual training over the summer and up to two additional trainings per semester)
  • Attend mandatory Baltimore First education trainings and critical reflection sessions
  • Serve as the leader for one Service Partner site. Responsibilities include serving as the point of contact when volunteering, calling Lyfts for volunteers and/or driving volunteers in a Hop Van, and actively participating in volunteer activities at site
  • Support recruitment of Baltimore First student participants including attending the Student Involvement Fair
  • In collaboration with Baltimore First Leadership Team, monitor email and social media accounts
  • Serve as a CSC Student Ambassador at campus events throughout the year
  • In collaboration with CSC staff, design and distribute program evaluation forms to students
  • Lead at least one Baltimore First Day of Service or special volunteer project
  • Manage and update project management platform in a timely manner to ensure clear and up-to-date information with the entire Baltimore First team

Qualifications

Candidates must embody the characteristics of a servant leader, be passionate about the Center for Social Concern’s mission, and excited about engaging with Baltimore communities. At least one semester of service with Baltimore First preferred. Experience with curriculum development, facilitation/training, and/or team building preferred.

Compensation

The Director of Education & Reflection will receive a stipend of $3000, paid out in small increments each pay period until the end of the spring semester. An additional $100 will be offered for student leaders that become Hop Van Certified. Hop Van certification must be completed by the end of September.

Application Process and Procedures

The 2022-2023 application is now open on Hopkins Groups through April 17. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates will be invited to interview. Offers will be extended by the end of April.

Apply Now

Important Dates

2022-2023 dates will be posted soon.

Community Partners & Volunteer Times

Volunteering Opportunities for Spring 2022

During Spring 2022, Baltimore First will be partnering with 8 local nonprofits and community organizations virtually. Learn more about each organization and commitment times below.

Note: In-person volunteer times DO NOT INCLUDE TRAVEL TIMES

Reading Partners (Virtual, 1-2 hours per week between 7:30-9am or 2-5pm)

Description

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit that mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. They support under-resourced schools and engage volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading. Volunteers will provide hour-long tutoring sessions to students — following a structured, evidence-based curriculum developed with an expert team of curriculum advisors.

Volunteers will tutor students either once or twice a week, depending on availability. Volunteering will take place virtually, but may transition to in-person depending on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Club 1111 (Virtual, 6-8pm on the second Saturday of each month)

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The League for People with Disabilities hosts Club 1111, Maryland’s first and only adult nightclub for people with disabilities that includes DJs, dancing, spa, games, and more. The Club provides a safe place for people with disabilities that otherwise might not have this opportunity to socialize. Volunteers will be hosting monthly sessions via Zoom and have the opportunity to join social events at Club 1111 virtually. The April Club 1111 session has a small possibility of being in-person.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center (In-person or virtual TBD, Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm with 15 min travel time)

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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. A group of volunteers with a variety of experiences, perspectives, and potential career paths will partner with high school interns to encourage civic engagement and help with schoolwork and trajectory development.

Volunteers meet 1-2 times a week for about an hour each time, and mentor-mentee partnerships may switch. Volunteering begins a little later in October, but there will be a brief orientation in September for volunteers to be acquainted with St. Francis.

Corner Team, Inc. (Virtual, Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm)

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Corner Team, Inc. is organized around the longstanding and successful tradition of community sports programs that address holistic well being at the neighborhood level to shape Champions for Life! Volunteers will partner with students grades 6-12 in the Youth Champions after-school program to help students set and achieve goals. Volunteers meet with students twice a week to engage students and provide academic support that will supplement the boxing training and other programming provided at Corner Team.

Baltimore Green Space (In-person, Saturdays 10am-12pm with 25 min travel time)

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Baltimore Green Space is Baltimore’s environmental land trust. They promote vibrant neighborhoods and a healthy environment through land preservation, research, and community advocacy. Green spaces provide unmatched opportunities for recreation, civic engagement, and community revitalization, and it is essential to retain existing natural spaces that have ecological value and biodiversity. Scientifically documented social, health, environmental, and economic benefits that create strong neighborhoods and a vibrant city. Volunteers will work to revitalize a neighborhood forest near Chinquapin Park, and possibly another forest in the area.

Paul’s Place (In-person, Thursdays 11am-12:30 pm with 30 min travel time)

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Paul’s Place aims to be a catalyst and leader for change, improving the quality of life in the Southwest Baltimore communities. They provide programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity and growth. Volunteers will help serve hot lunch, staff the clothing bank, and possibly work with patrons in the computer lab.

Cornerstone Community Housing (In-person, Mondays 6-7 pm with 15 min travel time)

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Cornerstone Community Housing has a twofold mission to help men experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives, and to change attitudes toward homelessness through outreach and education. Earl’s Place provides transitional housing and supportive services to 17 men at a time. Annually, 30-35 men are provided housing and support to work on their goals. Volunteers will work with residents of Earl’s Place to help them improve their digital literacy skills by supporting them as they learn to navigate computers, mobile phones, email, and other technology.

Our digital literacy curriculum is supported by TechUp, a program under Enactus JHU. Learn more about TechUp at https://www.enactusjhu.org/techup.

St. Mary’s Outreach Center (In-person, Thursdays biweekly 5-7 pm with 10 min travel time)

St Marys Outreach Center logoDescription

St. Mary’s Outreach Center helps older adults meet the challenge of living self-sufficiently with dignity and respect. St. Mary’s views older adults as valuable and contributing members of society, and envision a caring community in which they enjoy a healthy, productive, and personally satisfying life. Volunteers will host a social hour at one of the community centers, helping with setup, engaging residents, and cleaning up afterwards.