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Community Engaged Learning Opportunities

 

Below you will find the Fall/Winter Opportunities. Enrollment begins Monday, August 15th  and ends on Friday, September 2nd. Please contact Sarah Juarez (Community Learning Coordinator) at sarah.juarez@ucr.edu if you are interested in our community engaged learning opportunities. *Note: These opportunities will not be available after September 2nd.



College and Career Mentor - Come Back Kids Charter (CBK)
Number of volunteer openings: 
Flexible 

Description: 
We invite interns to work with us to provide our "at promise" students personalized college and career mentoring and to experience alternative education as it was meant to be. Come Back Kids is a high school independent study charter in 23 locations across Riverside County. CBK serves 9th through 12th grade students ages 13 and up, many of whom have struggled in comprehensive schools or who have left school without obtaining a diploma.
 
-CBK Mission- Creating personalized learning opportunities for all students to prepare them to be future ready through rigorous academics, post-secondary opportunities, and safe and supportive learning environments.
 
Time Commitment: 
Monday-Friday; 5-10 hours a week; Schedule is flexible; in-person
 
Tasks and Responsibilities: 
College and career mentoring including FAFSA completion, career exploration, activities on College and career websites, and assistance with senior portfolio. Working collaboratively with CBK staff to design innovative college and career lessons and activities. May also include subject area tutoring. Mentoring will be primarily in person, but may include virtual sessions with remote school sites. 
 


Program Volunteer - Project Access
Number of Volunteer Openings: 

Description: 
Project Access strives to be the leading provider of vital on-site health, education and employment services to families, children and seniors living in affordable housing communities. Our goal is to help keep family members employed, children in school, and seniors active.
 
Time Commitment: 
Monday-Friday (minimum of 2 days a week); 8 hours per week; schedule is flexible; in-person.
 
Tasks and Responsibilities: 
●    Student interns will work in tandem with the on-site coordinator and/or other peers to determine program needs for the youth and family population
●    Interns will support hands-on with existing, daily programs such as homework help, lead enrichment activities and host community building events and workshops
●    Interns are encouraged to complete a teaching project by the end of their term presenting a new activity, workshop, or class 
●    Additional tasks and assignments may be created after seeking input from the on-site coordinator for approval
Specific Skills Needed: 
●    Eagerness willingness to learn in a fast-pace environment independently and with others
●    Public speaking and customer service skills 
●    Serve as a positive role model to a diverse age group 
●    Phone and Email etiquette
●    Comfort in speaking 1:1, in small and large groups


Program Volunteer - Create Thirst Academy 
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
8

Description: 
Create Thirst Academy (CTA) is an 8 week academic enrichment academy create to instill success mentalities in our students through encouragement, life skills, training, and developing self esteem. Our goal is to create a thirst and drive for success in youth in underserved communities, which will prepare them to be leaders of tomorrow. 
 
Time Commitment: 
Saturdays; 4-8 hours a week; in-person
 
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Interns are responsible for managing the weekly classes of students. This includes preparing lesson plans, contributing ideas to lesson plans, assisting students with class assignments. Interns will be provided guidance and oversight by a CTA subject matter participant. 

Specific Skills Needed: 
●    A love of children/youth 
●    Comfortable in providing direction and engaging with youth 
●    Intern must be flexible and have the ability to adapt 

 

Program Volunteer - Suicide Prevention Center 
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
flexible

Description: 
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services provides free suicide prevention, mental health, and substance use disorder services for local Southern California communities where stigma or poverty limits access to services. The Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center (SPC) is the nation’s first suicide prevention center and is an international leader in crisis training, research, and clinical services. SPC’s multilingual 24/7 Crisis Line is a leading member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Chat networks, and primarily supports the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Riverside, and provides overflow support for the state of California. Crisis counselors also answer calls for Teen Line, a crisis support service specifically for young adults and children, the national Disaster Distress Helpline, the LA Unified School District Crisis Line, and the LAPD 911 Diversion Line. In addition, crisis counselors offer follow up services for suicidal patients discharged from local emergency departments. 

SPC’s Crisis Line aims to support the creation of a suicide safer community. Counselors participate in a 6-week virtual training class (80+ hours of training time) where they learn how to facilitate crisis phone calls, chats, and texts.

After graduating from training, counselors commit to one 4-hour shift per week for 12 months. Counselors demonstrate empathy, curiosity, vulnerability to communicate about painful topics, and dedication to erasing the stigma of suicide and/or mental healthcare. SPC supervisors are dedicated to the continued growth of counselors, and provide feedback to counselors throughout their shifts. 

 
Time Commitment: 
Any day; 4-8 hours per week; virtual/hybrid 
 
Tasks and Responsibilities:
●     Interns will participate in a 4-hour weekly call or chat shift on the crisis line. 
●    Interns are trained to utilize SPC’s Crisis Model to support individuals in suicidal or emotional crisis. 
●    Interns build rapport with Crisis Line visitors, complete a risk assessment, help support a visitor’s imminent safety, gather information, explore alternatives to suicide (e.g., provide visitor with applicable resources, safety plan with visitor, etc.). 
●    After the call or chat, counselors complete a report and provide a summary of the conversation using a web-based application.

Specific Skills Needed: 
●    Must be age 18 or older.
●    Fluency in written and spoken English.
●    Physically located in the United States.
●    Commit to a minimum of one weekly 4-hour shift on the Crisis Line for 12 months.
●    Must be comfortable utilizing computer applications (Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Outlook, and other internet applications used to connect to the Crisis Line services).
●    Must be comfortable communicating with a diverse demographic either via telephone or web-supported chat service (depending on whether volunteer choose to do calls or chats).
●    Technology Requirements: 
●     Reliable computer 
●    Reliable private internet access 
●    Private and quiet space to take calls or chats (to ensure confidentiality) 
●    Camera and microphone to attend Zoom Training Classes 


Program Volunteer - Riverside Arts Academy 
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
Flexible 

Description: 
The Riverside Arts Academy (RAA) is a 501c3 arts-based youth development program in the City of Riverside, driven by its mission to provide access and connection to the arts with a focus on music, as a way of changing the trajectory of the lives of underserved youth ages 4-17. RAA is particularly focused on providing music instruction that aligns with the El Sistema model. RAA operates in partnership with the City of Riverside, local school districts, and colleges to provide Riverside youth with opportunities to learn directly from professional musicians and college music majors, build friendships and stronger community connections, better understand pathways to college, and give back to their community through performance.

Time Commitment: 
This internship requires a minimum of quarter long commitment and will provide 5-40  hours per quarter depending on the need of the program (Monday – Saturday).
 
Tasks and Responsibilities:
●    Music Class Assistance: Assisting with Saturday classes in a variety of tasks (e.g. monitoring the hallways, escorting kids to the bathroom, setting up and passing out snacks, etc.). If you have a musical background and/or are studying music, you may also have the opportunity to assist with classroom instruction (must be fingerprinted with the City of Riverside in order to volunteer in the classroom with students)

●    Events and performances: Assisting with the creation of promotional materials (e.g. flyers, invitations, social media posts, event programs), creating contact lists of invitees, ordering supplies for the event, offering general assistance with event planning and logistics based on the committee’s needs, and helping out with events the day of.

●    Parent communication: Translating English to Spanish in written format, translating at parent meetings, and communicating with Spanish-speaking parents. Calling parents to provide enrollment information and/or following up about attendance.

●    Database input and organization: Inputting contact information into Salesforce, our main database (minor training for Salesforce training needed). Searching our database to find updated addresses for those on our mailing list whose addresses are incorrect. I will provide you with that information, upon beginning this task.

●    Grant research: Identifying, vetting, and tracking potential grants, and drafting grant applicationContent.

●    Social media: Curating engaging social media posts that focus on students and highlights their importance in the program (i.e. student shoutouts).

●    Inventory organization: Our General Manager, Luke, handles the instrument and supplies inventory at our class site at the Cesar Chavez Community Center. You would be assisting him with organizing, labeling, and categorizing the inventory at the community center.

●    Creation of Informational Brochure: Creating a concise and well-designed brochure for our Riverside Arts Academy music program. We have a draft brochure that you can use as a reference. Our goal is to provide this brochure to the public at our outreach events, performances, presentations, etc. so readers can have a solid understanding of RAA by reading this brochure.

●     Individual project: Drafting, proposing, implementing, and presenting final results of a project in support of the organization’s needs and mission, e.g., developing a social media marketing/fundraising campaign, or gathering parent and student testimonials that can be used in our marketing materials and grant applications.

 
School Volunteer - Hemlock Elementary School (Fontana Unified School District)
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
2

Description: 
Elementary School within the Fontana Unified School District serving students in preschool and TK - 5.
 
Time Commitment: 
Monday-Friday; hours and schedule are flexible
 
Tasks and Responsibilities: 
Tutoring and Small group instruction
 

School Volunteer - Juniper Elementary School (Fontana Unified School District)
Number of Volunteer Openings: 


Description: 
Juniper Elementary School is a PreK-5 public school entity.
 
Time Commitment: 
20 hours per week; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
 
Tasks and Responsibilities: 
Volunteers will be tasked with providing small group ELA and Math instruction within our Learning Center and K-5 classrooms.  They will also be administering 1:1 formative assessments to help guide instruction and monitor student progress.  
 

School Volunteer - Almond Elementary School (Fontana Unified School District)
Number of Volunteer Openings: 

Description: 
Almond Elementary exists to provide the best learning environment while support each scholars’ social emotional needs.  We relentlessly pursue and inspire every scholar to discover and cultivate their individual strengths. 
 
Time Commitment: 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; flexible on schedule and hours per week
 
Tasks and Responsibilities: 
Our instructional focus is on differentiated and targeted small group instruction with an emphasis on reading and literacy.  The volunteers will be working with small groups of scholars under the supervision of the teacher in the classroom. 
 
 
School Volunteer - Fontana High School (Fontana Unified School District)
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
4

Description: 
Fontana High School is a comprehensive public school with grades 9th - 12th with approximately 2600 students. We are over 90% free and/or reduced lunch, approximately 93% hispanic and over 80% of the households speak Spanish.

Time Commitment: 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 20 hours per week;  flexible on schedule 
 
Tasks and Responsibilities: 
Volunteers will receive direction from the teacher on how they will be working with students. This can include walking around monitoring and providing assistance to students who are struggling with their assignments. At times, they may be asked to work with students in small groups and sometimes, on an individual basis..
 
 
After School Tutor  - University Heights Middle School (Riverside Unified School District)
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
Flexible 

Description: 
The community closet is our donation area for students who are in need of basic necessities such as food and school clothing. This part of the internship would be more for the organization of the center as we have many donations and lack the ability to regularly "update" based on sizes/clothing type.

Time Commitment: 
afterschool on Wednesday [12:30-2:30pm] and for Saturday [8am-12pm].
 
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Students will be tutoring in all subjects in grades 7-8 after school. 
 
Lunchtime Supervisor - University Heights Middle School (Riverside Unified School District)
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
Flexible 

Time Commitment: 
[Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 11am-12:45pm]; Students can choose certain days of the week but we’d ask that they were consistent with that particular day each week. 

Tasks and Responsibilities:
Will assist in supervision, lunchtime activities, and connecting with students. 
 
School volunteer - Foothill Elementary School (Alvord Unified School District)
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
Flexible 

Description: 
Foothill Elementary School serves 500 students in grades pre-k to 5th. 25% of our students have IEPS and we have a full continuum of special education services.
 
Time Commitment: 
Students will work 10 hours per week throughout Monday-Friday.
 
Tasks and Responsibilities: 
●    Opportunities for students to run the science lab, math and reading groups
●    Students will be responsible for preparing and delivering science lessons for grades in pre-k through 5th
●    Students will be responsible for delivering lessons that were prepared by a teacher for reading and math



Tutor - My Learning Studio
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
5-8 

Description: 
Our mission is to encourage and benefit all students and their parents academically and emotionally in creative and innovative ways, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Supporting students and families that are low-income, foster, adopted, at-risk and court-appointed (including grandparents raising grandchildren, is our priority.

The success of our students is our primary concern, and we customize each tutoring session to accomplish this goal.  Each 1-on-1 session is in a private cubicle, minimizing distractions and maximizing the student’s focus.  Common Core Curriculum or your own curriculum are integrated into academic instruction at My Learning Studio ensuring students are learning the most up-to-date concepts.  We also provide expert instruction, specialized reading plans and assessment of students in the fundamentals of reading and reading comprehension by our Reading Teacher/Instructor on staff.


Time Commitment: 
Monday-Thursday; availability will depend on the student; 20 hours per week 

Tasks and Responsibilities:
Day to day activities as a tutor include, assisting students with homework, coaching students on productive study habits, creating a personalized education experience, and communicating clearly with parents about students progress and plans.
Students frequently bring in their homework assigned to them at school for help and it is a tutors responsibility to not only complete the assignment but also ensure their student is fully understanding the material.  You may need to work alongside students who are extremely far behind academically or have a learning disability. 
Tutoring sessions are 55 minutes long, therefore, time management and a personalized curriculum are important to ensure the student is receiving a tutoring session that is beneficial to their education and academic needs. 
Parents often communicate with tutors before and after sessions to receive feedback on the students progress, it is important that a tutor knows how to communicate clearly and respectfully. 
Specific Skills Needed:
Volunteers need to be respectful team players who value education, families, and community.  Ideal candidates will be knowledgeable in a variety of subjects, have a patient yet charismatic attitude toward teaching young children as well as a respectful and credible nature when communicating with parents.  Bilingual, experience in education, or working with children with learning disabilities are all a major plus. 


Program Volunteer - My Learning Studio OUTREACH 
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
5-8 

Description: 
Our mission at My Learning Studio OUTREACH (MLSO) is to encourage and benefit all students and their parents academically, emotionally and financially in creative and innovative ways regardless of ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. 

Supporting students and families that are low income, foster, adopted, at-risk, court-appointed, and now those affected negatively by COVID-19 is or priority. We offer award winning (rated the best tutoring service in the inland empire by The Press Enterprise for 15 years straight!) free or reduced-fee tutoring for all academic subjects to all ages in 1-1 or small groups. Enrichment workshops and classes that enhance families and individuals are also offered. 

Time Commitment: 
Monday-Thursday; availability will depend on the student; 20 hours per week; 1 quarter 

Tasks and Responsibilities:
My Learning Studio OUTREACH (MLSO) needs interns to help with event planning, social media, sharing solicitations to prospective sponsors, assisting with event planning, researching grant opportunities, making business phone calls, etc. 
Presently we're preparing for our biggest event of the year, Explore Riverside Together, our third annual event that builds pride in Riverside, makes learning fun, and raises awareness and funds for disadvantage youth (at-risk, court appointed, foster, adopted, pandemic affected, etc.). MLSO will partner with local organizations and business' to host FREE and fun educational events for families and students of all ages. Locals will gather to tour some of historic Riverside's iconic and hidden gems on 10/1/22, leading up to our subsequent event, National Night Out on 10/4/2022. To learn more, please visit our website www.ExploreRiversideTogether.com. NOTE: interns MUST be available to work on 10/1/22!
Specific Skills Needed:
Volunteers need to be respectful team players who value education, families, and community.  Ideal candidates will be knowledgeable in a variety of subjects, have a patient yet charismatic attitude toward teaching young children as well as a respectful and credible nature when communicating with parents.  Bilingual, experience in education, or working with children with learning disabilities are all a major plus. 
 

College Readiness Counseling - School of Education
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
Flexible 

Description: 
Students will be leading online engagements through zoom to k-14 students about higher education access and resources. Examples of engagements will be about financial aid, admissions, and/or college applications. Students will also share their own experiences on applying to college, applying to financial aid, and overall college experience.
 
Time Commitment: 
This internship requires a minimum of two quarter long commitment and will receive a minimum of 25 hours. Students will be required to attend the following meetings:
1st quarter:
●    1.5 hrs Internship Orientation
●    1.5 hrs , 4 workshops
●    1.5 hrs , 4 mock sessions
●    3 (1.5 hrs) intern growth workshops 
●    5 (30 min.) student lead office hours 
●    1.5 hrs Check-in Meeting 
2nd quarter:
●    Students will be required to attend a minimum of 3 workshops (1.5 hrs each) in the intern growth series. These workshops will cover professionalism, networking, resume building, letter of recommendation, and\or time management.
●    Students will be required to attend a minimum of 5 (30 min) student lead office hours.
●    Students will be required to attend a check-in meeting (1.5 hrs) during week 7. 
Tasks and Responsibilities: 
●    Students will attend mandatory workshops/mock sessions to learn about the different college readiness topics to prepare for their sessions.
●    Students will prepare for their sessions by researching on reliable educational websites (e.g., .edu, .gov) on college readiness topics.
●    Students will lead virtual or in-person college readiness sessions with students in the community to assist in answering basic questions regarding college readiness.
 

Subject Matter Tutoring - School of Education
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
Flexible 

Description:
Students will tutor k-16 students online or in-person on different subjects. Depending on the student's need, UCR students can choose which subject and grade level they are most comfortable tutoring. 
 
Time Commitment: 
This internship requires a minimum of two quarter long commitment and will receive a minimum of 25 hours. Students will be required to attend the following meetings:
1st quarter:
●    1.5 hrs Internship Orientation
●    1.5 hrs , 4 workshops
●    1.5 hrs , 4 mock sessions
●    3 (1.5 hrs) intern growth workshops 
●    5 (30 min.) student lead office hours 
●    1.5 hrs Check-in Meeting 
2nd quarter:
●    Students will be required to attend a minimum of 3 workshops (1.5 hrs each) in the intern growth series. These workshops will cover professionalism, networking, resume building, letter of recommendation, and\or time management.
●    Students will be required to attend a minimum of 5 (30 min) student lead office hours.
●    Students will be required to attend a check-in meeting (1.5 hrs) during week 7. 
Tasks and Responsibilities: 
●    Students will attend mandatory workshops/mock sessions to learn about the role of a tutor, tutoring best practices, and other topics related to tutoring to prepare for their sessions.
●    Students will prepare for their sessions by finding worksheets, activities, and videos to assist their student in learning the material.
 

Story-Time - School of Education
Number of Volunteer Openings: 
Flexible 

Description: 
Students will create a classroom environment filled with fun learning activities, story time, discussions, videos, and worksheets. Each story time session will revolve around a chosen theme that will determine the story, the discussions and activities for the session. UCR students lead their story time sessions with the early grade level students.
 
Time Commitment: 
This internship requires a minimum of two quarter long commitment and will receive a minimum of 25 hours. Students will be required to attend the following meetings:
1st quarter:
●    1.5 hrs Internship Orientation
●    1.5 hrs , 4 workshops
●    1.5 hrs , 4 mock sessions
●    3 (1.5 hrs) intern growth workshops 
●    5 (30 min.) student lead office hours 
●    1.5 hrs Check-in Meeting 
 
2nd quarter:
●    Students will be required to attend a minimum of 3 workshops (1.5 hrs each) in the intern growth series. These workshops will cover professionalism, networking, resume building, letter of recommendation, and\or time management.
●    Students will be required to attend a minimum of 5 (30 min) student lead office hours.
●    Students will be required to attend a check-in meeting (1.5 hrs) during week 7. 
 
Tasks and Responsibilities: 
●    Students will attend mandatory workshops/mock sessions to learn about how to create a lesson plan, how to lead engaging sessions, zoom features, and role of a story timer.
●    Students will prepare for their sessions by finding worksheets, activities, videos, stories and create a lesson plan that will help guide them throughout their session.
●    Students will create an educational session revolving around a chosen theme (e.g., oceans, geography, friendship) to k-5th grade students.
 
Community Advocacy/ Activism Reflection Paper - School of Education
Description:
Students who attend a community advocacy or activism event will write a reflection on what they did during this event, where the event took place, why they chose to attend this event, and a reflection on what the event meant to them. The reflection requires 2 pages minimum, double spaced, Times New Roman format. Students must also attach a photo from the event onto the reflection paper (e.g., a flyer, a selfie, a wristband). 
 
Time Commitment: 
Students will keep track of how long it took to attend the event and write the reflection paper and will receive credit for the total amount of time.
 
  
Campus Collective Program - Peer Mentoring 
Description: 
The Campus Collective is an exciting new mentoring program for UCR students who are entering college as a freshman.  Students are matched with mentors who are there to offer guidance as students acclimate to life in college. 
 
Time Commitment: 
Mentors serve for one-year (Oct-June). However, you’re more than welcome to stay connected with your mentee(s) after the program formally ends. 
We recommend that you connect with your mentee(s) at least once per month, typically about 1-2 hours a month. 
Mentors take a one-time, 30-minute, mentor training to show you how to connect and provide you with the resources to be a great mentor. 
 
Tasks and Responsibilities: 
Mentors will assist mentees in navigating the many adjustments that students often face when attending college for the first time. Students connect with one another using text messages. There is no need for an app, no downloads, nor any websites to visit. Just text your mentee(s) to see how they are doing.  
 
 
CAL- SOAP College Success Coach 
Description: 
The Riverside Cal-SOAP Consortium conducts a series of classroom workshops on college opportunities, entrance requirements, transcript self-evaluations, and college and financial aid applications. Cal-SOAP also provides small group advising sessions to assist selected students in maximizing their abilities and opportunities and exploring college options. 
 
In this setting, the Cal-SOAP College Success Coach will support the Program Coordinator, collaborate with school counselors and assist other school staff in supporting the college/career domain of the school counseling program in making classroom presentations and conducting small-group sessions. The Cal-SOAP College Success Coach shall be a current college student and will serve as temporary part-time hourly employees as defined in Education Code 45103 (a) (3) and shall not be a part of the classified service. It is the intent of RCOE to employ college/university undergraduate and graduate students to fill these positions. The Cal-SOAP College Success Coach works closely with school counselors and is directly responsible to the Program Coordinator, Cal SOAP and is ultimately responsible to the Director, Cal-SOAP.
 
Time Commitment: 
This is a paid position ($15 an hour) with no more than 19 hours a week (16 hours per week on average)
 
Tasks and Responsibilities:
 Present workshops on college options, admissions requirements and financial aid in classroom setting
Advise students individually and in small groups about planning for college  
Assist students with college and financial aid applications
Support site, district, and regional Cal-SOAP activities through coaching, mentoring, and facilitating the student outreach program including large group presentations
Work closely with Cal-SOAP staff in order to provide timely and accurate information  
Monitor student participation
Complete required documentation of services
Performs job assignment safely for the purpose of protecting people and property.
 

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