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AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

Playworks is currently recruiting for full-time Program Coordinators for the 2011-2012 school year.  We’re looking for people who have experience working with kids, who are enthusiastic and motivated to be working in Baltimore City Schools, and who have a passion for service (this is a full-time AmeriCorps position with Playworks). 

If interested go to this link:

About the Organization:

With more than 300 professionals in cities across the country, Playworks is a fast growing national nonprofit. We provide safe, inclusive, healthy play and physical activity to low-income schools, to improve learning and teaching. Playworks maximizes the value of recess, making play a part of every day and ultimately transforming the learning environment for children nationwide. For more information, please visit:

About the Position:

Our enthusiastic, well-trained Playworks coaches manage a safe and inclusive recess where children are inspired to get off the sidelines and into the game. They employ play and physical activity as tools for generating more community and family involvement through teaching and implementing conflict resolution strategies.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program Duties (if applicable):

Planning and implementing sports and play based programming during recess, in school and after school hours at a public elementary school.

  • Recess – create a safe and inclusive playground yard and be a significant presence on the yard by organizing and playing large games with 20+ students as well as role modeling positive behavior
  • Junior Coach Program – organize a youth leadership program by facilitating trainings and working with teachers and staff
  • Class Game Time – lead individual classes in skills building, cooperative games, and activities to increase awareness of rules and boundaries at recess
  • After School Program – organize a homework/snack and a physical activity period for around 15 students focusing on building a community as well as reinforcing the
  • Playworks philosophy
  • Interscholastic leagues – recruit and coach students for developmental sports leagues.
  • This includes building a school community and coordinating volunteers
  • Administrative Duties:
  • Maintain communication between Playworks staff, school staff, teachers, families, and volunteers
  • Collect and maintain paperwork including organizing daily, weekly, and monthly schedules and timesheets
  • Collect and maintain paperwork and data for various grant requirements



  • Demonstrated experience leading groups of children with the ability to engage and inspire youth
  • Ability/Willingness to commit to completion of 1700 during the program year (40+ hours/week of service, including participating in occasional night and weekend service opportunities such as community service projects)
  • Motivated self-starter with clear and open communication skills
  • Humorous and playful with ability to set clear goals and follow through with flexible and creative problem solving tools
  • Conceptual ability for the larger perspective with a strong attention to detail and multitasking
  • Experience interacting with diverse communities and the ability to integrate into and existing school community
  • Knowledge of computer and internet based programs for use in communication and grant requirements
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written



  • Individuals will be enrolled as AmeriCorps service members (info at
  • Living stipend for the 10 month period
  • Education Award of $5,550 for use at Title IV institutions or to pay back qualified student loans (pending completion of a minimum 1700 hours of service)
  • Health plan includes medical benefits
  • Possible reimbursement of childcare expenses


To Apply:

  • Go to
  • Please no phone calls
  • Position will remain open until filled


As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or physical ability, and evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.

Community Based Learning – weekly programming

 Futuro Latino Learning Center

Saturday Programming
  Feb Mar Apr May Average
Session I          
Conversation Participants 37 20 17 7
Conversation Volunteers 16 11 23 5
Kids’ Play Kids 4 3 1  3 1
Kids’ Play Volunteers 6 5 8  1 2
Session II          
ESL Participants 125 119 67 15  25
New ESL Participants 13 8 3  1 2
ESL Volunteers 53 44 53  10 12
Kids’ Cultural Kids 25 42 26  11 8
Kids’ Cultural Volunteers 29 17 22  3 5
Session III          
Computers Participants 64 87  52   17
Computers Volunteers 27 26  26   7
Kids’ Play Kids 21 34 30   7
Kids’ Play Volunteers 13 12 15   3
Special Event 0 3  n/a   3
Program Assistants 3 4  1   1
Sunday Programming
  Feb Mar Apr May Average
Participants 16 4 8  4 3
PTP Volunteers 36 17 27  5 9
Kids’ Play Kids 4 1 4  1 1
Kids’ Play Volunteers 11 3 3  2 2

Average = 14 weeks of programming


RAS/WAS (Read-a-Story, Write-a-Story) 

Date   Participants
28-Feb   22
1-Mar   15


The Urban Teacher Center (UTC) is a four-year, alternative teacher preparation program that operates in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region.  Each cohort participates in an intensive year-long residency, followed by a three-year teaching commitment in a high-need urban elementary or middle school. UTC’s residents will be fully prepared to become highly competent teachers; in addition to the clinical experience, residents also enroll in a Master’s of Education program that is directly relevant to the urban teacher. All UTC teachers are part of an unprecedented commitment to student performance:  only those who can demonstrate that they can improve student learning will complete the program. Over time, our teachers will be among the most expert and results-oriented in the nation. For more information or to apply, visit us on the web at, or email  Our last deadline for the 2011-12 school year is:  May 2, 2011.  The program begins July 5, 2011. 

Kerry Whitacre Swarr

Director of Human Capital

Urban Teacher Center

12 W. Madison Street

Second Floor

Baltimore MD 21201


C (410) 446-3463

Now accepting applications (deadline May 2, 2011)

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Healthy Kids’ Day at the Y of Central Maryland

The Y of Central Maryland’s upcoming Healthy Kids’ Day is April 16th from 11am-2pm.  The Y of Central Maryland is an affiliate of the YMCA of the US. Healthy Kids’ Day is an annual event held across the country at various YMCA locations. The event is a day of activities and fun for all ages. Among the various crafts, games andhealthy snacks we would like to offer face painting. In previous years the Y of Central Maryland has offered free face painting at all their locations withgreat success we would like to continue this at our Parkville location.

We are looking for two volunteer’s to help with face painting and would greatly appreciate your help in passing along this message to anyone who would enjoy giving back to the community. Face painting materials will be provided. Allvolunteers may contact me from this email address or by phone. 

Lindsey Willhide
Parkville Y of Central Maryland


 Early Bird Registration: Need 20 volunteers March 28th-April 1st

–           Assist with packaging, collating, binding Girl Registrations

–          When: March 28th-April 1st

–          Where: 4806 Seton Drive Baltimore, MD 21215

–          Time: as many hours as you can offer (please provide dates and times)

–          Staff will be packaging, collating, and binding registrations during our normal business hours 8:30-5pm, so we are looking for volunteers within that timeframe as well

Shadow the Program Specialists: Need 10 volunteers (Immediately) – EDUCATION MAJORS THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU!

–          Participate in shadowing and facilitating after school programs in elementary and middle schools with our Program Specialists. Programs facilitation consists of: reading, science, self-esteem, bullying, and many more! If you love kids and want to see what the heart of Girl Scouting is all about then this is for youJ

–          When: Immediately

–          Where: 4806 Seton Drive Baltimore, MD 21215

–          Time: Please provide dates and times you are available. I will then coordinate the programs available within the time you are free. All programs last one hour.

Visual Communication/Design Majors/Photographers/Videographers/Art Majors: volunteer with our Visual Communications team!

–          Duties:  assist the Visual Communications team in press releases, web design, social blogging, photography, filming videos, and much more! Get your worked published in our online and print publications – build your portfolio through volunteering with the Girl ScoutsJ

–          When: IMMEDIATELY!!!

–          Where: 4806 Seton Drive Baltimore, MD 21215

–          Time: as many hours as you can offer (please provide dates and times)

Data Entry: Need 5 volunteers immediately (ongoing)

–          Assist with entering our Girl Registrations

–          When: IMMEDIATELY

–          Where: 4806 Seton Drive Baltimore, MD 21215

–          Time: as many hours as you can offer (please provide dates and times)

Volunteer Resource Center: Need volunteers immediately

–          Assist with typing up Volunteer Packets, etc.

–          Where: 4806 Seton Drive Baltimore, MD 21215

–          Time: as many hours as you can offer (please provide dates and times)

Volunteers wanted as recruiters and communicators.

–          Duties:  to assist with recruiting high school female basketball, volleyball, lacrosse players and cheerleaders to use their talents by volunteering 2 hours per month to help Elementary School Girl Scouts. 

–          Where: TBD

–          Time: as many hours as you can offer (please provide dates and times)

Volunteers Wanted for “Girl Scout Fun Night Out”

–          Duties: arts & crafts (making bracelets), painting fingernails, face painters, monitors, refreshment servers, greeters, dance instructors, yoga instructors, Avon & Mary Kay representatives are invited to come do free sample sessions, volunteers are needed to assist in setting up and cleaning stations

–          Where: 4806 Seton Drive Baltimore, MD 21215

–          When: March 25, 2011

–          Time: 5:30-8:30pm

Remember: If you need a great resume booster, internship, service learning hours, or just want to volunteer with a terrific organization…. then come aboard and join us in launching the Help and Hands Program here at the Girl Scouts of Central MD!

 For any questions or concerns and to sign up, contact: Meghan Laschinger 410-358-9711 ext. 219 or email me:

Meghan Laschinger
Manager, Recruitment and Placement Services
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
4806 Seton Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
T 410.358.9711 ext. 219
F 410.358.9918

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character,
who make the world a better place.

Celebrating Ireland

Goucher College will hold a lecture and slideshow presentation by artist Denny Lynch on his exhibit Photographs of Ireland on Monday, March 28, at 4 p.m. in the Pinkard Room (#426) of the Athenaeum (building 2 on the campus map, 4th floor).

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Santa Marie Wallace, assistant of community service and community-based learning, at

From March until mid-April, Goucher will also exhibit Lynch’s work in the Lenrow Gallery outside the Pinkard Room in the Athenaeum.


2011 Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference

Journeys through Service:
Passport to Change


On Saturday, April 9, 2011, Stevenson University will partner with the Baltimore Collegetown Network and Maryland Campus Compact to present a day-long conference, Journeys through Service: Passport to Change. This is the fourth annual Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference and will be attended by approximately 300 students and faculty from Maryland colleges and universities. Additional conference information is available at the conference home page


  • Explore successful service-learning, community service and civic engagement best practices, benefiting both students, faculty and community stakeholders.
  • Strengthen the capacity of Maryland campuses to create effective, sustainable community partnerships.
  • Collaborate, network and share ideas with students, faculty, staff and community partners throughout Maryland.
  • Deepen awareness around transformational learning and social change.

    We are looking for dynamic workshops that highlight one of the following areas:

  • Academic Service-Learning: Examples include workshops discussing service-learning course design and best practices, faculty development, institutionalization of service-learning, community-based research initiatives, living-learning communities, service-learning course assessment, etc.
  • Community Partnerships: What are the best practices in community-campus partnerships, and what are we learning? Examples in this area include the process of initiating and sustaining community-campus partnerships, setting short and long-term goals, and innovative initiatives with community organizations. Presentations should include partner voice.
  • Campus Community Service Initiatives: How do you begin & develop strong community service initiatives on your campus? Proposals can cover a wide range of topics such as: alternative breaks, service initiatives in student clubs and organizations, student leadership, recruiting and training volunteers, retention of members, marketing and advertising, and building campus support.
  • Issues in Our Community: What are issues important in our surrounding communities? What are the root causes of the social problems we see? For example, your workshop might explore homelessness, environmental issues, or health disparities. Presentations may also explore different strategies or solutions developed, on campus or in the community, to address current issues.
  • Building a Social Justice Leadership Toolkit: How do our campus communities encourage active citizenship and working for social change? Proposals in this content area should consider this question. Other examples include campus advocacy efforts, awareness campaigns, innovative ways to discuss diversity topics such as race, privilege, and social identity, etc.
  • Career Building: How can others get involved with service, service-learning, civic engagement and the non-profit sector as a career? What experiences are useful to be a successful practitioner in this field.

    The conference will consist of two 75-minute sessions during which a variety of workshops will be held. Presenters will be allotted up to 75 minutes in which to present their topic and answer questions.Because there are only two concurrent workshop sessions, conference organizers will combine similar proposals into panel presentations.


  • Applicability to the conference themes: The workshop content offers a significant contribution to the purpose of the conference and can clearly fit into a specific theme.
  • Defined outcomes: The workshop has a clear purpose and objectives.
  • Interactive nature of the proposed workshop: The workshop format is dynamic and engages the audience through participation and discussion.
  • Quality of content: The workshop provides the audience with concrete ideas/models that can be applied on their campus and/or community.
  • Collaboration: The workshop is collaborative and involves multiple perspectives.  We encourage proposals by community partners, in addition to those by students, faculty and staff at area colleges and universities.

    Before submitting your proposal, please click the link below to review the list of questions you will be asked to answer to ensure your submission is complete.

    Proposal Questions


    Proposals must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 5pm for consideration. Please follow the link below to submit your workshop proposal. Proposals will be evaluated and you will be notified of your status by February 21, 2011. Presenters must confirm their acceptance by February, 23, 2011.

    Proposal Submission Form


    Proposal submission questions may be directed to:
    Megan Linz Dickinson
    Assistant Director of Service-Learning
    Loyola University Maryland 617-2092

  • Community Art Corps seeking members for 2010-11

    The Community Art Corps at Maryland Institute College of Art is accepting member applications for 2010-2011 year !  We are an AmeriCorps State program that places talented artists in year-long residencies with nonprofits in Baltimore City.  Our members use their talents to make a difference in the lives of children, adults, and low-income communities.

    The attached flyer contains more information about how to apply.  The deadline is June 1.  Folks can also check out our website at