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Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

World Pulse Community-University Connection

  • Are you involved in a project or organization that is developing innovative solutions to problems in your community?
  • Are you facing a difficult challenge in your work, or a barrier that is preventing you from taking the next step in realizing your vision?
  • Would it be helpful to have a team of students from a top technical university volunteering with you to develop solutions to this problem?
  • If your answer is “yes” to these questions, than this group is for you!

    Join this group to learn how to connect with talented students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who may be able to volunteer for 1-3 months to help you solve specific challenges in your community. Students have advanced skills in engineering, design, computer science, information technology (IT), business, architecture and planning, and many other fields, and are often looking for opportunities to solve real problems facing organizations and communities around the world. Students are hardworking and enjoy developing new technologies, products, and systems that can improve people’s quality of life.

    Students will be looking for volunteer opportunities for Winter 2011-2012 and Summer 2012, so now is the time to let them know about your organization's needs for help!

    If you would like a student or team of students to help you solve a challenge in your community, follow the instructions below.

    Instructions:

    Join this Group:
    If you are not already a member of the World Pulse online community, you can register here to join our network of grassroots women leaders from over 180 countries. Once you are a World Pulse community member, you can join the Community-University Connection.

    Post to the Group Journal:
    Post a brief (300 words or less) response to the following three questions: 1) What is a specific challenge facing your organization or community that you need to solve in order to be able to move forward with your vision? 2) What kind of expertise is needed to help you solve this challenge? 3) In what ways might a student, or team of students, be able to help?

    This is an ongoing opportunity but now (August - Novemebr) is when students will be looking for winter opportunities.

    • All submissions will appear on the group forum and we encourage you to also post your submissions to the World Pulse Resource Exchange.
    • World Pulse staff will read all submissions and will follow up with a more detailed set of questions for submissions that appear to be a good fit for student volunteers.
    • World Pulse will select up to five (5) submissions to forward to the University, based on which projects are most likely to attract student volunteers.
    • The University will determine which, if any, submissions to post on the website where they recruit students for volunteer service projects.
    • If your project is selected to be shown to students, the University will contact you directly with information on how to partner with students.

    If your project is selected, the University will publicize your projects and make sure students are aware of the opportunity to work with your organization. Please know, however, that it is up to students to decide if they want to contact your organization and work with you this summer.

    To see examples of successful project listings (including three from members of this group!), follow this link:
    http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/showcase/opportunities/international.html

    Useful Tip:
    In general, MIT students are interested in service projects that allow them to play a significant role in designing solutions to some type of technical or organizational challenge, which they can complete by the time they leave and which will bring lasting benefit to the organization and community. In general, they do not tend to volunteer in administrative roles or roles which need to be filled again when they are gone (such as a mentor, or providing direct services). Rather, they want to be able to create something concrete (such as a training program/manual, or a new invention, or a solution to a technical problem, or a design for a new building, etc...) which they can leave behind and which will build the capacity of the organization they work with.

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