Volunteer & Other Opportunities


Children’s Home Society of Minnesota brings The Mentor and Mentee (M & M)Program. M & M Program was created by a group of Korean Americans who wanted to provide young adopted Koreans a stable relationship fostering positive beliefs about themselves and their Korean identity. The Program involves a one-on-one relationship between youth and adult internationally adopted person, with the goal of instilling self-esteem and affirming one’s heritage through a positive role model. The M & M Program also includes large group activities, programs and events. Youth, ages 10-16 can participate as a mentee, while mentors need to be internationally adopted young adults. If interested in the program, contact the Volunteer Services at 651-255-2315.

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, 210,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Today’s Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities. For more inofrmation or to apply visit: http://www.peacecorps.gov/

Lutheran Volunteer Corps join the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and explore your spirituality while working for social justice, simplifying your lifestyle, and living in intentional community. http://www.lutheranvolunteercorps.org

Other Opportunities

The Harry C. Piper Center for Vocation and Career works with students to develop career plans, provide opportunities for internships and externships, allow students to explore, study, and experience the discipline of entrepreneurship, and create and support students connecting academic experiences with practical , ‘hands-on’ engagement in service. The Fall Semester workshop series is available once more. For more information on any of the above learning experiences, stop by the The Harry C. Piper Center for Vocation and Career, Tomson Hall 270, call X3268 or visit http://www.stolaf.edu/pipercenter/index.html

Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations– Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management is offering a two day of intense training for senior management designed to explore solutions to this human side of the technology problem. For more information please contact Maureen Tracy (program coordinator) at (781) 239-1111

Educational Talent Search (ETS) and GEAR UP (GU) are looking for St. Olaf students to be mentors and tutors. ETS and GU are college preparatory programs that work with students in grades 6th-12th at Minneapolis Washburn, North and Northeast and St. Paul Harding, Humboldt Senior and Junior High.

The mentoring program is coordinated through the students’ English class and it is designed to help students improve their writing skills as well as learn about college from their St. Olaf mentor. As a mentor, you will be paired with 1 or 2 students from the same school and correspond by writing letters on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The average time commitment for the mentoring program is about 1 hour during the weekend as you receive letters on Friday and they are due back in ETS and GU PO Box by Sunday evening.  Also there are three field trips that allow you to meet your mentee in person.

Tutoring occurs at Minneapolis and St. Paul schools during the regular school day and after school.  A 4 hour block of time is required because it takes 1 hour of travel each way and 2 hours of tutoring at the school. You need to be a sophomore, junior, or senior in order to tutor. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please contact the Administrative Assistant Denice Stocker at stocker@stolaf.edu or call extension X3218.

The Navy is committed to maintaining a diverse and exceptional force. Here, there are no barriers to success-including most financial obstacles. With Navy college education programs, students can complete their degree minus the burden of paying off student loans or postponing their education. Navy programs provide economic relief, by covering tuition, books, living expenses and more. For more information visit http://www.navy.com or call 1-800-USA-Navy (872-6289).

The University of Minnesota Medical School and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine are looking for diverse urban and rural Minnesotans to serve as our future medical doctors. Our unique, six-week summer experience at the UofM Twin Cities campus will give you fantastic opportunities to see the “real world” of med students, residents, researchers, and world-class physicians. You will also receive free housing and meals plus a $1,650 stipend. For more information, please contact Jo Peterson, Ph.D., Director at 612-625-7951 or email: jopete@umn.edu.

Des Moines University Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (DMU Health P.A.S.S.) is a great way for promising college sophomores and juniors to prepare for and enhance their chances of getting into medical school and other health professions programs. The rigorous program is offered June 10-28, 2013 and is free of cost. Preference will be given to qualified applicants from populations under-represented in medicine and health care, including minority, low-income and/or first-generation college students. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Applications are due March 1, 2013. For more information and application materials visit www.dmu.edu/admission/healthpass

Career Discovery (CD!40), a 40-year old program that takes place at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is an unparalleled opportunity for graduating high school students, college students, and other people interested in exploring an education in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and urban design. Participants accepted into the program commit themselves to intensive studio work, lectures, workshops, and field trips. A strong academic background is necessary to take full advantage of the program. International applications are due April 1; all others are due April 30, 2013 with a $50 non refundable deposit. For more information about the program, application process and financial aid (with the actual price of participation) please visit www.gsd.harvard.edu/careerdiscovery/