There are so many groups at Wesleyan working with children that it can be hard to choose just one. Aspiring tutors sometimes join the first program they hear about rather than selecting an organization based on the target age group, time commitment, academic subject, and program structure. To help you pick the group that’s right for you, the Office of Community Service is hosting an information session where representatives from several tutoring programs on campus will talk about their work and answer your questions.
Whether you’re providing homework help and dance classes at Green Street or doing long division at Macdonough School, tutoring and mentoring are fun and effective ways to engage with the community. If you receive Federal Work-Study, you can get paid for volunteering with an OCS literacy program.
Date: Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: PAC 002
From dear Arjun Ramrup ’15:
Ever wanted to put some effort into something worthwhile? The environment? Politics? Chalking? How about our NATION’S YOUTH? Come down to Usdan 110 at 2PM on Feb 2nd for a chance to hear more about our awesome program, where we have the chance to both tutor our kids and hang out with them!
Date: Sunday, February 2nd
Place: Usdan 110
Cost: One good heart.
For those of you who find today’s weather too dour to spend time seeing any movie at least partially devoted to rain, Em Trambert ’14 brings another movie event to our attention:
Wesleyan Students invite Traverse Square Families to a free (hopefully) outdoor screening of Where the Wild Things Are!
We will be providing popcorn and cotton candy for free, so come and bring your friends!!
Date: September 28, 2012 (Today!!!!)
Time: 07:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Place: High/Low Rise Courtyard (or Exley 150
in case because of rain)
Cost: Childhood memories (free)
The junior DJs and Wesleyan student-mentors at the Middletown Youth Radio Project on WESU 88.1FM send word about a recent piece produced with the support of Generation PRX, an online social network for youth radio producers:
We submitted a pitch to Generation PRX about working with our kids to create a sort of sound profile about bullying in Traverse Square, the community adjacent to Hi Rise/Lo Rise. A few of our kids…all residents of T-Square, worked together to conduct interviews and gather material in the field that we edited together for a five minute piece. Generation PRX has generously given us state of the art professional audio equipment to help us put this together, and we’re all very excited about this opportunity.
Click through to hear Middletown residents Destiny Chandler and Alexis Madera share their thoughts on living, learning and hanging out in Traverse Square. Michael Roth liked it and we hope you will too!
CHANA //??, a danceparty/art show based on urban Asian culture, Friday night at Eclectic:
An event for anyone and everyone on campus to gather in a single space and enter a moment simultaneously without divide…
It’s a free event but the door will be open from 10-11PM and might close early if capacity is reached.
The theme of the night centers around the nocturnal Asian metropolis and its transposition to the Wesleyan campus as a breaking of geographic/cultural/social barriers that divide not only East and West, but also the campus community itself.
Aside from the dancefloor there will be a non-alcoholic refreshments bar, the proceeds from which will go to the awesome Traverse Square mentoring programme. This will happen in the lounge space which will also have a bunch of other stuff going on like live art and body painting.
Date: Friday, April 9
Time: 10:00 PM – 3:00 AM
Place: Eclectic, 200 High Street
See website / facebook event for more details, and more info after the jump. Kawaii!!!!
Wow, and more great WesU stuff…
There’s a fantastic story today in the Christian Science Monitor about the Middletown Youth Radio Project, through which preteen local residents of T-Square host their own radio shows at WesU:
Every Friday night, two 10- to 12-year-old DJs put on their headsets in the WESU radio studios at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and host their own half-hour radio show.
Kid DJs Clayton Smith and Ayanna Perez, both seventh-graders, write stories, poems, and songs for their weekly show. The program, “The Middletown Youth Radio Project” (MYRP), partners 12 elementary and middle-school students with eight Wesleyan University (WU) student mentors.
Every week, mentors help the young DJs edit their songs and stories at DJ workshops. Mu Abeledo, a WESU DJ and a senior at WU, and Jessica Jones, a former WU student, started the program in 2007.
Before the young DJs host their shows, each makes up an on-air name. For example, Clayton is DJ C-Dog and Ayanna is DJ Strawberry Shortcake.
These youthful DJs also have a chance to conduct interviews with people in the community. Recently, fifth-grader Chris Madera and his mentor, senior Eli Scherer, visited Marco’s Italian Deli to interview its owner. This was the first time Chris had interviewed someone. He used a handheld recorder to record the interview. Afterward, Chris edited the interview and played it on the air.
Long Lane Farm sends us word of a summer job opportunity:
Spend this summer as a Community Garden Coordinator in Middletown! Get to know Middletown residents and spend your days outdoors with your hands in the dirt. Main duties include managing the William Street Garden and working with local kids in the Traverse Square garden. Some knowledge of gardening is preferred, but good energy and the ability to work with children, adults and seniors are the most important skills. Pay is $3000+ for the summer (more for work-study students).
Send an email to williamstgardens@gmail if you’re interested.