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Work Study Positions

There are three types of work study available through OCS:

Literacy
Community-Based/Non-Literacy
Office-Based/Van Drivers 

LITERACY POSITIONS - **only federal work study are eligible**

To become a tutor:
1) You must complete The OCS Registration Process on our OrgSync page. This process includes a Mandated Reporter Video and an Employment Webinar that you must watch.
2) Contact the respective program coordinators about placement with their program.
3) Let OCS know once you secure a position with a program.

Click jobs below for more information:

  • Ascend
    • Contact Kathy Krywinski (kkrywinski@wesleyan.edu)
      Tutor 4th & 5th grade students with their homework assignments and help with special enrichment activities
      Tuesday and/or Thursday from 3:15 -- 5:15 Bielefield or Snow Elementary School
      Monday and/or Wednesday  3:15 -- 5:15 Macdonough Elementary School

  • Cross Street
    • Contact: Etenish Abebe (eabebe@wesleyan.edu)
      Cross Street Tutorial is a tutoring program organized in collaboration with Wesleyan students and members of the Cross Street Church.  The program runs Monday - Thursday 4:15 - 6. There are about ten Wesleyan students that meet twice a week with younger students, and each tutor works individually with the student.  The kids range in age from 7 - 14, and their tutors help them do their homework and focus in on any specific difficulties the kid is having in school.

  • Green Street Teaching and Learning Center
    • Contact Anna Flurry and Kamilah O'Connor (greenst@wesleyan.edu)
      The After School Program is open to area students in grades 1 - 8, with specific focus on the arts, math and science.  Assist as a homework helper in the after school program from 5pm - 6pm.  In addition to academic support, students participate in a variety of ways to support visual arts classes (environmental, art around the world, art with science and math) movement (salsa, tap, breakdancing), and music (drumming, private lessons).  The entire program runs from 3pm - 6pm every day.

       

  • Individual Tutoring
  • Scholars in Action
    • Contact: Aviv Rau and Won Joon Ki Choi (arau@wesleyan.edu or wkchoi@wesleyan.edu)

      This group will engage Wesleyan students in after-school tutoring, at both Keigwin Middle School (6th grade) and Woodrow Wilson Middle School (7th and 8th grade). Wesleyan students will provide tutoring and mentorship to students and participate in the development of enrichment activities. This work will aid the school districts' goals of reducing the achievement gap, increasing school engagement and attendance and improving the social and emotional wellness of students.

  • Traverse Square After School Program
    • Contact Rachel Godfrey, Naomi Wright, Moises Valencia, Nailah Hines (traversesquare@gmail.com)
      This program runs Monday - Thursday from 4pm - 6pm.  One to two Fridays a month there are field trips or parties for the kids.  Fifteen to twenty children come to the program each day, and we can include more if we have sufficient staff.  Each day tutors help kids with homework/academic support for the first half and then play games, do arts and crafts, and work on projects the second half.  Tutors are asked to commit at least one day per week.

  • WesReads/WesWrites and WesMath
    • Contact Nadja Shannon-Dabek, Sammy Stephen, Megan Dolan (wes.reads.math@gmail.com)
      The WesReads/WesWrites and WesMath Program is a daytime tutoring program that matches Wesleyan students with Macdonough Elementary School students. Tutors choose at least one weekly shift, during which they go to Macdonough and provide assistance to small groups in higher-level math or reading.

  • Wesleyan University Middle School Tutoring Program (WUMS TP)
    • Contact Daniel Kim, Alexa Wheeler & Lucy De Souza (wwmstutor@gmail.com)
      This intervention program serves 7th and 8th graders at Woodrow Wilson Middle School who are failing subjects, at the risk of retention, and need academic help. Tutors assist students with homework, help them organize their materials and assignments, address major issues affecting students' grades, and serve as a general support for changing academic performance.

  • YMCA Andre's All Stars
    • Contact Ellen Chang (hchang02@wesleyan.edu) The YMCA, thanks to a grant from NBA player Andre Drummond, has created an after-school program for middle school youth. The program has a physical activity/sports component and a tutoring component. Wesleyan students interested in tutoring, mentorship and/or athletics are encouraged to join.

COMMUNITY-BASED POSITIONS/NON-LITERACY

To apply for these positions:
1) You must complete The OCS Registration Process on our OrgSync page. This process includes a Mandated Reporter Video and an Employment Webinar that you must watch.
2) Set up a meeting with Diana Martinez (dmmartinez@wesleyan.edu) or Cathy Lechowicz (clechowicz@wesleyan.edu)
3) If you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, our staff will refer you to the hiring agency.
4) Interview with hiring agency.
5) Agency will make the official hire.

Click jobs below for more information:

  • Even Start--Classroom Workers
    • Even Start is a Family Learning Program that provides Adult Education, Early Childhool Education (ages six weeks to three years) and Parenting classes for low-income families in which one parent is in need of a high school diploma or instruction in English as a Second Language. The program is located at 398 Main Street.

      Classroom workers will assist teachers and paraprofessionals in all aspects of the Early Childhood Program: talking, reading, singing, and playing with children, activity set up and clean up. (No diaper changing). There are also some opportunities for interaction with parents. Interested students must be able to work well with others and have an interest in and enjoyment of children.

      Hours are flexible, the program needs assistance: Monday to Friday from 9am-12:30pm.

  • The Buttonwood Tree--Outreach/Events Assistant
    • The Buttonwood Tree is a local organization that supports creative activities and endeavors of artists and teaching artists and serves as a space for cultural and artistic events.

      Seeking a student with good communication skills and strong computer skills, preferably a MAC, but can train. Graphic design ability a plus.

      Flexibility in their schedule to accommodate working at TBT for several hours during the week, evenings possible.

      Someone willing to learn with good self-confidence.

  • Middlesex United Way--Project Assistant
    • Middlesex United Way seeks a work-study student to work on a special collaborative project between the United Way and Middletown Public Schools. The applicant will work with staff to compile and present data collected from all middle and high schoolers in the community that measures assets in comparison to risky behaviors (substance abuse, violence, etc). In addition, the applicant will work on other projects as assigned. Possible project areas include marketing, development, historical archiving, or ALICE (Asset Limited Income Contrained Employed) related work.
  • St. Vincent dePaul Middletown--Social Media/Administrative Assistant--POSITION FILLED
    • St. Vincent DePaul Middletown’s programs include a Soup Kitchen, the Amazing Grace Food Pantry, supportive housing and financial assistance for rent, utilities and other emergency needs. This position will provide administrative support to the Executive Director and the Development Coordinator.

      We are seeking a student to help us “tell our story.” We would like someone with good writing skills and experience with social media (Email newsletters, website, Facebook, Twitter). As a human services agency, we rely on donations to fund many of our programs and social media is one way that we reach out to our donor base and to new potential donors.

      We are located above the Soup Kitchen at 617 Main St. in Middletown. Looking for someone to work 6-10 hours a week. Hours are flexible, Monday-Friday, between 8:00 am and 5:00 p.m.

      Current web address:  www.svdmiddletown.org

  • Amazing Grace Outreach Worker--POSITION FILLED
    • Students working on this project are directly responsible to the director of St. Vincent de Paul Middletown.  When “on duty” at the food pantry, Outreach workers are dedicated to reaching out to shoppers to help facilitate a solution for problems the individual or family may be encountering with social service issues in their lives.   This includes, but is not limited to, food stamps (CHS/SNAP), health care including prescriptions/CHC/appointments, rental/housing, DSS/DCF/WIC, energy assistance (season dependent), tax assistance (season dependent). Student must be available at two days a week during the following times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday from 12:30 – 4pm. Students need to be committed and compassionate.
  • NEAT (North End Action Team)--Office Assistant--POSITION FILLED
    • NEAT seeks a student to assist with office work, neighborhood outreach and grant writing for approximately 10 hours a week.  

      Depending on the applicant’s strengths and experiences, the student would help with the following: calling members of the neighborhood, canvassing the neighborhood, researching and writing grants, and general office work.  Students must enjoy working with people, have strong conversational and phone skills, possess organizational thinking and absolutely must be able to work independently.  Student work primarily out of the NEAT office located at 654 Main Street.  This is a great opportunity to experience how a small non-profit focused on community organizing truly operates.

      Student must have work study and be a sophomore, junior or senior to apply.  

      NEAT is a grassroots neighborhood group that advocates for Middletown's North End.

  • Middlesex Historical Society--POSITION FILLED
    • This position offers an opportunity to learn what it takes to run a small historical museum, specific duties may include: cataloging of artifacts and manuscripts dealing with Middletown history, research on potential grant opportunities, researching answers to genealogy and general inquiries from the public and project based work depending on current and future exhibits.  

      5-10 hours a week.

OFFICE POSITIONS/VAN DRIVERS

To apply for an Office Staff position:

1) You must complete The OCS Registration Process on our OrgSync page. This process includes a Mandated Reporter Video and an Employment Webinar that you must watch.
2) Contact Diana Martinez and Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz for information on available positions.


To apply for a van driver position: 

1) You must complete The OCS Registration Process on our OrgSync page.
2) Review the mandatory Van Driver document, which our staff will send to you once you express interest in a van driving position.

Click jobs below for more information:

  • Student Coordinator- 3 Positions Available
    • Three programs are currently in need of student leaders: WesCFPA (Connecticut Forests and Parks Association), Green Street Teaching and Learning Center, and Habitat for Humanity

      Basic Coordinator responsibilities include: 

      • Recruit and train volunteers (in collaboration with community partner, where appropriate). 
      • Maintain regular contact with community partner and student volunteers.
      • Host at least one group meeting per semester. 
      • Trouble-shoot, advocate, support both volunteers and community partner.
      • Motivate volunteers. 
      • Recognize and thank volunteers.
      • Learn about other programs to assist students that may come into the office. 
      • Assist in office responsibilities (answering phones, questions from students, etc.). 
      • Attend orientation and mini-retreat with OCS staff.
      • Maintain regular office hours. 
      • Schedule vans, if needed. 
      • Attend staff meetings once a month, when scheduled. 
      • Meet formally one-on-one with OCS staff (number of meetings may vary). 
      • Submit mid-semester reports and end of semester reports (1 page summary of program accomplishments). 
      • Update participant list on OrgSync each semester, maintain a regular presence on OrgSync.

      The WesCFPA coordinator would work closely with our local CFPA office to help maintain the nearby Highlawn Forest. During the winter, WesCFPA also manages events such as film screenings, expositions and lectures to promote environmental conservation. They often work in collaboration with other Wesleyan student groups and with other community partners.

      The Green Street Teaching and Learning coordinator's responsibilities include helping out with on-site AfterSchool student coordinator duties. A self-directed freshman or sophomore with previous working with children is preferred. Interested applicants must be available 2-3 days per week for 3:30p.m. start of program.  Approximately 5-8 hours/week.

      The Habitat for Humanity coordinator would work closely with a co-coordinator and Middlesex Habitat for Humanity to recruit and train volunteers to help with builds, work at the Habitat ReStore, and to support efforts that promote the mission of Middlesex Habitat for Humanity.  

  • Van Driver
    • Student van drivers are responsible for transporting students to and from volunteer and service-learning opportunities.  The driver will need to:
      • Drive a seven or eight passenger vehicle to transport students

      • Obey all traffic laws

      • Maintain regular schedule at OCS

      • Be at least 20 years of age and have a valid U.S. driver's license for at least 2 years

      • Pass driving test at Transportation Department, contact the Manager - Joe Martocci at 860-685-3788

      Hours per week: will vary depending on availability and schedule
      Hours needed: any time between 7am and 9pm, Monday - Friday; some weekend hours available
      Direct supervisor: Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz, JCCP Director