Friday, April 18, 2014

Work Study Jobs For Fall 2014

The Community Work-Study Program

The Federal Community Work Study Program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with a financial aid award*.  

The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study. Students are paid by the hour, and the rate is at least the federal minimum wage. The maximum number of hours you can work at Boise State during school sessions is 30 hours per week and you are paid every other week. Community Work Study hours are typically scheduled around your classes, depending on the employer.   

Our positions offer high-level and high-impact professional development so students can build their network and resume, as well as get the experience they need to secure professional work post graduation. Be a part of our program and start growing your professional career today. 

For more information contact or apply for positions directly by visiting BroncoJobs.

Current Openings:
Volunteer Coordinator (SL2), Agency for New Americans, Boys & Girls Club, International Rescue Mission, and Boise Urban Garden School – NOW HIRING!
The SL2 Acts as a liaison between a community organization, Boise State faculty, the Service-Learning Program and service-learners. They support service-learners and traditional community volunteers.

Program Assistant, Foothills Learning Center – NOW HIRING!
The Program Assistant at Foothills Learning Center supports the Environmental Education Program staff in office operations, class scheduling, and preparation. Some additional duties of facilitating classes may be involved as well!

Visitor Services Specialist, Discovery Center of Idaho – NOW HIRING!
The Visitor Services Specialist provides on-the-job training for the education and floor volunteer staff. The also facilitate visitor-learning and enhance customer service, as well as support day-to-day operations of Discovery Center of Idaho.

Bronco Tutor, Garfield Elementary AND Jefferson Elementary – NOW HIRING
Work one-on-one and in small groups with elementary students in order to assess reading and writing skills using assessments given to them by teachers.

Filled Positions:
Food Drive Assistant, The Idaho Foodbank
The Food Drive Assistant assists in the management and coordination of The Idaho Foodbank food drives.  This is a high-level, demanding position that requires advanced project management and stakeholder management soft skills.

Recreation Leader, Boise Parks and Recreation
The Recreation Leader supervises elementary aged youth during an after-school recreation program. This position is also responsible for organizing and maintaining recreational and educational equipment and materials

Adaptive Recreation Leader, Boise Parks and Recreation
The Adaptive Recreation Leader supervises and supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during recreation program activities. This position is also responsible for organizing and maintaining recreational and educational equipment and materials

Program Assistant, MK Nature Center
The Program Assistant assists with many aspects of the nature center’s operations and maintenance. This may include design and construction of exhibits and displays, as well as research for educational projects and tours.

Medical Case Manager, Agency for New Americans
The Medical Case Manager provides transitional services to newly arriving refugees that promotes early self-sufficiency and social adjustment, especially related to taking care of their medical issues on their own.
Youth Development Professional, Boys and Girls Club

The Youth Development Professional provides support to all program areas including Nutrition, Technology, Transportation and Clubhouse Operations.

*To qualify for Federal Work Study you must select the option on your FAFSA and be awarded it through the Financial Aid Department on Campus.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Boise State — Instilling a Spirit of Service

A new report, released a few weeks ago by the United States Department of Labor, indicates that volunteering declined in 2013, to its lowest level since data was first collected ten years ago. Nearly 62.2 million Americans volunteered at least once between September 2012 and September 2013, falling 1.1% since the year before. The report provides no indication as to the forces driving the decline, and it is unclear whether the decline represents a temporary blip or an unwelcome trend.

When measured by age, adults 18-24 exhibited the lowest levels of volunteer participation, running a great deal below teens and those over 30. Although this number is disheartening, it is likely that the time-consuming nature of college, which can act as a barrier to potential student volunteers, is one culprit. Understanding and reducing this barrier could provide a great opportunity for universities to become a gateway to volunteerism.

Fortunately, for Boise State students, Boise State University has embraced this opportunity. Boise State University has become a gateway to volunteerism, offering a plethora of opportunities to get involved and volunteer within the community. Idaho is a tremendously volunteer-friendly state; in 2012, its volunteer rate put it at third in the nation. In other words, volunteer opportunities abound, and many exist just outside the steps of our beautiful campus. 

To assist students in connecting with community organizations seeking volunteers, Boise State University Service-Learning has created the Community Engagement portal in OrgSync. This helpful and continually updated page provides a friendly list of volunteer options around the Treasure Valley. There are one-time events, as well as options for those seeking an ongoing volunteer experience.

In addition to the Community Engagement portal, students are encouraged to participate in Service Saturday, a monthly event orchestrated by the Student Involvement and Leadership Center. Service Saturday provides all Boise State students the opportunity to spend a few hours positively impacting the community. As students who have participated in the past can attest, Service Saturday is a fun and meaningful way to spend a Saturday morning. Plus, everyone involved gets a free breakfast. Any college student would be hard pressed to say no to that

In many ways, this country depends on the efforts of volunteers, which is why the Department of Labor’s report is a somewhat gloomy one. While the sheer number of volunteers (62.2 million) is undeniably praiseworthy, the decrease in the volunteer rate represents a lot of valuable work that isn’t getting accomplished. Just how much do volunteers contribute? The question is difficult to answer, because volunteers provide a host of intangible benefits.A coalition of 600 nonprofit organizations has attempted to calculate the dollar value of total volunteer work in the country. The number they found is staggering. In 2011, volunteers gave 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service worth $171 billion. That’s quite the breathtaking figure, and there’s no doubt it fails to capture—and thereby understates—the positive impact volunteering has on our communities.

Volunteering is good for the volunteer, too. As it turns out, volunteering is good for your health. A review of the research, which you can read here, shows that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression. Along similar lines, a study published in Social Science and Medicine found that volunteers report higher levels of well-being. In other words, volunteering makes you happy! 

The benefits of volunteering, to everyone involved, are clear and the importance cannot be overstated. There’s only one question that remains—what will you do to serve your community?

- Samuel Wonacott, Boise State University Service-Learning