SOAR – After-School Programs for Latina/o Bilingual Youth

SOAR: Student Opportunities for After-School Resources

1605 W. Kirby Ave.
Champaign, IL (IPA)

Primary Contact:

María Lang, Program Coordinator
mglang2@illinois.edu
(956) 535-1459

SOAR: Student Opportunities for After-School Resources is a partnership between the University of Illinois and the International Prep Academy (IPA) in Champaign. The program provides after-school enrichment for Latina/o bilingual youth. Children in grades 2-5 benefit from tutoring in reading and homework followed by social activities. The program is part of a growing national trend for dual language instruction in schools. Instruction in two languages has value for both emergent bilinguals and those fluent in English. The goal of dual language instruction is to promote positive cross-cultural understanding, bilingualism and biliteracy at a time when knowledge of language and culture confers power.

SOAR is one of several programs available through the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities. The Center is an outreach arm in the College of Education.

Opportunities for U of I students include:

One-to-One Tutoring.
SOAR tutoring is scheduled for TWR from 2:00-3:15, with time for reading, homework assistance, and social activities with the children. Illinois students are paired with the same child for the semester and may choose to volunteer more than one day per week. Spanish-speaking skills are not necessary in order to participate. Tutors will need to complete a background check through the Champaign School District the third week of classes. The SOAR program coordinator will provide the clearance form for the tutors. This opportunity is especially interesting to Illinois students who want to gain cross-cultural awareness and relationship skills.

U of I students who would like to tutor with SOAR need to commit by
January 29th.

Google Values Soft Skills

“The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.”

Sounds a lot like the skill set you develop in Psychology and LAS.

(STEM expertise is #8, and you get that with our major, as well!)

Read the article in today’s Washington Post.

 

LAS James Scholar – Application

LAS James Scholar Spring 2018 Application Now Available!

If you have at least a 3.70 Illinois GPA and have completed fewer than three semesters in higher education, LAS Honors invites you to apply to be an LAS James Scholar by the deadline of Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

The James Scholar Program in the College of LAS is suited to students who want to engage deeply with their coursework, their campus, and the broader Champaign-Urbana community. You can learn more about our program at:  http://www.las.illinois.edu/students/honors/.

Detailed eligibility criteria and the application are available at:  http://www.las.illinois.edu/students/honors/admission/. In your essay responses we look to learn more about you and why you are interested in the James Scholar Program/why you think the program is a good fit for you, so please take the time to write thoughtful responses. We look forward to reading your submissions in January!

Please contact LAS Honors at LASHonors@illinois.edu or call (217) 333 – 1158 with questions.

Graduating Students – Declare Your Concentration and Apply to Graduate!

If you plan to graduate in Spring 2018 or Summer 2018, please be sure to add your name to the appropriate graduation list in Enterprise by applying to graduate. Just follow the instructions in Enterprise Self-Service. For Spring 2018 graduation, you will need to do this by the 10th day of classes (Monday, January 29). This will notify the College of LAS that you intend to complete your degree; your records officer will contact you if there are any shortages towards the completion of your degree.

Keep in mind that when you apply to graduate, your current major and concentration (if any) will be what you are applying under. If you are graduating between December 2017 and December 2018 and wish to declare a concentration, please do so as soon as possible. If you have already applied to graduate and still need to add a concentration, we can still do that, too! Just let me know.

To check your degree audit in uAchieve, log in at http://registrar.illinois.edu/dars-audit, select UKV as the College, use the drop-down menu to find the appropriate concentration, and choose Fall 2015 or later as the catalog year (for Social, Personality, Intradisciplinary, Diversity Science, and Cognitive Neuroscience, choose Fall 2017 or later).

If you have already applied to graduate for December 2017, May 2018, or August 2018 and you do not need to declare a concentration, ignore this post!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Fred S. Bailey Scholarship

FRED S. BAILEY SCHOLARSHIP FOR CAUSE DRIVEN LEADERS

The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $3000 awards ($1500/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impact and commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action. Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered. University of Illinois – Urbana campus undergraduate students in all programs are eligible to apply.

For more information or to apply online, visit: www.universityymca.org/bailey.

Application deadline: February 16  

Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional Program

Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional
Diversity Education

Do You Want to…

Serve as a peer leader on campus?

Help create and maintain a welcoming and safe campus community?

Work collaboratively with students and organizations to learn more about different populations and create new and creative programs?

Expand your knowledge about social identities and how to be more inclusive?

Develop public speaking and interpersonal communication skills?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then this is the leadership opportunity you’ve been searching for. Apply today to become a workshop facilitator for DiversityEd Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional Program. The program provides students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of diversity and social justice issues. Through training courses, students will learn how to facilitate and develop interactive learning programs in the form of workshops.

The link to apply is http://go.illinois.edu/SJEPApplication !

For more information, please contact Teryl Brewster, Program Coordinator @ tbrewste@illinois.edu

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO : December 21, 2017

Business Consulting Opportunity

Illinois Business Consulting‘s Strategic Operations Team is looking for consultants both within and outside of IBC to join our team for the upcoming Spring 2018 semester.

The Strategic Operations Team is the internal arm of IBC that manages the marketing, human resources, and professional events for our 250 person organization. Within this specialized and diverse team, you will be challenged to take ownership of several initiatives that enhance the organization while making a long-lasting impact.

If interested, please see this description and apply at this link by Thursday, December 7th at 11:59 PM.

If extended an interview, they will be held on Monday, December 11th after 5:00 PM and Tuesday, December 12th after 7:00 PM

EMT Training

Illini EMS (Illinois Fire Service Institute) – EMT Training

Spring 2018 EMT course applications available!

IEMS has developed an academically and physically challenging EMT course that stresses academic and clinical abilities, interpersonal skills, critical thinking processes, decision-making abilities and the capacity for quick and appropriate judgment. Our course will teach lifesaving skills and challenge students to shift from passive bystanders to active healthcare professionals.

Due 12/14/17 @ 5 PM.

Elizabeth Woodburn.

Illini Emergency Medical Services – Illinois Fire Service Institute