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
(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.

Fred S. Bailey Scholarship


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:

Application deadline: February 16  

Volunteer at the Illinois Summer Research Symposium

The Illinois Summer Research Symposium 2017 will be held at the I Hotel on July 20  and 21. The event will include over 150 presentations from scholars at Illinois and other universities around the area.

ISRS Volunteer Sign-Up

Please register by Thursday, July 6, 2017. Volunteer meetings will occur the following week. You will need to attend either on Thursday, July 13 from 3:00-4:30 pm or Friday, July 14 from 9am-10:30 am. The meetings will be held in 308 Coble Hall. If neither works for you, please email Courtney Cain.


Psychology Leaders

Psychology Student Leaders
Teamwork, Leadership, Service

The Department of Psychology is seeking motivated and energetic psychology majors to serve as Psychology Leaders for the 2017-2018 academic year. Undergraduates selected to participate in this program will work with the department in a variety of areas including fundraising, outreach, and philanthropy. This is a great way to gain marketable skills, get involved with the department and alumni advisory board, and give back to other students and the local community.

Eligibility requirements:
Declared psychology major: freshman, sophomore, junior, and seniors are eligible to participate in the program. Applicants must be available to participate in the program for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Membership responsibilities:
Psychology Leaders are expected to attend monthly meetings, participate in a required number of departmental and campus activities, and take part in both fall and spring service projects. Continued membership is contingent upon satisfactory performance.

To apply:
In 250 words or less explain why you want to be a Psychology Leader and describe the qualities and/or skills that you would bring to the group.

Include a resume that lists your college level leadership experience, volunteer work, extracurricular activities (including research, internships, service-learning, etc.). Freshman may include high school activities. In addition, include: UIN #, university email, phone number, and year in the program.

Submit this information by
August 28, 2017

Cheryl Berger
Assistant Head for Alumni Relations and Coordinator for the Psychology Leaders Program


One Heart Source – Summer Volunteer Opportunities in Jamaica and South Africa

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2016 Volunteer Programs. We are offering a variety of 1, 2, and 4 week programs in Jamaica and South Africa this summer!

As an OHS Volunteer you will:

* Develop the international experience graduate schools and employers look for
* Gain skills in academic tutoring, international communication, and community outreach
* Mentor students to realize academic growth and cultivate lifelong relationships
* Partner with local communities to experience a global perspective
* Connect to an international network designing global uplift

Apply here for our Volunteer Programs: 2016 Application
Next Application Deadline: Friday, March 18

For more info: