News Update

January 2004


Please note that that the Environmental Careers Organization is accepting applications from interested organizations for the ECO/EPA 2004 Community Intern Program (CIP). We encourage you to apply, and to also share this information with any nonprofit organizations you think might benefit from this unique opportunity. In 2004, 40 community organizations will be selected to receive a student intern from ECO, through the generous funding of the EPA Office of Environmental Justice. The interns will receive a $450 per week stipend, plus $500 for relocation or project travel, and will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in ECO's annual Environmental Career Conference.

The Community Intern Program allows non-profit grassroots organizations, like yours, to build their capacity while mentoring the next generation of environmental leaders. For your convenience, I have attached a PDF with the Application and Project Description form. The deadline to apply is January 30, 2004. The application and additional program information can be found on our website at: The site also has information for students interested in becoming CIP interns. FYI: The Community Intern Program is for local, grassroots, non-profit, community organizations only. Tribal and local governments, colleges, universities, or other educational institutions are not eligible to apply.

The Office of Environmental Justice created the Community Intern Program in 2000 to provide student internships with nonprofit organizations across the country. Since the program was created, more than 100 students diverse have experienced environmental issues at a grassroots level through EJ projects including health education; air and water quality monitoring; urban reforestation; recycling programs; and other community outreach and advocacy activities. ECO administers the Community Intern Program internships along with other internships under our cooperative agreements with EPA.

Thanks for helping us spread the word about this important program. Please contact ECO program coordinator Maria Torres at or 617/426-4783, x141 if you have any questions about the program or application process.

The new Cambridge Homeless Service Provider Resource Guide is out. Attached is a summary of the application submitted by the Cambridge Continuum.

I am attaching a list of the needs that we identified during our 2000-2001 planning process -- most of which could not be addressed in our SuperNOFA application. (I am also attaching a list from the 1999-2000 planning process to make sure that we haven't lost any important information from one year to the next.) Three new domains are now up and running due to the support of Bob Doyle and Skybuilders. David plans to hold meetings to discuss what the corporate entities to be formed around these domains would look like. Our agenda at the focus group meetings will be to plan next steps towards addressing some of those ongoing needs.

Yeah, BostonHomeless ,org and and USHomeless ,org are now up and will soon be running at full speed!!!!

A view of the recentTask Force Meeting!!

David was in attendance at this months Task Force to End Homelesness meeting at Payette Associates.

1) The agenda included :Community Preservation Act

Civic Initiative/Future Search Thelma Barros Guide Roxbury Building

BSA Foundation grants

Build Boston 2001

CHAPA homeless Commitee

Sandra Viera-Homeless Memorial

Mass housing Partnership-Ann Houston

Project Updates

To BSA members and friends in Newton and members of the BSA Task Force to End Homelessness:

Some of the members of the Task Force after a recent meeting!!!

There is a hearing before two Aldermaniacal committees at City Hall on Thursday, May 31 at 7:45 pm to decide to put the Community Preservation Act (CPA) on the Newton ballot this fall or not. There is a groundswell of public support to get it on the ballot either through he Aldermen or by petition.

The CPA is an excellent way to make a better city.

* We are only half way to meeting the goal of Chapter 40B --10% of housing units are affordable -- not counting prison cells.

* Remaining open spaces are being filled with high-end housing

* Every day buildings of distinguished character are lost to speculation and insensitive development.

Architects can play a needed role in visualizing where new development can happen, how good older buildings can be saved and adaptively reused, and how open spaces, affordable housing and historic presentation efforts can be overlaid in a win-win situation.

I've prepared some supporting material and if you are interested, write or call the bsa at and they will send it to you.

Thank you.

John Wilson Chair, Task Force to End Homelessness Newton resident

John Wilson, Chair, Task Force to End Homelessness

Our NELRC cohorts have just issued an RFP for the ABE-to-College Transitions Project, funded by the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation. The 17-page RFP is online as a Portable Document Format (PDF) version only, as such highly formatted documents really don't translate well into HTML:

Particulars: Estimated grant range: $25,000-45,000 for first year

Bidders conference: June 28 at World Education

Proposal deadline: July 27

They are especially interested in funding Massachusetts programs in this round. For further details, please contact Jessica Spohn, project coordinator 617-482-9485

Shortly, HomeStart will start to provide field-based case management, housing search and stabilization services to homeless consumers in Cambridge as a result of taking on the Housing Resource Team and Field-Based Case Management Program contracts. We will keep you posted as to when we will officially open to take client referrals and how that process will work. In the meantime, we have begun the hiring process to bring on staff for these two programs. We need your help to spread the word about these job opportunities. Please find below five job postings in plain text. We have also attached the job postings which are in an easy-to-read format. Please post and forward to interested parties. If you know a qualified candidate, they are welcome to call or email me before submitting their cover letter and resume to hear more about the positions. Thank you for helping us find creative and compassionate staff to assist homeless people in Cambridge.

Cambridge Cares about Aids has 2 new job postings. Please pass them along.

David Pearson, Shawmut Education Executive Director

School is ending. Summer is beginning. And VES activity is increasing!

Now that the school year is winding down, we would like to tell you about a variety of opportunities that will enable you to continue your participation in VES throughout the summer months.

1. Online Professional Development Opportunities: VES Summer School will be offered to all VES users starting June 25th. Learn about standards based resources available to you, participate in discussions with other educators across the state, and contribute to the design and development of VES. Self-study modules will be rolled out weekly, allowing you to participate at your own pace. The program has been designed for those who wish to earn PDPs and for those who just want to learn more about VES. You will be able to access the Summer School Registration Form on the VES Homepage by June 22nd.

2. VES Design and Development Opportunities: Many of you know that VES will have major development activity underway this summer and next fall. Massachusetts?s public school educators are an incredible resource for the VES Initiative. As a result we are looking to you to support and augment our efforts this summer.

We are seeking individuals for intensive multi-day workshops, part time assignments during the summer, and part time assignments during the fall. All of the projects will give participants direct and early access to VES capabilities, as well as an opportunity to help direct the course of VES. For some it will also mean a chance to participate in advanced wireless, handheld, and Internet Appliance hardware. The following is a list of the projects that we invite you to join:

a.Student Design Team: --> We seek students who are willing to participate in an extended set of activities throughout the summer and fall, as the Student Design Team. This team will participate in the design of the student tools, resources, and student workspace.

b.Technology Competency Project: --> These individuals will help write ISTE and NETS based technology competencies for teaches and students. The competencies will be used to develop an online professional development course.

c.Standards Based Education Competency Project: --> These individuals will prepare standards for what teachers should know and be able to do in implementing standards based teaching and learning. The standards prepared by this group will be used to develop an online professional development course.

d.Curriculum Mapping Project: --> These individuals will prepare model performance based maps of the curriculum in their discipline. The product of this multi-day process will be used with the Instructional Planning and Management tools.

e.Beta Test Program: --> These individuals will test early versions, and proof of concept prototypes of VES tools, resources, and applications.

f.Edge Device Beta Test Program: --> These individuals will test early versions, and proof of concept prototypes of VES handheld, wireless, and Internet Appliances.

g.Professional Development Team: --> These individuals will help VES staff write and test online professional development courses and modules.

h.Educational Content Research and Evaluation Project: --> These individuals will work with VES to identify, validate, document, and integrate high quality Web resources into VES.

i.Programming Projects: --> J2EE, Java and XML, XSL programmers are sought for challenging assignments with the VES team.

j.Librarian Focus Group: --> Participants in this team will work on the VES Virtual Library and Content Gateway projects.

k.Business Manager Focus Group: --> Participants in this team will work on the VES District and School Administrative Support projects.

l.Research and Development Team: --> Educators with research, evaluation, cognitive science, instructional theory, HCI, knowledge base, expert system, or VR expertise are sought for challenging R&D assignments with the VES team.

If you are interested in working on any of these projects, please go to the VES Opportunities exchange at You can also access the form by clicking on the VOX link on the VES homepage ( Once you?ve completed the form, you will be contacted regarding the specific opportunities for which you have indicated an interest.

For additional information on any of the above summer opportunities, please contact Mark Rodgers at

Thelma Barros, Task Force to End Homelessness with student Robert Gaulin

Shawmut Education

Shawmut CSD Employment Network

Homeless Peoples Network

Mass Homeless

Whats Up Magazine

US Homeless


Black Web Portal

Shawmut Events Schedule

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