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Bit by Bit Central

The commitment levels for this team are fairly flexible, but the average time commitment is anywhere from 1 to 3 hours a week depending on how invested you are. Within the central organization, there are several smaller teams: Marketing, Website Design, Fundraising and Software Engineer. However, keep in mind that we may create new teams if we have other avenues we want to pursue such as new projects or programs!

If you are interested in and are accepted to this team, it may be a little more time commitment in the beginning to get you all set up. This would involve meetings with the Central Organization Coordinator and meetings with the Team Lead!

Marketing Team

For this specific team, we would really love to onboard a few people who are interested in managing, contributing to, and promoting our social media!

Responsibilities

  • Creating content for our social media and growing our following
  • Creating and maintaining contact lists
  • Conducting market research for services (mainly the programs)
  • Outreach, especially through emails (finding new volunteers, adding professional to our network)
  • Increasing number and diversity of signups
  • Possibly forge partnerships with other organizations with similar goals/missions
  • Make graphics for our social media or other materials

Prerequisites

  • Optional graphic design, social media management, outreach, or publicity experience
  • Any skill levels are welcome!

Website Design Team

Responsibilities

  • Maintain and update our central website
  • Find new ways to improve reach and engagement through design and high quality content (such as a blog or resources page)

Prerequisites

  • Ample HTML/CSS knowledge and minimal JavaScript knowledge
  • Experience with coding websites

Fundraising Team

Responsibilities

  • Seek out and apply for grants
  • Keep track of possible donors

Prerequisites

  • No previous experience is required, but keep in mind that a major component of this position is writing grants

Software Engineering Team

Responsibilities

  • Code fun, interactive demo sites for programs
  • Maintain servers and/or other necessary software

Prerequisites

  • Deep understanding of HTML/CSS/JavaScript
  • Preferably an understanding of JQuery (only 30-40 minutes to learn)
  • Knowledge of basic geometry (angles, radians, area of shapes, etc)

Form and Function Team

The goal is to teach middle schoolers how to code an interactive website in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript through an after school program that will meet three times a week. Volunteer commitment has flexibility dependent on which volunteer position you sign up for and which days you are available. The options are standard volunteer, homeroom instructor, and curriculum.

General Outline

The afterschool program will be divided into homerooms. Each homeroom will focus on a different stage in learning web design. Students will follow an established pathway through the homerooms.

Homeroom Instructor

Responsibilities

  • Assist and manage students in their room
  • Teach students the topics of the corresponding homeroom

Time Commitment

  • 2-2.5 hours a week
  • An initial meeting with program coordinator to determine your coding level
  • Mandatory consistent attendance for at at least one of the sessions, including arriving at least fifteen minutes before program begins
  • Attend a weekly volunteer training meeting on Saturdays
  • Extra meetings with the curriculum team as needed (will happen more often in the beginning, so keep that in mind!)

Prerequisites

  • Have a solid understanding of HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript
  • Must be willing to learn more about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript if applicable
  • Should know basic debugging techniques
  • If you are not a very advanced coder, you can teach a beginner-level homeroom and we would still love for you to apply!

Standard Volunteer

Responsibilities

  • Act as a supporting volunteer in a homeroom led by an instructor
  • May be broken out with students for a one-on-one and so should be comfortable communicating concepts with students

Time Commitment

  • 1-1.5 hours a week to atttend the after school program
  • An initial meeting with program coordinator to determine your coding level and extra training if needed
  • Possibility of doing extra student coaching before or after the program

Prerequisites

  • Have a solid understanding of HTML and CSS or JavaScript
  • Must be willing to learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript if applicable
  • If you are not a very advanced coder, you can help in a more beginner homeroom and we would still love for you to apply!

Curriculum Team

Responsibilities

  • Decide what each homeroom should be teaching
  • Help design homerooms so that each is a distinct stage of understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Come up with project ideas for each homeroom with particular focus on the more advanced ones.
  • Work with software engineer team in the central organization to come up with fun interactive demo sites

Time Commitment

  • 1.5-2.5 hours per week
  • Can be very flexible
  • Meeting once a week with whole curriculum team
  • Meeting once a week with central organization

Prerequisites

  • Have a solid understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Uncommon Sense Team

Uncommon Sense seeks to teach tools and techniques to ponder, question, probe, and develop decisions, beliefs, and actions. By default, your brain will decide whether or not a statement is true by looking at things like “how symmetrical is the face of the person telling me this?” “what accent does the person speaking have?” or “how many times have I heard this statement before?” We provide students with the community and toolkit (full of cognitive science, probability theory, decision theory, and more) necessary to try making their decisions more consciously and updating their beliefs based on the strength of the evidence presented.

Volunteers should be ready to learn and practice the concepts we’ll teach. You should be skeptical, intrinsically motivated to seek out the truth, and eager to learn when you’re wrong.

General Outline

The program runs from 4-5pm PDT Wednesdays. Every four weeks will focus on exploring a different concept, with the final of the four weeks in a unit focused on implementing the idea and synthesising concepts. Volunteers should arrive at 3:30 and stay until 5:15. There will also be other meetings to plan and rehearse for roughly an hour a week (exact times and durations may change).

Teaching Volunteer

About 2 hours a week. Dive into specific activities, ideas, and games, mastering them well enough to teach. Engage with students ideas and inquiries.

Curriculum Volunteer

About 4 hours a week. Along with teaching, brainstorm, test, and refine activities for the program.