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Wednesday Update – September 5, 2018

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Backpack Full of Cash 
ACCPTA (Alachua County Council of Parent Teacher Associations) is presenting the documentary “Backpack full of Cash” on Tuesday, September 11 at 6pm in the Reitz Union Auditorium, followed by a discussion with Dr. David Miller. All are welcome! Additional details on the attachment.

Home Away from Home: Remembering Refugees in Florida – Sept. 20, 2018 at 6PM in the Pugh Hall Ocora
The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua Co. will present oral history interviews Seyeon Hwang, a doctoral student, conducted with refugees resettled in Jacksonville. A panel will consist of  organizations that provide services for refugees discussing themes of displacement, resilience, and “making it home” :

  • Basma Alawee, refugee and refugee organizer with Florida Immigrant Coalition
  • Travis Trice, World Relief Jacksonville
  • Jose Sanchez, Church World Services

Co-sponsorships are welcome and extra credit sign in sheets can be made available for your classes. Please contact Grace Chun at for more information. **Dinner refreshments will be provided.**

Counselor Education Open House – Friday, September 21st from 9:00-11:00am
The Counseling Program will be holding an open house for all program areas (Mental Health; Marriage, Couple, and Family therapy; School Counseling, and PhD in Counselor Ed) on September 21. Please see attachment for additional details.


Students: Register for LeadUF Today!  Register by Friday, September 7, 2018
LeadUF, hosted by the David & Wanda Brown Center for Leadership & Service, is a 4 week foundational leadership development experience that includes an overnight retreat and several meetings. LeadUF allows you to build personal skills and understanding, become a leader on campus, and connect with other students. This unique, limited access experience is ideal for 1st and 2nd year students. Registration is OPEN and will close when space is full. It’s recommended to register by September 7.  For more information, please visit

2018 Undergraduate Research Expo – Monday, September 24th from 5-7pm
What this is:  A collaboration between the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) and Student Government (SG) to provide an informal setting for undergraduates to talk research with faculty. Last year over 400 students attended the first annual EXPO, hoping to meet faculty in their college.

Why do we do this: Research is clear that opportunities for students to interact with faculty outside of the classroom are beneficial. A sample of noted benefits includes:

  1. Promotes high level of satisfaction with the institution
  2. Can impact freshmen academic performance
  3. Positive perceptions of college quality
  4. Enhanced retention
  5. Educational aspirations

We are hoping you will join us at the EXPO.  You do not have to be actively recruiting undergraduate researchers, but if you are this is a good place to do so. All you have to do is show up. We place posters of disciplines around the room so students can locate faculty in the areas they are interested in. FACULTY and GRADUATE STUDENTS register here. A separate form will be sent out for undergraduate attendees.

ServeGNV Volunteer Portal Live 
The City of Gainesville announced that its volunteer portal is now live.  ServeGNV is a web-based platform to connect local nonprofits and other agencies in the area to local volunteers.  I have the link to the portal here.  The City of Gainesville delivered some 11 x17 serveGNV posters and serveGNV business cards to the BCLS on Friday.  If you or your office would like any of these materials, please let me know, and we can deliver them to your office.  For more information about the portal, I have the link to their press release here.

Career Success Institute – applications close Wednesday, September 12, 2018
This semester the Career Connections Center, formerly known as the Career Resource Center, will be facilitating The Career Success Institute. The Career Success Institute (CSI) is a six-week cohort-based program to help students identify their strengths, values, and career options and how to set actionable goals for the future. CSI gives students the opportunity to get involved with fellow students, develop leadership strengths, and help design a student’s future. Participants in CSI will receive a career assessment, Gator Pin, professional headshot, and more! The CSI application can be found at

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Intervention Positions Available
Florida State University and the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) are currently conducting a research project in the state of Florida and looking for Interventionists in Alachua County. The position is part time with flexible hours and will give hands on experience with Intervention on the Elementary school level. Please see attachment for additional details. If interested, please contact Site Coordinator for Marion-Alachua County, Kathy Williams at

Holy Trinity Episcopal School
Seeking part-time and substitute teachers who are interested in working with infant, toddler, and/or pre-school age children. Childcare experience is not required but preferred. Teachers will have to be able to pass a level 2 Department of Children and Family Background check and a drug screening before they are hired.  They must also complete the DCF Childcare Training Requirements within 90 days of their hire date.  If you are interested, email your resume to Jason Hill, Head of School at  Please include your hours of availability and past five years of work experience.  You can find out more about their school by visiting,

Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS)
“A”-rated & Premier National School District is HIRING! We’re looking for the following (3) HIGH-NEED AREAS:

1.) An Educational Guidance Counselor at an Elementary Title I school
2.) Elementary-level Foreign Language Teacher to teach Mandarin Chinese
3.) Multiple positions at all grade levels for Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

If interested, please contact or send your resume to: Carolyn J. Hevey, Human Resources Administrator–Recruitment/Certification Phone: 407-320-0083, Email:

Seeking Spanish teacher 
$25 per class for substitute Spanish instructor. Possibility for long-term work. Teach children 5-11 in small groups in well established after-school program held at private and public elementary schools throughout Gainesville. Instructor must be a native speaker or fluent in Spanish. Contact Kaydie Vistelle at Fun Languages 352.372.6885 or email at

Portuguese and Spanish Studies
URGENT! Looking for paraprofessional (Portuguese or Spanish speaker) to work at Westwood Middle School and support a 14 year old Brazilian student who has dyslexia due to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He is participating in a clinical trial at UF and can’t follow school chores without the paraprofessional support. The application and job description are here.

Development Specialist – Jacksonville, FL
Looking for a full time development specialist for my six year old son. Tyce is a former micro- preemie, who has grown into a smart and funny little boy.  He is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and needs the assistance of a private aid to succeed in a mainstream classroom. This is a unique job opportunity for a graduate with a background in childhood development. Please see the attached job description for complete details.

Volunteer Opportunities

Gainesville Thrives
Promoting Literacy through Tutoring and Mentoring is seeking persons to provide tutoring and mentoring to students in the Gainesville area. The organization will host an event to strategize recruitment on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00-7:30pm at the Martin Luther King Center, 1028 NE 14 Street, Gainesville, FL. To volunteer, please contact: or 352.358.1877. To learn more, visit

AWARE Ambassador Program

The AWARE ambassadors are currently recruiting new members. We are the mental health ambassador program for the University of Florida and we are run by the Counseling and Wellness Center. Our mission is to provide wellness and mental health awareness outreach initiatives for the UF community and surrounding Gainesville area, as well as reduce the stigma towards seeking mental health resources and services.   More information and the application are available at: The deadline for application is Tuesday, September 4th at 11:59pm.  Please email us at: with any questions.

Take Stock in Children
The Education Foundation- Alachua County is looking for 11 more mentors for Take Stock in Children. “Mentors are a critical component to the success of Take Stock in Children. Mentors serve as positive role-models, advocates, coaches and friends. As a Take Stock Mentor you meet weekly with your scholar at their school and have an opportunity to help a child reach their goal of a college education. We are currently seeking new mentors for our newest class of Take Stock in Children. Click here to learn more about being a mentor, or begin filling out the mentor application”

Volunteer with Gator Junior Golf Association
If you love kids and are looking for a way to get involved, then consider volunteering with the Gator Junior Golf Association, Gainesville’s only non-profit junior golf program! As a volunteer, you would be mentoring and helping kids ages 5-14 to develop both golf skills and life skills that can be used on and off the course. Only basic golf knowledge is required. If interested, please visit our website,, for more info or email Tori Look at

MentorGNV believes your students would be a perfect addition to our team! We are currently looking for students who would be interested in Mentoring for Fall 2018. Students have the option to choose between mentoring elementary, middle or high school students in the Gainesville area. In the application link, people choose their available times/ preferences and our team will do their best to match them to their listed preferences.  If interested, please fill out the application here:

Aces in Motion (AIM)
Aces in Motion (AIM), a nonprofit after-school outreach program, is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors, tutors, and most importantly role models for our middle and high school students. Check out THIS LINK for more information regarding an opportunity to volunteer and work with Gainesville’s underserved communities. This is a great way to gain experience in sport for development, academic tutoring, and character development. Want to get involved? Contact Melissa Weinsz at

Volunteer at GiGi’s Playhouse: Down Syndrome Achievement Center!
If you’d like to gain experience working with children with special needs, you may be interested in this volunteering opportunity! GiGi’s Playhouse is a Down Syndrome Achievement Center that offers free programs for participants with Down syndrome and their families!

While the programs consist of singing, dancing, fun activities, and playtime, they all have an educational and therapeutic focus. Whether working on social skills, motor skills, speech and language, reading, or just simple peer interaction, it is all purposeful fun!

GiGi’s Playhouse program sessions are mostly on Saturdays and Sundays, and you would be able to choose whichever program sessions work for your schedule. We are always looking for volunteers, so if you are interested, you can visit our website and fill out the Volunteer Interest Form. Here’s the link:   If you have any questions about volunteering, feel free to email Drew Fletcher, the Volunteer Coordinator, at!

March of Dimes Collegiate Council, formerly Gators March for Babies
Our organization works to support the mission of the March of Dimes as they lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. They are working radically to improve the health care moms and babies receive, while pioneering research to find solutions to the problems faced by both. In this country, 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely each year and the societal costs of this premature birth is more than $26 billion per year. For more information on the March of Dimes please watch this video.

The first step to get involved is to make a team and begin fundraising for the March of Dimes Collegiate Council!  If you are interested in doing this, please contact Julia Gibson at  Additionally, you can come out to  some of our various events in the fall. You can make a team with your organization for our annual greek olympics, support our cause at some of our various hospitality nights or join us for our Color March on December 1st at Flavet Field! To keep up with all of our events feel free to like our facebook page here:

Childcare – Tutoring

Tutor Needed
My child is currently in the 5th grade and is struggling in reading as well in math. I would like to have a tutor twice a week for a hour to a hour and a half. If available, please give Brandye a call as soon as possible at (352) 246-7870.

Babysitter Needed
Starting in August:  Babysitter needed for 2 boys ages 13 & 11,  Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons (3-4pm on M and T.  Friday until 4:30) .Hired sitter will pick up boys from their respective schools.  Schools near each other. Good driving record a must.  Rate: $10.00 an hour. Other sitting opportunities may occur as current sitters schedules change.  pEmail:

Tutor Needed
Can you help sharpen my son’s skills? In need of a tutor for a nine year old boy who is in the 4th grade and embarrassed to ask for help. He is having a hard time in Math, English/Language Arts, and Reading Comprehension. If you can lend him a hand with homework 3 days a week and help him understand what is being taught, we will be forever grateful. The sessions will take AT LEAST an hour, and we will take more time if you have it. Please contact Lindsay Wilcox at 352-514-1048 or email if you are interested.

Family, originally from China, is offering a paid opportunity for one or more students who’s native language is English to assist an 10 year old boy on the autism spectrum in Reading/writing, Math, sports and Social communication area as tutor at home , home school,or summer camp in Gainesville. (Experience with elementary education or special education students is desirable, but not necessary.) If you are interested, please contact the boy’s mother, Cindy, by phone/text at 7273016344, or at

We are looking for someone to pick up my 8th grade daughter from Westwood Middle school at 3:35pm Monday – Friday and bring home. 10$ a day. Pick up from school and drop off at home only. A non-smoker with a good driving record. Please or call 352-316-3478


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