Exploradreams program provides Friendly House youth from 8 to 13 years old with help in homework, tutoring, mentoring and exposure to college life. WPI students have the opportunity to share their exceptional math and science skills with a child, as well as bond through fun recreational activities.
Currently the program aims to offer youth with opportunities to exert their energy through physical activities for half of the time that they are here at WPI. The remaining time is spent focusing on homework or craft activities. In addition, mentors are encouraged to utilize their strengths to help with planning program ideas for upcoming terms for the calendar of activities.
From this program you are sure to gain valuable skills through your outreach and have the unique opportunity to make a difference in a child's life as a mentor!
Plan your own event
Many student organizations choose to plan their own community service events. The Community Service Center offers a guide with tips for planning a successful community service activity.
Federal Work Study Community Service
The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) provides eligible undergraduate students with part-time employment to help meet their financial needs while also giving them work experience.
Beginning in the 2000-2001 award year, colleges and universities receiving FWS funds were required to use at least 7% of their total annual FWS allocation to pay the wages of FWS students in community service placements. In other words, the government thinks that community service is important—and so does WPI! As a result, all students who have Work Study are required to perform a minimum of 15 hours of work study at a community agency per year.
Go to the Office of Financial Aid to learn more about how to fulfill the requirement.
If you are interested in performing all of your work study at a community agency, get involved with the CSWS program.
Interested in community service but not sure where to start?
Submit a community service interest form and we'll help you find a community service placement that fits your needs.
Still have questions or looking for a community service placement? Stop by the Community Service Center located on the third floor of the Campus Center.