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Civic Education Competition Judges

Arizona Foundation For Legal Services & Education

Dec. 1, 2018, 2 a.m. - June 30, 2019, 3 a.m.

The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education co-sponsors several law-related education programs that provide a competition level to Arizona students. Community members have the opportunity to act on a panel of judges for the following: PROJECT CITIZEN - This program is all about Arizona middle school students solving problems in their communities. They create portfolios that demonstrate their problem, show possible solutions, their public policy to solve the problem and an action plan for implementing their policy. They then begin to prepare for a Legislative Simulated Hearing which will allow them to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise. The National Conference of State Legislatures, the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, and many members of the Arizona Legislature have formed a partnership to promote this worthy, educational program for Arizona's youth. The Showcase, sponsored by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, consists of two components for the students to display their knowledge and expertise. Portfolios are displayed in a public forum for two weeks and the oral hearings have two to four members of the community who are responsible for listening to the students' prepared testimony about the problem they've chosen and then for asking follow-up questions. The oral part of the showcase consists of two rounds followed by an awards luncheon for all the students, teachers and judges. The winner of the state showcase will represent Arizona at the National showcase held in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislature's summer meeting. Volunteer Opportunities: Attorneys, judges and community members entering the classroom as resource people on public policy and constitutional law School Year Attorneys, judges and community members participating in the District Showcase as judges Also needed - Timers March - Payson, Phoenix, Mesa, Tucson Attorneys, judges and community members participating in the State Showcase as judges Also needed - Timers May - Phoenix WE THE PEOPLE - This is an educational program developed and administered by the Center for Civic Education and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program was established in 1987 under the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. Arizona's program is administered by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education and funded in part by the Arizona Supreme Court and the Center for Civic Education. The primary goal of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitutionis to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation's students through classroom curriculum about the history and philosophy of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The program is used in grades 4 -12. The competition is for high school students. Students prepare for these hearings by completing a semester instructional program using the We the People curriculum. Each member of the class becomes an expert witness on one of the six units in the text and then testifies in small groups before a panel of judges acting as U. S. Congressional Representatives. During the simulated congressional hearing, students are judged on the following criteria: understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness, and participation. Volunteer Opportunities: Attorneys, judges and community members serving as scholars in classrooms preparing expert witness testimonies on one of the 6 units for the simulated congressional hearings. School Year Attorneys, judges and community members participating in the District Competition as judges Also needed - Timers December - Payson, Tucson, Phoenix, Lake Havasu, Mesa Attorneys, judges and community members participating in the State Competition as judges Also needed - Timers January - Phoenix

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Various classrooms and venues
Phoenix, Arizona 85017

Global Climate Strike (September 20)

Fridays for Future

Sept. 19, 2019, 8 p.m. - Sept. 27, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

To date, young people have led the climate strikes around the world. Now we need adults to join us too. On September 20, 2019, Fridays for Future, the Youth Climate Strike movements, and all of our international friends and allies call for a global general strike. Mark and add it to your calendar. Workers everywhere, please: we are asking you to join us and walk away from a system that is destroying our planet and will threaten the survival of millions of people, plants, and animals within the next 10, 20, 30 years. We don’t feel like we have a choice: it’s been years of talking, countless negotiations, empty deals on climate change and fossil fuel companies being given free rides to drill beneath our soils and burn away our futures for their profit. Politicians and fossil fuel companies have known about climate change for decades. They have willingly handed over their responsibility for our future to profiteers whose search for quick cash threatens our very existence. This crisis is very real, and it cannot be ignored any longer. We have learned that if we don’t start acting for our future, nobody else will make the first move. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Once again our voices are being heard on the streets, but it is not just up to us. We feel a lot of adults haven’t quite understood that we young people won’t hold off the climate crisis ourselves. Sorry if this is inconvenient for you. But this is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job. We young people can contribute to a larger fight and that can make a huge difference. We can't do this with you and everyone you know. So this is our invitation. Starting on Friday, September 20 we will kickstart a week of climate action with a worldwide strike for the climate. We’re asking adults to step up alongside us. There are many different plans under way in different parts of the world for adults to join together and step up and out of your comfort zone for our climate. Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history. During the French revolution mothers flooded the streets for their children. Today we children are fighting for ourselves, but so many of our parents are busy discussing whether our grades are good, or a new diet or what happened in the Game of Thrones finale – while the planet burns. This moment has to happen. Last year’s UN intergovernmental panel on climate change’s special report on global warming was clear about the unprecedented dangers of going beyond 1.5C of global heating. Emissions must drop rapidly – so that by the time we are in our mid- and late-20s we are living in a completely transformed world. But to change everything, we need everyone. It is time for all of us to unleash mass resistance – we have shown that collective action does work. We need to escalate the pressure to make sure that change happens, and we must escalate together. So this is our chance – join us on climate strike this September. People have risen up before to demand action and make change; if we do so in numbers we have a chance. If we care, we must do more than say we do. We must act. This won’t be the last day we need to take to the streets, but it will be a new beginning. We’re counting on you. #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike

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Preliterate- Esl Curriculum Development Volunteer

Area Agency On Aging, Region One

Flexible times

Volunteers are needed to develop the preliterate ESL curriculum, and assist with lesson plan preparation for the Preliteracy Program at the Area Agency on Aging: Elder Refugee Program. Background: Our agency, the Area Agency on Aging, Region One is part of a national network of organizations established to respond to the needs of older adults. The agency sponsors the Elder Refugee Program through the Arizona Refugee Resettlement program within the Department of Economic Security.We need your help developing the curriculum for our Pre-Literacy classes; which offer basic, survival English instruction to elderly refugees. The majority of our students are preliterate- meaning that they are not literate in their native language. Many of them did not have access to education in their home countries and enter our classes as first-time learners.Job Description: Assistance is needed to enhance the existing preliterate curriculum with new worksheets and activities and to prepare the lesson plan materials to be utilized in the 6 different classes taught by volunteers around the Valley. Volunteers can expect to dedicate 3-4 hours per week, with a flexible schedule (within business hours- 8AM-5PM, M-F). Classes run in 3 month sessions (September- November, January- March, March-May). Duties include: finding new worksheets online and in our resource librarywriting new lesson plans using an existing templatedesigning new classroom activitiesmaking copies and organizing the lesson materials to be delivered to the classroom spaces on a weekly basismaintaining our library of curriculum materialsExperience: Volunteers should have some teaching experience. Developing the curriculum requires an understanding of the classroom environment. Occasional class visits may be encouraged as a way to test new material. Strong organizational skills are required.Training: There is a training component to this position; volunteer orientation and 3 class observations before beginning to volunteer.For more information, to obtain an application, and to set up an interview, contact Andria Cubero-, 602-280-1054.

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Mosaic Center
Phoenix, Arizona 85014

Translation and Interpretation Volunteer - REMOTE anywhere in THE WORLD

Freedom For Immigrants

Flexible times and locations

Freedom for Immigrants (FFI) is devoted to abolishing immigration detention, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. Because of the nature of our work, we provide services to people who speak a multitude of different languages. Immigrants and refugees are often already disempowered in the immigration system because of the language barrier, we want to reduce this by ensuring that we are able to provide program information to all our clients in their preferred language. The Translation and Interpretation Team The Translation and Interpretation Team will be a new team within FFI who will help ensure all our materials are translated to meet the diverse language needs of our clients. In some cases, volunteers may also help with interpretation for support sessions. What Does the Translation and Interpretation Volunteer Do? Volunteers can take on written translation tasks or spoken interpretation tasks, as they prefer. While we do not expect Translation and Interpretation Volunteers to necessarily have qualifications relating to translation or interpretation, they should have a demonstrated strong ability in the languages they wish to translate. Ideally, volunteers will only translate from a second language into their native language, although with time pressures it is possible this will not always be the case. The translation system is a two step process, so weaker translators can work on something first before handing it over to a more experienced translator to correct any minor mistakes. In this way, we hope to be able to support translation and interpretation volunteers to improve their skills. Expectations with regard to time commitment are flexible because we recognize that people will have changing schedules. Tasks will be posted on a first come first served basis so volunteers are able to dip in and out as convenient. For a guide, we hope that volunteers will be able to offer at least 4-6 hours of their time per month. Responsibilities include: Participation in bi-monthly team meetings Translation of written materials including: FFI procedures and policies, training materials, client worksheets Interpretation (by phone or in person) for case management sessions, training sessions etc. Log all volunteer hours This role is perfect for someone who wants to do something proactive to help immigrants and refugees. We are looking for energetic people who are self-motivated, and excited to be a part of ending the immigrant detention system. Volunteer Profile Required: Fluency in English Minimum commitment of 12 months at 4 hours per week Intermediate computing skills: Database, Word, Excel, and others Passionate about justice for refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants Flexibility Reliability Maturity Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds Desired: Fluency in a second language (or more...) Degree in Education, International Development, Social Sciences, Communications, ESL, Translation, Interpretation or work experience in these fields. Previous experience of volunteering

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