Cambridge School Volunteers, Inc. (CSV) has announced the appointment of its new director for volunteer programming at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS). Incoming CSV Director of High School Programs Jay Bernal starts his work at CSV with more than 10 years of experience at the Museum of Science, Boston (MOS). He most recently worked in the youth education department at the museum. Bernal’s experience at the MOS includes management of both the school year and summer youth employment programs, designing workforce development workshops for high school students, and developing field trip experiences for high schoolers.
Bernal has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Suffolk University. In his spare time, he is a freelance stage manager, most recently for “The Drowsy Chaperone” at his alma mater, Suffolk University.
CSV Executive Director Meg Ramsdell says “Jay’s previous work providing students with support, enrichment, and career exploration is a great fit with the mission of Cambridge School Volunteers. We are delighted to have him bring his experience at the Museum of Science to CRLS .”
Bernal says “What I like about working with high schoolers is challenging them to reassess what they think they are capable of and empowering them to reach for goals beyond that. Young people spend a lot of time hearing about the things they can’t do yet and don’t spend to spend too much time reflecting on what they can do. I’m driven to help them explore that.”
Cambridge School Volunteers runs high school programs open to students in Grades 9–12 at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS). CRLS is the city’s one district level, comprehensive public high school, with an enrollment of almost 2,000 students. Students at CRLS come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with 25 percent speaking a language other than English as their first language. Cambridge School Volunteers operates the CSV Tutoring Center at CRLS, a College & Career Mentoring Program, SAT Prep, and credit-bearing academic support classes, as well as providing volunteers to help in classrooms and volunteer mentors to advise the Science Olympiad and robotics teams. CSV also offers summer internships at Audible.com’s Kendall Square location through a partnership with the company.
Jay Bernal may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.