Current MIT KeyPal Site Coordinator shown with (from L to R): Paul Parravano (MIT Co-Director of Government and Community Relations); Jennifer Fries (CSV Executive Director); Ellen Avery (Draper Lab KeyPal Site Coordinator); Gretchen MacDougall (IBM KeyPal Site Coordinator); and Faraneh Serino (IBM KeyPal Site Coordinator).
Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) celebrated its commitment to the academic success of Cambridge Public School students at a special event, CSV Now, on March 15 at Genzyme, a Sanofi Company, in Kendall Square.
After welcoming remarks by Meghan Dulac (Genzyme Community Relations Specialist and CSV Board member) and Jennifer Fries (CSV Executive Director), Amy Domini, CEO and founder of Domini Social Investments, shared her views on the importance of volunteerism and public education. CRLS sophomore Amy Tung, who had participated in KeyPals many years before, spoke about the program’s positive impact on her academic life. Paul Parravano, MIT’s Co-Director of Government and Community Relations shared highlights of eighteen years of the program. And finally, CPSD Superintendent Jeffrey Young spoke about the difference that a mentor can make in a child’s life.
CSV’s event honored its special KeyPal program partners: Draper Laboratory, IBM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the past seventeen years, this remarkable program has matched fifth and sixth graders from the Kennedy-Longfellow School with employees from Draper, MIT, and IBM for a year-long exchange of e-mails focusing on e-mentoring, technology, writing and awareness of career options. Students and mentors meet face-to-face four times during the school year as well, both at the school and the workplace.
CSV has played a pivotal role in its mission to support the academic and personal success of Cambridge public school students, with more than 25,000 volunteers participating in a variety of elementary and high school programs, and logging in more than 1.5 million hours of volunteer time during its 46-year history. It is estimated that close to 70 percent of all public school students have been impacted by a CSV volunteer.
Monies raised at the event will continue to support CSV’s many successful programs as well as help to develop new ones. For more information about CSV, go to www.csvinc.org.