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Congratulations, Cambridge School Volunteers!

Congratulations, Cambridge School Volunteers!
Posted on 06/20/2017
NetPalsCPS students benefit from the time and talents of local volunteers who are trained and supervised by our valued partner, Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV). On June 6th, one of CSV’s most innovative programs—NetPals—was honored by the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) in the category of Working Together/Outstanding Collaboration in Service & Volunteerism.

This award recognizes a unique mentoring model, which was designed by Lisa Van Vleck, CSV’s Director of Corporate Volunteerism. NetPals seeks to bridge the divide between the technological innovation taking place in our city, and the vast diversity of our students and families.

NetPals provides hundreds of CPS 7th Graders from Cambridge Street Upper School, Putnam Avenue Upper School and Rindge Avenue Upper School with mentors from STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Through a mix of emailed and in-person mentoring, students develop connections and insights into how science and mathematics study can be applied in their future careers.

PartnersFifteen corporations and research institutions provide the volunteer mentors to CPS (through CSV). This year, students got to know professionals from Audible, the Broad Institute, Cambridge Systematics, the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, GCP Applied Technologies, IBM, the Koch Institute, the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering, Neon Therapeutics, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Oracle, Vecna Technologies, the Volpe Center, and the Whitehead Institute.

NetPals is just one way that CSV supports CPS students. In the words of their mission statement:
CSV is an independent, non-profit organization supporting the academic and personal success of Cambridge public school children. CSV develops programs that match caring and competent adults with students of all needs and levels.
CSV manages tutoring, mentoring, classroom volunteer, and special volunteer programs throughout our school system. Learn more >>