WHERE: Rockland Trust Auditorium at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club
WHAT: Join the WPY staff and Board of Directors for our Annual Meeting! Learn about the Partnership's recent accomplishments and get a preview of our strategic priorities for the coming year. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
3rd Annual Adult Team Trivia Night!
WHEN: Thursday, November 2nd 6:30 - 9:30 (Doors open at 6pm)
WHERE: Waltham American Legion Post 156, 215 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham
WHAT: Dust off those thinking caps and join us for another year of friendly competition, prizes, and lots of fun - all to support Waltham youth! 50/50 raffle, cash bar and light dinner will be available.
Save the Date – Nov. 2, 2017 – 3rd Annual Adult Team Trivia Night
Mark your calendars and gather your thinking hats! The 3rd Annual Team Trivia Challenge will take place on Nov. 2, 2017 from 6:30-9:30 PM. The event will be held at the Waltham American Legion Post 156 located at 215 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham. Doors will open at 6 PM. The night promises prizes, friendly competition, and lots of fun! There will be a 50/50 raffle held. A cash bar and refreshments will be available. Ticket and sponsorship details will be announced soon.
WYACC Meetings Resume in September – Join Now!
The first meeting of the fall will take place on Sept. 6th at 2:00-3:30 PM at the Waltham High School in the Teachers Cafeteria. Subsequent meetings will be held in the same location and time the first Wednesday of every month. Are you interested in supporting a culture of mental health and wellness, free from substance misuse, and advocating for a safe, just environment where young people can thrive? If so, you should consider joining the Waltham Youth and Community Coalition (WYACC). Led by a set of guiding principles that include family involvement, youth leadership, diversity & inclusion, and equity & excellence, WYACC seeks to connect all sectors of the community to aid in youth prevention of substance misuse and promote mental health and well-being.
Commercial Driver’s License Scholarship
June, 2017 - Congratulations to Lambert Avila, WPY's first recipient of the Commercial Driver's License Scholarship! With support from the city's Community Development Block Grant program, WPY was able to award the scholarship to an eligible high school senior interested in pursuing a CDL. Our hope is that this scholarship program will help fill positions within the city that are left open due to a lack of CDL-credentialed candidates. Lambert will be completing his training with NETTTS (New England Tractor Trailer Training School) and hopes to apply for a position with the city once he has earned his CDL.
Waltham Youth and Community Coalition Showcase and Awards Ceremony
June 7, 2017 - The Waltham Youth and Community Coalition (WYACC) held its Showcase and Community Leadership Award Ceremony at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club. The event showcased the Coaliton’s substance abuse prevention work this year and culminated in the presentation of Community Leadership Awards to over 25 recipients. To learn more about WYACC or get involved, click here.
Waltham Partnership for Youth Selected as a Commonwealth Corps Host Site!
April 21, 2017 - We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting 3 Commonwealth Corps members! The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism. The Commonwealth Corps provides opportunities for skill building, leadership development and encourages and enhances a lifelong civic vocation for Corps members. Learn more about Commonwealth Corps here!
Beginning in August, 3 half-time Commonwealth Corps members will serve as Teen Weekend Program Innovators with WPY. Through their service, members will work with partners such as the Waltham Boys and Girls Club and the Waltham Recreation Department to deliver weekend programming for teens. Members will recruit 150 teens to participate in safe and structured weekend activities rooted in the principles of Positive Youth Development. In addition, they will leverage 25-30 community volunteers who will assist in weekly program delivery and facilitate one-time events or workshops.
Members will serve in a stipended half-time capacity from 8/15/17 to 6/30/18. Benefits include a focus on member training and development, as well as a bi-weekly stipend, a completion award, an inspiring network of fellow members, and other supports.
Interested in a paid year of service? We are recruiting! Check out our position description here.
WPY Wins Jones Partnership Grant to Support LACE (Language Access for Community Engagement) Program
April 21, 2017 - We are grateful to the Jones Partnership Fund for their generous grant of $2500 for the purchase of Interpretation Headsets, a key element in our developing LACE program. Language Access for Civic Engagement (LACE) will increase access to information and civic participation among our linguistically diverse community. By investing in interpretation technology and training local residents to become interpreters, we will create capacity within our community to ensure that public hearings, government meetings, and other important events can be interpreted in real time so that all residents are able to access important information, exchange ideas and concerns, and participate actively in our shared community.
Annual Linking Education and Business Breakfast Focuses on Experiential Learning and Work-Based Learning Opportunities
March 30, 2017 - Nearly 200 local business and community leaders gathered to learn about how early work-based learning opportunities can lead to greater engagement and academic achievement among youth while also helping to ensure a skilled workforce. Many thanks to Linda Noonan of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education for delivering an insightful keynote address, and big congratulations to Professor Mike Barnett for receiving the 2017 Good Neighbor Award.
WPY announced two exciting new initiatives at this year's event - our Summer Internship Pilot Program and the upcoming launch of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Advisory Council. If you're interested in participating or learning more, please email Kaytie Dowcett firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screenagers Event Underscores Difficulty of Finding Right Balance of Technology in School and in Life
March 22, 2017 - Nearly 150 parents and students attended WPY's community viewing of Screenagers followed by a panel discussion. Liz Homan, Administrator of Education Technology Integration for Waltham Public Schools, eloquently captures her ruminations on the appropriate use of technology in her blog post entitled "The Role of Educators in Keeping Digital-Age Kids Safely Connected". Click here for the Screenagers Parent Guide to a well-balanced digital life.
Waltham Youth Selected to Receive Grant to Fight Big Tobacco
Jan. 10, 2017 - The Trailblazers, a group of the Waltham Youth and Community Coalition, was recently awarded a $2,000 mini-grant from The 84 Movement to research the usage of flavored tobacco products among their peers, raise awareness about flavored products, and reduce the influence of Big Tobacco in their neighborhood. Read more