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WYACC Community Leadership Awards and Showcase Celebration

Wednesday, June 7th 5:00 - 7:00pm at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club

Join us at our year-end event showcasing WYACC's accomplishments of the past year and honoring people committed to the health and well-being of Waltham's youth and families.


We are now accepting nominations for our Community Leadership Awards! Youth and adults can be nominated for having done any of the following:


1) Having the courage to address challenging issues that affect youth and the community


2) Showing leadership in addressing one or more of the following topics:

- Youth Mental health & wellness

- Youth Substance use prevention, intervention and treatment

- Racial, ethnic, & gender equity/justice


3) Showing extraordinary leadership within the coalition to support WYACC's mission, "To support a culture of mental health and wellness, free of substance misuse, for Waltham youth by connecting all sectors of the community, addressing root causes, and promoting advocacy, education, and policy change. "


Nominations are due Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.


To submit a nomination: https://goo.gl/forms/yZ5GWh7TALY88n9F3


To Register: https://wyaccleadershipawards2017.eventbrite.com/


For more information or questions, contact Melanie St. Pierre at melanie_stpierre@waysideyouth.org or 617-284-2646.



In The News


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, WPY will host 3 half-time Commonwealth Corps members in the brand new Waltham After Dark program, which provides a safe place for teens on weekend nights. Members will serve as Commonwealth Corps Waltham After Dark Program Innovators, helping pilot the program, recruiting youth and volunteers, and developing and delivering programming with significant input from youth. Through their service, members will recruit 150 new teens to join Waltham After Dark, providing safe and structured weekend activities rooted in the principles of Positive Youth Development for 250 teens overall. 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. Applications due no later than May 26th, 2017.


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.







Waltham Trailblazers Featured in CADCA Newsletter!: Coalitions in Action: Waltham Trailblazers

Nov. 7, 2016 - The Waltham Youth and Community Coalition, a project of the Waltham Partnership for Youth, is an entirely youth-focused coalition. Yet even within those parameters, the organization decided to form a subgroup of youth called the Waltham Trailblazers. Keep reading!

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


WPY welcomes new Executive Director Kaytie Dowcett

July 13, 2016 - We’re excited to announce that rising Waltham educator Kaytie Dowcett has been hired as the new Executive Director of the Waltham Partnership for Youth (WPY). Congrats!


Mayor Jeannette McCarthy serves with Kaytie on the school committee. She hailed her hiring as an “excellent choice for the Partnership for Youth, the City of Waltham and most importantly our youth!” Read More


Recent Events


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 kdowcett@city.waltham.ma.us.


Click here to see the slides from the event. We are so grateful to our many generous sponsors:

Donate now to support the LACE program:

Screenagers Event Underscores Difficulty of Finding Right Balance of Technology in School and in Life

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.

Mayoral Youth Summit

On Oct. 29, 2016, the first-annual Mayoral Youth Summit was held. One hundred and eighty Waltham High School students attended the event, entitled Amplify: Using Student Voice to Make a Stronger Waltham. Sponsored by the Mayor's Office, in partnership with WPY and the Waltham Public Schools, the event was developed by students for students as an opportunity to talk about important issues such as diversity, racial tension, substance abuse among youth, and preparing for life after high school. Many city and school leaders and over thirty community based organizations were there to support students and listen to their concerns and ideas. It was a powerful day and an important step toward a stronger, more inclusive community. Members of the student planning committee describe the event here.


Team Trivia Fundraiser

On Nov. 3, 2016, WPY hosted its second-annual Team Trivia fundraiser! Over one hundred people showed up to support WPY and engage in some healthy competition. Congrats to the Kiwanis 'Buzzkills' for taking first place and to the Smartinis for winning Best Team Name. And many thanks to our generous sponsors.

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