WPY Annual Meeting
October 8, 2019, 8:00 am at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club - join us as we celebrate our successes and share our vision for 2019-2020 and beyond. We are wrapping up the 2019 Summer Internship Program season, building our Youth Interpreters Program, and getting ready to launch our newest program, Wraparound Waltham. Come share in the excitement! This event is free of charge and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
Adult Team Trivia Fundraiser
WHEN: November 7, 2019, 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30). WHERE: American Legion in Waltham. WHAT: Planning is underway for our 5th Annual Adult Team Trivia Fundraiser, so start getting your teams together and generate some team spirit (have some fun!) Once again, we will have a cash bar, food, prizes, and 50/50 raffle! Click here for more information or to register.
Congratulations to last year’s Best Team Spirit winners, Waltham Recreation’s “Let’s Get Quizzical” team, and last year’s first place winners, The Waltham Rotary Club’s “Civic Calvary” team! We can’t wait to see which teams will capture the titles this year!
Angst Film Screening
November 14, 2019, 7:00-9:00 pm - Back by popular demand, we will host another screening of Angst, a film about anxiety, truth & hope. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with educators, students, and adolescent health professionals. Click here for more information and tips on managing anxiety. Anxiety is real. Let’s talk!
2019-2020 WPY Coalition Meetings
2nd Wednesday of every month, 1:30-3:30 pm at Waltham High School - 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, please join us! Students, parents, school staff, service providers, and community members are all welcome! Check out the WPY Coalition Website to learn more about the WPY Coalition and discover some great resources to support mental health and substance misuse prevention.
Recent News & Events
2019 WPY Summer Internship Program
60 students were placed at 20 employer hosts in exciting fields ranging from education to biomedical research. Students completed 6-week paid internships as well as weekly skill-building and reflection workshops on topics such as personal finance, Excel/Google sheets, and workplace etiquette. Students and employers interested in participating next summer can visit our WPY Summer Internship Program website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Awareness Event
May 25, 2019 was a spectacular day, as the Waltham Community joined us for Waltham's first Mental Health Awareness Event. 30 health and wellness organizations had resource tables on the Common, and 4 organizations/speakers led powerful workshops at Government Center.
Thank you to all of the volunteers, speakers, and organizations that participated in the event. A big shout out to every community member who came out to learn about resources, have fun, and help us break down the stigma of mental health. This event was hosted by Ivy Watts, Founder of Beautifully Simply You, and the Waltham Partnership for Youth Coalition.
Planning for the 2nd Annual Mental Health Awareness Event is in the works! Contact Ivy Watts at email@example.com for more information.
WPY Coalition Showcase and Awards Ceremony
On June 12, students, parents, school staff, local service providers, and community members gathered at the WPY Coalition Showcase and Awards Ceremony to celebrate the amazing work done this year by the WPY Trailblazers to address youth mental health and wellness and substance misuse prevention.
A highlight of the evening was an activity designed to engage attendees in the Trailblazers' Community Mapping Project. The Trailblazers created a map pinpointing the tobacco retailers in Waltham and their proximity to schools, parks, and playgrounds. Attendees had the opportunity to share their observations, concerns, and ideas for making Waltham a healthier place for youth.
WPY’s Annual Linking Education and Business Breakfast
April 11, 2019 - Nearly 150 local business and community members, educators, and students joined us to learn about the importance of providing access to early work-based learning opportunities to all youth, and the benefit of nurturing early talent development to ensure a skilled and diverse workforce. Many thanks to Travis McCready, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, for his inspirational keynote address.
Congratulations to AstraZeneca for receiving the 2019 Good Neighbor Award (image at left). WPY also recognized over 20 employers across various industries who are hosting Waltham High School interns this summer, or who have hosted in the past.
Ready? Set? Job!
February 16, 2019 - Once again, WPY and our partners at the Waltham Recreation Department, Waltham High School, More than Words, and Waltham Public Library hosted “Ready? Set? Job!” - a career readiness bootcamp for Waltham High School Students. Students learned skills to help land jobs this summer, participated in workshops on resume and cover letter writing, and had a chance to network with employers! For more information about the Summer Internship Program, view the WPY Summer Internship Website.
Enter the Digital World of Your Tween/Teen
January 9, 2019 - Parents, students, school staff, and community members attended a talk given by Dr. Jill Walsh that outlined the landscape of tween digital media use. We learned about the ways and extent to which digital technology impacts our children, and gained insights on navigating this world with them. This event was open to the public, and co-sponsored by WPY and the PTO’s of the Kennedy and McDevitt Middle Schools.
4th Annual Adult Team Trivia Night
November 8, 2018 - We had a full house and a great time at this year's Adult Team Trivia night. Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, and over 200 participants for helping us to meet our fundraising goal for this event! Congrats to the Rotary Club’s “Civic Calvary” for their first place win, and to the Waltham Recreation Department’s “Let’s Get Quizzical” team for winning the Best Team Spirit award.
Waltham Community Comes Together to Address Anxiety
November 1, 2018 - Over 100 students, parents, school staff, and community members attended WPY’s free screening of ANGST, a film about anxiety, truth & hope. The film was followed by an informative panel discussion with educators, students, and adolescent health professionals from Boston Children’s and Newton-Wellesley Hospitals. Click here and Angstmovie.com/resources for information and tips on managing anxiety.
2018 WPY Annual Meeting
October 10, 2018 - We had a great turnout for our Annual Meeting, welcoming our long-time supporters as well as many new faces! Our Executive Director, Kaytie Dowcett, led her presentation with an announcement that WPY has secured five more years of Drug Free Community funding! Other highlights included a presentation of the work being done to address mental health and substance abuse, our transportation study - Waltham Rides Together!, and our growing high school internship program. Please see our Current Initiatives tab to learn more! (Pictured at left) - Kaytie Dowcett with guest speaker, Stevenson Youyoute, who shared his experience in our Summer Internship program.
Waltham Community Comes Together to Address Anxiety