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2019 WPY Summer Internship Program

Preparation for our Summer Internship Program is underway! There are over 60 positions available at 20 employer hosts, in exciting fields ranging from education to biomedical research. Students have submitted applications and are being screened by WPY staff. After a long interview and matching process, students will begin 6-week paid internships in July, and will also participate in a series of job skills workshops. For more information visit our  WPY Summer Internship Website or contact


Mental Health Awareness Event

May 25, 2019, 12:00-4:00 pm at the Waltham Common and Government Center -

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, Ivy Watts, Founder of Beautifully Simply You, and Waltham Partnership for Youth are excited to announce the first annual Mental Health Awareness Event on May 25, 2019 from 12-4 PM (Rain Date May 26, 2019 12-4 PM). For information on the activities, or to volunteer, sponsor the event, or host an exhibitor table, visit our Mental Health Awareness Event Website or contact Ivy Watts at


WPY Coalition Showcase and Awards Ceremony

June 12, 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club - Come celebrate and honor those who are committed to the health and well-being of Waltham youth and families, and learn about all of the amazing work being done by the WPY Trailblazers, the youth arm of the WPY Coalition. This event is free and open to the public. Dinner will be served, so please be sure to RSVP here. To learn more about the Community Leadership Award categories and nominate a student or adult for an award, please click here. Nominations are due Friday, May 24th, 2019.


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 consider joining the WPY Coalition.  Meetings will resume in the fall, but in the meantime join us at this year’s ceremony or check out the WPY Coalition Website to learn more!




Recent News & Events


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.

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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 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.


Shoppers Cafe 5K to Benefit WPY

September 16, 2018 - Shoppers Cafe hosted their 5K, with proceeds to benefit WPY! A big thank you to Marathon Sports, Shoppers Cafe, event donors, and the many runners, walkers, and volunteers. Congratulations to the winners in each age group! Thanks to the Boys and Girls Club Running Club (pictured above) for supporting us!


Boston Globe Reports on WPY’s collaboration with Meadowscaping for Biodiversity

August 3, 2018. This summer, six students in WPY’s summer internship program worked for the Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP), run by the non-profit Meadowscaping for Biodiversity. YEEP gives high school students the opportunity to help the environment while earning money and gaining valuable work skills. YEEP students established a business selling plants and gardening services, with a focus on native plant species that attract bees, butterflies and moths to build local biodiversity. The goal of the WPY summer internship program is to provide a diverse group of Waltham youth with meaningful development opportunities. To read the full Boston Globe article click here.

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