Enter the Digital World of Your Tween/Teen
January 9, 2019, 7:00-9:00 pm at McDevitt Middle School -
We cannot pretend that digital technology does not impact our children, but in what ways and to what effects? Join Dr. Jill Walsh in a talk that outlines the landscape of tween digital media use and provides insights for caregivers trying to navigate this world with them. This event is free and open to all Waltham families. Co-Sponsored by WPY and the PTO’s of the Kennedy and McDevitt Middle Schools. Click here to register.
WPY Coalition - Join Now!
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 WPY Coalition. Led by a set of guiding principles that include family involvement, youth leadership, diversity & inclusion, and equity & excellence, the WPY Coalition seeks to connect all sectors of the community to aid in youth prevention of substance misuse and promote mental health and well-being. Meetings are the first Wednesday of every month (except in January) from 2:00-3:30 at the Waltham High School.
WPY’s Annual Linking Education and Business Breakfast
April 11, 2019, 7:30-9:30 am at Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston Waltham
Save the date for the 2019 Linking Education and Business Breakfast fundraiser. We are excited to have guest speaker Travis McCready, President and CEO of Mass Life Sciences Center, deliver a talk about the power and potential of early work-based learning experiences to positively impact individual lives as well as the entire Life Sciences industry. To learn more about Travis, click here.
Recent News & Events
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.
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.
Screenagers Event Underscores Difficulty of Finding Right Balance of Technology in School and in Life
May 29, 2018 - Over 100 parents and students attended WPY's community viewing of Screenagers followed by a panel discussion among high school students and Sandra Malec, Interim Administrator of Educational Technology Integration for Waltham Public Schools. Click here for the Screenagers Parent Guide to a well-balanced digital life.
WPY's Annual Linking Education & Business Breakfast
April 11, 2018 - Nearly 200 local business and community leaders gathered to learn about how hands-on learning opportunities and internships can provide youth with access to a pathway in STEM careers, while also helping to ensure a skilled workforce. Many thanks to Dr. Melodie Knowlton for delivering an inspirational keynote address. Dr. Knowlton is the Head of the Thomas M. Menino Vertex Learning Lab, a 3,000 sq. ft. classroom and laboratory space at Vertex’s corporate headquarters in Boston.
Congratulations to Brandeis University for receiving the 2018 Good Neighbor Award (image at left).
WPY also recognized the nearly 20 employers across various industries who committed to hosting Waltham High School interns this summer. If you're interested in learning more or hosting an intern in 2019, please email Kaytie Dowcett firstname.lastname@example.org.