Each year, we bring nearly 200 people together from Waltham's business and education communities to celebrate partnerships and explore ways to work together to increase opportunities and outcomes for all Waltham youth. We are excited to announce this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Melodie Knowlton. 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. The Learning Lab's mission is to inspire and equip under-resourced youth to become the next generation of scientific leaders and health care professionals.
Join us for what promises to be an inspirational morning. Sponsorship opportunities available! Click HERE for more information. Thank you to our growing list of sponsors.
Recent News & Events
February 6th Declared Tobacco Free Tuesday in Waltham!
On January 22nd, 2018 the Waltham City Council unanimously approved a resolution declaring February 6th Tobacco Free Tuesday! The resolution was inspired by the work of the WYACC Traiblazers, our youth leadership group. Trailblazers have been working hard to educate their peers and others in the community on the harms of tobacco and nicotine, as well as the tactics used by tobacco companies to target youth. This work is especially important given the rise of vaping and e-cigarette use among Waltham teens.
On February 6th, Trailblazers are asking smokers to challenge themselves to be tobacco and nicotine free for 24 hours, and for all community members to commit to wearing orange to show their support. Students will be facilitating activities at Waltham High School that day to raise awareness.
Trailblazers Allissa Masse and Havo Akobirshoeva gave an outstanding presentation to the school committee on the topic (watch minutes 7:45 - 42:45) and will be presenting to City Council on Monday, February 5th at 8:00pm. We encourage you to attend and to wear orange to show your support!
WPY Receives $5,000 Grant from Waltham Education and Beyond Foundation!
Our WEBF grant will be used to support the development of our growing Youth Work Collaborative, which provides Waltham teens with career development opportunities and job placement support by coordinating efforts among employers, educators, and youth service providers. Waltham Partnership for Youth serves as the backbone organization, coordinating all aspects of the program, recruiting students and employers, facilitating job placement, and providing ongoing support and evaluation. Partners such as the Waltham Boys and Girls Club, Waltham Public Schools, and the Waltham Public Library will provide students with opportunities to learn vital career readiness skills throughout the school year so that students are ready for success in the workplace; the program will culminate each year with students being placed in paid summer internships. For more information, contact Kaytie at email@example.com
3rd Annual Adult Team Trivia Night
November 2, 2017 - We had a packed house and a great time at this year's Adult Team Trivia night. And thanks to our many sponsors and participants, we exceeded our fundraising goal! Congrats the The Waltham Family School team for their big win, and to the Park Lodge Hotel Group's team, The Bald and the Beautiful, for their well deserved Team Spirit Award.
2017 WPY Annual Meeting
October 11, 2017 - We had a great turnout for our 2017 Annual Meeting, including longtime supporters as well as new faces! If you missed this opportunity to learn about WPY's recent accomplishments and current priorities, check out our Prezi, linked here.
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
Student leader Gladys Vargas shares her reflections on WPY at the Annual Meeting.