Wraparound Waltham is a collaborative of educators and service providers, led by WPY, working to address disparities in high school graduation and dropout rates among Waltham students by providing individualized supports that address both the academic and non-academic needs of students and families. This program will be funded through a grant awarded by the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Collaborative for Healthy Families and Communities. For more information about the Wraparound Waltham program, read the Program Overview and Press Release.
Waltham Rides Together!
Through consultations with service providers, Waltham Partnership for Youth (WPY) has found that transportation needs of youth and families may be under addressed. In response, WPY is leading a study in Fall 2018 that:
• Examines existing policy and practice in Waltham around transportation
• Engages community members to identify gaps in current infrastructure
The WPY Coalition (formerly WYACC) is a community coalition working together to make Waltham a safe, healthy, just and engaged community where all young people can thrive.
Our mission is 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.
Get involved! Attend our monthly meetings the first Wednesday of every month, 1:30 - 3:30 at Waltham High School. Teens and adults encouraged to attend.
To learn more about the WPY Coalition or to find resources, view the WPY Coalition Website. Click here to be added to our mailing list.
Summer Internship Program
WPY is connecting Waltham High School students with paid summer internships in a wide range of fields such as law, biomedical research, environmental science, and early childhood education. We provide weekly reflection and skill building seminars for student interns and ongoing support for students and supervisors. Subsidies are available for eligible Life Sciences companies through our partnership with Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
Employers and students interested in participating should reach out to Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, click here to view the WPY Summer Internship Website and click here for our 2019 Summer Internship Report and click here to view our video.
Interpretation Program and Service
At Waltham Partnership for Youth, we strive to build local capacity to effectively meet the needs of all Waltham youth. That’s why we have launched our Language Access for Civic Engagement program. We want to ensure that all non-English speaking students and families get access to the information and opportunities they need to thrive.
Our LACE program currently has 2 components:
Simultaneous Interpretation Equipment: Thanks to a grant from the Jones Partnership Fund of First Parish Church, we have enough equipment for events to be interpreted in up to 2 languages for up to 20 people. This equipment is available to any individual or organization in Waltham! To learn more about how this equipment works, contact Jessica at email@example.com.
Youth Interpreters Program: Waltham needs more interpreters, so why not build our own local capacity by training our talented bilingual teens?! This fall, a cohort of Spanish/English bilingual teens are participating in a 30-hour interpretation training. We encourage you to consider hiring these teens to interpret at your events beginning in January 2018! We hope to be able to offer the program to Haitian Creole/English bilingual teens next fall. This program is supported by funding from Newton Wellesley Hospital and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
To date, 23 students have completed the intensive training and have collectively served hundreds of community members. This fall, we plan to train bilingual youth in written translation! Stay tuned for more information.
Youth Service Providers Network of Waltham (YSP Now) and Family Resilience Network of Waltham (FR Now)
WPY coordinates the YSP Now group and is a Steering Committee Member of the FR Now group. Both groups are comprised of youth service providers in Waltham who meet regularly to share resources, identify current trends and needs, and, where appropriate, develop collective responses to those needs. YSP Now focuses on high-school aged youth while FR Now focuses more on younger children and their families, with particular attention paid to the needs of non-English speaking children and families.