May 7, 2020, 4:30-6 pm. The WPY Trailblazers invite all youth to this Zoom workshop where teen leaders will bring to light the tactics that the big tobacco industry has used to target black communities. A short film will be followed by discussion. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
WPY Coalition VIRTUAL Showcase and Awards Ceremony
June 3, 2020, 5:30-7:00 pm. All are invited to join us at this special virtual event to celebrate the amazing work done this year by the WPY Trailblazers and other Coalition members to address youth mental health and substance misuse prevention. RSVP here for this FREE event to let us know that you will be joining us! The deadline for nominating youth and/or adults for this year’s Community Leadership Awards is May 15th - click here to view the categories and nominate someone!
Mental Health Awareness Event
This event has been postponed due to COVID-19 (originally scheduled for May 16). We hope to work with the City of Waltham to find a new date in late summer or fall. Some planned activities may change.
This event, sponsored by WPY and Beautifully Simply You, is the fourth event in WPY’s 2019-2020 Mental Health Event Series. Planning is already underway and we have lined up Pam Garramone, who will speak on Positive Psychology and happiness, and many organizations will be on site with resource tables. There will also be fun and interactive activities for all ages, including the Self Love Garden, Ping Pong Table Mental Health Talk, yoga, salsa dancing, zumba, face painting, a photobooth, and more! For more information or to get involved, click here.
WPY's 2020 Linking Education and Business Breakfast
This event has been postponed due to COVID-19 (originally scheduled for April 9, 2020). We hope to reschedule this event, possibly in the fall. Details may change. We are excited to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be Secretary Rosalin Acosta from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development! Much of WPY’s work is focused on creating economic opportunity for youth from all backgrounds. Secretary Acosta will speak about her work and the state’s work in this area, and the role that community and business leaders can play in this arena. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to sponsor the event, click here.
Thank you to our growing list of sponsors:
We are grateful for Boston Children's Hospital, our 2019-2020 Diamond Sponsor. Thank you, BCH, for 30 years of partnership and support!
Brandeis Heller School Center for Youth and Communities
Callahan Construction Managers
Dun and Bradstreet
The Law Offices of Timothy R. Loff
Mount Auburn Hospital
RTN Federal Credit Union
Waltham Boys and Girls Club
WPY 2020 Summer Internship Program
We kicked off our Summer Internship Program with our Ready? Set? Job! Event in January and the interview and matching process is underway! We expect to place interns in a wide range of fields including, education, law, healthcare, biotech, nonprofits, and more! While we will place fewer students in internships this summer than anticipated due to COVID-19, we are currently working on additional career exploration opportunities for summer 2020 - stay tuned! To learn more about the program, visit our Summer Internship Program website or contact Jessica@walthampartnershipforyouth.org.
2019-2020 WPY Coalition Meetings
The April and May meetings have been cancelled due to COVID-19. 1st 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
Mental Health Event Series:
WPY Went Virtual with Screenagers Next Chapter - April 16, 2020 - Over 40 students, parents, educators and community members joined us VIRTUALLY for an interactive community screening of the film Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience, followed by a panel discussion. Special guest, Kurt Faustin (pictured left) joined us for the discussion and led us in a stressLESS activity.
Mental Health in Communities of Color - February 10, 2020 - People of color struggle with their mental health just as much as other populations, but are less likely to see help. 40 people joined WPY for a conversation to address the stigma of mental health in communities of color. Over 17 organizations showcased their resources and five incredible panelists joined us for a powerful discussion on the importance of mental wellness in communities of color.
Celebrating YOU During the Holidays - December 9, 2019 - WPY partnered with Families for Depression Awareness to host this event at Kennedy Middle School to reduce stress and improve self-care during the holidays. Attendees had a chance to hear from Rebekah Gibbons, LICSW, as well as a panel of young people sharing their own mental health struggles and self care strategies.
WPY Hosts 2nd Angst Film Screening - November 14, 2019 - Over 70 students, parents, educators, service providers and community members joined us for our 2nd screening of the film Angst, back by popular demand! The film was followed by a panel discussion with educators, students, a clinician from Boston Children’s Hospital, and a parent who is also a private practice clinician. Find some great resources and tips to manage anxiety at Angst Movie Resources Anxiety is real. Let’s keep talking!
Ready? Set? Job! Event
January 18, 2020 - Over 40 students joined WPY at the Waltham Recreation Center on a cold Saturday for our annual job-readiness bootcamp. Students attended workshops on topics such as resume and cover letter writing, learned about summer internship opportunities, and networked with employers. This event kicked off our 2020 Summer Internship Program recruiting season. Many thanks to our Ready? Set? Job! partners: Bentley University, Brandeis University, CK HR Consulting, Waltham Public Library, and Waltham Recreation, and to all of the other volunteers who helped make this event a success.
Adult Team Trivia Fundraiser
November 7, 2019 - A big shout out to the volunteers, sponsors, and attendees who helped us raise over $10,000 to support Waltham youth. 190 people joined us for a fantastic evening filled with laughter, spirited competition, and awesome food compliments of The Chateau. Congratulations to the Best Team Spirit winners, the Waltham Public Schools’ “Spice Girls” team, and First Place winners, the “Missing Jeopardy” team!
Thank you to our 2019 Team Trivia Sponsors! Click this image to see the larger PDF version.
2019 WPY Annual Meeting
October 8, 2019 - Despite rain and construction, we welcomed long-time supporters as well as some new faces at our Annual Meeting. Kaytie Dowcett announced that WPY has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to be spread over four years to lead Wraparound Waltham, a collaborative that will work to address disparities in high school graduation and dropout rates among Waltham students. Other highlights included updates on our growing Summer Internship Program and an overview of the work being done by the WPY Coalition to address youth mental health and substance misuse. (Pictured - Student speaker, Ajoy Tripura, along with his supervisor at RTN, Niki Charalambous. Ajoy shared his experience in our 2019 Summer Internship program).
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.