Back by popular demand, WPY's Annual Team Trivia Fundraiser is a go for November 12, but this year we are going virtual! We have at least 21 committed teams and are looking for a few more teams of up to 6 people each. Almost hooked? We will have prizes for 1st and 2nd place Trivia winners, as well as for Best Team Spirit. And new this year, an optional fundraising competition with a Taste of Waltham prize valued at over $1,000! Hurry, registration ends on November 11 at 5:00 pm or when team slots have been filled!
To register, or to donate to the fundraiser, click here.
Thank you to our generous Team Trivia event sponsors:
We are fighting two pandemics, COVID, and racism: Racism and discrimination have negatively affected Black and Brown people right here in Waltham. Our young people want to make their voices heard, and WPY is dedicated to equip our youth and our community with the tools to combat racism in the school system and the community. Join us for an honest conversation around racism and discrimination, and learn your role in making a difference. Click here to register for this FREE event, and to learn about our exciting group of panelists, including WHS grad, Muriel Dol (pictured)! This event is co-sponsored by the Waltham Black Future Fund.
WPY Wins Two Multi-year Grants
WPY recently won two prestigious multi-year grants to help support our Career Exploration and Training efforts, including the Summer Internship Program, the Youth Interpretation and Translation Apprenticeship Program, and the Social Justice in Education initiative! We were awarded a 5-year grant through the Cummings Foundation $20 Million Grant program. Additionally, the Clowes Fund continued to award us a second and third year grant. Together, the funding from these grants will enable us to take these initiatives to the next level. Thank you Cummings Foundation and Clowes Fund!
2020-2021 WPY Coalition Meetings
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! Save the date for our next meeting on December 2, from 3:00-5:00pm, where students will share Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data. To receive a link to this Zoom meeting, or for information about how you can get involved, email Ivy@walthampartnershipforyouth.org. Coalition volunteers needed!
Recent News & Events
Building Hope and Resilience Through Community Partnerships: A Virtual Celebration Event
October 14, 2020 - Over 100 people joined us for a special morning to celebrate the amazing people and organizations that have truly had an impact on Waltham youth throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Though this event was virtual, the love and sense of community spirit was stronger than ever. Thank you to all who attended, and to our distinguished guests: Keynote Speaker, Secretary Acosta; Lauren Lele and Dr. Errol Norwitz, who represented Newton-Wellesley Hospital to receive this year’s Good Neighbor Award; and student speaker Yensi Escobar. To watch a recording of this heartwarming event, click here.
We would like to give a big shout out to the sponsors who stayed by our side after our original Breakfast event in April was cancelled. Click on the sponsor image to see a larger image.
Summer Internship Season a Virtual Success!
On August 13th, we wrapped up our fourth summer internship season! This year’s program looked a little different as most internships were virtual due to COVID-19, but we still placed over 50 students in internships, thanks to the tremendous support of our 2020 employer partners. Hear about the impact directly from students here!
Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH) developed an innovative virtual learning experience for 20 of our interns. In addition to paying students to take an online biology class for credit at MassBay Community College, NWH held their own weekly virtual Career Sessions giving students wide exposure to careers in the healthcare industry. Thank you to all of our employer partners for your support and creativity in developing meaningful internship positions this summer.
Brandeis’ Waltham Group Went All Out to Support WPY
On September 3rd, Waltham Group, a Brandeis University volunteer organization, hosted a virtual talent showcase to benefit WPY! The Showcase featured performances from Brandeis students as well as from members of the Waltham community. We are incredibly grateful to Waltham Group for their time, creativity, and support. Learn more about the amazing Waltham Group here.
WPY Trailblazers Lead Black Lives Black Lungs Zoom Workshop for Teens
On May 7, 2020, the WPY Trailblazers led an impactful Zoom workshop where teen leaders brought to light the tactics that the big tobacco industry has used to target black communities. Bravo to the WPY Trailblazers for addressing this important issue!
WPY Coalition VIRTUAL Showcase and Awards Ceremony
Over 50 students, parents, school staff and community members joined us on June 3rd for a special virtual event to celebrate the amazing work done last year by the WPY Trailblazers and other Coalition members to address youth mental health and substance misuse prevention. Congratulations to the 2020 graduating Trailblazers!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.