2021-12-07 - Opening students' eyes to healthcare careers - PDF
Summer internship for Waltham youth exemplifies community partnerships.
Waltham High School senior Bill Ssewanyana dreams of one day becoming a neurologist. This summer’s internship program through Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the Waltham Partnership for Youth (WPY) made it seem a step closer to reality. After emigrating from Uganda in 2020, Bill admits that adjusting to a new country and school without any immediate family wasn’t easy. But he overcame the challenges with help from teachers, counselors, and a wide community of support, including the WPY.
RTN Federal Credit Union and RTN GoodWorks Foundation co-sponsored three virtual financial education seminars last week for high school students participating in Waltham Partnership for Youth’s Summer Internship Program. Seventy-two students attended the seminars, which were presented by RTN’s partner American Consumer Credit Counseling, Inc. RTN is also a participating local employer, with one of the students working in the Waltham branch this summer.
The Mass. Senate and House have given final approval to the state's budget for the current fiscal year. Of local interest, State Senator Mike Barrett, who represents Waltham, wrote successful amendments aimed at funneling $225,000 to programs in the city. Another Barrett amendment adds $75,000 to the budget of the Waltham Partnership for Youth, so that it can build out the staffing capacity of its Wraparound Waltham program. Wraparound Waltham works with immigrant students and their families to connect them with employment, housing, food, and COVID-related health services.
... Newton-Wellesley Hospital: What impact has the CHF&C had on young people in the area? We support the hiring of youth through the Waltham Partnership for Youth Internship program so they can learn about careers in healthcare, and we funded the Youth Interpreters program, which offers students job training, career development, and paid employment. These efforts are designed to address social determinants such as housing and food insecurity that often lead to physical and mental health challenges.
Waltham Partnership for Youth is one of 130 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant Program. The Waltham-based organization was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.
... The Waltham Partnership for Youth develops new youth programming based on community needs assessments (The Waltham Family School and Healthy Waltham, two independent nonprofits, both began as WPY programs). The WPY also provides support and capacity building to community partners to help sustain and enhance current programming. They convene multi-sector stakeholders to work collectively and strategically toward improved opportunities and outcomes for Waltham's youth.
The Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH) Collaborative for Healthy Families and Communities (CHF&C) is facilitating a major community effort aimed at addressing disparities in high school graduation rates among Waltham students. Wraparound Waltham, a newly formed collaborative, will lead this groundbreaking work. Wraparound Waltham is led by the Waltham Partnership for Youth (WPY) and includes Waltham Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Charter (a division of The Key Program, Inc.), Doc Wayne Youth Services and The Right to Immigration Institute.
... Let’s talk business. Tell us about Waltham Partnership for Youth – what should we know?
Waltham Partnership for Youth is a small (but mighty!) nonprofit with a big mission – to leverage and coordinate the assets of our vibrant community so that ALL Waltham youth have access the resources, services, and opportunities they need to thrive. We do this by (a) conducting needs assessments, (b) jump-starting new programs, (c) providing capacity building to help sustain and enhance existing programs, and (d) convening diverse stakeholders to work strategically on behalf of Waltham’s youth.
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.