Boston Youth Zone Newsletter January 2016

Welcome to the January 2016 Newsletter!

Happy new year to all of our readers! The Boston Centers for Youth and Families: Division of Youth Engagement and Employment strives to connect young people and families to all of the incredible resources and opportunities that are available in the city of Boston, and we plan on taking that to the next level for 2016! We want to thank YOU for taking the time to read our newsletter and get involved in the programming we connect you to. Without you, there is no us!

This newsletter is just a small spotlight of the things we have to share with you to start the year. You will discover even MORE opportunities when you get to the online home of the Boston Youth Zone Newsletter and the BCYF: YEE team, youth.boston.gov!

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U. Dream College Fair

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MBTA Rider Census

If you ride the MBTA this survey is for you! Help the MBTA collect information that plays an important role in planning service and ensuring service is provided fairly.The MBTA will use the data collected in the Rider Census to evaluate current service, to plan future service, and to analyze the potential rider impacts of service or fare change proposals. The census is a short survey about riders and how they use the MBTA.

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Happy New Years from PGK! Are you and your family looking to make giving back a part of your New Years resolution? Check out the PGK website for great causes, ideas, and activities! You can start the year off by Beginning with the Basics and collecting toiletry items for On The Rise, a great organization that supports homeless women in the Cambridge area. Questions about PGK? Contact Molly Yuska at myuska@projectgivingkids.org.

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Junior Achievement Academy

The JA Academy Program is a 13 week after school program for students to develop, start, operate and liquidate their very own company! Students will have a real-life and hands-on experience growing their company from the ground up. By the end of this program, students will understand what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and might be inspired to become one!

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YEAR UP Recruiting for March Class

Are you a young adult who is looking for a next step in your journey toward a career and higher education? Year Up’s mission is to close the opportunity divide through a one-year intensive program. Receive an educational stipend and earn 31 FREE college credit recommendations! Available to ages 18-24.

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MBTA Youth Pass Pilot Program: This program offers Boston youth the opportunity to purchase a monthly T pass for $26 or a weekly T pass for $7! Applicants must be Boston residents and between the ages of 12 and 21. Applicants who are 19-21 must also be enrolled in high school, an alternative education program, a job training program, or a public aid program (e.g., MassHealth or public housing). Transactions are made at the Youth Pass window at Boston City Hall.

There is still time to participate in the Credit Building Initiative. To apply, print out the application below, complete it, and submit it to the YEE office by January 11.

Jobs + Volunteering

Boston Cares on Martin Luther King Day: For MLK Day 2016, Boston Cares will create opportunities for 650 volunteers to support literacy programming in classrooms at three Boston Public Schools! MLK Day volunteers will create Reading Success Kits for the Lee Academy, Winship Elementary, and Edward Everett Elementary Schools within BPS. Projects are available for the whole family! January 18th, 10am-1pm, Boston Latin School, 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur 02115. kalexander@bostoncares.org, 617-422-0910 x210

STRIVE Course - Job Training and Job Search Help STRIVE is a free, intensive, 5-week professional development/attitudinal training workshop followed by a targeted and assisted job search. STRIVE assists those who need help and training to find a job, need to touch up on education, or get assistance with the Hi-Set. This FREE course covers resume writing, professional development, interviewing skills, computer training, job placement assistance, Hi-Set preparation, and Word & Excel Certification. 8 cycles throughout 2016; Cycle 1 has orientation on Jan 8 and runs from Jan 11–Feb 12. 651 Washington St., Dorchester. 617-825-1800

Rosie’s Place is a women’s shelter that provides meals and shelter. They also help women with housing and education services. Volunteers help with services such as teach or tutor women learning english as a second or other language (ESOL), Visit with an isolated woman in the community to share interests and activities, prepare and serve lunch or dinner, etc., Email volunteer@rosiesplace.org or visit the website to register!

Youth Lead the Change: Participatory Budgeting

Have you ever wanted to help manage $1 million? You can make it happen starting today! Idea Collection for the third year of Youth Lead the Change is underway now.

‪#Boston‬ is hosting the 2016 International Conference on Participatory Budgeting and there is a focus on ‪youth! ‬Get excited, mark your calendar, share with others and submit a proposal to be a part of the conference!

Fun Things to Do!

Ice Skating at the Frog Pond: The Boston Common Frog Pond sits at the heart of Boston Common, the oldest and most treasured public park in the U.S., and it is now open for ice skating! Check the Frog Pond website for prices and more information.

Stay Fit This Winter: Looking to stay active this winter? Join the Kroc center now! Register for programs that begin in January or visit your local BCYF center and go for a swim!

Visit your local BCYF Community Center: Check out what your BCYF center has to offer! Get involved in some programming, play some sports or even go for a swim! There are tons of things to do at YOUR local center!

Teens in Print: Ever dreamed of seeing your name in print? Join the staff of Boston’s citywide youth newspaper, Teens in Print. This is a volunteer position open to BPS high school students that could lead to a paid position next summer. Meetings are twice a week at The Boston Globe and have FREE food! ric.kahn.jcs@cityofboston.gov, 617-541-2651

FOR YOUTH WORKERS + ADULTS

Apply to be a partner for the Summer Employment Program

BCYF’s Division of Youth Engagement & Employment is seeking applications for partnership in the 2016 SuccessLink Summer Youth Employment program. The application is open to registered non-profit organizations in Boston who are interested in becoming a work site for the summer of 2016. Community-based organizations can apply at the link below. Deadline to apply is January 15th.

Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants

The EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofits, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and underemployed residents, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, integrated pest management, and wastewater related training. Deadline is January 14th.

Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreements

The Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeks applications for Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment grant funding. The cooperative agreements will support outreach strategies and support grantee participation in key outreach initiative coordinated by the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign. Deadline is January 20th.

Goodwill Offers Training for Work in Human Services

HELP (Human Services Employment Ladder Program) is Goodwill’s innovative course for job seekers interested in careers helping others. The 2 month program prepares participants to become entry-level direct support professionals in human services. Graduates become qualified to fill the increasing need for caring, professional workers in community residences, shelters, day programs and other human services settings. Mon-Fri, 9am–3pm. January 4th – February 26th. Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, 1010 Harrison Ave., South End. 617-541-1499

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