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.
The WPY Coalition 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 virtual monthly meetings the first Wednesday of every month at 3:00 (except January). Teens and adults encouraged to attend. Meetings are currently virtual; to receive Zoom links, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Sandra at email@example.com. For more information, click here to view the WPY Summer Internship Website and click here for our 2020 Summer Internship Report and click here to view our video.
Interpretation and Translation Apprenticeship Program and Service
At Waltham Partnership for Youth, we strive to build local capacity to effectively meet the needs of all Waltham youth. We launched this program to ensure that all non-English speaking students and families get access to the information and opportunities they need to thrive, while providing paid work opportunities to Waltham’s talented bilingual students.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interpretation and Translation Apprenticeship Program: Spanish/English and Haitian Creole/English bilingual teens complete intensive training in Interpretation or Translation (we currently alternate each year, with Interpretation training happening in fall 2020). We encourage you to consider hiring trained teens to interpret at your events, or translate materials for you! This program has been supported by funding from Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy Program.
To date, 40 students have either completed the training or are currently in training. Trained Interpreters and Translators have served at schools, nonprofits, and the City of Waltham!
Teaching for Social Justice Program
Addressing the lack of educator diversity in Waltham is a priority to students and school administration alike. In response, WPY, in partnership with Waltham Public Schools, launched the Teaching for Social Justice (TSJ) Program in 2019. Students in the TSJ Fellowship meet weekly with their cohort to explore and examine topics related to social justice, equity and teaching diverse student populations in the 21st century. An interactive elective course at the high school allows students to engage with guest speakers, educators, and representatives from educational organizations. In addition, through an online one-credit course through Lasell University, students explore careers in teaching and learn about college programs and requirements.
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.