Mondays: Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St, Worcester, MA 01604
Wednesdays & Fridays: Centro las Americas, 11 Sycamore St, Worcester, MA
Centro Las Americas offers the highest quality of social services for the community today. Since 1977, we have provided superior service to our community and have assisted it in achieving its goals. Our years of experience and commitment to excellence have earned us the reputation as the only Hispanic Community Service provider in the area.
Centro Las Americas' Latino Elder Program serves as the last line of care and socialization for many low-income Latino elders ages 60 to 93, who reside in the city of Worcester. Over 130 seniors living across the city are served on a weekly basis by this program. From recreation and socialization to health screenings, advocacy, consumer protection and case management, this program offers support to active and frail elders many of whom have no other caregivers involved in their lives.
The members of the Latino Elders Program visit the Worcester Senior Center on Mondays from 9:00-12:30. They meet at Centro las Americas on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00-12:30. Students can sign up for 1-2 hour shifts to visit with the elders, have conversations, play games, do arts & crafts, or offer informal computer lessons. The program is loosely structured, leaving the members and volunteers free to choose which activities they would like to do each week.
508-202-4532 or 774-239-6584
108 Beacon Street, Worcester, MA 01608
ICC is an urban ministry seeking the peace (shalom) of our city; through worship, service, fellowship, evangelism, stewardship, and discipleship (learning), committed to loving God and all people. (Jeremiah 29, Matt 22:36-40, Matt 28:19). The Shalom Neighborhood Center is a faith based/community based nonprofit organization organized by the ICC providing educational, cultural, social and recreational opportunities for diverse ethnic populations of Worcester, focusing on District 4 neighborhoods. Through cooperation, collaboration, and community partnerships the Shalom Neighborhood Center shall strive to provide, quality experiences and activities for families, youth, adults and the elderly through social service, social education, social development and social justice.
Community Kids Club
A free faith-based neighborhood program, providing after hours recreational, educational and social developmental activities for elementary, middle and high school youth ages 6-19. On Mondays and Wednesdays (possibly Thursdays), an afterschool program operates out of the church from 3-5pm and an evening program operates from 6-8pm out of the gymnasium of Chandler Elementary School.
Details of the service and mission are as follows:
1) Mentoring through sports. Help run a basketball league on Monday nights.
2) Tutoring in academic subjects.
3) Tutoring in English for ESL students.
4) Running a simple dance class this is very therapeutic.
5) Helping to run a basic job skills group.
6) Organizing arts and crafts activities for elementary students.
7) Literacy support. Being a reading buddy for grades 1-5.
The kids club will begin operating at the end of September/beginning of October on Mondays and Wednesdays (possibly Thursdays), but help is needed before then with planning. Prior to the start of the kids club, Holy Cross students can work with us from 11-2 or 3-5pm to do planning. After kids club begins operating, then Holy Cross students can also work with us from 6-8pm.
ICC can host 5-7 Holy Cross students.
SOCL 299 (Sociology of Food), MONT 104G
Wayne McAuliffe, Leadership Programs Manager
Community Harvest Project, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, headquartered in North Grafton, MA. Our mission is: To build an engaged and healthier community by bringing volunteers together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief.
In the 1970's, Bill and Rose Abbott of Hopkinton, MA began to donate vegetables from their farm to hunger relief organizations in the Boston area. As their efforts grew, Food for the Needy was formed, which became Community Harvest Project in 2002.
At our farms in North Grafton and orchard in Brimfield, thousands of volunteers come together every year to help plant, tend and harvest tens of thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for their neighbors in need. In Worcester County, over 99,000 people utilize hunger relief services through local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Community Harvest Project provides a consistent supply of high quality, highly nutritious, fresh fruits and vegetables that are distributed throughout these hunger relief organizations.
In 2012, Community Harvest Project donated over 250,000 lbs. of fresh fruits and vegetables to hunger relief organizations in the Worcester County Food Bank's network thanks to the hard work of over 9,200 volunteer visits from across the county and many from around the world. We look forward to the future and hope to continue to increase the number of volunteers engaged as part of the solution to hunger in Worcester County and increase the number of pounds of produce donated for hunger relief.
ASTD 299, RELS 143
Veronica Hachey, Director
484 Main St. Suite 110, Worcester, MA 01608
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work.
Dress for Success serves clients by referral only, and women must have an interview scheduled before they receive clothing. Our clients come to us from a continually expanding and diverse group of non-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters, among many other organizations. Almost 4,500 organizations throughout the world send women to Dress for Success for professional apparel and career development services.
CBL students will have an opportunity to work directly with clients in many different ways. Students will each sign up for a weekly two-hour slot when the boutique is open (Tuesday-Friday 9:00-2:00). During this time, students will be scheduled to assist clients with selecting professional attire for their interviews or new jobs. They will also work with clients to learn about computers, job searches, resumes, and cover letters. Each student will also have an opportunity to attend one workshop for the Going Places Network (a program for unemployed women) and the Professional Women's Group (a program for clients who have secured employment).
Note: This opportunity is only appropriate for female students.
36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Since it was founded in 1920, Friendly House has grown into a multi-service neighborhood center and works in conjunction with outreach centers such as Centro Las Americas and the Henry Lee Willis Neighborhood Center. Friendly House is a United Way agency and also receives funds from various federal, state, local and private grants.
With the merging and closing of Neighborhood centers in Worcester over the years, Friendly House has emerged as the leader and centerpiece of assistance for providing services to Worcester residents. Inner city families turn to Friendly House for a variety of assistance including shelter, emergency help, food, medical care, after school and summer programs, day care, senior programs and counseling. Friendly House helps people help themselves by providing information, resources and direct support.
Over the past year alone, more than 25,000 residents received assistance from Friendly House. Over 3,000 people accessed Friendly House's Social Service Department seeking food, shelter and counseling. During school vacations and through the summer camp program, nearly 4,000 young people are provided a safe environment away from the negative influences of the city streets through creative and recreational programs. Daily, more than 200 seniors rely on Friendly House for meals, health screenings and social activities.
Over the past 75 years, throughout a changing society, the core philosophy of Friendly House has remained unchanged. Friendly House helps people to help themselves, generate self-reliance and increase their quality of life. The strengthening of the finest family standards and the highest American ideals is the underlying educational purpose of Friendly House. Friendly House provides opportunities for individuals to realize his/her potential for a full life through self-direction and growth.
Friendly House offers walk-in hours every day for community members who seek information and access to services (such as shelters, food pantries, legal assistance, etc). The walk-in hours are consistently busy, with people waiting in line to speak with a bilingual staff member. There is an opportunity for one or two students to assist with walk-in hours, performing client intake and providing information about the available services. This is a fast-paced and often chaotic environment with many opportunities to speak and hear Spanish. A friendly, outgoing personality and a willingness to jump in and help without direction are essential for this role.
1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608 (program takes place at the YWCA)
Girl's C.H.O.I.C.E is a mentoring system founded and designed by five professional women who had a vision to empower young, at-risk girls to become self sufficient through their own educational pursuits, and mature into self-assured and independent young adults.
This vision has become a reality by utilizing a core group of professional women who are committed to helping teenage girls get into college, through an intensive one-on-one and group mentoring relationship that begins in 7th grade and does not end until the mentee graduates from high school.
On Saturdays, Girl's CHOICE mentors and staff implement a structured curriculum on empowerment, health & wellness, and college & career readiness. College volunteers act as "junior mentors," helping to facilitate the activities and discussions. On Monday afternoons, volunteers work with the girls individually on their homework. This program takes place at the YWCA, which partners with Girl's CHOICE. More specific scheduling information will be available at the CBL Fair.
Note: This opportunity is only appropriate for female students.
Steve Favulli, Program Coordinator
508-798-6507 ext. 106
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
The Latino Education Institute (LEI) at Worcester State University (WSU) was founded in 2000 by a partnership of community leaders to provide outcomes-based development programs in education, literacy, leadership, civic engagement and health. Our mission is to:
(1) Improve the academic achievement and well-being of Latino students (grades K-16) and their families throughout the city of Worcester. Each year the LEI reaches over 1500 youth and their families with education and advocacy programs and hundreds more through city-wide partnerships with the Worcester Public School district as well as other community-based agencies.
(2) Community Outreach. LEI outreach provides innovative solutions to families, who are looking for alternative ways to increase their English language literacy skills, connect with other families who share similar experiences, and for those new to our country, navigate local systems and resources.
Club E promotes parental involvement in their children's education by engaging parents in English-as-a-Second-Language classes that enhance English literacy and communication skills. Parents also participate in training in the areas of computer, financial, and health literacy through a serious of seasonal workshops. Club E strives to increase the educational levels of parents and adults in order to fully realize the overall academic goals of the entire family. This program promotes a strong family involvement component and provides on-site academic support to the children of participants.
Club E takes place at Worcester State University on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30PM. Volunteers may choose to participate in one or two days per week but they must maintain consistency throughout the program. With a consistent schedule, students will serve as instructional aides to classroom teachers and be able to assist with lesson plans and activities.
ASTD 299, RELS 143
Ryan McCarthy, Program Manager
The program will take place at a high school or community organization in Worcester (TBD).
Let's Get Ready envisions a world where students from all socioeconomic backgrounds have equal access to the support they need to reach higher education. The mission of Let's Get Ready is to expand college access for low-income high school students by providing FREE SAT preparation and college admission counseling.
Let's Get Ready mobilizes and trains volunteer college student "Coaches" as tutors and mentors who provide not only instruction but also the encouragement and inspiration students need to succeed. Coaches are comprehensively trained to teach reading comprehension & writing or math (or both), as well as financial aid and college readiness. The program runs from 5:30-8:30 on Monday and Wednesday nights. Reading comp coaches teach one night and math coaches teach the other night, but students attend both nights each week. Coaches must commit to preparing for and teaching the full three-hour class each week. Let's Get Ready provides a workbook and lesson plan, which coaches can supplement with fun activities of their own.
There is a mandatory training for coaches on Tuesday, September 17th from 5:00-9:30.
774-243-3937 (office phone)
774-437-8895 (work cell)
10 East Worcester St., Suite 2A, Worcester, MA 01604
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is one of the largest social service organizations in New England. LSS serves children, youth and families; persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness and deafness; persons who are economically disadvantaged; refugees, including unaccompanied refugee minors; and older adults. Unaccompanied Refugee Minors are children under the age of 18 who are resettled alone in the United States, without a parent, relative, or other responsible adult to take care of them. The URM program serves these young people with financial support and comprehensive services designed to assist with their resettlement and adjustment to their new culture, provide for them while they pursue educational goals, and prepare them for eventual independence. Services are tailored to the needs of refugee youth, blending their cultural identity with their new American environment.
Afterschool Tutoring Program
Meeting once a week, CBL volunteers provide homework help, English language tutoring, Spanish grammar and writing tutoring, and mentorship to the LSS youth. The tutoring program meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:30pm at the LSS office. The program needs approximately 15 tutors to work with Spanish-speaking adolescents. There is a potential for up to 3 openings for volunteers to work with non-Spanish speaking adolescents. Volunteers must be comfortable conversing and writing in Spanish and English. LSS clients have varying levels of English, education, and literacy. There is potential that several students may be working on GED exams and need a more intensive level of tutoring. LSS requires a high level of commitment and confidentiality regarding our clients. An outgoing personality will also be useful in this role in order to engage your partner effectively.
An application and CORI background check are required and volunteers must attend an orientation session before beginning. LSS Staff will review applications and select volunteers based on the needs of our clients.
Joel Kent, Business Manager
508-799-0100 ext. 18
67 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
Nativity School of Worcester is an accredited, independent, Jesuit middle school that provides a quality, all-scholarship education to underserved boys of all faiths. Drawing upon four pillars - strength, scholarship, character, and service - a Nativity education inspires self-discovery, responsibility, spiritual growth, and a lifelong dedication to learning.
Nativity School of Worcester is modeled upon effective practices that provide students from low-income homes the opportunity for academic excellence. The Nativity model of education began with the creation of the Nativity Mission Center in New York City in 1971. The model consists of small class sizes, a mandatory summer program, an extended school day where students attend organized activities and an evening study, and a graduate support program. In addition to the rigorous academic program, students participate in a comprehensive, character-building sports and activities program in the afternoon and an individualized tutoring program in the evening.
Nativity School of Worcester offers a comprehensive and unique learning experience that prepares students for the rigors of high school and college. The academic program emphasizes hard work, dedication, and achievement with the goal of inspiring each student to attain the following goals:
- He will achieve at his highest level, as measured by effort and assessment in his classes and improvement on his M.A.P. testing.
- He will be accepted into a selective high school or specialized high school program.
- He will graduate from high school in four years.
- He will graduate from a four-year college or specialized post-high school program.
Volunteers are needed to serve, once per week, as tutors during Nativity's evening study program, which runs three nights a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. During this time, Nativity men are paired with tutors who assist them with academic subjects that pose personal challenges, explore advanced areas of study, or complete homework. There are also opportunities to participate in the creation of weekly Wednesday activity clubs from 3:35-5:00, based on the non-academic interests of our volunteers. Past clubs have included woodworking, guitar, cooking, and origami, amongst many others. In addition to these opportunities, CBL students may assist our teachers in proctoring after school intramural or interscholastic athletics.
Notre Dame Long Term Care Center (NDLTCC)
HIST 299, MONT 104S
Staff Contact for the NDLTCC:
Jadranka Grek, Director of Activities and the Special Care Program
508- 852-3011 x 3123
559 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605
The Notre Dame Long Term Care Center (NDLTCC) provides nursing facility services to approximately 85 lay people and 37 retired religious Sisters of Notre Dame. It offers dementia specialty care to 41 individuals who receive additional sensory and tactile-based activity programming to help address their unique needs. The ages of our residents range from 65 to 100, with the average age being in their mid-eighties.
Any student who may be willing to offer one-to-one visits, share their special musical or artistic talents, or work with a group of elders are invited to consider Notre Dame as a place in which to give to others. Any amount of time given by a student is appreciated, as it enriches the lives of elderly residents who live here.
Friendly Visitor: This position includes offering one to one visits to elders in need of companionship. Offer an opportunity to share memories, and /or review current events, play chess, checkers, cards or cribbage.
Art Therapy: If you have a special artistic talent, or would like to help an elder explore their own hidden artistic talent, volunteer opportunities are available. There are a number of residents who would like to improve or even learn new skills, regardless of their age.
Music Therapy: Do you play a musical instrument or are you a member of a musical group? Share your talents by providing one to one music therapy to a frail elder, or present to a group of residents who will treasure the opportunity to awaken their senses.
Namaste group assistant: This position includes 1:1 visits with residents who are not able to participate in group activities due to advanced stage of disease (end of life) and would benefit from 1:1 sensory stimulation like: hand massage, simple conversation, aroma therapy, spending time outdoors (weather permitting), and relaxing music.
237 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Mission: In the tradition of The Little Sisters of the Assumption, Pernet Family Health Service supports the physical, social, psychological and spiritual development of individuals and families by providing home-based health and social services that lead to long-term strengthening and enhancement of family and community life.
Vision: Pernet Family Health Service is a vibrant, family-centered and resource-rich partner in the development of strong, healthy and self-sufficient families and individuals who participate actively in community life.
•Belief in the dignity and worth of each individual
•Empowerment so that families have the tools to reach their full potential
•Dedication and commitment to supporting families in attaining their goals
•Recognition of each family's strengths and positive attributes
•Empathy for families facing challenges
•Teamwork to reach our Mission and Vision
•Mutuality in relationships, we both give and receive
•Respect for diversity and the richness of our differences
Pernet can host 1-2 volunteers in the afterschool homework club-though they do already have many volunteers through SPUD.
ASTD 299, MONT 104S
Jennifer Luong, Employment Specialist
340 Main Street, Suite 802, Worcester, MA 01608
RIAC is a non-profit human service agency that provides comprehensive services to refugees and immigrants, including resettlement, counseling, health care, cultural assimilation, job counseling, and social services. The Worcester Office recently launched an employment program that introduces clients to industries with job opportunities in Worcester, helps them to develop job-related skills and language capabilities, and guides clients through the job search process.
RIAC is looking for students to assist with the many services they offer. Depending on students' interest and availability, they can tutor clients in ESL, teach basic computer lessons, or share a special talent such as art, music, or sewing. Students can also assist with social services (such as accompanying clients to appointments with the Department of Transitional Assistance) or the employment program. Some knowledge of French will be useful, but is not required. RIAC is looking for students who can commit to a regular 2-3 hour shift each week. Hours are flexible, but should fall on a weekday between 10:00 and 3:00.
Jennifer Bergstrom, Therapeutic Recreation Director
799 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
Seven Hills Family Service provides a continuum of support to families who face significant challenges when caring for loved ones with disabilities. Seven Hills offers regular opportunities for clients and their families to participate in organized activities outside of the home and learn skills to further enrich their lives and foster their independence. The social interaction they experience plays an important role in the individual’s recognition of others’ needs, sharing, friendship and acceptance.
Students will have an opportunity to participate in one of the Fall Fun & Fitness activities. These programs are designed for members of the Seven Hills community and their caregivers to attend together, so only 2-3 students are needed for each program.
Healthy Hills Program: A nutrition, health and cooking program for adults with disabilities and their caretakers. Topics will include healthy eating habits, portion control, cooking demonstrations, the importance of physical activity along with nutrition and exercise games. The program meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:15 at 799 West Boylston Street.
Music Therapy: Class uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages, making use of improvisation, receptive listening, song writing, or lyric discussion depending on the assessed needs of the students. The class for students ages 4-10 will meet on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15 at 799 West Boylston Street. The class for adults 18+ will meet from 6:30-7:15 at the same location. Students are welcome to choose one or stay for both classes.
Ballroom Dance: Classes will be taught by Heidi Schoenfeldt of Poise, Style and Motion Dance Studio in Worcester. The class is open to individuals ages 18+ of all abilities. Students will assist the individuals in learning the steps and will serve as dance partners as needed. The class will be held on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 at the Leicester Senior Center.
Just Us Girls: This highly successful program is expanding this fall with additional funding from the Women’s initiative of the United Way. Topics will include cooking, dance/exercise, money awareness, self-determination and social skills/anti-bullying. The group for 10-14 year olds will meet on Saturdays from 10:00-12:00 at 799 West Boylston Street. The group for 15-24 year olds will meet on Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 in the same location.
Mrs. Maureen Binienda, Principal
170 Apricot Street, Worcester, MA 01603
South High Community School is committed to inspiring students to achieve the highest standards of intellectual and personal development by providing a stimulating and comprehensive education. The instructional focus is to enable students to convey information accurately, clearly, and logically. In the 2012-2013 academic year, 59.5% of South High students spoke a first language other than English, and 39.9% were classified as English Language Learners.
CBL students can volunteer to work with a class during the school day or in the After School Achievers, an after school tutoring program. During the school day, students will be able to work with a math or writing class for students who are repeating the 9th grade. (Fill in days and times if possible, or at least times for the school day). The after school program runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:00-3:15.
Scott & Claire Schaeffer-Duffy
52 Mason Street, Worcester, MA 01610
508-753-3588 or 508-753-3089
We are a lay Catholic community living in simplicity, holding our goods in common, attempting to offer hospitality to homeless men and women, and working for peace and justice, in the spirit of Christ, the early church, and the saints. We pray together somewhat irregularly and publish a newspaper called the "Catholic Radical," six times a year.
We work to promote a consistent ethic of life that opposes war, the death penalty, euthanasia, and abortion. We sponsor many demonstrations and work for peace on various international campaigns in war zones and areas of conflict.
1-2 students are needed. Many tasks entail the details of hospitality. We clean on Mondays and throughout the week take turns cooking home-made vegetarian meals. From Thursday through Saturday we bake products for our small cottage industry, the Bread not Bombs Bakery. These are sold at various parishes throughout Worcester county. We also participate in a weekly peace vigil (Tuesdays) and various peace projects. We have communal nightly prayer Sunday-Thursday. Mass is held at the house every other week and we occasionally host round-table discussions.
Students are welcome to join us in any of the following:
House meeting and cleaning: Mondays 8-11:00 am
Peace Vigil: Tuesday 4-5 pm
Baking: Friday 7-9 am or Sat 9am-12pm
House Mass: every other Wed at 7:30
Selling Bread: Saturday or Sunday Masses. Schedule varies according to where we are selling
We also publish the Catholic Radical and welcome contributors and/or assistance with our editorial meetings held every two months.
Sister Mary Duffy, Director of Mission & Pastoral Care
508-753-4791 (ask for Sister Mary)
39 Queen Street Worcester, MA
St. Mary Health Care Center, a Catholic rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility, was established as a continuing expression of the vision of St. Marguerite d'Youville, foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, the "Grey Nuns." In the spirit of Marguerite, whose legacy we share, we seek to "bring the miracle of LOVE to all" through compassionate care.
In partnership with others committed to providing holistic and inclusive care for all, we develop innovative and creative means to enhance the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of those we serve.
CBL students will have an opportunity to be matched with a St. Mary's resident, or to help run an activity such as art, music, games, etc. Students will visit St. Mary's once per week to have conversations, play games, or participate in an activity, based on both individuals' interests. The schedule is flexible (approximately 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, including weekends), based on students' availability.
MONT 104S, RELS 143
Ricardo Dobles, Ed.D., Wraparound Outreach Coordinator
93 Woodland Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Woodland Academy is a preschool through grade six, public elementary school in the Main South neighborhood of Worcester. The school currently serves a community of learners who are classified as 92.7% minority. Our community includes:
• 10% Asian
• 9% African American
• 8% White
• 57% English Language Learners
• 15% Special Education
• 97% Free or Reduced Lunch
Our vision is that students and teachers of Woodland Academy will engage in focused, Common Core teaching and learning with the critical goal of increasing student achievement. This effort is supported by a professional learning community, which fosters collaborative learning among and between teacher teams. Our school wide focus is to ensure students are able to read grade level texts with joy, understanding, and engagement across all areas of the curriculum. A systematic approach to time on learning driven by research based instruction will enable students who require additional supports and interventions to achieve success. We are committed to providing all students and families with a challenging educational experience in order to maximize individual learning and growth and promote the development of critical thinking skills.
Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, throughout the school day 8:00am - 2:00pm, to support classroom instruction and provide additional support for students who may benefit from one-to-one academically based interaction. In addition, there may be opportunities for volunteers to support various after-school programs currently underway. No academic expertise is required; only enthusiasm and a commitment to working with young people in a friendly, respectful, and supportive environment.
111 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01609
Worcester Interfaith (WI) develops leaders and organizes power to work for social justice and change. Founded in 1993, WI is a multi-issue, multi-racial broad based community organization, comprised of 25 dues-paying institutions that reflect the religious, racial, ethnic and geographic diversity of the city. WI has built bridges between congregational and community leaders and across religious, socio-economic, racial and ethnic boundaries to accomplish much in the areas of jobs, neighborhood improvements, public safety, education and youth, and draw attention to the disproportionate ways in which these issues affect low-income and minority populations.
This would be a great internship-like opportunity for a student interested in learning more about community organizing or interfaith collaboration. At this point in time, Worcester Interfaith is working on a campaign to increase the minimum wage and a campaign to save staffing levels of nurses in hospitals.
The Worcester Public Schools (WPS) Transition program provides necessary training to 18-22 year old students with a wide range of challenges (including but not limited to: Autism spectrum, developmental delays, intellectual challenges, behavior and emotional challenges, cognitive challenges, medical challenges, etc). The goal of the program is to encourage and promote the empowerment of people with significant challenges so that each may pursue their highest possible degree of personal well-being and independence. Programs encourage and prepare students to be life-long learners, promote self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, and enhance personal choice. Goals also include preparation for employment in the community.
This is an opportunity for College students to work with a population of individuals in a unique way. We welcome YOUR expertise to create a unique and inclusive project in our program! College students will be involved in developing specific projects/tasks that address target areas for the WPS students and have a direct connection with the content of their CBL course. Examples: College students might serve as a mentor, provide career development assistance, tutor, develop and teach modules that address specific goals in areas of academics, daily living skills, independence, health, nutrition and exercise, social skills, job readiness, identifying & accessing community resources. If students have a particular skill that they would like to share, they can design swim lessons, hip-hop classes, theater groups, music instruction, etc. for individuals who may otherwise not have access to these activities. Another area of need is strengthening appropriate social skills within diverse communities.
The Transition program requires College students to commit two hours per week, Monday- Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at a location to be determined depending on the specific involvement.
ASTD 299, MONT 104S, RELS 143
Danielle Jenkins, Youth Development Coordinator
508-767-2505 x 3032
Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local associations in the United States. More important than the numbers is our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for both women's and civil rights.
Women come to us in times of crisis, as survivors of domestic violence. They come for career counseling. They come for childcare. They come for health and wellness. They come for a variety of reasons. But they come. And they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.
Family Fun Fridays is a program that offers unstructured family activities every Friday night from 5:30pm-8:00pm. This is mostly recreation time, but there are one-time drop-in workshops as well. The goal is to have 1-2 CBL students.
Gym and Swim with Montessori School is a well-structured program for 1st thru 6th graders. The YWCA provides a written curriculum for the physical education program, including rigorous planned and focused lessons. The students come in two separate groups, 1st thru 3rd grade and 4th thru 6th grade, flip flopping every week. This program runs every Friday from 9:15am to 11:15am. The goal is to have 2-4 CBL students.
Youth and Family Fit and Fun will provide physical activity and nutrition education for youth and a family component to engage the entire household in physical activity. This program will run one evening a week starting in October; the day is not final but we are leaning toward Tuesday or Wednesday evening. The Y is estimating 60 participants per night. The goal is to have 2-3 CBL students.
For students who want to work with the YWCA but cannot commit to one of the above programs, Danielle can incorporate them into other youth programming based on their availability. This is a good option for students with limited hours, but they must commit to the same time each week.