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Fair Foods

Fair Foods has added a new food location in Dorchester. High quality fresh fruits and vegetables are available for only $2.00 per bag every Friday afternoon at First Parish Church 10 Parish Street , Dorchester (on Meeting House Hill) from 3.00-4.30 pm. Each bag contains an assortment of veggies and fruits weighing about 5 pounds per bag. For more information or directions contact First Parish Church at 617.436. 0527 or www.fairfoods.org.

Fair Foods is a non-profit food rescue organization dedicated to providing surplus goods at low or no cost to those in need. Since 1988 Fair Foods has rescued and delivered millions of pounds of fresh produce and quality building supplies to low income communities throughout New England and around the world. Please read more about us and our service

HEALTHY BODIES: A Guide for Puberty for Children with Disabilities

Puberty is a time of change for children, and often a time of challenge for parents looking for the "right" way to talk about the upcoming changes. It can be even more of a challenge for parents of children with developmental or physical disabilities. 
 
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Disabilities has created two toolkits, one for boys, and one for girls, that provide factual information about puberty. Topics include encouraging good hygiene, appropriate behavior, and how to deal with the body changes. The toolkits also suggest ways to approach these important conversations, especially with children with disabilities. 
 

Volunteer Opportunity w/ Citizen Schools

Help students discover and achieve their dreams by volunteering as a Citizen Teacher! Citizen Schools partners with public middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children across the country. Mobilizing a second shift of afternoon educators to provide academic support, Citizens promotes leadership development. For one afternoon a week, volunteers get to teach kids skills and confidence that will help them succeed in high school, college and careers. Volunteer today by viewing the curricula library at  www.citizenschools.org/curriculum and choosing a curriculum! If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the interest form at www.citizenschools.org/forms/mactreferral

JFK Library Volunteer Tour Guide

Are you a history buff? Want to meet people from all over the world and explore history? The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is looking for volunteer tour guides! 

Boston Youth Sanctuary

Phone: 

617-322-3380

Fax: 

617-322-3381

Email: 

contact@bostonyouthsanctuary.org

Website: 

http://www.bostonyouthsanctuary.org/

Mission: 

Boston Youth Sanctuary (BYS) provides a safe and nurturing environment where at-risk youth are encouraged to express themselves positively and gain sustainable coping skills that aid in academic, community and home life success. Youth that attend BYS After School Program will graduate feeling empowered and better equipped to face the challenges that arise in their daily lives.

Who We Are:

BYS is a therapeutic after-school program for youth ages 6-11 that have experienced traumatic events or circumstances in their lives. BYS works with children and families from the Boston community providing clinical and case management services designed to improve youths’ functioning in home, community and academic settings. BYS works to address the needs of children across all life domains by providing wrap-around services to them and their families in one centralized location.

Our Youth:

BYS serves youth ages 6-11 who live in inner-city Boston. BYS youth have experienced a variety of traumas including but not limited to the violent deaths of parents/siblings, neglect, homelessness, foster care, and physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse. BYS youth need not have a formal diagnosis of PTSD but must present with symptoms suggesting a socio-emotional impact of the trauma that they have experienced. BYS youth come from a variety of academic settings and familial structures, and BYS is committed to meeting children and families where they are.

Services Offered:

  • Therapeutic/Activity Groups

BYS youth participate in daily therapeutic skill-building and enrichment activities. In cohorts of same-aged peers, youth attend rotating multi-sensory groups catered to their developmental needs. These groups include trauma-informed yoga led by a licensed therapist/yoga instructor, expressive arts therapy, gender-based empowerment groups, cooking, gymnastics, hip hop dance, and group therapy led by licensed BYS child clinicians, focusing on areas of need such as problem-solving and conflict resolution.    

  • Individual Therapy
    BYS youth have access to weekly individual therapy with experienced, clinicians. Clinicians develop individualized treatment plans and clinical goals highly tailored to meet the specific needs of each child. BYS clinicians incorporate theory from evidence-based practices including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment Theory, Narrative Therapy, and the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Model. BYS Clinicians utilize play therapy, art-based interventions, sensory modulation, and role play/social scripting to incorporate age-appropriate methodologies in youths’ treatment.
  • Family Support Services
    Family engagement is an essential component of BYS’s approach and families are encouraged to help guide their child’s treatment. Families/caregivers are expected to attend meetings approximately every six weeks to discuss their child’s treatment and progress, as well as to ensure their family’s needs are being met. BYS offers case management services to the families/caregivers of BYS youth, and each child enrolled at BYS is assigned a Family Liaison. Family Liaisons work directly with families/caregivers to establish long and short-term goals to achieve familial stability and strength. Family Liaisons offer strategic and direct support in pursuit of established goals. Case management services vary based on the needs and expressed wishes of families/caregivers. All BYS Family Liaisons are highly experienced navigating social service systems and accessing community resources.
  • Transportation
    BYS provides free, private door-to-door transportation to and from the program daily. BYS vans pick children up from partner schools and bring them to BYS, and at the end of the program day pick them up from BYS and drop them off at home, releasing them only to children’s caregivers or to parties authorized by caregivers. BYS vans are driven by Massachusetts certified children’s van drivers contracted by local professional transportation company Kidz on the Run.
  • Educational Advocacy
    BYS offers educational advocacy for youth as needed. BYS believes that success in academic settings is essential to long-term social and emotional success. BYS is available to review existing Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans, attend IEP and 504 meetings, request testing, and advocate for a child’s educational needs. Educational advocates are available in conjunction with a youth’s broader clinical team to consult with youths’ schools about effective behavior management strategies as determined by their treatment plans and goals.
  • Nutrition and Health
    BYS provides youth nutritious food options each day in collaboration with City Fresh Foods. BYS also provides education about healthy eating choices. BYS youth participate in a cooking group in which they learn about nutrition, portion control, and general health in an effort to support youth in healthy physical and emotional development. BYS also offers youth a variety of opportunities to engage in physical activities including outdoor free play, staff-led physical activity, yoga, and gymnastics.
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For a copy of our referral please contact 617-322-3380 or visit www.bostonyouthsanctuary.org /about/referral-form/ 

Created: 
10/22/2012

Beantown Jumpers

Website: 

beantownjumpers.com

Mission: 

We are a competitive Double Dutch team from Boston, Milton, Quincy and Pembroke.  Our team members include girls & boys who are in Grade 2 through high school.   Our mission is to share the sport of  Double Dutch with others while encouraging physical activity, teamwork and fun.  In conjunction with the Red Auerbach Youth Foundation we believe in the value of sports and athletics to the healthy development, both physical and emotional, of children.

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

PO Box 51243
Boston, MA 02205

Phone: 

(617) 684-5736

Email: 

massachusetts@chapters.glsen.org

Website: 

http://glsen.org/chapters/massachusetts

Mission: 

 

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is a national organization making schools safer for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students, and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike.

We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities, and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

We welcome as members any and all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.

GLSEN Massachusetts (formerly GLSEN Boston) has been serving Eastern Massachusetts for over 15 years. In the past three years alone, we have trained 1100 youth, 1200 teachers, and 45 schools whose classrooms include more than 13,000 students. Our work focuses on three overarching goals: programming, advocacy, and community organizing.

Youth On Fire

Phone: 

(617) 661-2508

Website: 

http://www.ccaa.org/youth_on_fire.html

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

DROP-IN HOURS
Monday: 11:00 AM to 8 PM

Tuesday: 1:00 PM to 6 PM

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11:00 AM to 6 PM

(hot meals are served between 2:30 and 5:30 PM)

Mission: 

The Youth On Fire drop-in center was established in the fall of 2000 to provide a welcoming and non-judgmental environment for homeless and street-involved youth. YOF is open five days a week and serves young people between the ages of 14 and 24. Often the behaviors necessary to survive on the streets put these youth at a higher risk for contracting HIV. YOF serves the physical and mental needs of these youth.

The center offers basic necessities, as well as prevention information on HIV, STDs, Hepatitis C and other diseases associated with high-risk behavior. YOF has onsite hot meals, clothing, showers, and laundry facilities, as well as weekly medical care, mental health counseling, and referrals to community resources. The ultimate goal of YOF is to help as many youth as possible to have a healthy lifestyle, remain HIV-negative, and seek greater stability through permanent housing, employment, or school.

Location

1555 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge
United States

Mass. Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)

Phone: 

617-778-0519

Email: 

info@masstpc.org

Website: 

masstpc.org

Mission: 

 

Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.  This includes working towards the empowerment of all persons who have been, are being, or might be deprived of equal rights and/or fair treatment because of their gender expression or identity. MTPC is a fiscally sponsored 501c3 non-profit with one full-time staff, active Board, dedicated volunteers, and statewide chapters. MTPC does not engage in campaign or electoral politics.

The Theater Offensive

Phone: 

(617) 661-1600

Email: 

info@thetheateroffensive.org

Website: 

thetheateroffensive.org

Mission: 

 

The Theater Offensive’s mission is to form and present the diverse realities of queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build an honest, progressive community.

PHILOSOPHY

Our work provokes vibrant discussion about the realities of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Through social gatherings, soirees, workshops, and post-show discussions, the organization transcends traditional theater boundaries and opens new avenues of understanding, awareness and inclusion within queer communities as well as outside of them.

Location

565 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 
Created: 
09/13/2012
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