Waltham Partnership for Youth Inc.

Waltham, MA   |  www.walthampartnershipforyouth.org

Mission

At Waltham Partnership for Youth, our mission is to leverage and coordinate the many assets of our vibrant community in order to ensure that all Waltham youth have access to the resources and services they need to thrive. We do this through, a) conducting formal and informal needs assessments, b) developing new programs and initiatives with community partners, c) providing support and capacity building to help sustain and enhance existing programs, and d) convening diverse stakeholders in multi-sector collaborations to work strategically toward improved opportunities and outcomes for Waltham’s youth. Youth voice and leadership are central to all that we do. Our vision is that all Waltham youth have the ability to become happy, healthy, productive members of the community and workforce.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Ms. Kathleen A. Dowcett

Main address

617 Lexington Street

Waltham, MA 02452 USA

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EIN

04-3399437

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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WPY Summer Internship Program

The WPY Summer Internship Program links Waltham youth to a diverse group of employers across the city for a six-week paid summer internship that includes work-based experiential learning as well as weekly reflection and skill-building workshops. In summer 2021, we placed over 100 students in positions across 18 employers in a range of industries including education, social services, environmental science, financial services, healthcare, and law. We use the Work Based Learning Plan developed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, to assess students increase in “soft skills” and site/industry specific skills over the course of the internship period, and also as a tool that we train employers on to proactively manage and address workplace expectations. Skill-building workshops included diverse topics such as financial literacy, presentation skills, resolving conflicts in the workplace, and leadership.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

The Youth Interpreters Program trains bilingual teens to become community interpreters. Teens complete an intensive, 30-hour training and are then eligible to work as interpreters at educational, civic and cultural events throughout Waltham, making our community more accessible to our linguistically diverse students and families while also helping teens develop marketable skills. As of August, 2019, 23 high school students have completed the training, and have reached over 300 non-English speaking Waltham residents. At least one of those students is now interested in pursuing a career in interpretation. Students have interpreted at events such as a presentation for parents on the dangers of vaping and another on understanding the digital universe of teens, and have interpreted at many school events such as Back to School nights. This program is temporarily on hold while we reevaluate the program to better serve participants and the community.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

The WPY Coalition is a collaboration of the Waltham Partnership for Youth, Waltham Public Schools, students, parents, local businesses, municipal officials, youth service providers, and health care organizations. The Coalition was formed (originally under the name Safe Schools Healthy Students Coalition) by the Waltham Partnership for Youth in 2008 to address key barriers to youth success identified by a biannual Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Early efforts focused on youth substance use, particularly alcohol and marijuana; violence, including bullying and cyber-bullying, and mental health issues, including suicide-related behaviors. Current priorities, based on recent YRBS surveys, focus heavily on youth e-cigarette misuse and teen anxiety. To address these issues, the Coalition provides resources and activities to manage stress and anxiety, and leads efforts to reduce e-cigarette use through policy, education, and a youth-led anti-vaping campaign.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

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 is funded through a four-year grant awarded to WPY in 2019 by the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Collaborative for Healthy Families and Communities. The collaborative includes Waltham Partnership for Youth (lead agency), Waltham Boys and Girls Club, Doc Wayne, Children's Charter, The Right to Immigration Institute, and Waltham Public Schools. In 2021-2022, Wraparound Waltham is building out two new initiatives in partnership with Waltham Public Schools - The Welcome Center and the Welcome Class, which will allow us to serve even more students and families who are new to the country.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People of Latin American descent
At-risk youth
Low-income people

WPY, in partnership with Waltham High School, 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.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

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Waltham Partnership for Youth Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Clarence Richardson

The Law Offices of Timothy R. Loff

Term: 2021 - 2022

Lawrence Bailis

Brandeis University

Julee Bolg

Children's Hospital of Boston at Waltham

David King

Consultant, Retired City of Waltham

Constance Braceland

Watertown Savings Bank

Erica Young

Waltham Boys and Girls Club

Kelly Linehan

Waltham Public Library

Terry Eagan

Patio Records

Clarence Richardson

Law Offices of Timothy R. Loff

Doug Waybright

Nelson Companies

Maria Mendiola

Brandeis University Student

Lisa Lorgeree

Brookline Bank

Anne Mikulski

Retired, Newton Public Schools

Jasmine Etienne

EDP Renewables/Ocean Winds

Carolina Lara

Coldwell Banker Realty

Ahsan Alam

Symmetric Enterprise Solutions

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/15/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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