March Internship Fair

Our students were hard at work in the month of March preparing for the March Internship Fair. With workshops on social media, interviews, and communication, our students were well-prepared for the internship fair. They were able to interact with sites such as the Red Cross, Turn Back Time Farm, Broad Meadow Brook, Future Focus Media, Girls’ Inc., and the Boys and Girls Club.

Second Set of Advising

Hello Students,

Congratulations for completing your first set of advising meetings! The first set of advising was from October 3, 2018 to November 14, 2018. Please be sure to get a set, one 1 hour and 1 30 minute advising meeting, scheduled within the next period- November 14, 2018 to December 26, 2018.

Sincerely,

Atiya, Lucia, and Eileen

End of Active April AND What is to Come

Words of Wisdom for the Week

“True confidence leaves no room for jealousy. When you know you’re great, you have no need to hate.” –Nicki Minaj

Welcome Back Extended College Tour students! After touring colleges in Philadelphia and New York City, you are ready to take on the end of the year like champions!

We have two months left in the program for this academic year! Can you believe that it was just yesterday we were having our opening day! Time sure does fly when your having fun.

This month we have two community meetings and guess what? One of them is this coming Wednesday, May 4th, from 3:00pm-5:30pm. We will be meeting at the YWCA. This meeting is extra special and filled with awesome for two reasons.

Numero uno: this meeting will be the wrap up for our Active April, come dressed to be up in the gym working on your fitness. Sneakers and clothes you don’t mind sweating in because we will be doing a variety of classes.

Number two reason: this community meeting is going to be so stupendous is at this very meeting YOU, yes YOU, get to be a part of shaping the future of this program. BUT HOW? So glad you asked my dear friend! Potential YA freshmen will be coming to be a part of and observe what its like be a part of the family. We need you to be ambassadors and welcome these students, if you see someone off by himself or herself, go talk to them. Get to know them!

Our internship fair was this past Tuesday and it was a success! We would like to thank all of our community partners who came out and opened doors for YA students to get internships for the summer.

Class Meetings

Reminder that class meetings are coming up. Below are the dates, times and locations for the class meetings.

Fantastic Freshmen- YWCA.-May 9th, 3pm-5pm

Sophisticated Sophomores-YWCA.-May 10th, 3pm-5pm

Joyful Juniors-51a Cedar St.- May 11th, 3pm-5pm

Super Seniors-51a Cedar St.-May 12th , 3pm-5pm

Tutoring at Clark

Now is a great time to take advantage of free tutoring at Clark. Just a reminder that tutoring is mandatory for anyone with a 75 or below. Do you have a grade of 75 or below? Don’t worry; be happy because you are required to attend tutoring at Clark to get some extra help to bring that grade up! But where do I go? So glad you asked! Come to Clark University! We will be having tutoring help along with Upward Bound. Tutoring will be held in the Jonas Clark building. On Wednesdays tutoring is located in the following rooms, JC 105 (Computer Lab), JC 206 and JC 218. On Thursdays it is located in rooms JC 102 and Sackler 120. Remember that this is open to ALL of you if you need help with your homework but required of you if you are below a 75 in any class.

GUESS WHAT?

Youth Academy now has an Instagram account! We will be posting pictures from our adventures. Be sure to follow us @DynamyYAonIG

Advising

May calendar is open. Now is the time to schedule times to meet with your advisor. Make sure you are scheduling your check in time and your full hour session. Click on the link below to schedule time with the most awesome advisors around.

/advising

Calendar

Don’t forget to check out our calendar to see the latest things that are happening.

Click on the link below for more info.

/calendar

 

Riddle of the Week

This week’s riddle…

They come out at night without being called, and are lost in the day without being stolen. What are they?

Last week’s riddle…

Mary’s father has 5 daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughters name?

Answer for last week’s riddle

Mary

 

Fitness Classes and Class Meetings

Words of Wisdom for the Week

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” –Francis of Assisi

April is the kick off to our Food Justice/Wellness month! Check out the interesting and fun events we have planned to get this month under way.

Fitness Classes

We have set up a variety of wellness and fitness classes through out the month of April. Check out the dates, times and come workout!

April 14, 2016-Yoga- Join us for an intro to yoga. Yoga is an exercise that focuses on flexibility, strength, and mental awareness. Held at the Carriage House from 3:00pm-5:00pm

April 20, 2016-Cardio Session- No matter what fitness level you are at, cardiovascular activity can greatly benefit you. Join us for a fun cardio session outside at Elm Park. Held at Elm Park from 3:00pm-4:30pm

Class Meetings

Reminder that class meetings are coming up. Below are the dates, times and locations for the class meetings.

Fantastic Freshmen– 51a Cedar St.-April 11th, 3pm-5pm

Sophisticated Sophomores-51a Cedar St.-April 12th, 3pm-5pm

Joyful Juniors-51a Cedar St.-April 13th, 3pm-5pm

Super Seniors-51a Cedar St.-April 14th, 3pm-5pm

Tutoring at Clark

Now is a great time to take advantage of free tutoring at Clark. Just a reminder that tutoring is mandatory for anyone with a 75 or below. Do you have a grade of 75 or below? Don’t worry; be happy because you are required to attend tutoring at Clark to get some extra help to bring that grade up! But where do I go? So glad you asked! Come to Clark University! We will be having tutoring help along with Upward Bound. Tutoring will be held in the Jonas Clark building. On Wednesdays tutoring is located in the following rooms, JC 105 (Computer Lab), JC 206 and JC 218. On Thursdays it is located in rooms JC 102 and Sackler 120. Remember that this is open to ALL of you if you need help with your homework but required of you if you are below a 75 in any class.

GUESS WHAT?

Youth Academy now has an Instagram account! We will be posting pictures from our adventures. Be sure to follow us @DynamyYAonIG

Advising

March calendar is open. Now is the time to schedule times to meet with your advisor. Make sure you are scheduling your check in time and your full hour session. Click on the link below to schedule time with the most awesome advisors around.

/advising

 

Calendar

Don’t forget to check out our calendar to see the latest things that are happening.

Click on the link below for more info.

/calendar

 

Riddle of the Week

This week’s riddle…

Mary’s father has 5 daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughters name?

Last week’s riddle…

What has one eye but cannot see?

Answer for last week’s riddle

A sewing needle

The answer can be found in the next blog post. Or if you figure it out, post it In the Facebook Group.

Kick Off Food Justice and Wellness Month

Words of Wisdom for the Week

“You can’t move mountains by whispering at them.” –Pink

April is the kick off to our Food Justice/Wellness month! Check out the interesting and fun events we have planned to get this month under way.

Community Meeting

Community Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 5th , from 3:00pm-6:00pm in the Carriage House. Hanh from the REC will join us to talk more about food justice and what the REC is doing to combat food insecurity in the Woo.

Fitness Classes

We have set up a variety of wellness and fitness classes through out the month of April. Check out the dates, times and come workout!

April 6, 2016-Circuit Fitness Training– Join us to learn effective fitness exercises that you can do anywhere. Participants will move from one station to the next doing a variety of exercises. Fun fact, this class will be taught by none other than Andy’s brother! Held at the Carriage House from 3:00pm-5:00pm

April 14, 2016-Yoga– Join us for an intro to yoga. Yoga is an exercise that focuses on flexibility, strength, and mental awareness. Held at the Carriage House from 3:00pm-5:00pm

April 20, 2016-Cardio Session– No matter what fitness level you are at, cardiovascular activity can greatly benefit you. Join us for a fun cardio session outside at Elm Park. Held at Elm Park from 3:00pm-4:30pm

Class Meetings

Reminder that class meetings are coming up. Below are the dates, times and locations for the class meetings.

Fantastic Freshmen- 51a Cedar St.-April 11th, 3pm-5pm

Sophisticated Sophomores-51a Cedar St.-April 12th, 3pm-5pm

Joyful Juniors-51a Cedar St.-April 13th, 3pm-5pm

Super Seniors-51a Cedar St.-April 14th, 3pm-5pm

Tutoring at Clark

Now is a great time to take advantage of free tutoring at Clark. Just a reminder that tutoring is mandatory for anyone with a 75 or below. Do you have a grade of 75 or below? Don’t worry; be happy because you are required to attend tutoring at Clark to get some extra help to bring that grade up! But where do I go? So glad you asked! Come to Clark University! We will be having tutoring help along with Upward Bound. Tutoring will be held in the Jonas Clark building. On Wednesdays tutoring is located in the following rooms, JC 105 (Computer Lab), JC 206 and JC 218. On Thursdays it is located in rooms JC 102 and Sackler 120. Remember that this is open to ALL of you if you need help with your homework but required of you if you are below a 75 in any class.

GUESS WHAT?

Youth Academy now has an Instagram account! We will be posting pictures from our adventures. Be sure to follow us @DynamyYAonIG

Advising

March calendar is open. Now is the time to schedule times to meet with your advisor. Make sure you are scheduling your check in time and your full hour session. Click on the link below to schedule time with the most awesome advisors around.

/advising

 

Calendar

Don’t forget to check out our calendar to see the latest things that are happening.

Click on the link below for more info.

/calendar

 

Riddle of the Week

This week’s riddle…

What has one eye but cannot see?

Last week’s riddle…

How do you make the number one disappear?

Answer for last week’s riddle

Put g in front and it’s gone

 

The answer can be found in the next blog post. Or if you figure it out, post it In the Facebook Group.

Snow Day

As is our policy, when Worcester Public Schools are closed, Youth Academy is also closed.

Be safe and enjoy your snow day!

Youth Jobs Rally, a Student Perspective

A couple of weeks ago a group of students and staff went to the Youth Jobs Rally in Boston. We asked one of our freshmen students who attended the rally to write about her experience. Below is the Youth Jobs Rally from the perspective of Beshair.

Youth Jobs Rally

The first place we went in Boston is the church. In the church, there were so many youth. There were almost 130 students from Worcester and that shows that youth really care about having jobs. I was so surprised by how many youth stood up when the girl said, “stand up if you or someone you know have been arrested” and when she said “stand up if you ever experienced homelessness”. Most of the youth are suffering because they can’t find jobs to get enough money or to do something good if they don’t have anything to do.

I enjoyed marching and saying phrases like “What do we want? Youth jobs! And when do we want it? Now!” I felt like we as youth have a voice and if we want to change something we have the power to change it. In the State house we met with the aide of Senator Michael Moore. We talked about how important youth jobs are and giving youth the opportunity to have responsibilities. We talked about youth growing into  adults by having jobs that give them experience. It was a cool experience.

Latino Family College Fair, Family Information Night, Class Meetings

Words of Wisdom for the Week

“The starting point of all achievement is desire” –Napoleon Hill

FYI

Hello folks, on March 11th the Dynamy office will be closed. We will be at a training, learning new important skills to better serve you. Plan your time accordingly and get in to see us at any other time that week. We would love to see you!

GUESS WHAT?

Youth Academy now has an Instagram account! We will be posting pictures from our adventures. Be sure to follow us @DynamyYAonIG

Upcoming Events

Family Information Night

Nominated 8th graders are invited to attend the Family Information Night with their parents to learn more about Youth Academy. The two nights will be March 9th from 6pm-8pm and again March 10th from 6pm-8pm.

Latino Family College Fair

Parents and students, please join us to meet with college representatives and learn more about the process of applying to college! March 12th from 10am-12pm Worcester State College is hosting this event. Colleges that will be participating are Boston University, Bryant University, Framingham State, Hampshire College, Lasell College, MCPHS, Nichols College, QCC, Salem State, Smith College, UMass Amherst, UMass Lowell, University of New Hampshire, Wesleyan University, Westfield State, Worcester State, and MORE.

Tutoring at Clark

Now is a great time to take advantage of free tutoring at Clark. Just a reminder that tutoring is mandatory for anyone with a 75 or below. Do you have a grade of 75 or below? Don’t worry; be happy because you are required to attend tutoring at Clark to get some extra help to bring that grade up! But where do I go? So glad you asked! Come to Clark University! We will be having tutoring help along with Upward Bound. Tutoring will be held in the Jonas Clark building. On Wednesdays tutoring is located in the following rooms, JC 105 (Computer Lab), JC 206 and JC 218. On Thursdays it is located in rooms JC 102 and Sackler 120. Remember that this is open to ALL of you if you need help with your homework but required of you if you are below a 75 in any class.

Class Meetings

Reminder that class meetings are coming up. Below are the dates, times and locations for the class meetings.

Fantastic Freshmen- YWCA-March 14th, 3pm-6pm

Sophisticated Sophomores-YWCA-March 15th, 3pm-6pm

Joyful Juniors-51a Cedar St-March 16th, 3pm-6pm

Super Seniors-27 Sever St.-March 17th, 3pm-6pm

 

Advising

March calendar is open. Now is the time to schedule times to meet with your advisor. Make sure you are scheduling your check in time and your full hour session. Click on the link below to schedule time with the most awesome advisors around.

/advising

Calendar

Don’t forget to check out our calendar to see the latest things that are happening.

Click on the link below for more info.

/calendar

 

Riddle of the Week

 

This week’s riddle…

How do you make the number one disappear?

Last week’s riddle…

How many months have 28 days?

Answer for last week’s riddle

All of them

The answer can be found in the next blog post. Or if you figure it out, post it In the Facebook Group.

ECT Update, Community Meeting and a Riddle

Words of Wisdom for the Week

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” –Jim Rohn

Extended College Tour Update

With your help and the amazing fundraising efforts of our students, we have raised almost all of the funds for the ECT! We are so proud of our students and all their hard work. We would like to say a huge THANK YOU! to all who donated their time, money or talents to help make this possible.

GUESS WHAT?

Youth Academy now has an Instagram account! We will be posting pictures from our adventures. Be sure to follow us @DynamyYAonIG

 

Upcoming Events

Community Meeting will be March 2nd from 3:00pm-6:00pm. This community meeting is going to be awesome! We are going to be discussing how to get an internship and then host a mock internship fair. This is an experience that benefits everyone because learning how to make a good first impression helps you when looking for a job, an internship or a college interview. We will see you there.

 

Tutoring at Clark

Now is a great time to take advantage of free tutoring at Clark. Just a reminder that tutoring is mandatory for anyone with a 75 or below. Do you have a grade of 75 or below? Don’t worry; be happy because you are required to attend tutoring at Clark to get some extra help to bring that grade up! But where do I go? So glad you asked! Come to Clark University! We will be having tutoring help along with Upward Bound. Tutoring will be held in the Jonas Clark building. On Wednesdays tutoring is located in the following rooms, JC 105 (Computer Lab), JC 206 and JC 218. On Thursdays it is located in rooms JC 102 and Sackler 120. Remember that this is open to ALL of you if you need help with your homework but required of you if you are below a 75 in any class.

 

Advising

Now is the time to schedule times to meet with your advisor. Make sure you are scheduling your check in time and your full hour session. Click on the link below to schedule time with the most awesome advisors around. March calendar will be opened up for scheduling in the beginning of next week. Stay tuned for an announcement about this. 

/advising

 

Calendar

Don’t forget to check out our calendar to see the latest things that are happening.

Click on the link below for more info.

/calendar

 

Riddle of the Week

This week’s riddle…

How many months have 28 days?

Last week’s riddle…

Take away my first letter, and I still sound the same. Take away my last letter, I still sound the same. Even take away my letter in the middle, I will still sound the same. I am a five letter word. What am I?

Answer for last week’s riddle

Empty.

 

The answer can be found in the next blog post. Or if you figure it out, post it In the Facebook Group.

 

Youth Jobs Rally, an Intern’s Perspective

At Youth Academy we have been seeking for volunteers and interns to help us grow and develop our program. We wanted to give you the opportunity to meet some of them through their experiences here at Youth Academy. Our intern Dean, wrote this beautiful piece about his experience during our participation in the Youth Jobs Rally in Boston this past Friday.

 

Youth Jobs Rally, an Intern’s Perspective

Our students, here at Youth Academy, commendably volunteered yesterday to participate in the Youth Jobs Rally in Boston. It was an important and memorable day for both our students at Youth Academy but also for the entire youth of Boston and Massachusetts that are in search of jobs. This spoke to many of our students and it is so impressive that they took time out of their “precious” vacation to arrive early at the Worcester Youth Center ready for a long day of fighting for a cause they all believed in and felt so passionately about. We piled into the Dynamy van with our leader Andy LaPointe at the helm and the wonderful Stacie Brimmage at his side as we began our journey to the heart of Boston where the Rally was to be held. There seemed to be an electricity in the van on the way there. The music was turned up and all of our students were excited and dancing and singing along. The excitement remained as we discussed the exciting and important day to come. The students were intent on making positive changes to our society as well as showing pride for being from and representing the city of Worcester.

All the participants of the rally first met up at a local cathedral to gather and discuss the plans for the day ahead. The addition to the overall message at the rally this year was that there was an extra emphasis placed on eliminating youth criminalization in Massachusetts youth through more jobs being created for them to stay away from negative distractions. We were treated to inspiring speeches as well as a young 15 year old up and coming rapper who performed and freestyled about the importance of youth employment and making positive changes in our society by not allowing our youth to feel as if they have to resort to criminal activity. After these presentations, each community that was being represented at the Rally was called out in the Cathedral and prompted to make noise for themselves. As no surprise, we were so well represented and all the students from Worcester unleashed a booming roar when Worcester was called out. The pride on the faces of the students was clear and powerful to see.

After these festivities we finally headed outside into the chilly Boston air to begin our walk through the streets. We were immediately greeted by cameras coming from every which way as well as many interested civilians wondering what the meaning of our rally was. Our students raised the wonderful posters that they had made themselves in the days prior above their heads to show everyone just what was so important and why the issue of creating youth jobs needs to be taken so seriously. As we continued walking with so many others through the streets of Boston, numbness to the cold began to take effect as the primary focus became participating the chants of the rally and showing our posters to anyone who would take notice. As usual, Andy did not seem affected by the cold weather as he was excitedly partaking in the Rally alongside the students and pumping everyone up right from the beginning. As the passionate rally approached the steps of the Massachusetts House of Representatives building, our students began preparing some persuasive words to use to remind our personal Worcester representative to put an increased emphasis in the youth jobs initiative in our Worcester area. Unfortunately, due to Representative Mahoney’s busy schedule, we were not able to meet with him personally. On the positive side, we were able to meet with his incredibly receptive and friendly aid. Many of our students spoke to him about exact budget numbers that they would like to be changed, and many spoke straight from the heart about personal experiences of family or friends struggling with finding meaningful jobs and how beneficial they believe it would be to increase the jobs available for capable and hard-working youth in the area of Worcester specifically. Representative Mahoney’s aid assured us that our message would be relayed and that the initiative of increasing youth jobs is an issue Representative Mahoney takes very seriously and also feels passionate about. After completing our discussion, we met back with the rest of the youth representing Worcester and socialized with them for a few minutes as well as taking a group picture to commemorate the day we spent together fighting for a just cause. Finally, we returned back to the van for the long ride home. Everyone was a little tired from the energy-filled day they had just experienced, but there was a clear unspoken look of accomplishment on everyone’s faces for the very productive day that they had such a large part in. Overall, it was a very positive day once again for Dynamy’s Youth Academy. We were so happy for our students as they handled everything with such maturity and professionalism throughout; yet another reminder of how lucky and inspiring it is to be in the presence of such wonderful youth who are determined to make the most of the very bright futures that lie ahead of them.