Fundraiser, Class Meetings Next Week and Senior Retreat

Words of Wisdom for the Week

“You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.”

Jan Glidewell

 

Extended College Tour Fundraiser!

We are trying to raise funds for students who want to go on the ECT! We are hosting a family movie night on December 17th starting at 6:30pm. Buy tickets for $3 per person or $5 per family, what does your ticket get you? It gets you entrance in to the movie night and a small bag of popcorn. Students will be selling concessions at the event.

REMINDERS

If you have not scheduled your advising for the month of December please use the links below to schedule your advising for the month.

For the rest of the year, if you have scheduled an advising appointment with Lily on Wednesday you will be meeting with her at Clark University. If you have scheduled an appointment with Stacie on Thursdays you will be meeting with her at Clark University.

 

ATTENTION SENIORS

Are you ready for some bonding, fun and great memories? Senior retreat has been scheduled for December 27th –December 29th. Check out the calendar for more details.

 

Tutoring at Clark

Psst! 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 ARE ALL BEING HELD NEXT WEEK!

Monday-Fancy Freshmen

Tuesday-Sophisticated Sophomores

Wednesday- Joyous Juniors

Thursdays- Stupendous Seniors

All class meetings will be held at the YWCA.

 

SUPER AWESOME LINKS BELOW!

Click on the link below to check out the program calendar

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Click the link below to schedule your advising.

/advising/

 

Student Spotlight

Oris, a senior at Burncoat High School

How did you hear about Dynamy?

My older brother was in Dynamy. It all came down the family tree I guess.

What is something that has happened during your time so far that has surprised you?

When Etel left, it really affected our class’ attendance and the atmosphere at Dynamy. Even though she was the person that interviewed us, she took us under her wing like a real mother and presented a lot of concern for our lives. Also, the first camping trip because I was outside of my comfort zone, I was the shy one in the group and I was able to make friends with everyone.

Now that you are a senior what is a piece of advice you would give to the underclassmen?

This is cliché but time management is essential. When you’re a senior, deadlines come in to play and you have to put important things first over other things.

 

Riddle of the Week

This week’s riddle…

What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment and never in one thousand years?

Last week’s riddle…

What is as light as a feather, but even the world’s strongest man couldn’t hold it for more than a minute?

Answer for last week’s riddle

Your breath

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

 

 

 

ECT, Pictures and Change to YA Website

Word’s of Wisdom for the Week

“Every person you meet is a teacher. Every day is a new lesson. Learn.”

Frederick Withum

Hey Folks! Check out the website, we now have links that will direct you to the calendar and to advising. The links are located on the top of the page and are labeled Advising/Community Events and Calendar.

Congratulations! You have made it to break! Enjoy the next couple of days, eat food, surround yourself with love and finish reading the blog before you do anything else.

REMINDER!

Youth Academy will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving.

 

Extended College Tour

Have you heard about the Extended College Tour? Are you interested in going on the Extended College Tour? Maybe your thinking, “I don’t know how much it will cost or if I will be able to raise the money.” Well you are in luck; we will be holding a fundraising meeting on Wednesday, December 2nd, from 3:30pm-5:00pm at 51A Cedar St. If you are interested in going on the ECT, come to this meeting. We will be brainstorming ideas on how to fundraise together and as individuals. You don’t want to miss this meeting. See you there!

 

Pictures

Next week we are throwing a luncheon for all our awesome internship supervisors who hosted students this summer. We are asking you to send us pictures (if you have any) of you at your internship or maybe a cool picture you may have taken while at your internship. You can post them in the comment section on the Facebook page.

 

Student Spotlight

We would love to hear from you and feature you in the blog. Please contact Elizabeth (graduate intern) or let your advisor know if you are interested in being featured in our student spotlight.

 

DON’T BE A TURKEY AND CHECK OUT THE LINKS BELOW

It is never too early to start scheduling your advising sessions for the month of December.

Click on the link below to check out the program calendar

/calendar/

Click the link below to schedule your advising.

/advising/

 

Tutoring at Clark

Psst! 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.

 

Riddle of the Week

This week’s riddle…

What is as light as a feather, but even the world’s strongest man couldn’t hold it for more than a minute?

Last week’s riddle…

What is at the end of the rainbow?

Answer for last week’s riddle

A question mark

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

 

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, we at Dynamy Youth Academy want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

If you don’t celebrate it, we at Dynamy Youth Academy want to wish you a relaxing and fun break!

Student Spotlights, Junior Class Meeting and a Riddle

Word’s of Wisdom for the Week

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

Og Mandino

 

How many of you are excited for eating some yummy food this upcoming break? Check out all the wonderful information below as you daydream of all the deliciousness to come.

 

Class Meeting Reminder!

Hello my Joyful Juniors! Just a reminder that Tuesday, November 24th from 3:00pm-4:30pm is your Junior class meeting. The Junior class meeting will be held at the YWCA.

Student Spotlights

This week, we interviewed a student from each grade in order to shine a spotlight on the students in the program. If you are interested in being in the student spotlight, please speak to Elizabeth (graduate intern who looks like Stacie).

Jose S., a freshman at Worcester Technical High School.

How did you hear about Dynamy?

I heard Andy’s speech and I wanted working on not being shy anymore. It has helped me be myself more, which is an improvement.

What is something that has happened during your time so far that has surprised you?

I have become more outgoing, and not being quiet so much. I’m now the loudest in my class. It was a surprise to me because I would only talk to friends, but never talk to no one. That’s how I am.

By the time you’re a senior what is your goal?

That I have done my best, everyone loves me (which I’m pretty sure is already happening), learning about the world and college, and sticking to drinking water -since I drank so much water on the camping trip because of Andy.

Kwadwo, a sophomore at Doherty Memorial High School

How did you find out about Dynamy?

Nominated by my teachers and they came and talked to me and I got an application. I was interviewed, I came to opening day and they called me and told me I was accepted.

What is something that has happened that has surprised you so far during your time at Dynamy?

I was not good with people, and not talking a lot. When I entered to Dynamy I talk a lot.

By the time you’re a senior what is a goal you have for yourself?

I want to get all subjects, all A’s. I want my communication to be better.

What is a piece of advice you would give to a freshmen coming in?

You enjoy your time! Life is tough, and this program will help give you a lot of solutions.

Destiny, a junior at Doherty Memorial High School

How did your hear about Dynamy?

They came to my school in 8th grade. Etel came to my school. My aunt use to go and it made me really interested.

What is something that has happened during your time so far that has surprised you?

All the advisors I have had, because a lot have come through.

By the time you’re a senior what is your goal?

Good grades, I don’t know. I want to be able to go on the extended college tour by the time I’m a senior.

What is a piece of advice you would give to a freshmen coming in?

To be honest the best advice is to stay focused and not get distracted by other things. I barely passed freshmen and sophomore year, I didn’t need summer school or anything but it motivated me to stay focused. I don’t allow myself to slack. Stay focused.

Naheer, a senior at Doherty Memorial High School

How did you find out about Dynamy?

My guidance counselors recommended me before I knew it existed. I was pulled out of eighth grade math class and they told me I was nominated for Dynamy YA. From there I researched more about it.

What is something that has surprised you during your time here at Dynamy so far?

How much of a family everyone really is, and how much they want you to succeed. Not for any other reason than just wanting you to succeed. I thought there was some ulterior motive but there wasn’t. It was because they actually want you to succeed. This is why they made the program.

Now that you’re in your senior year, what is one goal you have for yourself before you graduate?

I want to leave an impression and make an impact on the lives of the underclassmen. I want them to succeed and not fall where I fell, and make it easier for them to go along their path towards success.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a freshmen coming in?

Remember to be yourself, don’t try to imitate others because you are not them. Be the best “you” that you can be, because no one else has that ability.

 

SUPER AWESOME LINKS BELOW!

Click on the link below to check out the program calendar

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Click the link below to schedule your advising.

/advising/

 

Tutoring at Clark

Psst! 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.

 

Riddle of the Week

This week’s riddle…

What is at the end of the rainbow?

Last week’s riddle…

How do you make the number one disappear?

Answer for last week’s riddle

Add g to the beginning and it is GONE.

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

 

 

 

Community Meeting, College Tour and More

“I’m scared of failure all the time but I’m not scared enough to stop trying.”
Ronda Rousey

Beautiful leaves are covering the ground, there is a chill in the air and we have lots of fun things to look forward to here at Dynamy Youth Academy. Click on the link below and check out upcoming events in the YA Google Calendar.
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Hey! I thought you were going to click on the link to check out what is going? Well since I really want you to know what’s going on here, I’ll let you know of some of the important events coming up this week.

Wednesday, November 18th, from 3:00pm-6:00pm come and experience a mind blowing afternoon of learning, socializing, snack and getting information that is wicked, super important to you as an YA student. This extravaganza will be held at the YWCA. See you there!

All my Fabulous Freshmen, holla back at me! Thursday November 19th, from 3:00pm-4:30pm is your class meeting! The topic will be learning styles and figuring out how you best learn, come out and have a great time with your peers, eat some snacks and learn about some great scholarship opportunities.

Westfield State University Tour! Wait, what? What are you talking about? Let me explain, we are going on a college tour and its going to be so much fun. In order to attend, you must sign up. We will be having sign ups during community meeting. The tour is on November 21, 2015. Please arrive at 8:15am to get on the bus by 8:30am. We will be meeting at Clark University, in the Jonas Clark Hall or right outside the building in Red Square. Lunch will not be provided, bring $6.00 to purchase a meal in the dining hall at Westfield State.

Psst! 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.

If you haven’t done so already, please schedule your advising for the month. Click the link below to schedule your advising.
/advising/

 

This week’s riddle…
How do you make the number one disappear?

Last week’s riddle…
What travels around the world but stays in one spot?
A stamp

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

Tutoring, Seniors and Riddles

Wise Words for the Week

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right-for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Have you thought recently, “Man, I wish there was some way to know what is going on at Dynamy?” Worry no longer and click the link below to access the Youth Academy Google Calendar! See all the latest happenings and get involved!

Click Me!

We are in the first week of November, the leaves are falling, the apple cider is flowing and you need to schedule your advising sessions for the month. Now, if Stacie is your advisor you get to spend your advising sessions with either Lily or Andy. How cool is that?!? Not sure who you should be seeing? Call Andy at 508-873-9096 to find out. Otherwise, please book your advising soon. Click the link below in order to book your appointment for November.

Click me to set up an advising appointment

The quarter ended last Friday, turn to someone and give him or her a high five because you just got through your first quarter of the year! Woohoo! Now, a quick reminder that if you have not turned in your completed grade request forms we need them in sooner rather than later and we thank you in advance for helping us out with this.

 

Speaking of grades, if your grades are below a 75, you are required to attend tutoring at Clark. 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.

 

All my Sophisticated Seniors please throw your hands in the air and wave them around like you just don’t care! This Thursday (tomorrow) from 3:00pm-4:30pm is your class meeting! The topic will be MEFA Scholarships, come out and have a great time with your peers, eat some snacks and learn about some great scholarship opportunities.

This week’s riddle…

What travels around the world but stays in one spot?

 

Last week’s riddle and answer…

If I drink, I die. If I eat, I’m fine. What am I?

Fire

 

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

Good Luck with the End of the Quarter!

Words of Wisdom for the Week

“There is more power in unity than division.” –Emanuel Cleaver

Things You Should Know

November 4, 2015 and November 5, 2015

Hey did you know that the quarter closes TODAY? So if your grades are below a 75, you are required to attend tutoring at Clark. 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.

Hey Seniors!

Are you ready to have a really super, awesome fun time? Well hold on to your shorts because this coming Thursday, November 5th, 2015, from 3:00pm-4:30pm is your class meeting! Have a rocking good time with your class, snacks included. Remember that the class meeting will be held at the YWCA.

Reminders…

Reminder to book your advising appointment for the month of November, it is super easy! Click on the link below to get started. Remember if you are a freshmen or Junior you are booking your advising with either Lily or Andy based on whom you have been assigned to while Stacie is away.

Book Your Advising Sessions for November Here!

 

In case you missed it, the Masquerade Ball was TONS of fun. We had food, snacks and awesome games. There was music, dancing and a guy running around in a banana costume! It was a ball of fun. Check out the Facebook Group to see pictures.

 

This week’s riddle…

If I drink, I die. If I eat, I’m fine. What am I?

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

Answer to last week’s riddle of my pants pocket is empty but still has something in it, what is it? A hole!

 

Check Out the Calendar and See What’s Going On!

 

 

 

Masquerade Ball and Tutoring

Words of Wisdom for the Week

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try”. –Author Unknown

 

Things you should know!

October 23, 2015 between 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m, Pride Production, Inc. and Future Focus Media are hosting a community awareness event, “Unity in the Community” – Candidate Info Session. This event will be followed by a Meet and Greet with the candidates. The event will be hosted at The Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602. (Pre-Ceremony at 3:30p).

October 28th, 2015 from 5:30pm-8:30pm

Come out to the Masquerade Ball! A delightful time of snacks, music, dancing and costumes! This event will be held at the Carriage House at 27 Sever St. Get to know students from other classes and have a BALL! Get it? Cause it’s a masquerade ball? Okay…I’ll stop now.

October 28th and October 29th from 3:00pm-6:00pm

Tutoring at Clark! Have you been struggling in class or with your homework? Do you feel like you need someone to help you out? 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. See you there!

 

A riddle for you…

My pants pocket is empty but still has something in it, what is it?

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

 

Reminder to always check the calendar and to schedule your advising appointment.

Click on the link below to check out the program calendar

Check me out and see whats going on

Click on the link below to schedule your advising appointment

A piece of advice, click on me

 

Upcoming Events and Reminders

The start of the 2015-2016 year is off to a great start! The past couple of weeks have shown how as a program we have taken this year’s theme of “moving with purpose” to heart. Continuing on that theme of moving with purpose, here are some events you have the opportunity to participate in and/or support this week.

Tomorrow at Clark University a representative from Boston University will be coming by to talk about the school. This is a great opportunity (especially for sophomores and juniors) to stop by and ask questions. The event will be held from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the Jonas Clark Building, room 001. This event is open to everyone in the program.

This Friday, October 23, 2015 between 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m, Pride Production, Inc. and Future Focus Media are hosting a community awareness event, “Unity in the Community” – Candidate Info Session. This event will be followed by a Meet and Greet with the candidates. The event will be hosted at The Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602. (Pre-Ceremony at 3:30p).

If you can’t make it to the Candidate Info Session you can still help! This Wednesday at the YWCA you can help make posters at 4:30pm, in the Hope Coalition meeting space. Bring your fabulous art skills and make some awesome posters for the event.

 

Reminder to schedule your advising and to check the calendar for upcoming events.

Click on the link below to check out the program calendar

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Click on the link below to schedule your advising appointment

/advising/

 

Opening Day, What’s New and You!

Welcome Youth Academy Students! On October 1st, 2015 we had our official start to the 2015-2016 academic year with our Opening Day event. For those of you who couldn’t make it here’s a recap of all the great stuff the day entailed. We started with students coming in and saying hi to old friends and introducing some new friends to the group. Students also got their picture taken because this year, at Youth Academy, students will have official Dynamy ID’s (more information on why we will be having Dynamy ID’s to come).

Andy LaPointe, our Program Director, fearless leader and advisor for the Senior class, kicked things off with a welcome and introducing this years theme of Moving with Purpose. He then introduced our Youth Academy staff. Returning as an Advisor this year is Lily Brown, she will be advising the Sophomore class. New to the team this year is Stacie Brimmage, the advisor for the Freshmen and Junior class as well as a Dynamy Youth Academy graduate. Elizabeth Machado will be joining us this year as a second year graduate intern, she will be an extra set of hands helping out with different events and meetings.

After introductions, the group broke off in to their individual classes to discuss their deliverables (please check with you advisor to find out your class deliverables) and to look over their advising times on the last paper calendars that will be given this year. That’s right, Dynamy Youth Academy is no longer giving out paper calendars because we have a new, easy way to set up student’s advising appointments. For the first time ever at Youth Academy, we are going to an online scheduling format for advising. This system will allow students to schedule their own advising appointments, on a first-come first-served basis. We did this for a few different reasons. No matter how hard we try to set up an advising schedule that works for everyone, we always have cancellations due to the many outside obligations of our students (family events, other programs, transportation issues, sports teams, etc…). Now students will be able to book advising appointments that fit THEIR/YOUR particular schedule. The change to online scheduling will make it necessary for all students to have an official email account.   This is something that they will almost certainly need at some point during their high school/college careers. Whether applying for schools/jobs/financial aid, an email address is a necessity. This will also help prepare them for real world situations like scheduling their first semester of classes in college or a meeting with their college advisor.

After the class breakout sessions we came together to get ready for the potluck with some delicious food, provided by our lovely parents. Once we had full bellies, we sat together and listened to Andy discuss what inspired this year’s theme of Moving with Purpose. This was followed up with a discussion led by Stacie about some changes that will be happening this year to help us move with purpose.

The first of these changes is that your two advising sessions will consist of one full advising session and one check in advising. A full advising session will be one hour long and the check in advising will be a half hour long. If you can’t make it to the half hour advising, don’t worry because you can do it over the phone. Now to schedule this appointment you will need a G-mail account but “What if I don’t have a G-mail account?” We have you covered, in your first advising session your advisor will help you set up a G-mail account to get you started on scheduling your own advising appointments. Another exciting change is we will be using the ya.dynamy.org website and blog to communicate important information. Be sure to check it, we plan on updating at least once a month. The website also has our calendar filled with important dates to remember. Important dates like class and community meetings, most of which will be held at the YWCA! Youth Academy has started a new exciting partnership with the YWCA that allows us to utilize their gym, be close to the Central Hub and have plenty of opportunities for community service hours. Did I mention that with the new Dynamy ID’s, students will have a FREE membership to the YWCA? That’s right, now you can move with purpose while breaking a sweat at the gym, or taking a dip in the pool.

Not only are we changing where we are having our meetings but we will also be reducing the number of community meetings. There will be one community meeting a month (4 out of the 10 will be fun events) and 1 class meeting per month (except in March where we will have two). PARENTS, we want you to come to community meetings and get involved! Youth Academy wants to strengthen our partnership with parents because we know the program works best when we work together to support our students in striving for success. We promise that we will have information and fun for all who attend.

This year, our doors will be closing at 5:30pm. We will be providing bus passes for students who wish to take the bus. Parents if you feel uncomfortable with your child walking home or taking the bus please plan for them to be picked up at 5:30pm. Community meetings are a great place to meet other parents and work out carpooling for your child. Another great way of connecting with parents is through social media. We will be creating a Facebook Group specifically for Youth Academy Parents. This will be a closed group but can be accessed by searching Dynamy Youth Academy Parents. Please use this group to help organize rides, make program suggestions, and connect with other Youth Academy parents!

We understand we have made a large amount of changes and we would like to hear your feedback about them. Feel free to reach out and contact us or come to our next community meeting on November 18th to voice your feedback.

Program Calendars

Did you happen to misplace your program calendar for the year? Did you know that you can now view the Youth Academy Master Calendar anytime anywhere right from this site?

Hey while your at it, why not schedule is your monthly advising sessions! It’s as easy as following the links below!

To view the Youth Academy Program Calendar
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To Make an Advising Appointment

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