Youth Services


Director of Youth Services
Quinn E. Etchie

1000 Commonwealth Ave,
Newton, MA 02459 
Phone: (617) 796-1436
Fax: (617) 559-7063



Upcoming Programs and Events

The Monologue Project: Sunday, June 4th, 4-6pm, Newton Cultural Center (Newton City Hall)

Join us in hearing stories, poems, and monologues from some of Newton's high school students as they tell us what it's like to be a student of color in our community. There will be a talk back/Q&A with the performers after the show, as well as some refreshments. Please don't miss this important opportunity to witness their powerful stories.




We are now accepting nominations for this year's Youth Awards! Complete Information and nomination forms can be found here on the Parks and Recreation website.


All nominations are due no later than May 18th.


Awards will be given on June 19th in the City Council Chambers. (See below for a complete description of all awards.)


Looking for ways to Volunteer?

Bullough's Pond Association is looking for people to help with a planned cleanup on Saturday, May 20th. For more information, call Kathleen Greiser at 857-231-2012.



Please join Team Setti Warren on Sunday, June 11th from 11-2pm at the Newton North High School Track for the Newton Youth Walk for The Jimmy Fund.

Cancer impacts us all. Let's work together to find a cure!

  • Teams must register beforehand in order to participate in the 2 mile walk (8 laps).
  • There is a minimum fundraising goal of $20 per person, but we encourage you to get a group to walk together: clubs, sports teams, girl and boy scouts, etc...all are welcome!
  • All ages and abilities are welcome to participate: come and do as much as you are able! If you want to make it a relay, go for it!
  • If weather does not cooperate, we will take it indoors.
  • We will have pizza and refreshments available for the walkers post-walk!

**Please note: We are holding this walk as a pre-cursor to the September Jimmy Fund walk, which has a minimum fundraising goal of $300 dollars per person. We acknowledge that this is a lot of money for one person to raise, so we wanted a way for young people to contribute to the Jimmy Fund, participate in their own Youth Walk, and honor loved ones battling cancer, or those lost. If you would like to walk in the Jimmy Fund walk in September, you may use this walk as the beginning of your fundraising. Good luck! Please see below for instructions on how to register for our Youth Walk. If you have questions, please contact Quinn Etchie at or call 617-214-9343.


Here is how to register:


Step One: Go to

Step Two: Click "Create New Team"

Step Three: Agree to Waiver/Agreement

Step Four: Click "Start a Team". Make sure Team Setti Warren is listen in - "New Team Under Group"

Step Five: Create a Team Name

Step Six: Set Team Fundraising and Recruitment Goal (remember, we would like each person to raise a minimum of $20). Click continue.

Step Seven: Fill in your information.

Step Eight: BE SURE TO REGISTER AS A VIRTUAL WALKER, as you are NOT able to walk on the ACTUAL JIMMY WALK DAY UNLESS YOU REACH THE FUNDRAISING GOAL OF $300 PER PERSON. If you intend to walk in September, remember, you MUST raise $300 to do so.


Please let us know if you have questions! We look forward to seeing you!






**Youth Award Descriptions**



Presented to an individual over twenty-five years of age that has exhibited the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment to benefit the young people of Newton.

Judge Flaschner enjoyed a long and distinguished career in public service. While serving as a Newton Alderman and later as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts District Court System, he worked diligently for the reform of the Juvenile Justice System. He was a strong supporter of youth service programs and a leading advocate in the development of alternative programs.



Recognizes a young adult between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five who has made a significant contribution through service to or involvement with the young people of Newton.
While serving as Chief Justice of Newton District Court, Judge Julian Yesley Young founded what is now the Newton Youth Center. He was a strong proponent of programs that benefited young people and worked tirelessly to obtain funding for programs aimed at preventing juvenile delinquency.



Presented to a student in grade 9 to 12 whose commitment, character and accomplishments exemplify the high ideals fostered by Officer Braceland.
Officer Braceland served the citizens of Newton and the Newton Police Department for twenty-two years. As the city’s Youth Officer, he gave generously of his time, energy and compassion to help young people. He was the epitome of fairness in the performance of his duties and honored the worth and dignity of each individual with whom he came in contact. Officer Braceland received many awards throughout his distinguished career, including the Newton Youth Commission Award.



Presented to an individual in elementary school through eighth grade who has earned the respect of his peers by demonstrating qualities such as leadership, citizenship and good human values.
Irene Bickelman was an active, dedicated and beloved member of the Newton community. She was a teacher, counselor and consultant at Weeks Junior High School, Newton North High School and Newton South High School. She was especially adept at involving youth in important work and activities in their schools and community. She thoroughly enjoyed young people and committed herself to their well being.



Honors an adult Newton resident for a lifetime of outstanding contributions toward enhancing the quality of life in Newton.
Russell J. Halloran enjoyed a long and distinguished career as Newton’s Commissioner of Parks and Recreation. His concern for others and his loyalty to the finest ideals of public service are reflected in his lifetime contributions to enhancing the quality of life in the City of Newton.

Mayor's Summer High School Internship Program

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2017. We will begin accepting applications again in December 2017 for Summer 2018.


If you are still looking for an internship or activity this summer, there are many ways to connect with businesses and organizations. If there's a certain interest or skill that you would like to explore over the summer, try reaching out to a local business or organization. Lots of local businesses are interested in having short term interns.


Take some time to identify a specific staff person (Human Resources is a good place to start!) and introduce yourself via email or a phone call. Feel free to ask if they are in need of an intern or if they could use some volunteer help for a short term project.


I am happy to help you work on the right language to use if you have questions about this! Additionally, before you agree to work in any business or help out anywhere, make sure it's cleared with your parents and that it is a safe environment. We do background checks on all mentors we use in our program, and we want you to be safe out there if you find something on your own.


In addition, here are some related programs and volunteer opportunities that we highly recommend!


EPIIC Solutions


EPIIC Solutions offers a summer program for 7th-12th graders to explore entrepreneurship, innovation and design in Boston. Each week teens develop their own startup idea through morning workshops and spend afternoons traveling across the city to engage with founders and innovators. All programs culminate with a Pitch Competition judged by local investors. Scholarships are available!


Scholarship applications are due April 28th and can be accessed via


Newton Community Farm


The Newton Community Farm is a non-profit community farm that provides locally grown produce to Newton Farmers' Markets, local food pantries and their own farm stand. Opportunities for volunteering include joining the Field Crew, assisting as an Event Organizers and helping with Communications.


To volunteer, send an email to and note your name, interest, and information about yourself relevant to the work you are interested in doing.


More volunteer information via Newton Community Farm's Website HERE


Newton Food Pantry

The Newton Food Pantry provides food and personal care products for over 650 Newton residents. The Food Pantry is run entirely by volunteers. There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, including stocking shelves, making home deliveries and assisting with composting.


To connect with Newton Food Pantry, visit their website HERE


More Resources


ASC Newton

ASC Newton connects Newton students with volunteer opportunities at organizations such as the Newton Special Olympics, the Charles River Conservancy and the National Kidney Foundation. Most volunteer events last for 3-6 hours.


To get involved with ASC Newton, visit their website HERE


Center For Civic Engagement @ Newton North

The Center for Civic Engagement seeks to provide opportunities for Newton students to participate in community service, civics, and leadership. Visit CCE's website HERE to learn more or visit them on Facebook.


Help Around Town

 Help Around Town is a free community job board designed for youth. Register at to find flexible local jobs such as babysitting, running errands, and yard work.                        


Please feel free to contact Quinn Etchie, Youth Services Director at with any questions about Summer Opportunities, or visit our Middle School Summer Resource Guide for more ideas!


Youth Stress Project

This grant promoting mental health and well-being was written as a direct result of Youth Risk Behavior Survey quantitative data and the Newton Youth Summit's qualitative results.

The grant was awarded to Newton Health and Human Services Department by Community Health Network Area 18 (CHNA 18). $10,000 was awarded in FY 14 and FY 15 and the grant is anticipated to continue for one additional year in FY 16 for a total of $30,000 over three years.

Collaborative Partners include: Newton Youth Commission, Newton's Teen Voice, Newton Public Schools, Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology, Engaging Minds Learning Center, Youth Interagency Taskforce and Families for Depression Awareness, Newton Free Library, Newton Cares: Coalition for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health.

Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Information:   


To become involved in this work, please reach out to the youth services director.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2012 Summary
Youth Summit Information

 Youth Resources Quick Links

        - Massachusetts Youth & Young Adult Substance Abuse Services Directory
        - Middlesex County Juvenile Court 
        - Middlesex County District Attorney 
        - MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service
        - Newton Community Life! – A guide to finding your way around Newton, MA
        - Newton Human Services
        - Newton Public Schools 
        - Newton Police Department 
        - Newton Parks & Recreation
        - Riverside Emergency Services 
        - Riverside Child & Family Services
        - Youth Services Resource Guide
        - Youth Risk Behavior Survey Summary

Newton Youth Commission

The Newton Youth Commission is a diverse volunteer body of adults and high school students working together to empower youth. 

Youth Commission meetings are held monthly at Newton North or Newton South and are open to the public. Please click here to learn more. If you are interested in joining

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