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 MLK Day 2020 - Monologue Project Voices of Color

On Monday, January 20th, seven Newton High School students of color, as part of The Monologue Project: Voices of Color, participated in Newton's 52nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Event. The Monologue Project: Voices of Color, is a collaborative theater project with Newton Youth Services, Newton Public Schools, and Newton Theater Company and is supported by the Foundation for Racial, Religious, and Ethnic Harmony. If you would like to read the written work of the students from that day, see below. 

 

 

The Monologue Project - Sisterhood Speaks 

THE PROJECT

The Monologue Project: Sisterhood Speaks is an intergenerational and intersectional creative writing and theater project sponsored by The Newton Free Library and Newton Youth Services.

 

THE PURPOSE

Speaker were encouraged to explore issues of gender, gender roles, identity, gender inequality, sexuality, sisterhood, oppression, race, women in politics, empowerment, women through history, feminism, and their hopes for the future. The goal is to learn from one another, form positive relationships, and lift one another up. This project will demonstrate to the community one of the many ways women support one another, believe one another, and collaborate across generations, cultures, and ways of life.

 

To read the submissions of our writers, visit the link below.

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Youth Commission - Monthly Meetings!

Interested in meeting other teens, discussing issues that impact youth city-wide, and planning teen-focused events, workshops, and other leadership activities? Join the Newton Youth Commission! The Youth Commission is the City's only Commission led by young people, and is one of the best ways for Newton youth to get civically engaged, learn about local government, and make change.

 

We are seeking interested youth in grades 9-12 to join the Youth Commission Advisory Board for the 2020-2021 school year. We are also seeking adults who are interested in serving on the Advisory Board. For more information, please email Quinn Etchie, Director of Youth Services at qetchie@newtonma.gov.

 

Applicants will be asked to submit a personal statement (one page) telling us about your interests, goals, and activities, as well as contact information including email address, home address, and phone number. 

 

Meetings are held monthly on Wednesday evenings (September - June) from 5-6:30. Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, all meetings will be held virtually until further notice. 

 

Upcoming Meeting Dates for 2020 - 2021 School Year:

Wednesday, October 21st, 5-6:30

Wednesday, November 18th, 5-6:30
Wednesday, December 16th, 5-6:30
Wednesday, January 13th, 5-6:30
Wednesday, February 17th, 5-6:30
Wednesday, March 17th, 5-6:30
Wednesday, April 14th, 5-6:30
Wednesday, May 12th, 5-6:30

            


In 2019, the Newton Youth Commission worked to survey Newton Youth on mental health and stress in and out of school and to determine the ways in which they cope with stress in those situations. 

If you are a teen looking for some helpful resources for stress management or are looking for support dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression, here are some helpful resources: 

Samaritans - Suicide Prevention and Support

William James Interface - Teen Resource Page

Headspace - Mindfulness and Meditation

Calm - Meditation Techniques (Great for sleep, short guided meditations, and more!)

Additionally, your guidance counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, and teachers are fantastic resources!

Happiness Workshop

in the fall of 2018 we piloted a Happiness Workshop for Newton high school students based on the book Happier, by Tal Ben-Shahur, professor at Harvard University. We know Newton students are stressed out and worried about the future, and we hoped to help them learn  some new strategies to identify parts of their lives that bring them value and joy and skills to make more time for those people and activities.            

 

We'd also like to provide students with a sampling of resources to use for meditation, mindfulness, stress-relief, and happiness boosting. Check out our Happiness Workshop Resource Guide to find recommendations for apps, books, and websites!

 

The Monologue Project: Voices of Color

 

The Monologue Project is a collaborative work written and performed by Newton High School students of color. Supported by Newton Theater Company and Newton Youth Services, this event completed its second year in June 2018,  bringing a diverse group of Newton High School students together to tell their stories. All student work was published in a book, now available to the public in PDF format online here, as well as at the Newton Public Library and other locations around the city, including at Newton's Martin Luther King Day celebrations in 2018 and 2019. 

 

In 2018, students also collaborated with a local artist, Lakshmi Kadambi, to create artwork that served as the backdrop for the show. (See photos below)

 

You can view the 2018 performance and Q&A with our students on YouTube here.

 

The 2017 performance is also available for viewing on YouTube and can be found here.

 

Monologue Project - Voices of Color 2018 (2018)

 

If you are a Newton High School student of color and are interested in getting involved in the project, please email Quinn Etchie, Youth Services Director at qetchie@newtonma.gov. 

 

 

 

What's in Your Medicine Cabinet?: Help Be a Part of The Solution to the Opioid Epidemic!

Misuse of prescription drugs is a common way for teens and adults to start down the road of addiction. The most typical place young people get access to prescription drugs is their home medicine cabinet. A few simple steps can have a significant impact on limiting unsafe access to these powerful drugs. For more information on where to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription (or over the counter medication) click here.

Teen Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

For more information about our internship program, visit our page here.

 

We have now begun accepting applications for Newton's Summer High School Internship Program for Summer 2020. To apply, please visit our internship page for more information.

 

However, if you are still looking for an internship or volunteer opportunity right now, there are many ways to connect with businesses and organizations. If there's a certain interest or skill that you would like to explore, try reaching out to a local business or organization with a phone call or a professional email. Some 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. 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.

 

We in Youth Services are available to help you work on the right language to use if you have questions about this, so please feel free to contact us. 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!

 

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 volunteers@newtoncommunityfarm.org 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

 

 

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 http://www.helparoundtown.com to find flexible local jobs such as babysitting, running errands, and yard work.                                                

 

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

http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/health/youth/middle_school_summer_resource.asp

Youth Resources Quick Links

Newton Cares - Suicide Prevention

Health and Human Services

Newton Public Schools

Riverside Emergency Youth Services

William James Project Interface Referral Service

Newton PATH - Opioid Prevention

Newton Police

Parks and Recreation

Newton Free Library

Mayor's Office

 

Stay In Touch With Us

Director of Youth Services
Quinn E. Etchie

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

                             

 


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