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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

Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo - Thursday, January 18th, 5:30pm

The Newton Health Department will present on e-cigarettes and the risks they pose to teens. Did you know that, according to the 2016 Surgeon General's report, e-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900% among highschool students from 2011 to 2015? Join us at Just Think to learn more about e-cigarettes and what you can do to protect yourself and your teens.


Just Think is a multi-year effort by the Newton North PTSO to help parents/guardians and those who work with teens guide the teens in making good decisions that will lead to a long, happy, and healthy life.




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!


Meetings held monthly, Wednesday evenings, 5-6:30. For more information, email


Next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 18th in Room 211, Newton City Hall.



The Monologue Project: Voices of Color - Monthly Meetings: 1st Wednesday each month, 4-5:30, Newton City Hall, Room 211

On June 4th, 2017, Newton high school students of color came together for a deeply moving performance of their original theatre pieces. They shared stories of race and racism, stories of beauty in all forms, stories of painful moments in childhood and adolescence, and stories of what it means to be a student of color in a primarily white community. Their desire to share their voices with others, and their passion for supporting one another in their process united them, and students who started the project as strangers, left as friends.


We have published their stories in a book, now available online (see link below). The hard copy of the book is also available to read at the Newton Free Library. Additionally, the performance is available for viewing on YouTube and can be found here.


Interested in joining? Meetings are held monthly in Newton City Hall. First Wednesday of each month, Room 211, 4-5:30.

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The Monologue Project: Voices of Color © City of Newton Health and Human Services, 2017                       

Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

We are now accepting applications for the Mayor's Summer High School Internship Program for Summer 2018. For more information about our internship program, visit our page here.


To apply, click here


To provide a reference for a student applying to the program, click here.


If you are 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. 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. 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!


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


Other Resources and Information:

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Newton Youth Commission

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


We are seeking youth for the 2017-2018 school year to join the Newton Youth Commission. Please email if you are interested in joining!

Youth Commission meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.

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