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Newton's 52nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration - Seeking Student Voices

The Planning Committee for the 52nd Annual MLK Day in collaboration with The Monologue Project: Voices of Color, is seeking student speakers for our MLK Day Event on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Newton at 9:30 am. 

 

Eligible Participants: 

  • Are Newton high school students or are Newton residents (grades 9-12) 
  • Should identify as a person of color
  • Should submit an essay, monologue, poem, vignette, short story, or song (500 words or less) to Director of Youth Services, Quinn Etchie, at qetchie@newtonma.gov by December 15th, 2019. 

Other Important Information: 

  • Our theme this year is "Know Your Neighbor". Consider writing on this theme if you'd like, but we really just hope to hear your story - our only "rule" is that you tell your own story and that you are comfortable speaking in public if your piece is chosen for the event. 
  • Questions? Email Quinn at qetchie@newtonma.gov or call (617) 796 - 1436.

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. We are seeking people who identify as women to participate in a night of truth-telling. The event will take place at The Newton Free Library in Druker Auditorium on Wednesday, March 4th, 7-9pm. 

 

THE PURPOSE

Speakers are 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. 

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Open to Newton residents and students who attend a Newton high school
  • Participants should identify as female
  • Submit a poem, song, monologue, essay, vignette, short story, etc. that aligns with the purpose to Quinn Etchie, Director of Youth Services, at qetchie@newtonma.gov. (Word limit 500)
  • Submission deadline - Sunday, December 22nd

NEXT STEPS

  • Three adult submissions and three youth submissions will be chosen for public reading at the event. If you are not interested in reading your piece publicly, please write "For Publication Only" in the email subject line. 
  • Selected submissions may be published online, (with authors permission), at the discretion of the selection committee

Questions? Email Quinn at qetchie@newtonma.gov or call (617) 796 - 1436.

 

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!

 

We are seeking interested youth in grades 9-12 to join the Youth Commission Advisory Board for the 2019 - 2020 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.

 

Meetings are held monthly on Wednesday evenings (September - June) from 5-6:30 in Newton City Hall.

 

Upcoming Meeting Dates for 2019 - 2020 School Year:

Wednesday, November 20th - Room 205, Newton City Hall, 5-6:30pm

Wednesday, December 18th - Room 205, Newton City Hall, 5-6:30pm 

Wednesday, January 15th - Room 211, Newton City Hall, 5-6:30pm

Wednesday, February 12th - Room 211, Newton City Hall, 5-6:30pm

Wednesday, March 18th - Room 211, Newton City Hall, 5-6:30pm

Wednesday, April 15th – Room 211, Newton City Hall, 5-6:30pm

Wednesday, May 13th – Room 211, Newton City Hall, 5-6:30pm

Wednesday, June 1st– Room 211, Newton City Hall, 5-6:30pm

This fall, the Newton Youth Commission is working to survey NewtonYouth 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 Theatre 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 writing and performing a piece for Newton's 2020 MLK Day, 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 will begin accepting applications for Summer 2020 in early December. 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. Many 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 Centre, MA 02459 
Phone: (617) 796-1436
Fax: (617) 559-7063
                       

                             

 

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