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Worcester kids in style! Go, WPS students, go!!!!

The City of Worcester is launching a pilot after school program on February 1

It’s called Recreation Worcester. 

Recreation Worcester is a free community program that, for now, will be held at five sites across Worcester:

Chandler Elementary School (Wednesday & Thursday),

Claremont/Woodland Academy (Tuesday & Thursday)

Goddard School (Wednesday & Saturday)

Quinsigamond Elementary (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)

and Worcester East Middle (Tuesday & Thursday). 

Many of you are active community organizers and participants within the City and have the capacity and ability to help us grow this program!

Programming is offered to all Worcester Public School students ages 7 and up. 

Younger students (7-13) will attend programming from 2:30-5:00 and older students (14+) will attend programming from 5:00-7:30 (times may vary depending on the site- our latest start time is 3:00 and our latest end time is 8:00). 

Dinner will be provided by the WPS. 

In addition to the partnership between the City of Worcester, the Worcester Public Schools, and local colleges and universities Recreation Worcester is backed by several sponsors and partners across the city.  

The Recreation Worcester team is not only looking for youth to register for the program, but also, for college students and older youth who are interested in volunteering and gaining experience as a youth worker. 

Recreation Worcester is unique to Worcester and has a strong foundation in past programs that have proven to be successful. 
Thank you!

The I Too Mentor Program

Danielle Delgado and Melissa Richford

Danielle Delgado (left), Friendly House’s Director of Child, Youth and Family Programs and Melissa Richford, FH After School/Summer Camp Coordinator

By Danielle Delgado

We’ve always believed that being young was one of the easiest jobs you could have, but over the last several months this has proven to actually be one of the hardest jobs, when growing up in Worcester. The city has been plagued with a streak of youth violence which is killing community morale and has become painfully too close for comfort for many families and individuals this year. This violence has caused many organizations to stop and rethink their plans and collectively come up with ways we can better serve our youth, community and city.

The Friendly House is actively working on providing its youth with positive programs and activities which help to promote positive growth and development and have a focus on youth violence prevention. The newest of these programs is its I Too Mentor Program. The goal of this program is to prevent youth from engaging in risky behavior by providing them with a positive mentor who will engage them in a variety of positive activities and experiences, which will encourage them to reach their fullest potential.

The I Too Mentor Program matches up youth ages 13-17 with a one-on-one mentor who they can relate to. The mentors are successful individuals who have once lived the same lifestyle and had similar experiences to the youth they will now mentor. 

The pair (mentor/mentee) will be engaged in numerous structured and unstructured activities over the course of ten months. Some of these activities include: Retreats, Sporting Events, Civic engagement activities, Career Development and Volunteer opportunities. In addition to these activities the pair will also participate in one-on-one time and a Job Shadow Day.

Starting next month the I Too will serve youth from all over Worcester.

The program will primarily serve youth who are referred to the program from the Worcester Public School System, DCF and the Juvenile Court System but will be open to any youth who wants to be involved. The mentors for this program come from a variety of different backgrounds, experiences and careers. The strength of this program will come from the passion, dedication and experience of those who are involved.

Friendly House is still looking for individuals to get involved in this program (Mentors/Mentees/Donors). For more information on how to get involved in the I Too Mentor Program please call me – 508-755-4362 or email me at ddelgado@friendlyhousema.org