Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Spend a day not texting, but calling or chatting in-person, as part of the month-long Needham Youth Services program Needham Unplugged.
If someone shoots you a text message today, Needham Youth Services hopes you won't reply--call them back instead. Today is Text-Free Tuesday, part of the month-long series of Needham Unplugged events, aimed at reminding students that "there is more to life than what is on the other side of a plug." For March 26, Youth Services is encouraging both residents and businesses to reach out to friends and business associates by phone or in person, rather than punch out a text on your phone. They also suggest you contact them to let them know why their texts may go unanswered. Earlier this month, students joined in Make a Statement Day, a day when Needham High students can wear their feelings on their sleeves--literally, as well as email-free …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Training session for mental health program Icanhelp later in the month. Organizers hope to have people registered by the end of today.
If you have four hours to spare, and want to help Needham youth, then your time is running out to do so. Icanhelp is a mental health program which aims to create safe spaces for struggling students and act as a conduit to resources around town. The program has a four-hour training session coming up, March 20, 4-8 p.m. at Needham Town Hall. To introduce the program, the Publich Health Department held a one-hour presentation at Town Hall in February. The concept of the program, according to a Health Department press release, is loosely based on CPR. You can learn more at the Icanhelp website, their Facebook Page, or by Following @icanhelpme on Twitter. The Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention is sponsoring the program…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Friday, Needham goes email free as part of the annual Needham Unplugged series of events.
Email may not get you a response come Friday, as Needham Unplugged moves into Email-free Friday. Heavy email users are asked to step away from the computer and cease mailing items electronically on March 15. On this day, residents and business are urged to contact people by telephone or face-to-face meetings. In an email, Needham Youth Services encouraged students, residents and businesses not only to skip emails on Friday, but to set up an automated out-of-office reply. They suggest the following: I will not be looking at or replying to emails today as part of Needham Unplugged--learn more about this program at www.needhamma.gov/youth/unplugged. Instead of e-mailing me, please don’t hesitate to call me at 781 -_ _ _ - _ _ _ _ as I …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Friday's snow day pushes back events at the High School and Pollard School, which are both on for today.
Friday's unexpected snow day canceled Needham schools across the town. There were a couple of events planned for the day which were also put off by the snow. At the High School, students geared up for Make a Statement Day on Thursday by decorating blank shirts with slogans and logos that mean something to them. The plan is to wear them at the end of the week, on Make a Statement Day itself. Needham Youth Coalition's Michelle Butman told Patch by e-mail that today is the day: students are wearing their shirts on March 11 for Make a Statement Day. Check out Patch's gallery of Make a Statement Day shirts, and add your own. Meanwhile, at the Pollard Middle School, Needham Olympian Aly Raisman was bringing Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Teens from Needham wear their feelings on their sleeves, literally, for one day of the year.
[Update: Because Needham Public Schools Closed Today, Needham Youth Services tells us the shirt-wearing part of Make a Statement Day will be on Monday, March 11. 5:34 p.m.] On Make a Statement Day, students and faculty wear white t-shirts decorated with inspirational, funny or artistic quotes--often a phrase that means something to them. The school provides blank shirts and decoration supplies--not to mention pizza and music during one of the decoration days. Patch stopped by the second decoration day, saw some of the shirts, and chatted with Needham High School principal Jonathan Pizzi. Make a Statement Day is today, March 8. Students decorated their shirts on Wednesday and Thursday, the latter day in the cafeteria. See more from past…
Monday, March 4, 2013
Training for Icanhelp, a volunteer mental health program aimed at connecting students with resources and safe places, begins later this month.
While working as a Biology teacher several years ago, Michelle Muffett-Lipinski had a student who was often staying after class working. Eventually, that student opened up, telling a story of abuse by a family member. At the time, she did not know what to do for that student. "I was her person. I didn't know that," Lipinski said. "I should have gone to somebody, but I didn't." This student went on to become a teacher, and this story--and others like it--inspired Icanhelp, a mental health program which aims to create safe spaces for struggling students and act as a conduit to resources around town. The program was created by Lipinski, who is now Northshore Recovery High School Principal and research psychologist, Barbara Bruhns Frey. You …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Needham make-a-statement day coming at the beginning of March. What would you put on your shirt?
Each year, Needham High School staff and students have a day during which they can truly express themselves: Make a Statement Day. On that day, students and faculty wear white t-shirts decorated with inspirational, funny or artistic quotes--often a phrase that means something to them. The school provides blank shirts and decoration supplies. This year, Make a Statement Day is March 8, with decorating days on March 6 in room 728, and March 7 in the cafeteria--complete with music and pizza. For a taste of what students can expect, check out last year's video (to the right). For kids lacking inspiration, Needham Youth Services has a few suggestions on their site. Topics range from general advice and quotes to social issues to technology. …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Needham Youth Services will offer another suicide prevention course in March.
Question. Persuade. Refer. Three steps which some say could save a life. The core of the QPR suicide prevention program is those three steps, and the program is based on a national strategy, according to an announcement on the Town Website. The course expands on four basic concepts, taken from the Announcement: Next month, Needham Youth Services offers a course on suicide prevention loosely inspired by CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation). The class lasts for an hour, and is free--although it is limted to 20 seats, so they request you RSVP (a form is available on the last page of the NYS newsletter). For more information, contact Jon Mattleman at 781-455-7500 x265 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Below is the full press release from …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Needham Youth Services is offering a series of discussions for local parents.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Needham Youth Services is offering a series of free, one-night programs for parents that focus on the various challenges of parenting a teen. Called "A Conversation ... For Parents of Teens," the program is limited to nine parents per evening. The group will share stories and receive feedback in a comfortable, confidential setting. Dinner will be served during the meeting. Topics for the fall/early winter session include: Parents can sign up for all three nights but should specify the order of preference because Youth Services cannot guarantee parents will get a spot for all their selections. Parents are encouraged to register early. Registration information can be found online at www.needhamma.gov/youth/2012fallprograms (see page 5). …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Now in its 15th year, the Youth Services program teams up local youth with community groups in need of volunteers.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
In July, 31 youth provided more than 450 hours of community service to local organizations over nine days. Service was provided through Needham Youth Services’ Project VAN (Volunteers Around Needham). Project VAN organizes youth ages 13-17 to offer their skills, talents and hard work to others every summer. The program is made possible by generous funding from the Needham Community Council. Locations where the youth lent a helping hand this summer include Needham Parks and Forestry, Needham Housing Authority, Needham Park and Recreation, Needham Community Council, Needham Free Public Library, Charles River Center, Wingate at Needham and the Stephen Palmer Senior Center/Needham Council on Aging.