Expanding Inclusive Recreation Options in South Boston

Jessie, Kaela, and Steve at the new fitness roomOn Tuesday, February 12th, the South Boston Boys and Girls Club celebrated the official opening of their newly renovated, and fully inclusive, youth fitness room. PYD’s Regina Snowden, Steve Slowinski, and Kaela Vronsky, were there to revel with them in this great achievement. Funding for the renovation came through PYD’s Inclusive Fitness for Youth Initiative, a three year program funded by the Boston Foundation that has set the goal of improving accessibility and the inclusiveness of fitness and recreation programs in Boston. PYD pulled in collaborators Mary Patstone from the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s Adaptive Sports Program and Eli Wolff from the Institute for Human Centered Design, who along with Jessie Kandel (The Boys and Girls Club of Boston Inclusion Facilitator) made for an all-star team!
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Youth and Family Resources: February 2013

Each month, the Mentor Match team sends out a list of resources in its newsletter, informing you about possible events coming up, opportunities for our youth, and general useful information. But we know that having only those three resources listed every month is not necessarily as much as you would like. So in this blog post, we are going to provide you with a few more resources that you can use either in planning a match activity, or in planning to advance the life of a youth.
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PYD Profile: When Theatre Gives You Wings

In 2004, Greg Getchell joined Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) through the urging of his high school speech teacher, Mary Mahoney. Greg has come to know many PYD programs and opportunities over the years. He joined Making Healthy Connections (MHC) in Andover, MA in 2004. When Greg first began MHC, he would sit in the back of the room. Initially, he brought friends along with him, and they were the only people with whom he would communicate. As Greg experienced PYD, he began to open up. He moved to the MHC Boston program and started with Access to Theatre (ATT) Boston. ATT was the program that really made a difference in Greg’s ability to express himself.
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