An Annual Update from PYD

We are wrapping up a successful year at PYD and are working hard to sustain momentum in 2014! With 534 youth served last year, we will continue to aspire, achieve, and empower.
  • Access to Theatre returned to the Massachusetts Hospital School this fall after the launch of a successful spring program, and is now offering weekly theatre sessions on Sunday afternoons throughout the school year.
  • Making Healthy Connections Boston is off to a great start with youth and parent meetings that began again in October 2013. Making Healthy Connections Springfield is currently preparing for programming set to resume in January 2014.
  • Mentor Match has created 60 new matches this year, breaking 100 active matches for the first time in its near 30 year history. Mentor Match has expanded support through new initiatives, such as hosting our first field day, providing matches the opportunities to participate in a variety of inclusive sports.
  • The National Center continues to collaborate with organizations across the U.S. to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in meaningful programming. In 2013, the National Center trained over 48 organizations through conference presentations, workshops, and in-depth consultations.
  • The Young Entrepreneurs Project is running at full force with more classrooms than ever before. We will have 9 classrooms at 4 Boston Public Schools and 3 Boys and Girls Clubs during the 2013-2014 school year.

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Rodman Ride 2013: An Inclusive Team Bikes for Disability Awareness

Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) is fortunate enough to work with super heroes every day: our volunteers. Among these “super heroes” is Mentor of the Year, Juan Botero. Juan was born in Colombia and lives in Cambridge, MA. He has been devoted to mentoring through PYD since 2009. His experiences have encouraged him to advocate for mentoring and disability awareness in Massachusetts and internationally. Thanks to support from Mass Mentoring Partnership, this was the fifth consecutive year that Juan led PYD’s team in the annual Rodman Ride for Kids.

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Members of PYD gather with Executive Director Regina Snowden at the Rodman Headquarters.

Team PYD broke the mold with our inclusive team, led by our returning MVP Rider Juan, and mentee Dejan, who was the first blind rider to participate in the event – along with other members of the PYD community who were eager to put on their helmets and bike together to raise awareness and funds for PYD.

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Announcing the Campus-Career Connection Project

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As of today, we are excited to announce the beginning of a new initiative: the Campus-Career Connection (C3) Project. Thanks to a grant from PolicyWorks and the Susan M. Daniels Mentorship Fund, PYD will be collaborating with the University of California to pilot an e-mentoring program for college students with a disability.

This e-mentoring program will focus specifically on career-readiness, matching students with adult professionals currently working in their field of interest. The goal is to help youth make a successful transition out of college and into the workplace.

C3 is a combination effort between our National Center and Mentor Match programs, and matches will officially begin in the Fall of 2014.

The full press release issued by PolicyWorks is available below.

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