Youth & Family Disability Resources: May 2015

Need ideas for how to enjoy this beautiful, summery weather? Well, if you want recommendations outside of the usual activities of camping or going to the beach (slathered with sunscreen!), go no further!

DCR Univeral Access Summer Recreation Fair. Don’t miss the DCR Universal Access Summer Recreation Fair at Artesani Park in Brighton on May 30th. Stroll by the Charles River & sign up for summer programs such as sailing, kayaking, hiking and more! There’ll also be adaptive bikes, power soccer & hiking. And you’ll love the face painting, kite decorating, music & snacks. Admission is FREE.

Pestaurant. Think eating bugs is gross? Well, it’s actually supposed to be pretty good for you — and pretty tasty too. Find out for yourself on Wednesday, June 3rd at 1 Faneuil Hall Square, from 11:30am-2:230pm — Ehrlich Pest Control will present a FREE pop-up Pestaurant with an insect-only menu! Try Grasshopper Burgers, Chocolate Chirp Cookies, Mealworm Fried Rice and Boston “Clorm Chowda.” For each person who tries a tasty insect, Ehrlich will make a donation to The Greater Boston Food Bank — so it’s for a good cause!

BPS Citywide Arts Festival. During Thursday, June 4th through Saturday, June 6th (10:00am-2:00pm each day), check out the BPS Citywide Arts Festival.  Tons of Boston Public Schools students will be ready to entertain you with music, dance and theater performances.  Admission is FREE.

Urban Day Hike. Join Trustees Boston for a 10-mile springtime hike on Saturday, June 6th, from 9:00am-4:00pm. Explore Boston’s most beautiful and historic green spaces, such as the Esplanade, the Arnold Arboretum, and Allandale Woods! The hike begins at the DCR Hatchshell in the Charles River Esplanade, and hikers are welcome to join for all or part of this unique urban trek! Participation is FREE but registration is needed.

35th Cambridge Arts River Festival 2015. This year, the Cambridge Arts River Festival will be on June 6th, from 12:00pm-6:00pm, in the Central Square Cultural District. Enjoy an eclectic mix of music performances, dance, family art-making activities and delicious specialty food! Admission is FREE.

Dragon Boat Festival. Come celebrate the 35th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday June 13th & Sunday June 14th, 12pm – 5pm!  Watch 50 teams race each other down the Charles River in brightly colored Hong Kong style dragon boats.  Enjoy Chinese dragon and lion dances, martial arts, traditonal Japanese drumming, Chinese arts & crafts, and all sorts of Asian foods! Admission is FREE.

Volunteer as a Career Mentor for a Youth with a Disability. Easter Seals Massachusetts is seeking Career Mentors to volunteer for a day in July at Bridgewater State University. On Wednesday, July 15th, from 11am-2pm, Career Mentors will meet with participants of the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Forum, a 3-day overnight leadership conference for high school students and young adults with disabilities. FREE lunch and t-shirts for volunteers! Please contact Joe Bellil at JBellil@EasterSealsMA.org or call him at 508-751-6340.

ParkARTS Landscape Watercolor Painting Workshops. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has announced that they will again host eight FREE ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops at five Boston locations this June.  Budding artists ages nine and up, of all skill levels, are welcomed.  All workshops will provide instruction and materials and are held from 12:00-2:00pm, weather permitting. To learn more, call 617-635-4505.

Free Introduction to Fencing. Great for all ages! Learn how to “sword-fight” for FREE on Saturday and Sundays, 10:00am-12:00pm, at 127 Smith Pl., Cambridge, MA, 02138. Call 617-945 9448 to schedule in advance, since these classes are super popular!

South End Open Market @ SoWa. Every Sunday this summer, from 10:00am-4:00pm, head over to 460 Harrison Avenue in the South End!  You can spend hours browsing original art, gourmet food trucks, indie designer clothing, baked goods, local produce and more.  Also check out the SoWA Vintage Market and SoWA Farmers’ Market, also open on Sundays.  FREE admission.

Hatch Shell Events. Almost every weekend through early October, there’s a new fun event at the Hatch Shell (like FREE concerts on Friday nights!).  The Hatch Shell is undergoing some lawn and audio/visual renovations before July 4th, so be sure to check their events schedule regularly!

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities. Want to go to college or graduate school? Not sure if it’s affordable? Take a look at this list of scholarships specifically for students with‪ disabilities. The list is even broken down by disability type so it’s easier to find the best scholarship for you.

Job Opening: YEP Summer Instructor

YEP Summer Instructor
YEP Pre-Employment Summer Program
8-15 hours per week

Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. We motivate youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals and guide organizations in becoming more inclusive.

PYD was incorporated in 1985 and has grown to serve hundreds of youth with disabilities and their families in Massachusetts. In 1997 PYD developed the Young Entrepreneurs Project (YEP), a career readiness program for youth with disabilities, which currently serves over 115 students each year.

PYD and YEP are collaborating in summer 2015 with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) to provide the YEP Pre-Employment Program at MRC area offices during July and August. The target population is MRC consumers, and the classes will focus on job readiness skills, soft skill development, and independent living skills through classroom learning and real world experiences. YEP Summer Instructors will independently plan and teach two-four week long sessions (July and August) using YEP’s provided curriculum. YEP Summer Instructors will be assigned to teach at one MRC area office for July and another MRC area office for August. MRC office locations include Roxbury, Braintree, Fall River, Hyannis, Taunton, Brockton, Plymouth, New Bedford, Somerville, and Salem.

Key duties of the YEP Summer Instructor include, but are not limited to:

Week of June 22, 2015 (8 hours)
• Attend 4 hour program training (evening hours will be available).
• Develop class scope and sequence for each session and return plan to PYD staff supervisor.

Week of June 29, 2015 (10 hours)
• Prepare class lessons and materials for summer sessions.
• Work on outreach for guest lecture and job shadow trip for first session.

Session 1: July 6, 2015-July 31, 2015 (12-14 hours including travel time -additional 5 hours for the week of July 27, 2015)
• Prepare and independently lead a group of transition age students (maximum of 10) for 3 hour classes 3 days per week using the YEP curriculum.
• Prepare all lesson materials each week.
• Arrange and coordinate one Guest Lecture and/or one Job Shadow with a local business.
• Coordinate a travel training excursion if public transportation in the local area allows.
• Modify lesson content and materials as needed to accommodate students in each class.
• Address student learning and behavioral issues as needed during class time.
• Administer YEP pre/post survey at the beginning and end of session.
• Track individual student completion of program projects and activities using the tracking tool provided by YEP staff.
• Use additional 5 hours during the week of July 27, 2015 to work on outreach for guest lectures and job shadows for the second session.
• Check in weekly via phone with YEP Director to discuss program success and challenges, and address any issues.

Session 2: August 3, 2015- August 28, 2015 (12-14 hours including travel time – additional 3 hours during the week of August 24,2015 for program evaluation and debrief)
• Prepare and independently lead a group of transition age students (maximum of 10) for 3 hour classes 3 days per week using the YEP curriculum.
• Prepare all lesson materials each week.
• Arrange and coordinate one Guest Lecture and/or one Job Shadow with a local business.
• Coordinate a travel training excursion if public transportation in the local area allows.
• Modify lesson content and materials as needed to accommodate students in each class.
• Address student learning and behavioral issues as needed during class time.
• Administer YEP pre/post survey at the beginning and end of session.
• Track individual student completion of program projects and activities using the tracking tool provided by YEP staff.
• Check in weekly via phone with YEP Director to discuss program success and challenges, and address any issues.
• Complete final program evaluation and participate in end of summer program debrief meeting.

Qualifications:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience with and passion for working with youth with disabilities.
• BA/BS and 2-3 years experience teaching youth with disabilities.
• Experience modifying curriculum to address student learning needs.
• Detail-oriented.
• Ability to effectively manage time and meet competing demands.
• Ability to think outside of the box.
• Flexibility and a good sense of humor.
• Must be able to independently navigate to MRC offices where assigned to teach.
• Must be able to begin training and program preparation the week of June 22nd (Evening training times will be available).

Compensation:
This is a temporary non-benefits eligible position paying up to $35 per hour plus mileage reimbursement for travel.

To apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Marissa Drossos at mdrossos@pyd.org.

At Partners for Youth with Disabilities, we welcome and include people of all abilities, identities, and backgrounds. We believe that a diverse and fully inclusive organization empowers individuals, heals communities, and creates a better world for us all. As such, we are committed to equal opportunity and the diversity of our workforce and do not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on account of that individual’s gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status or any other protected category under applicable law.

Inclusion Specialist: Job Description

Inclusion Specialist
CVS Summer Internship Program
10-15 hours per week

Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. We motivate youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals and guide organizations in becoming more inclusive.

PYD was incorporated in 1985 and has grown to serve hundreds of youth with disabilities and their families in Massachusetts. In 2005, PYD founded the National Center for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities, which provides inclusion training and technical assistance to other agencies throughout the country. PYD has a staff of eleven and an operating budget of just over one million dollars.

PYD is collaborating in summer 2015 with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) on a Summer Internship program with CVS stores. The target population is MRC consumers who have completed their junior or senior year of high school. The objective of the MRC Summer Internship Program is to further develop interns’ employment and career development skills through internship placements at Boston area CVS stores. Inclusion Specialists will serve as classroom support staff during the student internship training, and then will serve as Job Coaches for interns throughout the summer internship.

Key duties of the Inclusion Specialist include, but are not limited to:

Week of June 22,, 2015 or June 29, 2015 (3 hours-Evening times will be available)
• Attend 3 hour staff training at the PYD offices which will include program overview, expectations, and classroom/site assignments.

July 6, 2015 and July 17, 2015 (15 hours per week)
• Provide daily classroom support to students during training at MRC offices (training will be led by CompuWorks), which will include helping students stay on task and encouraging participation in training.
• Provide one to one instruction during training for students needing additional supports to access the curriculum.
• Differentiate curriculum during trainings as need for individual participants.
• Provide emotional and behavioral supports to students needed during training.
• Meet with each intern (10) on their Job Coaching caseload for initial introductions and goal setting.
• Consult with CompuWorks trainers on recommendations for classroom/curriculum accommodations and modifications as needed.

Week of July 20, 2015 (15 hours)
• Visit each intern (10) in person at mutually agreed upon location for a 30-45 minute meeting.
• Call each intern daily (15-20 minutes) during their first week of work (call on days they are working during that week).
• Review interns’ goals and discuss internship expectations and responsibilities.
• Provide additional coaching on promptness, follow through, professional behavior, and soft skills.
• Develop a plan with intern for weekly in person check in.

July 27, 2015- August 21, 2015 (Average 10 hours per week)
• Check in weekly (30-45 minutes) in person at a mutually agreed upon locations. Check-ins will include coaching on promptness, follow through, professional behavior and soft skills (guidelines for check in meetings will be provided).
• Provide additional individualized supports as needed for interns. For example, this could include the development of performance or behavioral improvement plan for an intern.
• Complete a weekly communication report that details communication with each intern. This will be submitted to the Summer Deputy Director each week.

Week of August 24, 2015 (15 hours)
• Check in with each intern in person at mutual agreed upon locations (30-45 minutes).
• Review interns’ goals and debrief the internship experience.
• Develop a set of next steps and job goals for the future.
• Complete end of summer report for PYD staff and participate in PYD summer program evaluation.

Qualifications:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience with and passion for working with youth with disabilities.
• BA/BS and 2-3 years work experience in the education and/or disability field.
• Detail-oriented.
• Ability to effectively manage time and meet competing demands.
• Ability to think outside of the box.
• Flexibility and a good sense of humor.
• Must be able to independently navigate to MRC offices in the Greater Boston area for intern training sessions.
• Must be able to independently navigate to multiple locations for in person meetings with interns throughout the Greater Boston area for site visits.
• Must be able to attend staff training at PYD offices during the week of June 22nd or 29th (Evening times will be available).
• Must be able to attend a mid-summer staff meeting at PYD offices in the South End.

Compensation:
This is a temporary non-benefits eligible position paying up to $35 per hour.

To apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Marissa Drossos at mdrossos@pyd.org by May 31st.

At Partners for Youth with Disabilities, we welcome and include people of all abilities, identities, and backgrounds. We believe that a diverse and fully inclusive organization empowers individuals, heals communities, and creates a better world for us all. As such, we are committed to equal opportunity and the diversity of our workforce and do not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on account of that individual’s gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status or any other protected category under applicable law.