Upcoming programming and events

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Due to the current public health crisis, PYD has moved all of our youth programming online for the foreseeable future. We will be providing updates on our plans and events on this page, so check back here monthly for the latest news.

Below you’ll find our youth program events for the upcoming month. If you would like to sign up for any of our programs, follow the sign-up information provided or fill out our youth intake form.

Career Readiness programming

Live with Mr. D: Online Class
When: Every Wednesday until July 2, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This event is for Boston Public School students only. Join Mr. D in his online classroom every Wednesday! We will talk about professionalism, work skills, and how to be successful in your job and the future. Register with Mr. D at dsanchez@pyd.org.

Work-Based Learning Experience: Comic / Art Careers
When: Friday, June 5 from 5:00 – 6:00pm
Interested in design or writing? Join us for a great virtual job shadow, where we will hear from Arsia, a children’s author who used to work for Marvel comics! If you are interested in signing up, please reach out to Becca Cronin at rcronin@pyd.org.

Stress Management Workshop
When: Tuesday, June 9 from 5:00 – 6:00pm
Join us for a Job Exploration Counseling session where we will discuss managing stress during these unique times, as well as managing stress at work and school. If you are interested in signing up, please reach out to Becca Cronin at rcronin@pyd.org.

Self-Advocacy Career Readiness Workshop
When: Wednesday, June 3 & 10 from 4:00 – 5:30pm
A two-session series on Self Advocacy! Learn about advocacy, disability disclosure, and advocating for yourself. If you are interested in signing up please reach out to Becca Cronin at rcronin@pyd.org.

Work-Based Learning Experience with Starbucks: Resumes & Networking
When: Tuesday, June 16 from 5:00 – 6:00pm
Join us for a networking event with Starbucks! Interested in signing up for the chance to work with a professional on different work readiness skills? Sign up with Becca Cronin at rcronin@pyd.org.

Work-Based Learning Experience with Microsoft: LinkedIn and Social Media
When: Wednesday, June 17 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Interested in developing a Linkedin to look for jobs and network? Sign up for this unique Microsoft workshop. Reach out to Becca Cronin at rcronin@pyd.org to register!

Career Planning & Volunteering
When: Wednesday, June 24 from 5:00 – 6:00pm
Want help planning for a job this summer? Interested in volunteering? Join us for a workshop on taking the next steps! Interested in signing up? Contact Becca Cronin at rcronin@pyd.org.

Access to Theatre programming

Access to Theatre Sessions
When: Every Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and every Saturday 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Deep, Moe, and Tammy are facilitating weekly ATT workshops where students will continue to learn theatre skills as a group. For more information, please contact Deep Chinappa at dchinappa@pyd.org.

Mentoring programming

Virtual Information Session
When: June 8th, 2020, 6:30 PM
Join us online to learn what it’s like to be a mentor at PYD! Our program welcomes caring adults to volunteer as mentors and serve as friends, role models, and supportive adult figures to our youth. To sign up, contact Hughes Davidson at hdavidson@pyd.org.

Youth Leadership Forum

Massachusetts YLF sessions
When: June 15th-18th, 22nd-25th, and 29th from 2:00 – 4:00pm & 6:30 – 7:30pm
This year’s YLF delegates and peer leaders will be participating in a variety of workshops, group activities, and training sessions during most weekdays for the latter half of June.

National Disability Mentoring Coalition

June Meeting: Peer Mentoring
When: June 5th, 1:00 – 2:00pm
The NDMC’s June Open Meeting will focus on Peer Mentoring Models of the Workforce Innovation Center. We will feature two guests as they present on their peer mentoring work:

  • Steve Allen, President and CEO of PolicyWorks, Inc.
  • Sue Abel, Independence Works

Peer Mentoring includes the development and use of peer mentoring networks for young people with disabilities to help them transition from secondary education to postsecondary education and employment through the power and influence of high expectations, self-determination and the development of self-advocacy skills. Research has shown that mentors, especially peer mentors, can positively affect the movement of individuals with disabilities towards self-sufficiency through the establishment of high expectations, support and empowerment.