What's Happening at East End House
March 2013 Newsletter

Curiosity and the Cambridge Science Festival

Why are some people tall, while others are small? Why are brains pink; why can't they be green? These are some of the questions that East End House students puzzle over in Generating and Evaluating New Adventures in Science After School (GENASAS), East End House's signature Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programming. What are you curious about? As part of the Cambridge Science Festival's Curiosity Challenge, East End House youth created drawings and crafts about their curiosities. Winners of the Curiosity Challenge will be honored at the upcoming Cambridge Science Festival. Read more

Civic Engagement: Parents Empowering Other Parents

Research tells us that when parents are involved in their children's academic lives, children are more likely to stay at or above grade level, enjoy school and think it is important to do well in the classroom. Unfortunately, many parents do not know how to become involved, have trouble finding time, or feel they do not have the necessary skills. A lack of parental involvement can contribute to children falling behind from the start, creating achievement gaps that can last into high school and beyond. To address this situation, East End House's Director of Community Programs will facilitate a parent-to-parent mentoring program as part of his New Voices Civic Engagement Fellowship from United Neighborhood Centers of America and Alliance for Children and Families. Read more

5th Annual Community Ice Skating Party: Food and Fun for Families

Kaitlin looked at the ice with mixed emotions. Bundled up in a pink coat and hat, she teetered nervously towards the rink. She wanted to skate, but could she really do it? Reaching the rail, Kaitlin held on tightly. Maybe next year, she thought as she started to back away. But then Nikki, her preschool teacher at East End House, came gliding over and reached out her hands with a smile. Together, the two began to inch their way across the ice. Soon Kaitlin and Nikki were laughing and grinning from ear to ear. Read more

Afterschool Alliance Highlights East End House Science Programming

Afterschool Alliance is recognizing East End House as a provider of exemplary science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming in Out of School Time (OST). In an effort to disseminate best practices like those developed at East End House, Afterschool Alliance will develop a guide that profiles some of the top afterschool STEM programs in the country. East End House will be one of the featured programs. Read more

A Recipe from William Kovel, Culinary Chair of Cooking for a Cause 2013

William Kovel of Catalyst Restaurant will serve as the Culinary Chair for East End House's Tenth Annual Cooking for a Cause event on April 12, 2013. The event will showcase the talents of many of the area's top chefs, mixologists and specialty vendors. Follow this link to a quick, delicious recipe from Chef Kovel as a preview of what's to come. Chef Kovel made this recipe with students from the East End House School Age Program this fall, and they said that Kovel's Simple Pasta with 5 Minute Tomato Sauce was the best pasta they had ever had! Read more

When I Grow Up...

One of the primary goals of East End House's Generating and Evaluating New Adventures in Science (GENASAS) programming is to inspire youth to pursue STEM careers. This word cloud shows responses to the Child Attitudes Regarding Science (CARS) assessment tool which is used to evaluate program effectiveness in the Middle School Program. The survey asks each child to list what he or she wants to be when he or she grows up. This fall, more than half of the students reported that they would like to pursue a STEM career, compared to only 33% this spring.

Our Mission

East End House community center uses a holistic approach to promote the well-being, academic achievement, and successful transition to adulthood of children and youth from under-resourced families in Cambridge and surrounding communities. As part of the approach, East End House provides support services to a diverse population, from infants to seniors, to strengthen family and community.

Save the Date Calendar

Cooking for a Cause 2013

Friday, April 12th, 2013
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

You're invited to East End House's tenth annual Cooking for a Cause fundraising event on Friday, April 12th at the MIT Media Lab. Chef William Kovel of Catalyst will serve as the Culinary Chair and Dylan Black of Green Street as the Wine Chair. The event brings together top chefs, mixologists and specialty vendors for an extraordinary evening to benefit East End House. You can help make a lasting difference by becoming an event sponsor or placing an ad in the program book here. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Cambridge Science Festival's Science Carnival

Saturday, April 13th, 2013
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come enjoy the Cambridge Science Festival and stop by East End House's tables at the carnival, held at the Cambridge Public Library. Create solar powered art and snacks with the School Age Program and make your own infrared goggles at the Middle School Program's table. Join the fun and see how school and afterschool align at East End House to help students develop into young scientists.

What Will it Take: Plugging the Leaky STEM Pipeline

Thursday, April 18th, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Minority, low-income and female students often face cultural barriers that prevent them from pursuing Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (STEM). Join us at the Broad Institute Auditorium at 7 Cambridge Center in Cambridge to hear the latest research about "plugging the leaky STEM pipeline." Read more

School Age Summer Fun

Monday, June 24th, 2013 7:30 AM - Friday, August 30th, 2013 5:30 PM

East End House's Summer Fun Program provides unique and exciting summer experiences for children entering grades K-5. The camp includes swimming lessons, science projects, sports, games, computer classes, drama, art lessons, and weekly field trips. With free breakfast, lunch, and snack, and no additional cost for field trips or swimming, the Summer Fun Program is perfect for busy, working families. The summer 2013 session will run weekdays from June 24 to August 30, 7:30am to 5:30pm. Contact Catharine for more information at 617-876-4444 or catharine@eastendhouse.org

YO! Summer Camp

Monday, June 24th, 2013 8:00 AM - Friday, August 16th, 2013 5:30 PM

Youth Opportunities (YO!) Summer Camp is a comprehensive summer program for middle school youth. The program will meet 8:00am to 5:30pm at the Putnam Avenue Upper school from June 24 to August 16. Youth will enjoy structured activities in STEM, athletics, art and music, media creation, and other activities, including field trips and weekly swimming outings. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. For more information contact Verlance at 617-876-4444 or Verlance@eastendhouse.org.

Sunrise Senior Program

Every Monday and Every Wednesday
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Sunrise Senior Activities Program is a group of seniors who meet twice a week for games, guest speakers, presentations, luncheons and field trips. It is open to all seniors in the community. Read more

Family Playgroups

Every Tuesday
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Bring your 0-5 year old for games, snacks and a chance to socialize with other families. No need to sign up, just stop by and have fun! Read more

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