What's Happening at East End House
May 2013 Newsletter

Grandma's Stories by Saadya

East End House partners with Strong Women, Strong Girls to offer a research-based group mentoring curriculum that builds foundational skills for healthy development and empowers girls to be positive change agents in their communities. The program includes a journaling exercise through which girls reflect on female role models in their lives. Saadya, a 5th grader in East End House's School Age Program, recently wrote this piece about her grandmother:

My grandma is a strong woman. She was born on April 1st, (April Fool's Day) and she is kind, caring, and funny (she can fool you whenever she wants to on her birthday). She is not scared of anything. She was a hard worker and she still is. Read more

A Snapshot of the Mentoring Program at East End House

The East End House Middle School Mentoring Program has flourished during the 2012-2013 academic year. The Community Programs Office and Middle School Program collaborated to pilot a new model for the program with ten youth. At evening meetings twice a month, mentees in grades 6-8 have bonded with their mentors through free time, including basketball games and arts and crafts, as well as structured group activities, such as the Iron Chef challenge, in which mentees and mentors devised recipes using secret ingredients. Mentoring pairs also have fun with activities outside of the regular meetings, including special small-group baking nights and trips to the Museum of Science and Fenway Park. Read more

East End House Helps Youth Prepare for College

East End House is currently developing a High School Program that will prepare youth for college and career success. This program will extend East End House's pipeline of high-quality support systems which currently serves toddlers through middle school students. Low income and minority youth, such as East End House's constituents, are disproportionately unprepared for college and career environments. East End House seeks to prepare these youth with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to reach their full potential. Read more

Creative Minds: Blending Art and STEM

After a long day of school and homework, how do you get children engaged in learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)? East End House has many answers to this question, and one of them is the Creative Minds curriculum. Creative Minds blends hands-on art projects with STEM concepts and vocabulary, and creates an approachable educational option for afterschool students at East End House. Read more

Monthly Statistic: Summer Learning Loss

According to the National Summer Learning Association, low-income youth lose more than 2 months of academic achievement in the summer.

This summer, East End House will provide children with at least 47.5 hours each week of hands-on, enriching opportunities designed to foster year-round academic and social development.

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

Powerful Parenting: Strategies for Middle School Parents

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM

This session, sponsored by East End House and Putnam Avenue Upper School, will introduce relevant techniques for the parents of middle school students, including practical skills to enforce limits without negativity and help your child succeed. Join us on Tuesday, June 4th from 6:00-8:00PM at the Putnam Avenue Upper School and learn to become a "Powerful Parent." Dinner and childcare will be provided. For more information, contact Sam at 617-876-4444 or sam@eastendhouse.org.

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 Sam at 617-876-4444 or sam@eastendhouse.org.

Annual Block Party

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a fun-filled evening for the whole family. Enjoy live music, face painting, a moonbounce, a magician, games, BBQ, ice cream sundaes and more! For more information, contact Tim Severyn at timothy@eastendhouse.org

Sunrise Senior Program

Every Monday and Every Wednesday
Monday, June 3rd, 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, June 4th, 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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