What's Happening at East End House
June 2013 Newsletter

Zero Robotics: Racing Robots in Space

East End House's Middle School Program has been selected to be part of NASA's Zero Robotics program, which teaches youth to program satellite robots that will ultimately be raced on the International Space Station. Hear what one student has to say:

"Last year I participated in the robotics program and I thought that it helped stimulate my brain while I was out of school. At first it seemed as though it would be impossible to do, but day by day I found that it became easier...it was a fun way to keep my brain working during the summer and be ready for school. The Robotics Program also helped me think about what I might do for a job when I get older." Read more

The Importance of Thank You

East End House is a Partner in Mass Mentoring's quality-based membership program, and the organization has hosted several Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring in recent years. This year's Corps member Nikki Leon recently wrote this post for the Highland Street Corps blog about the importance of thanking volunteers:

I'm grateful to the East End House mentors. They teach our middle school youth how to manage difficult emotions, how to develop focus in class, and how to have fun on rainy days when you're stuck inside a community center without any video games. We've had mentors who inspire our kids to create hilarious dramatic skits about professional basketball and mentors who coach mentees through their first game of Settlers of Catan. Read more

Did You Miss the STEM Pipeline Roundtable?

Whether you weren't able to make it to East End House's roundtable discussion or you want to relive what you learned, our notes will help you understand the challenges and possibilities of addressing the STEM education pipeline. Click here to read what our expert panelists shared about how to excite minority, female and low-income students in scientific inquiry that will inspire lifelong careers. The notes are brief and reader-friendly.

This discussion, held on April 18, 2013, was part of the Cambridge Science Festival and was supported by the Biogen Idec Community Lab, Cambridge Agenda for Children, Education Development Center, Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership and Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency, an affiliate of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

A Year of Volunteering

From Martin Luther King Day to the Holiday Toy Drive and everything in between, East End House benefits from the generous service of volunteers. We encourage volunteers to return regularly in order to build new skills and develop relationships. In this situation, East End House will pair you with an opportunity that closely suits your interests and schedule. However, many people find that a one-time volunteer project fits better with their lifestyle. Click here to learn more about the many events during the year that need your support!

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

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 24th, 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 25th, 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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