What's Happening at East End House
July 2013 Newsletter

Our Summer Task

When you were a child, did you swim in the summer? Eat ice cream? Gain leadership skills? We hope you did. Yet for many low-income students and parents, summer is a time of anxiety and boredom instead of fun. They wonder where their next meal will come from, if they will be safe, and how children will spend the long days while their parents work. Many young people lose months of learning they gained during the school year because they are not engaged in academic pursuits. They return to school unprepared for the next grade and fall further behind each year. At East End House, we are committed to turning this trend around and ensuring all children and youth have healthy, safe, fun and enriching summers. When fall rolls around, children in our programs will be energized and prepared to learn.

It Starts Early

By age 4, the average low-income child is already 18 months behind his or her higher-income peers (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2007).

Only 48% of low-income children are ready for kindergarten by age 5 (Isaacs, 2012).

Measuring Kindergarten Readiness

Based on mid-year data, 100% of this year's graduating students are expected to be prepared with the skills they need to start kindergarten. Read more »

Summer: Half of the Achievement Gap

More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. (Alexander et al, 2007).

Summer Schemes for Engaging Educations

Jeffrey looks across at Diego's cards with a furrowed brow, wishing for x-ray vision. He counts in his head before asking, "Do you have any 2s?" Diego wrinkles his nose and hands Jeffrey the two of hearts. Jeffrey grins and throws the card onto the table with its match, the eight of spades. In the School Age Program this summer, when children play "Go Fish," instead of looking for two cards with the same number, they look for two cards that add up to a predetermined sum. This time the goal is 10, and Jeffrey takes the early lead. Read more »

Look What I Can Do

His shirt reads, "Look what I can do," in bold green letters. It's a statement that embodies the challenge Marcus has taken up for the summer. For 6 weeks this July and August, Marcus and three of his peers are working at East End House through the Food and the Urban Environment Leadership (FUEL) internship. Together, they are tending the EEH garden beds, serving in the Food Pantry, taking field trips to local organizations related to food, and assessing the community's needs. The teens will ultimately develop a creative project that illustrates their learning and investment in improving an aspect of hunger, food security, or a related issue of their choosing. Read more »

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

Not Too Late for YO! Summer Program

Monday, July 29th, 2013 8:00 AM - Friday, August 16th, 2013 5:30 PM

You can still sign up for August! Youth Opportunities (YO!) Summer Program is a comprehensive summer program for middle school youth. The program takes place at the Putnam Avenue Upper School. Youth enjoy structured activities in science and technology, athletics, art and music, media creation, and other activities, including field trips and weekly swimming outings. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. The program is free of charge to all families. For more information contact Sam Healy at 617-876-4444 or sam@eastendhouse.org.

Summer 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 from the Biogen Idec Blues Band, face painting, a moon bounce, a magician, games, BBQ, ice cream sundaes and more! For more information, contact Tim Severyn at timothy@eastendhouse.org or call 617-876-4444.

Sunrise Senior Activities Program

Every Monday and Every Wednesday
Monday, July 29th, 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. Participants enjoy activities and games, guest speakers, presentations, luncheons and field trips. For more information on senior programming, contact Tim Severyn at 617-876-4444 or timothy@eastendhouse.org.

Family Playgroups

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

Bring your 0-5 year old for a fun morning of games, puzzles, and more. No need to sign up, just drop by. Playgroups are a great way for parents and children to socialize. When weather permits, playgroups will take place in the East End House backyard garden. A healthy snack is provided. For more information, contact Camille Imbimbo-Platt at 617-876-4444 or camille@eastendhouse.org.


Other News

Become an Academic Support Volunteer and Help a Child Succeed!

Interested in helping a child learn to read? Engaged in a STEM field and eager to share what you know? Become an Academic Support Volunteer at East End House! We are seeking volunteers who can make a commitment, weekly or monthly, to supporting the academic success of the youth we serve. Volunteers can work on literacy activities, tutor, assist with homework help in our learning centers, or do STEM projects with children of all ages. For more information on volunteering in this and other roles at East End House, contact Tim Severyn, Director of Community Programs, at 617-876-4444 or timothy@eastendhouse.org.

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