The newest members of the Marr-lin Swim Team have begun team practices, with returning team members ready to join with them, in preparation for the fast approaching dual-meet season. The 100+ members of the team will be practicing four days a week perfecting their strokes and lowering their times as they prepare for the traditional Blue/White practice meet on 10/26. This inter-squad meet will help get the team ready for their season opening dual-meet against the Waltham Boys and Girls Club on 11/3. Prior to their first meet, team members will hit the water on 10/27 to take part in the Annual Swim-a-thon fundraiser. Each member of the team will swim as many laps as they can within a one-hour time limit. Prior to swimming, members of the team will be seeking pledges from family and friends based on the number of laps they expect to swim. Members of the team will spend the day at the pool counting laps for one another in between their own designated swim time. Funds raised from the event help pay expenses incurred by the team throughout the course of the season. This may include participation in special invitational meets, the regional championships and possibly, the national championships. For more information on the Marr-lin Swim Team, or any of our other Aquatic programs, please contact Aquiles Gomes at ext. 2220.
Teen Program News
The Teen program, which is based out of the Paul R. McLaughlin Clubhouse will soon be moving in to its new home on the 3rd floor as we complete renovations for our new Film Studio and Digital Arts Center. The Teen program will offer options for drop-in activities, small group clubs, trips, workshops, leadership programs and the Career Prep employment program. Teen program (ages 13-18) hours will be from 2-8:45 p.m. One of our group Clubs is the Keystone Club, our teen leadership program. This group will be holding an orientation for invited new members on 9/27 and recently held elections for Officers for the 2012-2013 school year. Congratulations to: Maeve McCarthy – President; Sydney McGrath – Vice President; Lauren Wyse – Secretary; and Josh Johnson – Treasurer on their election. Upcoming activities for the Keystone Club include volunteering at the Rodman Ride for Kids (9/29), volunteering at the Massachusetts Senior Action Council Dinner at the John Hancock Events Center (10/4), assisting at a food pantry with The Greater Boston Food Bank (10/10), and attending a Dale Carnegie Leadership training event titled – “Developing Positive First Impressions” (10/20). Also, the Career Prep program is working with the Boston Youth Fund After-School employment program and will be accepting applications through 10/12. Applications are on-line at the Boston Youth Fund website as well as at the Club. Once an application is submitted you will be asked to schedule a quick follow-up interview. For information on the Teen Program please contact Nate Roos at ext. 1420.
Walter Denney Youth Center News
Our Denney Center Unit, which is located in the Harbor Point Housing complex, offers drop-in activities for ages 5 to 18. The after-school drop-in program offers activities from 3 to 6 p.m. for ages 5-12 while members ages 13-18 can attend from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 7:30 p.m. on Fridays. During the afternoon portion of the program members can take part in Art Classes, the U-Mass Tutoring program, and a variety of small group clubs such as Healthy Lifestyles, Cooking Matters, Girls Group and Boys Group. In addition, the Patriot’s Kids Café program provides a hot, nutritious meal each afternoon. In the evening hours our teen members can join the Keystone Club Leadership program, Philosophy Club, play sports at the McCormack gym or be part of the Career Prep employment program. In addition, we have started a new “Fabulous Fridays” program in partnership with the Dever McCormack School. The program is open to students beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Fridays due to early dismissals at the school. Please note that you must pre-register. In addition to the programs listed above we also offer a monthly Parents Forum, teen Munch & Mingle and inter-active programs with our other Clubhouse locations. For information on programs being offered at the Walter Denney Youth Center please contact Unit Director, Queenette Santos at 617-288-7120, ext. 3100.