July 2020 Programs

Book Chat (6th graders and older - parents welcome) FREE
Join Youth Services for a bi-weekly Book Chat, discussing All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely.  Parents are welcome to join in this sensitive discussion regarding how racism and prejudice did not die after the civil rights movement and how it still exists today.  Chats will be on Thursday's, 7/16/20 & 7/30/20 at 3p at IRP.  We will meet at the white gazebo.

Lunch Bunch (6th graders and older) FREE
Invite your friends or make new ones while enjoying a physically distant picnic lunch with Youth Services on every other Wednesday, 7/8/20 & 7/22/20, at 12p at IRP.  Everyone should bring their own lunch including drink and beach chair/blanket to sit on.  We will meet at the white gazebo and picnic near the river.

Self-care Series (6th graders and older) FREE
It's never too early to learn how or too late to start taking care of ourselves.  Join Youth Services on every other Thursday, 7/9/20 (Expressive Writing) & 7/23/20 (Aroma Therapy) at 11a at IRP.  Everyone should bring their own beach chair/blanket to sit on.  We will meet at the white gazebo.

Together Tuesdays (6th graders and older) FREE
Join Youth Services every Tuesday in July to enjoy socializing with peers while playing modified outdoor games.  The schedule is as follows:
7/7/20 - Disc Golf (1p - behind NR Town Hall)
7/14/20 - Modified Wiffle Ball Game (1p - behind NR Town Hall) 
7/21/20 - Water Balloon Launch (1p - behind NR Town Hall)
7/28/20 - Flashlight Tag (9p - IRP)

Space is limited so don't miss out by waiting!!!  Please click on the following link to register for or learn more about any of the above programs:
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REMINDER: All Youth Services programming will adhere to Town and State health and safety guidelines.  Masks must be worn and physically distancing will be enforced.  ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE AN UPDATED PERMISSION SLIP AND COVID DISCLAIMER SUBMITTED PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING IN ANY PROGRAM.  BOTH FORMS CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE FORMS TAB AND CAN BE SCANNED TO [email protected].  Thank you for your understanding during these unprecedented times for us all.

Youth Action Team (all high schoolers) FREE
Summer won't slow down the great work of the Youth Action Team (YAT) with building and encouraging healthy lifestyles for the community at large.  YAT will meet virtually every other Wednesday starting on 7/1/20 at 7p.  Any interested student please text 781-779-5091 to obtain login information.

June 1st, 2020
Dear friends,
I hope you and yours are doing ok during these unprecedented times. Like so many, I miss seeing everyone in person and am left trying to balance all of the new challenges that come with these new times. I’ve pondered for weeks on YS’ summer programming always circling back to my most important question, how can I best serve our youth virtually when what they need most is connection? At this point, none of us want to be anywhere near technology when we don’t have to be. Additionally, scheduling online games feels trivial and silly while such sadness envelopes us with all that is going on in the world around us.

As I feverishly brainstorm in hopes of thinking of the perfect solution, I can’t help but note the painfully ironic timing of it all. With June being LGBTQ Pride month, we are reminded and hopefully more aware of all of the liberties that are violated every single day. Additionally, Juneteenth, June 19th, commemorates the emancipation from slavery in 1865 yet nearly 200 years later, it’s appalling how little we’ve come. All this while people are up in arms about having to wear masks while our loved ones take their last breaths alone.

So when I circle back to my original question of how I can best serve our youth, I’m quick to recognize that it is by inviting them and their communities to be the change. Together, let’s spend June 2020 and beyond, liberating all. Whether we identify with or are an ally, together let’s send peaceful messages to ourselves and each other that we all deserve to be equals.
We see you.
We hear you.
We love you.

I invite you to join me during LGBTQ Pride Week (6/5/20-6/13/20) by spreading support and awareness by wearing and decorating your homes and yards with rainbows. Additionally, I plan to create and wear something green in support of all black lives. Green represents life, growth, harmony, freshness, safety and healing...all basic human rights that we all deserve. Every day when I put it on, I will consciously acknowledge one of the many oppressions that still exist and consider how I can be part of the change. Nobody should be willing to settle for less than equality. Everything else is moot without it. Lastly, at least once a day please make an ethical decision to spread kindness. Dress yourself in words of kindness or facilitate some other generous act for someone that you don't know...imagine the ripple if we all commit. Educating ourselves about diversity, our roles and it’s impact on all of us is the first step to changing the world in a way never done before

We’ve been thoroughly schooled on how we can protect ourselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Let’s now focus on spreading the most unstoppable contagions in existence....kindness, acceptance and tolerance.

Do what YOU can and don’t settle for less.

Please stay tuned for additional programming and community book reads.