Patriots and Revolution at Northeastern


On November 15, Boston-area young people played squash and lacrosse with professional football players from the New England Patriots and soccer stars on the New England Revolution at SquashBusters, a Northeastern facility that houses an after-school urban youth development program on campus.

The afternoon event — which included more than two dozen children in SquashBusters, MetroLacrosse, and Special Olympics Massachusetts — was part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s season-long initiative to celebrate volunteerism.


College essay writing workshop


Calling all Boston high school students: Sign up for College Essay Boot Camp 2011. The writing session will help seniors with college admissions essays, personal statements, and applications. The workshop includes a full or half day of individualized assistance from trained writing tutors, as well as campus tours and a complimentary lunch.

This free event will take place on Saturday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Northeastern University. This College Essay Boot Camp is run by 826 Boston, Northeastern University, and WriteBoston.

The registration deadline is Friday, October 21, and spaces are limited, so sign up today!

To register and for more information, visit the College Essay Boot Camp blog.


Parent University session planned for October 29


The fall learning session of Parent University is scheduled for October 29 at Northeastern University. Parent University—a free, yearlong education and training program developed by the Boston Public Schools (BPS)—helps parents support their children’s’ academic achievement. Registration is open to BPS families. Childcare and parking are available.

Parent University offers three daylong sessions in October, January, and May. Additional sessions take place at schools, libraries, and community centers throughout the year. The program focuses on child development, school curriculum, parent leadership, and parenting skills. 

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Program helps youth get on track to college


The Youth Development Initiative Project at Northeastern has shared the power of education with dozens of young people in Boston. The goal? Getting more at-risk young people into college. By providing academic tutoring and counseling, YDIP has supported dozens of middle- and high-school students from housing developments in communities surrounding Northeastern. 

Founded in 2006 by the late Dr. Joseph Warren, the program also offers counseling and life-skills assistance to the students and their parents through courses on topics such as nutrition and financial literacy.

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Art show explores slavery in America


Northeastern hosts Color in Freedom, an exhibition by painter Joseph Holston that focuses on slavery in America. The show will run through August 18 in Northeastern’s Gallery 360. 


Parent University ceremony honors graduates

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Parent University celebrated its second annual graduation on June 3. More than 150 parents and caregivers received certificates for successfully completing the set of learning sessions. Boston Public Schools Superintendant Carol R. Johnson delivered remarks at the ceremony.

The event celebrated the parents and caretakers who completed this Boston Public Schools’ education and training program. The final session, held on May 7 at Northeastern’s Curry Student Center, was an enormous success with more than 400 participants. 

Parent University is a free, year-long education and training program to help Boston Public Schools parents support their children’s academic achievement, provide opportunities for personal and professional growth, and build leadership capacity. Parents participate in three day-long Saturday sessions, with additional classes offered throughout the year at schools, libraries, and community centers.


Boston children honored for penning profiles in courage

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More than 40 sixth-graders from Boston Public Schools were recognized for their essays at the 20th annual Max Warburg Courage Curriculum awards luncheon. Boston mayor Thomas Menino was the speaker at the event, which was held on Friday, May 13, at Northeastern’s Curry Student Center. The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum is a community partner of the Stony Brook Initiative.

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Former inmates gain life skills

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The Safe and Sound Return Program’s Entrepreneurship Training Institute graduated its latest group of participants on Friday, March 25. In a ceremony at Matthews Arena, the newly minted grads presented the business plans they developed during the ten-week program. The women shared stories of their personal growth during the training and their vision and plans for a better life.  

The program is a collaboration among Northeastern’s Institute on Urban Health Research, the College of Business Administration, and the Boston Public Health Commission’s Bureau of Addictions Prevention, Treatment and Recovers Support Services. 

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Ceremony to recognize 2011 grant winners

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Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G) will celebrate its grant recipients at its annual awards ceremony, to be held on Thursday, April 21, at Northeastern’s Curry Student Center. 

The awards ceremony is an opportunity for the student philanthropists to showcase their work. This year, NS4G awarded grants to nonprofits supporting youth development in the Stony Brook neighborhoods of Mission Hill, the Fenway, Roxbury, and the South End.

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Vacation camps


Looking for children’s programming during school vacations? Northeastern’s Center for STEM education  prepared a guide of camp options for February, April, and summer vacations. The camps are located throughout Massachusetts, and offer a range of activities for elementary, middle, and high-school students. 

For more information, download the guide


Call for judges to read essays on courage


The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum invites volunteers to select entries for publication in The Courage of Boston’s Children, a collection of essays by Boston-area students. Judging will take place at the Boston Public Library during two sessions on Wednesday, March 2: from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Now in its 20th year, the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum is a yearlong, language-arts program that encourages young people to explore their capacity to act courageously. The core of the curriculum is the reading of award-winning, age-appropriate books that stress the theme of courage in the lives of children and young adults. 

If interested, please register in advance by contacting Elizabeth Evans, the curriculum’s program director, at 617.373.7399 or, and specify whether you will attend the morning or evening session. 

For additional information, download this document.


Grant to benefit Stony Brook nonprofits


Select Stony Brook nonprofit organizations will soon get a boost in funding, thanks to Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G). The student organization, which offers hands-on training in philanthropy, received a $10,000 grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation’s Learning by Giving Program. NS4G will use the award to make grants to nonprofit organizations in the Stony Brook neighborhoods of Mission Hill, the Fenway, Roxbury, and the South End.

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Keeping young kids healthy:

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Northeastern, the Red Sox, and Children's Hospital fight obesity

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Three major Boston institutions — Northeastern University, the Boston Red Sox, and Children’s Hospital Boston — are joining forces with Mayor Thomas Menino to combat the growing problem of childhood obesity. The Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures program, a pilot educational and research program, aims to educate preschool caregivers and parents about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, and provide young children new opportunities to be active.

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