Category Archives: Supporting our Youth

Voices of the Village supports Early Literacy Initiative

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association has adopted the traffic island at the corner of South and Pleasant Streets.   There are spring bulbs which brighten the area as winter fades away, and during the summer, the volunteers, led by Milt Berglund, continue to maintain the triangular garden, lush with perrenials.   The garden is a welcome site, providing needed color and beauty to the area.  Drop an email to greathyannis@aol.com if you would like to help maintain this garden.
The Supporting Our Youth Task Force will be collecting new, and like-new, children’s books forchildren aged 2-8 to support our Early Literacy Initiative, partnering with the Barnstable Early Learning/Head Start program and Hyannis West Elementary School. You can drop them at the Annual Harbor Lighting (by Santa) in Bismore Park in Hyannis on December 3rd between 4-7pm or at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center’s United Cultures Resource Room (first door on right) between 3-5:30pm Mondays-Thursdays and Tuesdays from 6-7pm.
The Supporting Our Youth Task Force will be collecting new, and like-new, children’s books for children aged 2-8 to support our Early Literacy Initiative, partnering with the Barnstable Early Learning/Head Start program and Hyannis West Elementary School. You can drop them at the Annual Harbor Lighting (by Santa) in Bismore Park in Hyannis on December 3rd between 4-7pm or at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center’s United Cultures Resource Room (first door on right) between 3-5:30pm Mondays-Thursdays and Tuesdays from 6-7pm.

Help Students With Their Homework

Best Decorate House – Richard Grade – Pine Island Yacht Club (Houseboat)

Best Decorated Boat
First Place – Never Ends captained by Troy Wood
Second Place – Outcast captained by Rex Bristol
Honorable Mention –Hyannis Fire Boat entered by Chief Brunelle
Hyannis Yacht Club captained by Jared Wallin

Best Decorated Business –
The Black Cat

STROLL Cookie Winner –
tie Beech Tree Gallery and Boardinghouse

Store Windows
Most Creative – Boardinghouse
Most Classic – Cape Jewelry
Special Mention – Embargo
Best Decorate House – Richard Grade – Pine Island Yacht Club (Houseboat)

Best Decorated Boat
First Place – Never Ends captained by Troy Wood
Second Place – Outcast captained by Rex Bristol
Honorable Mention –Hyannis Fire Boat entered by Chief Brunelle
Hyannis Yacht Club captained by Jared Wallin

Best Decorated Business –
The Black Cat

STROLL Cookie Winner –
tie Beech Tree Gallery and Boardinghouse

Store Windows
Most Creative – Boardinghouse
Most Classic – Cape Jewelry
Special Mention – Embargo
The Supporting Our Youth Task Force also needs your help.   They have started a Homework Help Program that holds sessions on Monday to
Thursday from 2:30 to 6 pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in the United Cultures Resource Room.  Students in Grades 4 to 12 can attend the sessions.  Homework Volunteers are still needed.  The commitment is only 2 sessions per month with a session running from
2:30 to 4:30 PM and another  session running from 4-6 PM.   Even if you can not commit the 2 sessions per month you can still sign up to be a sub.  They are also in the need of supplies.  You can check out their needed supplies on http://www.capecodvolunteers.org/.  There is also a need for some computers that
can do basic word processing and have access to the Internet.  If you would like more information about
being a Homework Helper or if you have a computer that can be donated, contact
us at GreatHyannis@aol.com.

Supporting Our Youth – August Update

Supporting Our Youth Task Force

Greater Hyannis Civic Association

Voice of the Villages

Blog Post #2

 

The Supporting Our Youth Task Force has been busy at weekly meetings putting together three different types of programs that we think will enrich the lives of youth in Hyannis.

 

First, the group has been amazed by the outpouring of volunteers for the Summer Reading Program which runs Monday through Thursday at the Hyannis Public Library (11am-12pm) and the Hyannis Youth and Community Center (4-5pm). The program, which runs from August 1-25, helps students in grades 4-8 complete their required summer reading books. It is supported entirely by volunteers and bolstered by generous book donations from local residents. This pilot program will continue in the form of drop-in Homework Help during the school year for students in 4th-12th grade at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, United Cultures Resource Room, from 2:30-6pm. We are still actively looking for volunteers (ages 14 and up) for the school year program.

 

Second, the task force has decided to implement a kindergarten mentoring program starting in the fall of 2011. The group has had guest speakers talk about various topics and is beginning to develop a comprehensive mentor training program with hopes of adding a grade each year as the program grows. Mentors are always needed (aged 21 and up).

 

Third, through the generous support of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks and Faith Assembly of God Church, we have received camperships to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks Youth Baseball Academy and Kiddie Kollege’s summer camp program. These are the first two sponsorships for the Childhood Enrichment Opportunities committee and they hope to receive more camperships, lessons, activities and sporting events to donate to children in need. By partnering with local schools and social service agencies, we can identify children that might like to participate in extracurricular activities but cannot due to financial difficulty.

 

Overall, it has been a busy and productive summer for the Supporting Our Youth Task Force. This is a great opportunity for local residents to support the amazing work that is done to help youth make positive life choices.

 

Please contact Moira Bundschuh at moirabundschuh@gmail.com or 508-827-4045 to sign up for drop-in Homework Help, mentoring or to become a part of the Supporting Our Youth task force that meets every Tuesday at 6pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.

Help Hyannis Youth with their Summer Reading

Thank you for the opportunity to update you on the Voices of the Village Police, Drugs, and Crime Task Force of the Greater Hyannis Civic Association. We’ve made substantial progress since our last report to the community and we’d like to use this opportunity to share some good news with you.

You may already know, Chief MacDonald’s new Street Crime Task Force has made a major contribution to our public safety in a very short period of time.  The Street Crime Task Force members have 102 arrests to their credit in just a few months. Our streets are quieter and safer today thanks to the ingenuity of this team. We are very proud of their success.

The Street Crime Task Force was enabled by the generosity and foresight of both the Town Manager and Finance Director who authorized $50,000 in supplemental overtime funding to finance this Task Force. These funds are scheduled to expire in early November and the Chief has agreed to consider reauthorizing the team through the spring of next year.

Also, we’ve spoken at length with the Chief about the possibility of reinstating the very successful and well respected Adopt a School Program. You may recall that, in better times, the police assigned full-time officers to the schools grades 5 and higher. Given current budgetary constraints, this is no longer possible.  Reestablishing the Adopt a School Program will start us back down the road of providing positive role models for our children and establishing life-long relationships between our children and the police. Again, this program is not without cost and the Chief has agreed to work the numbers to try and bring this popular and valuable program back to Barnstable’s schools.

Finally, we’ve kicked off a project to re-design the barnstablepolice.com under the direction of Jeff Myers of Myers Communications Group. We’re very excited to have such a well respected and accomplished member of our community take on such an important task. We will be meeting on July 18th at 6 pm at the Police Station on Phinney’s Lane with the Chief, Detective Kevin Connolly, Task Force volunteers and Jeff to update and expand this valuable community resource. Please join us if you have an interest in participating in this project.  We’ve collected an astounding number of bytes of information which the Chief would like to share with our community online.

For further information, please contact the Voices of the Village Coordinating Committee at GreatHyannis@aol.com

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For more information on this article, contact Eric Schwaab, Task Force Chair at eschwaab@gmail.com
Thank you for the opportunity to update you on the Voices of the Village Police, Drugs, and Crime Task Force of the Greater Hyannis Civic Association. We’ve made substantial progress since our last report to the community and we’d like to use this opportunity to share some good news with you.

You may already know, Chief MacDonald’s new Street Crime Task Force has made a major contribution to our public safety in a very short period of time.  The Street Crime Task Force members have 102 arrests to their credit in just a few months. Our streets are quieter and safer today thanks to the ingenuity of this team. We are very proud of their success.

The Street Crime Task Force was enabled by the generosity and foresight of both the Town Manager and Finance Director who authorized $50,000 in supplemental overtime funding to finance this Task Force. These funds are scheduled to expire in early November and the Chief has agreed to consider reauthorizing the team through the spring of next year.

Also, we’ve spoken at length with the Chief about the possibility of reinstating the very successful and well respected Adopt a School Program. You may recall that, in better times, the police assigned full-time officers to the schools grades 5 and higher. Given current budgetary constraints, this is no longer possible.  Reestablishing the Adopt a School Program will start us back down the road of providing positive role models for our children and establishing life-long relationships between our children and the police. Again, this program is not without cost and the Chief has agreed to work the numbers to try and bring this popular and valuable program back to Barnstable’s schools.

Finally, we’ve kicked off a project to re-design the barnstablepolice.com under the direction of Jeff Myers of Myers Communications Group. We’re very excited to have such a well respected and accomplished member of our community take on such an important task. We will be meeting on July 18th at 6 pm at the Police Station on Phinney’s Lane with the Chief, Detective Kevin Connolly, Task Force volunteers and Jeff to update and expand this valuable community resource. Please join us if you have an interest in participating in this project.  We’ve collected an astounding number of bytes of information which the Chief would like to share with our community online.

For further information, please contact the Voices of the Village Coordinating Committee at GreatHyannis@aol.com

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For more information on this article, contact Eric Schwaab, Task Force Chair at eschwaab@gmail.com
Thank you for the opportunity to update you on the Voices of the Village Police, Drugs, and Crime Task Force of the Greater Hyannis Civic Association. We’ve made substantial progress since our last report to the community and we’d like to use this opportunity to share some good news with you.

You may already know, Chief MacDonald’s new Street Crime Task Force has made a major contribution to our public safety in a very short period of time.  The Street Crime Task Force members have 102 arrests to their credit in just a few months. Our streets are quieter and safer today thanks to the ingenuity of this team. We are very proud of their success.

The Street Crime Task Force was enabled by the generosity and foresight of both the Town Manager and Finance Director who authorized $50,000 in supplemental overtime funding to finance this Task Force. These funds are scheduled to expire in early November and the Chief has agreed to consider reauthorizing the team through the spring of next year.

Also, we’ve spoken at length with the Chief about the possibility of reinstating the very successful and well respected Adopt a School Program. You may recall that, in better times, the police assigned full-time officers to the schools grades 5 and higher. Given current budgetary constraints, this is no longer possible.  Reestablishing the Adopt a School Program will start us back down the road of providing positive role models for our children and establishing life-long relationships between our children and the police. Again, this program is not without cost and the Chief has agreed to work the numbers to try and bring this popular and valuable program back to Barnstable’s schools.

Finally, we’ve kicked off a project to re-design the barnstablepolice.com under the direction of Jeff Myers of Myers Communications Group. We’re very excited to have such a well respected and accomplished member of our community take on such an important task. We will be meeting on July 18th at 6 pm at the Police Station on Phinney’s Lane with the Chief, Detective Kevin Connolly, Task Force volunteers and Jeff to update and expand this valuable community resource. Please join us if you have an interest in participating in this project.  We’ve collected an astounding number of bytes of information which the Chief would like to share with our community online.

For further information, please contact the Voices of the Village Coordinating Committee at GreatHyannis@aol.com

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For more information on this article, contact Eric Schwaab, Task Force Chair at eschwaab@gmail.com

The Voices of the Village Supporting Our Youth Task Force would like to support students in grades 4-8 in Hyannis with the summer reading program. You can help out in the following ways:
  • Volunteer a single day or more as a Mentor/Reader with the kids. You do not have to have pre-read the books. Just
    show up and read to, or along with, the kids and then ask them about what they read.

    • Opportunities exist Monday through Thursday at the Hyannis Library from 11-12 or at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center from 4 to 5. (Urgent help is needed Wednesday and Thursday at the library and Monday and Wednesday at the Youth Center.)
    • You will need to fill out a CORI form at one or both places depending on where you are volunteering, but you can
      begin reading just as long as they have the form.
    • For more information or to volunteer call Moira Bundschuh at 508-827-4045 or email her at moirabundschuh@gmail.com or Barbara Klimm at 508-775-2282 or email her at bc.klimm@comcast.net.
  • The other way to help is to buy some of the summer reading books and give them to the Library or to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Many of the summer reading books do not change year-to-year so a purchase made this year would be usable in future years. To see the books and their costs, go to www.barnstable.k12.ma.us/summerreading.  Choose books from grades 4-8.

Supporting Our Youth Task Force

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE – MARKETING TASK FORCE

One outcome of the first “Voices of Village” meeting, sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, was the creation of a “Marketing Hyannis Task Force” whose goal is to think though ways to improve the image of Hyannis, the heart of Cape Cod, and make recommendations designed to accomplish that mission. Made up of 21 volunteers representing the Hyannis business community, town government, non-profit institutions and residents, the group has now met twice and has begun laying out ideas and common sense implementation marketing strategies.

One central theme of the Task Force was to recognize the reality that everyone can help fight negative community stereotypes and untruths and to also recognize that there are issues in our Town that cannot and should not be ignored. The group concluded that the best way to refute negative stories is to actively work to resolve or at least diminish real issues, whether it is crime, drug abuse, homelessness or poverty. We were heartened by the creation of four equally active groups which will aggressively tackle those neighborhood concerns. And, while the Marketing Task Force is under no illusion that making progress on any of these issues will be fast or easy progress is already underway.

It is not just Town government or social service agencies which must act, it is everyone. Property owners must keep their rental units in good repair, tenants need to respect their neighbors, homeowners should organize their neighborhoods into crime watches, if needed. Everyone needs to be observant and report suspicious activity to the police or the appropriate town regulatory agencies. Our Town government needs to be proactive. It needs to appropriately fund and staff critical services and, importantly, aggressively work with neighborhoods to respond to real or perceived issues. Social service and housing agencies need to continue to provide essential drug treatment and mental health services and, when possible, develop employment opportunities and training for their clients. In sum, it does not take too many bad stories to denigrate the reputation of our community and it takes a concerted, broad-based effort to repair the damage.

And, there is another, more positive story to tell about Hyannis. A short term task for the group is to work with the Greater Hyannis Civic Association to assist it in developing the communication tools needed to be, along with others, an effective voice for the village. We have much to be proud of and we need to work together to get the word out to everyone willing to listen.

The Task Force itself will identify short term marketing projects aimed at improving our image, in concert with established organizations. We also intend to develop an overarching marketing theme for Hyannis which we will try to have adopted by every organization having a stake in our economy or in our quality of life. If you have additional ideas, please send them in an e-mail to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, at greathyannis@aol.com

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

Voices of the Village – Neighborhood Task Force

The Neighborhood Task Force was created as one of the Voices of the Village priority task forces. Its goal is to develop a feeling of community in our neighborhoods and to work with others in dealing with the street people and the camps. It is a group of 21 individuals co-chaired by Jeanne Stevens and Patti Richards. Sue Eastman and Lili Seely serve as the co-secretaries. The group meets regularly at the First Federated Church on Main St in Hyannis.

Police Chief Paul MacDonald and Deputy Chief Craig Tamash met with the task force to provide an understanding on neighborhood watches and what makes them successful. They focused on the need for the neighbors to know each other and to have some events together (perhaps 3-4 times per year) for a neighborhood watch program to really work. Mark Ells and the GIS staff provided maps of Hyannis to facilitate the identification of natural neighborhoods. After much discussion on how to begin a neighborhood watch group, the task force is developing a how to guide to create a neighborhood feeling that includes a watch component. Recognizing that all neighborhoods are slightly different, the plan will be fine-tuned each time it is used. A neighborhood has been identified for a pilot program and the task force will develop its plan throughout the summer.

At another meeting, Heidi Nelson, CEO of Duffy, and Rick Brigham from the Noah Shelter met with the task force to explain the new coalition between the two organizations. Key elements of the integration are the requirement for new residents of Noah to have a health assessment done by Duffy in order to remain a resident of Noah. Duffy is also providing additional case management services to the residents of Noah via their mobile van. Both organizations indicated that they are focusing on their service area of Cape Cod and the Islands and helping those not from the area return to their area of origin. Some brainstorming was done to develop an approach to help a neighborhood currently troubled by street people during the day when the shelter is closed. One of the members of the Neighborhood Task Force will be working with the neighborhood and Noah to address the neighborhood concerns.

Creating a sense of community is also a critical part of neighborhood development. This task force is spearheading the plan for a Voices of the Village float for the Town of Barnstable 4th of July parade. It will be an opportunity for all the task forces to come together and celebrate Hyannis. A special place in Hyannis will be represented on the float. The float will join with the Decorate Your Bike Contest and Parade sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.

If you are interested in joining the task force, working on the float or the bike parade or for further information on the Voices of the Village, please contact the Voices of the Village Coordinating Committee at GreatHyannis@aol.com

Voices of the Village – Supporting Our Youth Task Force

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association’s Supporting Our Youth Taskforce (HySoy for short) has been meeting weekly since the large Voice of the Village meeting in April of this year. With active membership at about twenty-five people and many more willing to provide mentoring assistance, the group is diverse and strong in its strengths. Members include former or current educators and principals, pastors, business people, parents and grandparents. Each member has committed to supporting Hyannis youth through both existing programs and through the creation of new initiatives.

Members have joined subcommittees to work on various areas of supporting our youth:

1. Mentoring

During weekly meetings we have met with guest speakers and current members who have developed and implemented successful mentoring programs. Members have met with Barnstable School District personnel at the district and school level to determine what programs already exist, how we can support these and if there is an age group that needs more services. The committee feels we can best help with mentoring in a few different areas:

1. Support the newly formed leadership partnership between Barnstable High School students and HYCC students in grades 4 – 6

2. Designing a proposal that will continue the important connection of caring between Hyannis West staff and students and alumni in grades 4 – 7 through a student-to-student mentoring program

3. Supporting adult/child mentoring through the schools

4. Providing summer reading times for students in grades 4 through 7 during July and August on Mondays through Thursdays at the Hyannis Public Library (11am-12pm) and at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center’s United Cultures Resource Room (4-5pm)

5. Providing drop-in homework assistance at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center’s United Cultures Resource Room beginning in the Fall 2011 from 2:30-5:30pm.

6. Providing interdenominational faith-based youth group and mentoring opportunities for children and families that would like type of program

The mentoring committee is working diligently to develop proposals and action plans to execute the above ideas in an organized and purposeful manner. They have developed a mission statement that reads: The purpose of our task force is the empowering of our youth to make right choices.  We will help them to reach to be the best they can be; to achieve their potential and discover their strengths; to build their self-esteem by knowing that we in the community care about them.

2. Childhood Enrichment Opportunities (CEO)

This committee has worked on developing ideas for supporting youth through extracurricular opportunities that might not be possible due to financial constraints. As of right now, committee members are developing strategies and proposals to identify camps, lessons, sports and musical activities that children might like to join and are working on different ways to obtain sponsorships for children to attend these activities. They have developed a letter to prospective business donors and have started to design a protocol for accepting monetary and in-kind donations for children in need. In addition, they are working on a simple form for parents to fill out to apply for a sponsorship. Members are also looking into developing a calendar listing of child and family friendly events in Hyannis and have begun to compile a listing of all services and programs available to Hyannis families. Once the proposals are finalized and approved, the committee would like to begin contacting extracurricular activities, businesses and families to begin the process of matching children and activities.

As a whole group the taskforce has met with Jan Barton from Barnstable’s Smart, Safe and Sober and heard a short presentation about the benefits of this program. Members have been encouraged to join in helping BeS3 mission to help young people make good choices. In addition, we are working to support the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, including the United Cultures Resource Room. Ingrid Muzy Murray from the Barnstable Human Rights Commission will be presenting about our taskforce at one of their meetings and hopefully we can support their work and receive valuable insight and support from the commissioners.

Overall, the taskforce has been very busy learning about many great programs for Hyannis youth and also pinpointing where we can support and strengthen areas of need. We currently meet every Tuesday at 6pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center’s United Cultures Resource Room and everyone is always welcome. We are always looking for new members and are recruiting volunteers to help with summer reading. Please contact Moira Bundschuh, co-chair at moirabundschuh@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.   For general questions on the Voices of the Village, please contact the coordinating committee at GreatHyannis@aol.com.