We are addressing multiple literacies through:
Liberty Hill’s children’s library, homework room and computer room
Enriched Out-of-School time activities for youth
4H STEM Clubs
Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes
Financial Literacy classes and groups
Thanks to a grant from The Hall Foundation we offered a high impact, Health and Literacy focused summer program to 25 young students from our Liberty Hill property during the summer of 2017.
Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Mass in 2017-2018, we are partnering with Enchanted Circle Theater, UMass Extension 4H and others to develop and offer creative, engaging opportunities that foster child and family literacy.
Home City Resident Engagement supports food access and healthy eating through:
Mobile Food Bank
Twice each month an average of 140 families receive free, fresh food and meat through our partnership with The Food Bank of Western Mass which distributes the food at our Halsey St. parking lot via their mobile pantry.
Thanks to a generous donation from NEI General Contracting, residents, staff and community partners created a beautiful and welcoming 2400 square foot edible garden. This provides opportunities for residents and neighbors to learn about the natural world, feed our families, and support healthy futures. Residents, staff, and community partners planned the garden. Our Youth Leaders created the garden. Summer programs for children are held in the garden as well as activities for all ages.
At Tapley Gardens we:
Develop young leaders
Practice sustainable gardening
Improve the site
Catch and store rainwater
Provide outdoor gathering spaces
Generate a sense of place, ownership, security and community
Home City Pantry
Thanks to a grant from United Way of the Pioneer Valley, we supply 30 bags/month of groceries to our residents who are experiencing food insecurity, and lunch to children at our Liberty Hill property during the January, February and April school vacations. Also, thanks to a partnership with Sodexo, we provide free lunch to any Springfield child all summer, at our Liberty Hill property.
Working together to develop hard and soft skills necessary for acquiring work that pays a living wage
Currently we provide opportunities through:
Youth Leadership Development
Summer Youth Employment
Job Readiness Programs
English for Speakers of Other Languages classes
Financial Literacy classes
Career Readiness programs
Collaboration with Springfield Works!
Coming in 2018
The Bay Neighborhood Makerspace
A “Makerspace” is a community center with tools.
We have purchased a 4,400 square foot building on Bay Street in Springfield and will set aside a portion of the space as a makerspace, where people can to come together, learn from one another, be creative and make things. We are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club Family Center of Springfield to offer STEM programs for teens and more.
We plan to offer a variety of Maker Workshops, as well as tools and supplies, that allow people to design, prototype and build things that it wouldn’t be possible to build with the resources available to individuals working alone.
Makerspaces are a fairly new phenomenon, but are beginning to generate outcomes with significant national impact. Makerspaces represent the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education by providing access to equipment, community, and education.