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Waltham Partnership for Youth Inc.

 510 Moody Street
 Waltham, MA 02453
[P] (781) 314-3367
[F] (781) 314-3032
Kaytie Dowcett
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EIN 04-3399437

LAST UPDATED: 01/04/2019
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Waltham Partnership for Youth is to identify the needs of Waltham youth and leverage resources to meet those needs. Our vision is that all Waltham youth have access to the services, resources, and supports they need to become happy, healthy, and productive members of the community and the workforce.

Mission Statement

The mission of Waltham Partnership for Youth is to identify the needs of Waltham youth and leverage resources to meet those needs. Our vision is that all Waltham youth have access to the services, resources, and supports they need to become happy, healthy, and productive members of the community and the workforce.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $268,150.00
Projected Expense $266,338.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Adventure Program for Physical Education
  • Healthy Waltham
  • Safe Schools Healthy Students Coalition
  • Waltham Family School Family Literacy Program

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Mission Statement

The mission of Waltham Partnership for Youth is to identify the needs of Waltham youth and leverage resources to meet those needs. Our vision is that all Waltham youth have access to the services, resources, and supports they need to become happy, healthy, and productive members of the community and the workforce.

Background Statement

The Waltham Partnership for Youth (WPY) was founded in 1988 by Mayor William Stanley to address gaps in service that were cited as barriers to success for youth. WPY is Waltham's only multi-sector collaboration of business, municipal, education, and youth service leadership, identifying and articulating needs, functioning as a catalyst and clearinghouse for new program initiatives and facilitating working relationships among organizations that serve  youth. Primary focus areas include academic enhancement, career awareness and access to jobs, and youth services. WPY’s priority objective is to develop and sustain collaborative programs to promote healthy youth development. For years, WPY has enhanced the lives of  more than 100,000 youth. WPY incorporated as a 501(c) (3) in 1997 and currently supports several major initiatives. Waltham Family School (WFS): WPY was a founder and serves as fiscal sponsor of WFS.WFS is an integrated family literacy program serving Waltham's least educated, lowest income families who have a 3-4 year old child and a parent who wants to learn English. WFS provides preschool classes to prepare children for success in school and ESOL and job/life skills classes for their parents so that they can support their children in school and get jobs. WPY serves on the board of directors of Healthy Waltham, a community-wide collaborative effort to mobilize the people of Waltham to better understand the community’s strengths and challenges and build a healthier, more just and prosperous community. Priorities include: expanding opportunities and access to education; improving health status and well-being of Waltham residents; and improving issues of cultural diversity and inclusion. Safe Schools Healthy Students Coalition: WPY initiated and chairs the coalition, in partnership with Waltham Public Schools and over 20 youth and human service agencies to identify and address youth issues as indicated by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Sub-committees provide educational programs for youth and adults on violence prevention, suicide prevention and mental health, and substance abuse. The Safe Schools Healthy Students Coalition will drive the work of the Drug Free Communities Program, for which WPY was awarded a $625,000 federal grant. Afterschool Programs: WPY partners with Waltham Public Schools to provide after school learning centers at the elementary and middle schools that fail to make adequate yearly progress. WPY also supports the City Recreation Department, Boys and Girls Club and YMCA.



Impact Statement

  • Secured third year of federal funding to support the Waltham Youth and Community Coalition's work addressing issues of youth substance use, youth violence, and youth mental health; 
  • Established Trailblazers, a youth group focused on changing local norms around substance use and abuse among young people;
  • Increased access to mental health services for Waltham youth and families through partnership with Project INTERFACE at William James College.

1.Increase the impact of the Waltham Youth and Community Coalition through the establishment of four subcommittees: Education and Outreach - Youth; Education and Outreach - Adults;  Policy and Enforcement; School Climate and Connectedness. 

2. In partnership with the Mayor's Office, the Superintendent's Office, and a Youth Steering Committee, Waltham Partnership for Youth is planning the first annual Mayoral Youth Summit, entitled Amplify! Elevating Youth Voice for a Stronger Waltham. The summit will be a daylong conference consisting of a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, and a resource fair – all geared toward strengthening youth leadership throughout the community.

3. College, Career, and Community Readiness: WPY has identified dropout prevention and increased graduation rates as a priority for the coming years. To that end, we will be looking to develop innovative partnerships with businesses throughout the community to create mentoring, job training, and service learning opportunities for Waltham High School students, ensuring that all youth have the positive adult relationships and rigorous, real-world learning opportunities they need to persist through high school and graduate college, career, and community ready.

Needs Statement

  • Long term funding source ($12,000/year) to support our continued partnership with Project INTERFACE in order to increase access to mental health care for Waltham residents
  • 15-30 professional adult mentors to support struggling high school students in achieving their personal and academic goals; this program has proven to be an effective dropout prevention strategy.
  • 15-30 scholarships of $3500 each to support students' participation the Mazie Mentoring program
  • Commitments from business professionals to support professional and experiential learning through internships, apprenticeships, jobs, and other innovative school-business partnerships
  • Increased capacity throughout the community to serve the needs of immigrant youth and families
  • Wellness programs to support a healthier, more prosperous and just community and address issues of obesity, food access, and nutrition in schools;
  • Access to culturally-sensitive, affordable, integrated mental health, physical health, and substance use prevention programs for youth

CEO Statement


I began working at Waltham Partnership for Youth just two short months ago. As someone who was born and raised in Waltham, and whose professional career has been anchored by a commitment to ensuring that all young people – locally and nationally, in the U.S. and abroad – have access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive, I can honestly say that right now is an exciting time to be living and working in Waltham.

Waltham has always been a highly diverse community, home to many immigrant families as well as locals whose families have been here for generations. Waltham has always been a city rich in resources, and currently includes a band of engaged corporations along Route 128, two world-class universities, Bentley and Brandeis, who are strongly committed to the community, a vibrant local business community, thriving faith and civic organizations, and access to natural areas, museums, and theater.

But what makes right now a particularly exciting time in Waltham is our newfound eagerness to connect to one another, to bring together the multifaceted resources and the diverse communities for dialogue and shared experience. We’ve always known that our diversity is an asset, but it seems like recently we’ve had a collective epiphany, a realization that we have to be proactive and deliberate about bringing people together if we are to truly capitalize on the strength that our diversity can offer. Despite recent examples on the national stage of hatred and bigotry, our community has filled local halls to capacity attending forums on Islam in America, we have selected a novel on racially targeted police brutality as the summer read for all high school students and staff, and parents have registered in droves to send their children to the dual-language immersion kindergarten, which provides an opportunity for Spanish-dominant and English-dominant students to learn from each other, recognizing that each language and cultural backgrounds are of equal value.

We still have a ways to go in Waltham in terms of ensuring that all young people have equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. But we are turning a corner, and I am optimistic that our increasing willingness to come together as a community and to address issues head-on will result in accelerated progress toward a stronger, more equitable Waltham.


Board Chair Statement

I was asked to join the WPY Board over 10 years ago by a former ED.

We were both members of the local Rotary Club, and I believe she asked me because of my involvement in many of the non-profits in Waltham.

I had recently relocated back to the area, and I wanted to get to know the community that I was now working and living in.

I joined the Chamber of Commerce, and by attending events, I met many of the Business leaders of Waltham.

I have always enjoyed volunteering and found that by being on many different Boards, I could give back to my community, and meet a lot of nice people.

Waltham is a very diverse community, and I feel it is very important to join the Business community with the non-profits. Being the Board President now and still serving on numerous other Boards, I have good connections that can help the Partnership follow our mission and vision: to leverage the resources we need to ensure that all of our youth become productive citizens.

Our most tangible successes have come in the form of incubating new programs that have grown up to become thriving, independent 501c3s - two shining examples are The Waltham Family School and Healthy Waltham. However, we are regularly bringing stakeholders together to devise collaborative approaches to meeting the needs of youth, and we also serve as a match-maker, capacity builder, and resource coordinator. Those successes are often less concrete and measurable, and therefor more difficult to convey and more difficult to fund. However, we remain committed to that work because we know we are playing an important role in increasing the community's collective ability to meet the needs of all of Waltham's youth.

Geographic Area Served


Waltham, MA
While often considered a suburb of Boston, Waltham is a dynamic urban center in its own right, with a lively downtown and a host of commercial and cultural resources. We are a city of over 60,000 residents, five thousand of whom attend our public schools. We boast diversity in all of its forms, including economic, linguistic (43% of students identify a language other than English as their first language), cultural, ethnic, gender, and religious diversity. 5% of our students are Asian, 10% are black, 36% are Latina/o, and 45.5% are white. 23.9% of Waltham students are considered economically disadvantaged, though it is interesting to note that under the previous definition of low-income, 41.5% of our students fell into this category. 

Enrollment in Waltham Public Schools has been rapidly increasing in recent years and increases are expected to continue over the next decade to such a degree that a new elementary school and a larger high school are warranted. 

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building -
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development


Adventure Program for Physical Education

The Adventure Program for Physical Education is a collaboration between the City of Waltham, Waltham Public Schools, Waltham Partnership for Youth and community based-youth serving organizations in Waltham. In 2010, a needs assessment revealed that Waltham youth had rates of overweight and obesity that were significantly higher than the state, in some schools as much as 43%. The youth risk behavior survey indicated that youth had incomplete understanding about the impact of food choices and physical activity on health and lacked a general commitment to being physically active. WPY wrote a federal grant and secured funding for the Adventure Program for Physical Education, a research-based, cutting edge physical education, health and wellness, and behavioral management program to be implemented throughout Waltham Public Schools and the community. The project includes installation of a challenge course and climbing walls and extensive training for teachers and youth service leadership. 
Budget  $257,555.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
By June 2014, 90% of Waltham Public School students will participate in in- school and out of school physical activities that are fun, interesting, and challenging.
85% will meet developmentally appropriate health-related fitness benchmarks, including participating in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity.
85% of students will report decreases in stress-related behaviors, including irritability, headaches, and insomnia.
75% of students will limit their consumption of non-diet sodas, fruit juices, and full fat dairy products.
80% of students will consume fruit at least 2 times per day and vegetables at least 3 times per day.
Program Long-Term Success 
1. Students will adopt healthy lifestyle choices in and out of school.
2.  Students will increase physical activity by gaining access to in-school and out of school time opportunities to be active.
3. Students will learn healthy ways to decrease BMI, increase self-esteem, develop a healthy self-image, and pain problem solving skills.
Program Success Monitored By 
Nutrition and stress related outcomes will be measured four times per year by surveys conducted during health education classes.
Physical fitness outcomes will be measured four times per year in physical education classes, using a 20 meter shuttle run and through the use of accelerometers, which are combined heart rate monitors and pedometers.
Examples of Program Success 
In 2013, installation of a high elements ropes course at Waltham High School was completed. Physical Education teachers were trained, and students are using the challenge course as part of their physical education curriculum.
Beginning in November, 2012, nutrition and healthy cooking classes were offered as part of the afterschool program at Waltham's two middle schools.
In 2013, climbing walls were installed at Waltham's 2 middle schools. A third wall will be installed at the City of Waltham Recreation Department in the spring  of 2013.
Staff from community-based youth serving organizations were trained on low challenge elements and trust  initiatives in the winter of 2013.

Healthy Waltham

Healthy Waltham (HW) is a civic group committed to improving the quality of life for people who live, work, and learn in Waltham. Based on the Healthy Communities movement, Healthy Waltham embraces the principles of community involvement, shared community values, a vision for the future, and community based solutions. Healthy Waltham's mission is to mobilize the people of Waltham to address our community’s challenges and build on our strengths, to improve individual health status and well-being, and to create a healthier, more just and prosperous community. The operational mission is to promote collaborations on issues related to improving health status and well-being and to support health promotion and obesity prevention for Waltham youth and families. HW partners with schools, public housing communities and community organizations to offer healthy cooking classes and gardening programs, supports complete streets projects and promotes food access, healthy dining and physical fitness.

Budget  114,000
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Families K-12 (5-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
10% decreases in rates of obesity among Waltham youth.
20% increase in adults selecting certified Healthy Dining options at Waltham restaurants.
25% increase in residents of public housing communities reporting daily consumption of fruits and vegetables.
20% increase in residents reporting at least one hour of physical activity per day.
Program Long-Term Success 
Healthy Waltham's long term successes include:
  • decreases in incidents of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, and other chronic obesity-related health conditions among Waltham residents.
  • decreases in rates of overweight and obesity, especially among children and youth and Hispanic people.
  • stronger city infrastructure to support healthy lifestyles: increased access to healthy foods and increased opportunities and areas for physical activity, like neighborhood playgrounds and bike paths;
  • school lunch programs to include more fresh fruits and vegetables and less high fat, high salt, highly processed foods.
Program Success Monitored By 
Youth data will be collected through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption)
Adult Data will be collected in partnership with the Waltham Health Department and through outcomes evaluations and community assessments.
Examples of Program Success 
In partnership with Brandies University, Healthy Waltham developed a program called Veggie Buddies. During the program college students eat lunch with elementary school students and encourage them to try new vegetables. School cafeteria staff report increased consumption and less waste in the cafeterias.
Healthy Waltham also developed a Vegetable of the Month program, which features a specific vegetable each month. Teachers incorporate the vegetable into science, health, and Language Arts classes, and cafeteria staff use the vegetable prominently in school lunches. The local Hannaford grocery store also participates, featuring the vegetable and partnering with Healthy Waltham to offer cooking demonstrations in the store and recipe cards.
Healthy Waltham offers gardening programs at several elementary schools and an afterschool cooking and nutrition program at both of Waltham's middle schools. Food service staff at all participating schools use garden produce in lunches.

Safe Schools Healthy Students Coalition

The Safe Schools Healthy Students Coalition  is a collaboration of the Waltham Partnership for Youth, Waltham Public Schools, parents, youth, local businesses, and municipal, youth service, and health care organizations. The coalition was formed by the Waltham Partnership for Youth in 2008 to address key barriers to youth success identified by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. 2008 results indicated that Waltham Youth were facing challenges around youth substance use, particularly alcohol and marijuana; violence, including bullying and cyber-bullying, and mental health issues, including suicide-related behaviors. The coalition offers educational forums for youth, parents, and community members and engages all sectors of the city in a comprehensive, integrated strategy to increase protective factors and reduce hihh-risk behaviors by youth.
Budget  $12,500.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
By June 2014, Waltham's Youth Risk Behavior Survey will indicate a 4% decrease in recent alcohol use at Waltham High, a 5% decrease in binge drinking, and a 5% decrease in recent marijuana use. At Waltham's middle schools, students will report a 6% decrease in bullying and a 5% decrease in cyber-bullying. Students at both levels will report a 5% decrease in suicide-related behaviors. Students at both levels will report an 8% increase in protective factors, including having a trusted adult, talking with their parents about substance use, and recognizing peer, parental, and community disapproval of youth substance use.
Program Long-Term Success 
The long term impact of the Safe Schools Healthy Students Coalition will be a decrease in high risk behaviors and increase in protective factors for youth in Waltham. Long-term outcomes (by September 2018) include: 20% decrease in recent alcohol use by youth; 20% decrease in recent marijuana use by Waltham youth, 10% decrease in prescription drug mis-use by Waltham youth; 30% increase in perception of risk and harm of use of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs; 30% increase in perception of disapproval of youth alcohol, marijuana, and  prescription drug use by parents, peers, and the community at large; 20% decrease in suicide-related behaviors; 30% decrease in reports of bullying and cyberbullying; and 30% increase in protective factors, including youth reporting having an adult they trust and talk with, youth participating in extra-curricular activities, parents knowing their children's friends and their parents, and parents talking with their children about youth substance use.
Program Success Monitored By 
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (to measure youth behavior) is conducted bi-annually at Waltham's high and middle schools. A Social Norming survery, developed by Brandeis University to measure perceptions about youth substance use, risk, harm, disapproval, and protective factors is conducted annually with parents, youth, and community members.
Examples of Program Success 
Since 2008, Waltham has had a 4% decrease in bullying and a 3% decrease in cyberbullying at Waltham's two middle schools and an 8% decrease in middle school students having been in physical fights. At Waltham High, YRBS data indicates a 4% decrease in recent alcohol use, a 6% decrease in binge drinking; 6% decrease in recent cigarette use; 5% decrease in recent marijuana use; and 7% decrease in lifetime sexual intercourse. In addition, in 2013, 55 parents and 53 youth attended a social host liability forum, and in 2012, 44 parents attended a cyber-bullying prevention forum, 58 parents, teachers, and community members attended a forum to release the Youth Risk Behavior Survey results, and 35 parents attended a forum on alcohol and adolescent brain development.

Waltham Family School Family Literacy Program

Waltham Family School (WFS) is Waltham's only integrated family literacy program, helping families overcome intergenerational cycles of under-education and poverty. WFS’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for Waltham families that prepare children for success in school, empower parents to be partners with schools in the education of their children, and strengthen the parents’skills necessary for parenting, workforce, and community life. WFS prepares children for school success by providing  developmentally appropriate, language and print-rich early childhood education for English language learners with a focus on building literacy skills. WFS prepares their parents to support their school success by helping them learn to speak, read, and write in English. Families participate in weekly interactive literacy activities.WFS opened in 2003 and has served 178 families. 60% of  WFS parents have a 6th grade education or less in their home countries.
Budget  162,000
Category  Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
100% of WFS preschoolers passed the kindergarten screening assessment in 2012.
By the end of their four year old year, children gained on all 5 sections of the Peabody Picture and Vocabulary Test and on the Phonemic Awareness Test, indicating increased readind readiness and preperation for success in school. 
Adult learners made a 33 point gain on the Best Plus, indicating increased skill and confidence in speaking and listening in English, and increaed scores on the TAB Clas E test, indicating increased skill and confidence in reading and writing in English. 
90% of parents attended kindergarten orientation.
Program Long-Term Success 
75% of WFS parents will secure and retain jobs that will sustain their families.
33% of WFS parents will earn GED or graduate from a job training program.
90% of WFS children will graduate from high school.
Program Success Monitored By  To evaluate the progress of the children toward school readiness, WFS assesses English language ability and proficiency with the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III at the start and end of each year. To assess reading readiness, the PALS Pre-K full instrument is used at the start and end of the year before kindergarten. Formative assessments and teacher notes assess language development, listening, motor and math skills, and social growth and development. To evaluate adult progress toward basic English proficiency and literacy skills, WFS uses BEST Plus for listening and speaking skills and REEP or TABE Clas E for reading and writing. To evaluate progress of families toward Interactive Literacy goals, WFS assesses increases in language-rich interactions between parents and children.
Examples of Program Success 
In 2011, the first 23 graduates of the WFS preschool entered middle school. 46% of them were on the honor roll.
In 2012, the first adult WFS graduate earned her GED, in English. A second will earn a GED in 2013.
Family retention at WFS is 81%.
By grade 3, WFS children at reading at or above grade level, despite the fact that many entered the Waltham Family School as 4 and 5 year olds speaking little or no English.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

From Britta McNemar, Program Coordinator,WalthamFamilySchool

The challenges the Waltham Family School (WFS) faces and the opportunities WFS embraces are finely inter-woven. The first challenge is the increasing number of low income, limited English speaking families who are seeking an opportunity to have their children attend preschool so that they are ready and eager to learn in kindergarten and for the parents to learn English in order to help support their children for success in school. Parents also want to strengthen their skills necessary for workforce and community life. Over the last decade the number of families in Waltham Public Schools whose first language is not English (FLNE) has almost doubled; in 2012-2013, 37 percent ofWalthampupils are FLNE children. The WFS wait list averages 40 families who are qualified for the program - limited education of parent, low income, a child 3-5 years old-- but for whom we do not have room in the preschool classes or the adult ESOL classes. WFS is addressing the challenge of providing more opportunities for families and building on a successful program model by developing a sustainability plan that expands support through increased resources, strategic allies, engaged partners and effective use of volunteers. The second challenge is using the sustainability plan and the resulting support to staff the program to respond to the growing needs of the limited English speaking families inWaltham. WFS began implementing the sustainability plan by initiating the process of creating a non-profit organization, Friends of theWalthamFamilySchool, which will be dedicated to fundraising for the WFS. The leadership of the FWFS Executive Committee and volunteers from the WFS Advisory Board, has, within the last 6 months, moved from Excel to Constant Contact, set up a WFS web site and Facebook page, and are outlining a newsletter. We need increased staff support and volunteer coordination to fully utilize our sustainability infrastructure. For the last two years WFS has received a challenge matching gift, with the goal of the donor to increase the base of donor support. If we succeed in expanding the donor base and meeting the challenge gift, we will be able to grow the program to serve an additional 15-20 families, a 50 % increase. WFS families want to learn English, get jobs, build their parenting skills, and help their children succeed in school. WFS is poised to grow to a new level of service and capacity, continuing to create impact, change lives, support families, and strengthen the community.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kathleen A. Dowcett
CEO Term Start June 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience
Kaytie Dowcett is an experienced education professional, dedicated to ensuring that all young people have access to the resources and opportunities they need the thrive. She has worked as an after-school program director, a public school teacher, a research consultant for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and as the Senior Policy Associate for Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. At Annenberg, Kaytie's research focused on college persistence and graduation efforts in Rhode Island as well as the evaluation of Metro Nashville Public Schools Principal Leadership Institutes. During her time at Appleseed, she analyzed school discipline data and advocated for reforms aimed at dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. She earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where her research focused on state-level education policy for English Language Learners. She received her M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her undergraduate degree from Brandeis, where she is an occasional Lecturer on Education and Social Policy. Kaytie currently serves on the Board of Directors for Healthy Waltham and on the advisory board for The Waltham Family School. She is also an elected member of the School Committee in her hometown of Waltham, MA.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Beth Toolan 2010 June 2016
Ms. Marina P. Bartley Nov 1997 Apr 2010

Senior Staff

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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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WPY's mission is to building collaborations throughout Waltham. WPY currently has formal collaborations with Waltham Public Schools, the City of Waltham Recreation Department, the Waltham Boys and Girls Club, the Waltham YMCA, Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, Bentley University, Brandeis University, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology's Project Interface, and the Salvation Army of Waltham. WPY functions as a clearinghouse and catalyst for new ideas and program initiatives to address the unmet needs of Waltham youth and facilitates working relationships among organizations that serve Waltham youth.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The greatest management challenge facing WPY is that, because we are a 1.5 FTE organization, we have to be very selective about which projects we accept. As the only organization in the city that does what we do, we are at the center of virtually every conversation about the needs of Waltham's youth. And there are so many needs. The WPY staff and Board of Directors regularly evaluate the program initiatives we support and look for ways to empower them to become independent. For example, in 2004, based on a comprehensive community needs assessment, WPY started Healthy Waltham, which is discussed in the program section. Over the next 8 years, WPY helped Healthy Waltham build its capacity, and in 2012, Healthy Waltham began the process of incorporating into an independent 501(c)(3). WPY will continue to support Healthy Waltham and act as the organization's fiscal agent, until the incorporation process is complete; however the Director of Healthy Waltham is adopting more and more financial and administrative ownership, which has allowed me, as the Executive Director of Waltham Partnership for Youth, to explore other opportunities to collaborate. One of the newest projects I am working on is the Out of School Time Inclusion project, a partnership between WPY, the City Recreation Department, the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club and the Special Education Parent Advisory Council. The goal of the project is to increase access to quality out of school time recreational and non-formal educational opportunities for children and youth with disabilities, by providing advocacy, funding for additional one on one staff members, and training to all staff on inclusion strategies and specific interventions. In the winter of 2013, WPY also partnered with Wayside Youth and Family Support Network to write and submit a federal Drug Free Communities grant which, if funded, would address issues of youth substance use in Waltham. The WPY strategic plan, supported by the WPY program committee is the roadmap we use for setting priorities and making strategic decisions about new initiatives, best practices, and stronger and more diverse collaborations to support positive youth development in Waltham.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 0%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Constance Braceland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Watertown Savings Bank
Board Chair Term Jan 2013 - Dec 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dr. Lawrence N Bailis Brandeis University Voting
Ms. Julee Bolg Children's Hospital of Boston at Waltham Voting
Constance Braceland Watertown Savings Bank Voting
Terence Eagan Patio Records Voting
Leigh Gaspar Bentley University Voting
Mr. Keith Gilbert CEO, Park Lodge Hotel Group Voting
Kelly Hill Mt. Auburn Hospital Voting
Ms. Zepur Kahwajian Rockland Trust Voting
Mr. David King Consultant, Retired City of Waltham Voting
Kelly Linehan Waltham Public Library Voting
Mayor Jeannette A. McCarthy Mayor, City of Waltham Exofficio
John Peacock Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce Voting
Captain Donald Russo Waltham Police Department Voting
Ms. Kimberly Scott City of Waltham Voting
Representative Thomas M. Stanley MA State Representative Voting
Erica Young Waltham Boys and Girls Club Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

WPY has an active and engaged board, representing many segments of the community: municipal government, Waltham Public Schools, Bentley and Brandeis Universities, youth serving and community-based organizations, local businesses and corporations, and a MA State Representative. The board is active in fund development, financial management, board development, and program monitoring. Board goals for the upcoming year include: increasing the diversity of the board to better reflect the demographics of the community; increasing board accountability for fund raising; and empowering youth members.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $268,150.00
Projected Expense $266,338.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

Audit Documents

2015 Review

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Review

2012 Review

2011 Review

2010 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $283,324 $276,578 $230,809
Total Expenses $342,451 $286,084 $225,234

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $144,445 $85,002 $16,924
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $144,445 $85,002 $16,924
Individual Contributions $107,282 $157,472 $208,789
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $27,195 $27,297 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $4,402 $3,531 $1,924
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $3,276 $3,172

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $307,082 $251,194 $192,301
Administration Expense $24,042 $22,275 $19,984
Fundraising Expense $11,327 $12,615 $12,949
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.83 0.97 1.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses 90% 88% 85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 5% 6%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $502,883 $804,539 $350,594
Current Assets $417,376 $719,315 $244,350
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $299,784 $539,705 $82,747
Total Net Assets $203,099 $264,834 $267,847

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.39 1.33 2.95

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

WPY audited financial statements WPY is in the final stages of a financial transition, initiated because of major changes in revenue streams for WPY and the Waltham Family School Program. The current economic condition has made fundraising, especially for non-direct service projects, like WPY, a significant challenge. Many corporations and foundation are tightening their funding areas and limiting their charitable gifts. One major corporation inWaltham had funded WPY at a $15,000 level for more than five years. In 2012, with no advanced notice, the corporation changed their priority from youth development to health issues, eliminating them as a revenue source for WPY. Several smaller, long-time supporters followed this pattern. In addition, the federal grant that had supported the Waltham Family School since 2003 and was pledged through 2014 was defunded by Congress in 2011. The Board of Directors of WPY took immediate action, developing a long term, sustainable fund development plan to diversify revenue streams, focus on increasing and upgrading individual donors, cultivating corporate partners for multi-year gifts, growing special events and exploring other creative revenue possibilities. WPY was recently contracted to become the fiscal agents for two mission-related local organizations, which will require ~10% of the Executive Director's time but will generate significant higher revenue. As discussed in the program section,Waltham Family School is also moving forward with a comprehensive sustainability plan. The board of WPY is dedicated to supporting the work of WPY and has committed their resources, contacts, and networks to continue to generate revenue to support WPY and the vital work we do in the community. WPY is financially sound and growing stronger to have an even greater impact in Waltham.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


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