Inbox [Aug. 31]: Center for Crafts targets youth, Anna Maria earns ‘distinct’ rating, Spectrum Health trumpets World Café event, Auburn Mall fundraiser to benefit Tarentino family

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Worcester Center for Crafts kicks off Youth Craft + Creativity Program Sept. 24

The Worcester Center for Crafts will introduce their new, innovative Youth Craft + Creativity Program at a free event 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Craft Center, 25 Sagamore Road. Classes in the new program are designed with an integrated, multi-disciplined approach to youth education for ages 6 through 17 that is creative, fun and hands-on. The Sept. 24 program is designed as a sneak peek into the Youth Craft + Creativity Program and will provide information, demonstrations, and hands-on activities – plus an opportunity for advanced registration at a discount.

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The Craft Center has developed the Youth Craft + Creativity Program in response to parents, artists, educators and community members who have said it is needed – and needed now. “We’ve identified a void in Greater Worcester that we are trying to fill,” said Honee Hess, executive director of the Worcester Center for Crafts. “This new approach to craft education offers youth 6 to 17 a window into creative 3-D thinking, knowledge of materials, and the mind skills and habits needed for the 21st century.”

Read the entire story on the Worcester Center for Crafts website


Anna Maria recognized by ‘Colleges of Distinction’

Anna Maria College has been recognized by the publication “Colleges of Distinction” for the 2016-2017 academic year. “Colleges of Distinction” is an evaluation resource that recognizes higher education institutions that excel in offering the best options for students on an individual level. These colleges are “distinguished” by four essential characteristics: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. This annual list helps students find information about the best colleges in the nation and empowers them to make a confident choice and identify the “right fit.”

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In response to the news from “Colleges of Distinction,” President Mary Lou Retelle said: “I am pleased to learn that Anna Maria College has been recognized as a College of Distinction. We as an institution have always strived to provide the very best for our students and their futures through a hands-on, career-oriented learning experience.

Anna Maria College will strive to further distinguish itself as a premier higher education institution throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.” By being recognized as a College of Distinction, Anna Maria College joins a diverse group of colleges and universities that are at the forefront of higher education.


Spectrum hosts first World Café event with women in recovery

Spectrum Health Systems recently held its first World Café event in Worcester to help identify gaps in services and supports available to women in recovery in the local area. The World Café model is a growing business practice used to access the collective intelligence of key groups of stakeholders. It is based on open, small group discussions that are linked to a larger group format.

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Using the World Café model, Spectrum was able to collect extensive feedback from a cross-section of women on the tools and resources needed to support their long-term success. The project was designed to help shape a strategic action plan over the coming months.

“We received very positive feedback from World Café participants,” stated Angela Dalessio, program director of The Recovery Connection – Spectrum’s Peer Recovery Support Center in Marlborough. “They were so full of ideas and inspiration. I’m looking forward to analyzing the information gathered and brainstorming ideas as we move forward.”

Read the entire story on the Spectrum Health Systems website


Auburn Mall event to benefit Tarentino Fund and Simon Youth Foundation

The 3rd annual Touch a Truck event at Auburn Mall will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. The event, which has a $5 admission ($20 family maximum) will benefit the Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Memorial Fund and Simon Youth Foundation.

Truck enthusiasts of all ages can get an up-close look at a variety of vehicles, including an Auburn police cruiser, Auburn fire truck, Army National Guard vehicles and more.

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