November 22, 2017

Inbox [Nov. 22]: News and notes from Petricore, WCAC, HOPE Coalition, Clark, You Inc. and Simon Youth Foundation

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The Petricore Team

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Petricore game nominated for Mobile Game of Year

“Battery Boy,” a video game produced by Petricore, Inc. of Worcester, has been nominated for Mobile Game of the Year at the 2017 Bit Awards, which celebrates the year in video games and the people behind them.

The awards will be presented at an event 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Tishman Auditorium in New York City.

“Battery Boy” is an endless runner that changes based on the battery life of your handheld device.

More information is available on The Bit Awards website

WCAC accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Worcester Community Action Council is accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Eligibility is based on a household’s combined income as well as number of individuals residing there. A single individual earning $34,380 is eligible, as is a household of four with annual income of $66,115. Homeowners and renters can be eligible.

Oil, gas, propane, kerosene, electric, wood and coal are all eligible for home heating assistance. First-time applicants are required to complete a face-to-face interview. Applications are accepted weekdays without an appointment at WCAC’s Worcester office, 484 Main St, as well as by appointment at several satellite sites in Southbridge, Webster, Spencer and Warren.

Last winter, WCAC processed 14,048 applications for fuel assistance, including 1,971 first time applicants. A total of 12,260 certified-eligible households obtained fuel assistance benefits totaling $8,476,341 through LIHEAP and distributed via 73 local vendors and utilities.

Read the entire story here.

HOPE Coalition, Clark to hold 14th Youth Worker Training Institute

Clark University and the HOPE Coalition will hold the 14th Annual Youth Worker Training Institute beginning in January.

The Youth Worker Training Institute is a 15-week comprehensive and meaningful professional development opportunity for youth workers. Staff will gain knowledge about positive youth development, build skills in program planning and implementation, learn more about the roles and responsibilities of youth workers, and develop a common understanding of the youth development approaches and local resources. Each session includes networking and resource sharing among the group.

There are a limited number of participant slots for this training. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from Clark University.

The training sessions will be held every 9-11:50 a.m. Mondays Jan. 22-April 30, except holidays. The sessions will be held at the Boys & Girls Club.

Click here to apply

You Inc. offering free nurse assistant/home health aid training

You Inc. is offering a free 120-hour training course for those wishing to be a nurse assistant or home health aid.

The course will provide entry-level skills to safely provide basic nursing assistant care in long-term facilities or healthcare agencies, paid work experience and job placement assistance.

Participants must be between 18-24 and have high school equivalency.

The course is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and provided locally through the Central Mass. Workforce Investment Board.

For more information, contact Program Director Kate Pesa at 508-849-5600, Ext. 232, or by email at

Simon Youth Foundation accepting scholarship applications

Simon Youth Foundation is accepting applications from graduating seniors living near a Simon Mall for its Community Scholarship program. Auburn Mall and Solomon Pond Mall are local Simon properties.

The application period ends on Feb. 18. Students can apply online by visiting

Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2018 and lives in the designated community surrounding a Simon property is eligible. Applicants can check their eligibility by entering their ZIP code at Recipients will receive up to $1,500 toward tuition and other educational expenses at an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

In 2017, the Simon Youth Foundation awarded $1.6 million to 335 students nationwide.

Recipients will be notified in May.

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