Youth and Family Resources: February 2013

Each month, the Mentor Match team sends out a list of resources in its newsletter, informing you about possible events coming up, opportunities for our youth, and general useful information. But we know that having only those three resources listed every month is not necessarily as much as you would like. So in this blog post, we are going to provide you with a few more resources that you can use either in planning a match activity, or in planning to advance the life of a youth.

Boston Youth Fund HOPELINE Summer 2013 Job Applications
Don’t forget to apply to the HOPELINE to be considered for employment with the Boston Youth Fund for the summer of 2013! All applicants must be full time residents of Boston and be between the ages of 15 and 17 years old. Register online from Feb 1 at 10am until March 3rd. Applying with the HOPELINE does NOT guarantee a summer job. Please call the Boston Youth Fund with any questions, 617-635-4202. Also, see a list of sites that offered HOPELINE jobs last summer.

EPIC Service Warriors
Youth with disabilities ages 16-23 can participate in this community service and education program. Service Warriors learn more about local communities and develop practical skills to help them develop as leaders and pursue future goals. Program meets a minimum of once a month for one year. Apply: Jeff, 781-388-4340,

Access to Art at the MFA
The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston offers multiple programs tailored for people with wide range of disabilities to enjoy the arts. Access to Art tours are visitor centered, interactive tours designed for groups with disabilities, which may include physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, people with dementia, or those undergoing medical treatment, among others.

  • Feeling for Form is a program that provides tours for visitors of all ages who are blind or have low vision. A Feeling for Form is an opportunity for tours of the collections through tactile exploration of selected sculpture and furniture, and through verbal description, tactile graphics, materials and objects for artworks that cannot be touched. Trained Museum volunteers and Access staff lead these tours.
  • A Hand’s Reach to Art provides access to MFA programs and events for visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Throughout the year, a selection of gallery tours, performances, and demonstrations are presented in American Sign Language (ASL) or are sign-language interpreted.
  • Artful Adventures, an inclusive program at the MFA, serves children and teens with disabilities.
  • Beyond the Spectrum offers a specialized experience once a month to children with autism.

For more information on these programs, visit or contact Hannah Goodwin at617-369-3189, Valarie Burrows at 617-369-3302, or e-mail

Although these are just some of the resources we can offer, we promise to continue providing new opportunities both in our monthly newsletter and in our blog. And if you have any specific resources you would like us to highlight, make sure to let us know!

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