Monthly Archives: September 2010

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MIT Holds Community Brainstorming Sessions for New Kendall Square Space

MIT is soliciting ideas for a new public space in Kendall Square. Public meetings will be held in order to give members of the community an opportunity to voice their ideas for the space. For more information, see the letter below:
MIT is exploring concepts for its properties in Kendall Square and would like to get your input.  Please sign up for a community brainstorming session in order to share your ideas with us!
Kendall Square is known throughout the region for its innovative businesses and start-up companies.  What has long been missing from Kendall Square – a critical location at a gateway to Cambridge from Boston and accessible by the Red Line – are enough of the types of publicly accessible spaces that make it an enjoyable gathering place for employees, community members, students, and visitors to the region. 
MIT is in the process of exploring new ideas for its properties surrounding the Kendall/MIT MBTA station.  Although full plans have not been developed, one of the goals of the effort is to enliven the ground floor of current and future buildings with a wide range of uses that will generate excitement and create an enhanced sense of community.
We are hosting a series of community brainstorming sessions to discuss ideas and opportunities for the publicly accessible space in Kendall Square.  Among the suggestions we have already heard are patios for outdoor dining, retail shops, public art, and interactive exhibits celebrating technological innovations.  But we want to know what you think!
All of the sessions are the same, so please choose whichever one is most convenient for you.  In order to help with our planning, we are requesting advance registration.  Each session will be approximately 75 to 90 minutes long and held at the Cambridge Marriott.
·         Tuesday, September 28, 7:30 pm
·         Wednesday, September 29, 8:00 am
·         Wednesday, September 29, 7:30 pm
·         Register:
E-mail your name, contact information and selected session to to register.  You will receive confirmation of your participation in your selected session.  Your contact information will not be used for any other purpose.

·         Feedback:
Whether or not you can attend a session, please feel free to send an e-mail with your thoughts to
·         Learn:
For more about MIT in Kendall Square, please visit
Sarah Gallop
Co-Director, Government and Community Relations

YouthBuild Just-A-Start Seeks Volunteer Mentors

To anyone who may be interested please have a look at the information below, and to anyone who may know someone who might be interested, please pass the information along. This is a great opportunity:

Volunteer Mentor Opportunity
YouthBuild Just-A-Start is looking for mentors to work with students aged 17-24 who are enrolled in our program.  This program provides out of school youth with education, job skills, leadership skills, and a chance to get their lives headed in a positive direction.  YouthBuild mentors will provide support to their mentees as they go through the YouthBuild experience, as well as ongoing support to graduates in order to ensure their continued educational, personal, and professional success. Mentors are a key part of the YouthBuild community, supporting the learning, development, and exploration of the students.  
Skills Needed
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Enjoy working with adolescents
  • Caring, dependable, and a good listener
  • Supportive, flexible, open and approachable
  • Resourceful in helping their mentee achieve their educational and career goals.
Responsibilities & Time Commitment
  • 12 month commitment, with approximately 4-6 hours/month (combination of in-person meetings, group activities, phone calls, emails, etc.)
  • Focus attention on the student’s Life Plan (short and long term goals)
  • Attend program ceremonies, e.g. a Matching Ceremony and a Celebration at the end of the program
  • Communicate twice a month with Mentor Coordinator, who will provide support for these relationships.
Eligibility Requirements
  • 25 years of age or older
  • Successful completion of full application process and training
  • Acceptable CORI and SORI.
Benefits of Volunteering as a Mentor
  • Become part of a dynamic, youth focused agency
  • Experience the fulfillment of watching a young person grow, develop skills, and gain confidence
  • Opportunity to learn about different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Chance to guide a young adult towards their education and career goals
  • Become more involved in your community.
If interested, please contact:
Kati Chase, Mentor Program Coordinator
YouthBuild Just-A-Start
Phone: 617-492-1460 x20

CitySprouts Celebrates 10th Anniversary

CitySprouts is a community organization that partners with Cambridge Public Schools in order to educate students about their health and the environment. It operates a district-wide school garden program that serves over 4,000 children, with a garden at each K-8 school in Cambridge. The integration of these school gardens into the class curriculum creates a valuable opportunity for children to learn about agriculture, sustainability, and where the food they eat comes from.

On Saturday, October 2nd from 11am-3pm, CitySprouts will be holding a Harvest Festival at the Tobin School. Come share the harvest grown at public schools throughout Cambridge, while enjoying crafts, games, and cooking activities. Tours of the CitySprouts garden at the Tobin School will be given, as well, giving visitors an opportunity to learn more about this exciting program! More information is available at