Big Sister Association of Boston, Boston MA
FOV has added Big Sister Association of Boston as a partner. 12 Big Sister mentors from Allen & Gerritsen and their mentees will participate in "Snapshots of Joy" beginning in January 2019.
Allen & Gerritsen (A&G) is an independent advertising agency based in Boston and Philadelphia. Their clients include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Citrix, Comcast, First Citizens Bank, Natixis, National Organization on Disability, TJX Companies and more. The agency’s point of view is that brands are not created, brands are what you get back as a result of your convictions and actions. A&G’s workplace mentoring partnership with Big Sister of Boston reinforces the agency’s commitment to the community and to the next generation of talent. It shows that creativity can come from anywhere and anyone. By participating in "Snapshots of Joy", the Little Sisters from Charlestown and A&G Big Sisters will be able to explore their creativity by being human: listening, taking time to think through ideas quietly vs. succumbing to the noise of technology all around us.
Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
A course in Sociology of Childhood, taught by Professor Meghan Murphy at Bridgewater State's Sociology Department, has incorporated "Snapshots of Joy" into its curriculum during February 2019.
Countryside elementary school, newton
Countryside Elementary School is an inclusive learning community for students from kindergarten through fifth grade with an enrollment of 414 students. Their work at Countryside is inspired by their core values of Respect, Cooperation, Responsibility and Learning. These core values guide how the school’s community learns, works and plays together. The Countryside population is diverse and families from across the globe are welcome to attend. Their diversity is cultural, ethnic, and linguistic, which makes Countryside a wonderful place to learn and work.
In November 2018, "Snapshots of Joy" was offered to the 4th and 5th grade student council at Countryside Elementary School during their after-school meeting time. The exhibit for this class took place in January 2019.
THE EDUCATION COOPERATIVE (T.E.C), WALPOLE MA
This January, FOV has started working with middle and high school students at T.E.C. Presently, a dozen students are participating in "Snapshots of Joy."
FENWAY HIGH SCHOOL, BOSTON MA
Founded in 1983, Fenway High School has more than 30 years of experience in educating Boston area youth. At Fenway, each student is respected as an individual and faculty work hard to ensure that students are supported, connected and intellectually challenged.
During the fall 2018 semester, FOV partnered with members of the sophomore class who had selected photography as their art elective. 15 budding photographers were introduced to film photography through FOV ’s "Snapshots of Joy" program.
MOTHER CAROLINE ACADEMY
Mother Caroline, a private, tuition-free school for girls in grades four through eight, has become one of FOV ’s longest standing partnerships. By the spring of 2019, five sessions of "Snapshots of Joy" will have been successfully completed by students from various grades. In the fall 2018 semester, twelve seventh-graders exhibited their work at the end of November as part of the school’s end-of-trimester showcase.
"Snapshots of Joy" is conducted during the academic day as part of the art class, and the students have consistently produced heartfelt work demonstrated by the final images and artist statements selected by the girls.
OLD COLONY YMCA, STOUGHTON BRANCH
Since May 2017, "Snapshots of Joy" has been offered to 103 youth at The Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton, MA with an additional 21 participating in "Collages of Calm" during the summer of 2018. Aligning perfectly with the Old Colony YMCA’s programs that promote positive values, "Snapshots of Joy" is now offered as a member benefit to Stoughton Branch patrons. An exhibit of work done by youth members who participated in "Snapshots of Joy" took place on Saturday December 15, 2018 as part of the Stoughton Branch’s Christmas showcase. The event was open to members of the public.
Sacred Heart School, Kingston, MA
Sacred Heart Elementary School students receive an outstanding educational foundation, combining rigorous academics with a safe and nurturing environment where students feel comfortable challenging themselves. In March 2018, "Snapshots of Joy" was introduced to Sacred Heart School through its two fourth-grade classrooms.
In October 2018, "Snapshots" returned to Sacred Heart during the academic day. This time the program was offered to fourth-grade and sixth-grade classrooms. A joint exhibit showcasing the work of all 53 students took place at the end of November, 2018.
Sharon Community EDUCATION
Sharon Community Education is FOV's longest, continuous relationship. Since the fall of 2016, "Snapshots of Joy" " has been offered in 17 sessions at four venues, serving a total of 197 Sharon school children. Plans to pilot "Collages of Calm" in all three elementary schools are underway for January 2019.
St. Stephen's Mission
In May 2018 FOV first offered "Snapshots of Joy" to middle-school-aged children at St. Stephen's Mission. Since then, the partnership has expanded, and in October 2018, "Snapshots of Joy" was piloted as a turnkey program. Six lead counselors were trained to teach the program. They, in turn, taught the program to 25 middle-school children attending aftercare.
St. Stephen's Youth Programs
The B-SAFE Program (The Bishop’s Summer Academic & Enrichment Program) is a five-week, full-day academic and enrichment program serving young people from first grade through high school. The goal of the program is to build a community where all people feel safe, feel big, and feel connected. In the summer of 2017, B-SAFE ran 10 programs in six Boston-area neighborhoods. Each site included academic programs in reading, writing and math; health and wellness; visual and performing art workshops; science activities; recreational activities; and many field trips. While based in Episcopal churches and schools, the B-SAFE Program has no required religious component for staff or youth.
As part of the 2017 B-SAFE Program, "Snapshots of Joy" was conducted at three summer camps for elementary-aged children in July 2017. In the summer of 2018, "Snapshots" returned to B-SAFE in two venues for middle schoolers.
Wakefield, MA BOys and Girls Club
This January, ten children in grades 5-11 are participating in "Snapshots of Joy."
Wayland Schools Aftercare
In May 2018, "Snapshots of Joy" was introduced to the 4th-6th grade students in the Wayland Middle School aftercare BASE program. FOV has plans to return in 2019.
From March through May 2017, 18 fifth-grade students at The Wright School in Chelsea participated in "Snapshots of Joy" through collaboration with Citizen Schools.
Sharon Public Library
"Snapshots of Joy" was launched in the summer of 2015 at The Sharon Public Library with three students enrolled. A second session was held in the spring of 2016. FOV remains forever grateful to The Sharon Public Library for launching our program in the community where Victoria was raised.