“Tool Kit to Success”: A Youth Summit for Springfield High School Students December 14

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WGBY’s Latino Youth Media Institute Presents: “Tool Kit to Success”: A Youth Summit for Springfield High School Students

When: December 14, 2011, 5-9pm at STCC – Scibelli Hall 7

Keynote address by Carlos “Rec” Mcbride

Space is limited.  Students must contact their Springfield High School Counselor to register.

This event is funded by American Graduate, an initiative of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Superintendent Dr. Alan Ingram Supports Springfield’s Community Collaboration for Reading Success

Alan Ingram

Photo Credit: Superintendent's Blog

Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Ingram has great enthusiasm for the progress and community-wide collaboration to support Springfield’s children as they strive to achieve reading proficiency.  WGBY’s Bark About Books initiative was just one of the many programs mentioned in his statement.  You can read his thoughts on the Superintendent’s Blog. Thank you, Dr. Ingram for your recognition of community programs and their contributions to school success!



Good News for Video Library Users in Springfield

Library VabBorrowers within Springfield of the WGBY Online Video Lending Library now have an option to picking up their loans. Through the cooperation of the Cooperating Libraries of Greater Springfield (CLGS), video loans will now be dropped off and picked up at branch libraries throughout the city.

To take full advantage of this new service, since many branches are operating limited hours, we suggest that you contact the branch library most convenient to you to determine their schedule. Then, on your next lending library order, please indicate to which branch you would like the order delivered.

Returns can be handled through the same branch, or you can bring them to our drop box, located on the loading dock behind our building at 44 Hampden St. (The loading dock is adjacent to the parking lot, accessible from East Columbus Avenue.)

Join us for the 5th Annual Next Level Development Conference for Women of Color

Next Level Development Conference for Women of Color

On Saturday, October 1st, the Fifth Annual Next Level Development Conference for Women of Color will take place in Springfield, MA.  As a media sponsor, WGBY is proud to promote the important mission of this conference and encourage anyone interested to check out the schedule of events.  From 8am to 5pm, participants will have the chance to take part in conversations about energizing conversations about personal development, health, wellness, and financial planning.  The Keynote Address will be delivered by Melinda Weekes of the Interaction Institute for Social Justice.  To check out the full schedule of activities, download the agenda.  To register, visit the conference website..

WGBY to host two public events to preview Ken Burns’ PROHIBITION

Join WGBY for a sneak peak at Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s new documentary series ProhibitionTwo separate events will be held in western Massachusetts to discuss the historical and contemporary implications of the 18th Amendment.

Through Prohibition’s Historical Lens: Springfield, Women and the Nation
Sunday, September 25, 2-4pm
D’Amour Museum of Art: Davis Auditorium, Springfield, MA

Prohibition: Contemporary Issues Surrounding America’s Noble Experiment
Thursday, September 29, 7-9pm
Greenfield Community College: Stinchfield Theater, Greenfield, MA

Both events are free and open to the public.  For details about these events including guest panelists, visit WGBY’s Events Page.  For a quick teaser of the new film, check out this video:

Job Posting: Springfield Parent Academy Seeks Parent Ambassadors

Source: Springfield Parent Academy

Our friends at the Springfield Parent Academy (SPA) have posted two new job opportunities that we thought were important to share.  Currently, they are accepting applications for a Community Ambassador and Lead Community Ambassador.  Job responsibilities include working to promote the SPA, organizing outreach, attending community events, and more.  Experience working with families and educators is among the required skills and bi-lingual skills are preferred.

These are great supplemental jobs that would fit the schedule of a working parent.  The Springfield Parent Academy serves parents and families of Springfield, Massachusetts. It is a community-driven initiative designed to provide educational resources to help parents and caring adults become engaged in their child’s education. For more information, visit their website.

Talk/Read/Succeed: Boosting Literacy Skills in Springfield

Springfield children and their families from two Springfield Housing Authority sites are being connected with tools, supports and programs to boost children’s early literacy skills.  Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Talk/Read/Succeed has brought together a strong group of collaborative partners, lead by United Way of the Pioneer Valley, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and the Springfield Housing Authority in a program that is part of the Reading Success by 4th Grade initiative.  The goal of the community-wide effort: 80% of Springfield’s children will be able to read proficiently by the end of third grade by 2016.

Check out the awesome work of this community collaboration in these videos produced by the Springfield Housing Authority:


WGBY is cheering on the great work of these community organizations.  Want to find out more?  Check out our segment on Connecting Point featuring Sally Fuller from Cherish Every Child and Maura Geary & Rosemary Hernandez from Talk/Read/Succeed.

To find out more about the activities in Springfield, visit the Cherish Every Child website.