What a Year of Working in NGO Can Teach You

If you have recently graduated from college, you are probably wondering, what now? First of all, congratulations, you should be proud of yourself. However, when all the hype, rest, and excitement passes, you will have to focus on the future and keep the momentum going. In most cases, it’s difficult to instantly land a paying […]

Holyoke Nights Peer Leader Isabel Negroni

Holyoke Nights, Peer leader, Youth manager Isabel is a senior at Holyoke High and she’s been part of the Holyoke Youth Task Force and  Holyoke nights for 4 years.  She’s planning to continue her education after graduation  in the field of forensic science. As a peer leader for Holyoke Nights Isabel is responsible for running […]

Youth Commission Partners with Holyoke Senior Center

The Holyoke Youth Commission voted to spend summer 2013 partly focusing on intergenerational work, and made some truly amazing connections. In a brainstorm about positive changes in Holyoke last spring, the Youth Commission identified the building of the new Senior Center as a project that seemed exciting and inspired their curiosity. What began as an […]

HYTF Coalition Selects New Fiscal Agent

Thanks to the incredible support and engagement of Holyoke Youth Task Force coalition members and Steering Committee this spring and summer, we are excited to announce that the proposal from The Children’s Study Home has been selected by members as the best fit to be our new fiscal sponsor! Since the release of our Request for Proposals (RFP) in […]

Holyoke Youth Commission Tests iCivics Curriculum

Good citizenship doesn’t begin when you turn 18, nor are all those who are under the voting age oblivious to the local politics of their communities. Young people, with their passion and energy, are an ideal audience for local leaders looking to engage with the next generation of change-makers, but too often political conversations and […]

Vote for the HYTF’s New Fiscal Agent!

As a coalition of youth-serving agencies made up of representatives from all over the city, the Holyoke Youth Task Force has been generously hosted by Girls Inc. of Holyoke for almost ten years. We are ready to move into our next phase of growth, and though our partnership will remain strong, the HYTF is simply too big […]

Save The Date: The HYTF is seeking a new fiscal agent!

The Holyoke Youth Task Force has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Girls Inc. of Holyoke as our coalition fiscal agent. As our programs have evolved, it has become clear to both the HYTF and Girls Inc. that it is time for our formal relationship to conclude so that each agency can most effectively […]

HYTF Launches Sober Up Your Status Campaign

The Holyoke Youth Task Force is proud to announce the launch of our Sober Up Your Status (SUYS) campaign! SUYS is an experimental marketing campaign to reduce youth social media posts about drinking and drug use, and to educate the Holyoke community about responsible and safe social media use. The HYTF believes that the online community forged through […]

Holyoke Nights Holds “We Are Listening” Event on Teen Suicide

On March 27th, Holyoke youth, community members, parents and others gathered in the Holyoke Health Center (HHC) to talk about the issue of teen suicide and depression in our city. Co-Sponsored by Holyoke Nights and the HHC’s Peer Health Advisory Board (PHAB), the event was called “We Are Listening” in an effort to highlight the community of resources and support systems that […]

Strategic Planning and the Holyoke Youth Task Force

This January, the Holyoke Youth Task Force began a process of strategic planning to map out our next five years of work. Our strategic planning committee includes representatives from many different organizations in Holyoke, several youth representatives of current programs, city and police department representatives and others. Each month we meet to examine the HYTF’s position in […]