Thanks for Visiting!

Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc. (HySOY) was birthed from the Greater Hyannis Civic Association's Voices of the Village meeting in April 2011. With an active core membership, and many others willing to provide mentoring, the group is diverse in its strengths. Members include former or current educators and principals, pastors, business people, parents and grandparents. Each member has committed to supporting Hyannis youth through both existing programs and through the creation of new initiatives. Members work on Mentoring, Early Literacy Initiatives and Childhood Enrichment Opportunities to support our youth. We currently meet the first Tuesday of every month at 530pm at Faith Assembly of God (154 Bearse's Way) and new members and interested parties are always welcome. Please contact Moira Bundschuh, director, at hysoytaskforce@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Join Us for Our Holiday Party December 18th at 6pm


You are cordially invited to 

Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc.'s Annual Holiday Party


to celebrate the success our village has had with building positive community with our youth. This is an opportunity to meet board members, volunteers and other interested parties and find out more about our programs, ask questions, socialize with others helping out in our programs and enjoy light refreshments.


Tuesday, December 18th
6-7pm
United Cultures Room
Hyannis Youth and Community Center






We hope to see you there,

Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc. Board Members




Monday, December 10, 2012

Homework Help in Hyannis for students in grades 4 and 5

Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc., a charitable organization focusing on building positive community with our youth, currently has openings for nine Hyannis students from the Barnstable United Elementary School to take part in our FREE Homework Help program at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays following the Barnstable Public Schools schedule.

For more information email hysoytaskforce@gmail.com or pick up a permission slip:

  • Barnstable United Elementary School Main Office (8am-230pm Mon-Fri)
  • United Cultures Resource Room at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center (3-530pm Mon-Thurs)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Looking for a Different Type of Present to Give for the Holidays?

1st Lutheran Church, Alternative Giving Market, Saturday-Sunday, December 8-9: 

When: Saturday 11am-5pm
          Sunday 930am-1pm 

Where: 1st Lutheran Church on Route 6a in W. Barnstable 

What: Alternative Giving Market


We are one of the charities they are highlighting. You are able to choose different charities and donate monetary amounts in your name or those of your family and friends. This is a great, tax-deductible way, to give gifts for the holiday season.

For more information, follow this link: http://flccapecod.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/lutheran-lights-weekend/ 

It was also highlighted in the Cape Cod Times: 

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121206/ENTERTAIN/121209874


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Upcoming Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Events

There are lots of events coming up. Here's a partial list:

Saturday-Sunday, December 8-9: Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 930am-1pm at 1st Lutheran Church on Route 6a in W. Barnstable they will be holding an Alternative Giving Market. We are one of the charities they are highlighting. You are able to choose different charities and donate monetary amounts in your name or those of your family and friends. This is a great, tax-deductible way, to give gifts for this holiday season. For more information, follow this link: http://flccapecod.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/lutheran-lights-weekend/ 

Tuesday, December 18th at 6pm:  We will have a Holiday Party for all volunteers, board members and people interested in Hyannis Supporting Our Youth on Tuesday, December 18th from 6-7pm in the United Cultures Resource room. Feel free to join us for all or part of the hour.

Wednesday, December 19th & Thursday, December 20th: 3-530pm we will have a small party for each group at Homework Help. We'd love to have lots of baked goods for the kids to snack on. (Please no coconut--our only allergy.) We will do small carnival like activities and games for kids to play for those two days. We are looking for extra volunteers to help (particularly Wednesday).

Saturday, February 9th at BWB Elementary School: We will have a table at the Healthy Family Fair sponsored by the FUN network and CC Child Development. We need volunteers to help with this.

As always, everyone is always welcome to join our weekly Hyannis Supporting Our Youth meetings at 6pm in the United Cultures Room at the HYCC. If you are looking for more ways to become involved, help with special events or have skills in fundraising or accounting, we'd love to have your input. We are all volunteers so the more the better!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Donate New and Like New Children's Books

Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc. gladly accepts new and like-new children's books for children aged 0-12. We provide books to children in Hyannis through a variety of programs including mentoring and homework help. We are particularly looking for more books for students in grades K & 3-6. Donations may be dropped off Mondays-Thursdays (when school is in session) from 3-5pm at the United Cultures Room at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. There is also a small box outside the door.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Meeting Schedule


Here's a listing of the general schedule for meetings (December will be a little different due to holidays):

1st Tuesday   Early Literacy & General Business
2nd Tuesday  Homework Help
3rd Tuesday   Mentoring
4th Tuesday   Sponsorships & General Business
5th Tuesday   General Business or Training

December Meetings:

1st Tuesday: Early Literacy & General Business
2rd Tuesday: Homework Help, Mentoring, Holiday Party Planning
3rd Tuesday: Holiday Party

Christmas & New Year's both fall on a Tuesday, so we won't have meetings those days.

All meetings are at 6pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center's United Cultures Resource Room.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Mentors Needed for Hyannis West Students

Program Details:

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association's Supporting Our Youth Task Force (HySOY, Inc) is currently recruiting adults (aged 21+) to mentor kindergarten students at Hyannis West Elementary School for the 2012-2013 school year. 

Time Commitment:

  • We would like mentors that can make at least a one year commitment and would prefer a four year commitment--kindergarten through grade 3. 
  • Mentors meet with one student for about 1 hour per week between October and May, either before school, after school or during the lunch period. In addition, mentors receive training for 1 hour, one time per month. This provides an opportunity for people who work a 9-5 schedule to see students before school, those working a 7-3 schedule to see students after school, and those with a more flexible schedule to coordinate either of the three times.

Retirees, young professionals, and people with bilingual language skills are urged to apply. Mentors will develop a caring, one-on-one relationship with a student through playing games, talking, eating lunch or practicing social and age-appropriate skills together. Times to mentor include 8-9am, the lunch hour, and 330-430pm. With some times a little earlier and later depending on the student's before and after care program times.

Please see our agency listing under Cape Cod Volunteers for more information about the Supporting Our Youth Task Force or our website: http://hysoy.blogspot.com. For more information, or to sign up to be a mentor, please email: hysoytaskforce@gmail.com or call  508-258-9111


Open Volunteer Opportunities

Mentoring:

Spend one hour per week (before school, during lunch OR after school) at Hyannis West Elementary School with a student who could benefit from a mentor. This program runs November through June each year.

Homework Help:

Spend 2.5 hours per week (3-5:30pm) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays OR Thursdays with students in grades 3-5 helping with homework, academic skill building, reading or recreation. Located at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, this program runs through Memorial Day each year.

Board Positions:

Treasurer--We are currently looking for a treasurer to sit on our board. Two meetings (1.5 hours each) per month, as needed accounting including check writing and balancing, deposits and coordinating with the clerk for annual reports.

Grant Writing--looking for individuals with grant writing experience to help on an as needed basis to help fund this FULLY volunteer organization.

Fund Raising--looking for individuals to pitch and implement fund raising events and ideas with board support.

Donations:

Current Needs--

  • books in new or like-new condition for children aged 0-12
  • healthy SNACKS, packaged, for our Homework Help program which serves up to 28 students each day (Monday-Thursday)
  • Board Games for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade
  • Gift Certificates or "Sponsorships" to area activities like Barnstable Recreation, dance classes, art classes and sports organization
  • Auction Items--goods, services or gift certificates to local businesses to auction at events
To help with any of these areas, please contact Moira Bundschuh, Director, at hysoytaskforce@gmail.com

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Meetings

Everyone is welcome to our Weekly Meetings for Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc. We meet at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601. Held on Tuesdays, each meeting begins at 6pm with 15 minutes of social time starting at 5:45pm before the meeting.

During our meetings we organize and implement our mentoring, homework help, literacy and sponsorship programs and are always looking for volunteers to help us with this important work of building positive community with our youth.

Here is the general outline for meetings:

1st Tuesday:            Early Literacy and General Program Information
2nd Tuesday:           Homework Help Implementation and Evaluation
3rd Tuesday:            Mentoring Implementation, Evaluation or Training
4th Tuesday:            Sponsorships and General Program Information
5th Tuesday:            As applicable, Training, General Business

For more information, email hysoytaskforce@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Homework Help Timeline

Homework Help will start at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on Monday, November 26th. It runs from 3-5:30pm and students participate on either Mondays & Wednesdays OR Tuesdays & Thursdays. Permission slips were passed out to Hyannis students on Wednesday, November 7th. Additional copies may be found in the main office at the grade 4 & 5 school and need to be turned in by Tuesday, November 13th.

Volunteers are meeting on Tuesday, November 13th at 4pm to go over skill building activities, the schedule and last minute details.

For more information, email hysoytaskforce@gmail.com.


Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc.
508-258-9111 ~ hysoytaskforce@gmail.com ~ hysoy.blogspot.com
Homework Help Bussing Permission Slip

Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc. is pleased to provide free homework help for students in grades 3-5 at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Help will be available Mondays through Thursdays (excluding holidays and school vacation days) from 3:00-5:30pm from November 26, 2012 until the end of May. With parent permission, students in Hyannis who ride on a school bus line and have a valid bus pass will be able to be dropped off at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Students riding the bus must display appropriate behavior to continue riding the bus to Homework Help.

Students can attend either Monday & Wednesday OR Tuesday & Thursday. We will take six students from each bus according to the order in which the permission slip was returned. Once we have six students, additional students will be placed on a waiting list.

At Homework Help, small groups of students will participate in reading, homework help, skill-building and recreational activities. We will provide a small snack such as fruit or a granola bar. Please document if your child has a known allergy to any foods and provide a substitute snack if necessary. Students will be expected to participate in the activities provided and may be dismissed from the program if they are not complying with rules and expectations for the program. Students may be picked up between 4:45 and 5:30pm. If your fourth or fifth grade student is permitted to walk home this must be checked on the permission slip.

Below, you will find a permission slip to fill out and return to the school office. We will contact you once we receive the returned permission slip. We look forward to getting to know your child!

Sincerely,

Moira Bundschuh, Director
Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc.
~building positive community with our youth~

Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Homework Help Permission Slip
(Please print clearly)

Student Name: ___________________________ Parent Name: _______________________________

Address: ________________________________ Parent Name: _______________________________

Telephone # to reach a parent during the hours of 3-5:30pm: _________________________________

Email Address:           ________________________________________________________________

Any known Allergies: ______________________    Student’s Bus Name(required): _______________

Day Preference:          Monday/Wednesday               OR                  Tuesday/Thursday

People allowed to pick up my child: (Name & Telephone #):            Walk Home Allowed: Yes/No

________________________________________ ________________________________________

________________________________________ ________________________________________


Parent & Student Expectations

This program is for homework help and skill-building. We offer a safe and caring environment for students to gain academic success through working with many student and adult mentors. While this is a free service, we have set up expectations to help the program run more smoothly. In our second year, we have gathered the feedback and suggestions from parents, students and volunteers to ensure that each student is utilizing the program to his or her fullest potential.
The schedule for the program will have students rotating through Homework Help, Skill Building and Reading stations. Attendance at these three stations is mandatory for continuation in the program and students should not be picked up until after these are finished. In addition, students will participate in recreational activities led by a Barnstable Recreation Staff person throughout the program.  Students will be provided healthy snacks donated by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Hyannis, Greater Hyannis Civic Association and Cape Cod Potato Chips.
Parents are asked to make a photocopy of their student’s report cards and MCAS reports and give them to the Homework Help Coordinator. Parents/Guardians will be called if his/her student is not in attendance on a scheduled day. It is very important that we have an up-to-date phone number where someone can be reached between 3-5:30pm.

Expectations

While students are present at the program, they will be expected to participate fully and engage in the activities presented. While this is not an extension of school, this is a place for children to develop confidence in academics through small group and peer interactions. We hope that they will try their best and learn how to ask questions and find answers. Students should be respectful of each other and the volunteers at the program.
  •          Students should always have their homework agenda and/or folder. If homework is not assigned, this needs to be clearly marked in the agenda. Students will be given skill-building assignments if they do not have homework.
  •          For each academic station, students will receive a daily assessment of effort. For students who do not display effort in two of three stations for one week, they will receive a warning. The second week of non-effort will result in a week suspension from the program. The third week will result in suspension for the remainder of the grading period. Parents can reapply for the following grading period.
  •          Mutual respect is expected of all students and volunteers. If a student is disrespectful, a phone call will be made and a meeting will be set up if deemed necessary. If poor behavior continues, students will be asked to leave the program.


Late Pick Ups
  •          If you are under 15 minutes late, you will receive a warning
  •          The second time you are late for pick up your child will be suspended for one week of the program
  •          If you are over 15 minutes late your child will be suspended for one week of the program
  •          After the week suspension, additional lateness will result in suspension for the remainder of the grading period
  •          The third issue will result in permanent dismissal from the program


We are really looking forward to our second year! Working with the kids last year has reinforced our belief that our Hyannis children are special.

Update:

11/12/12



  1. Large Group Meeting for ALL volunteers will be tomorrow, Tuesday, November 13th at 4pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. We will go over the list of students, check lists, sign in/out sheets, the tentative volunteer schedule and how to help with skills, reading and homework.
  2. Homework Help will begin on Monday, November 26th. It is Mondays-Thursdays from 3-530pm on regular school days following the Barnstable Public School schedule.
  3. If you are on this list and are UNABLE to help with Homework Help for the 2012-2013 school year, please REPLY to this message and say UNSUBSCRIBE. This will help us to know who is able to volunteer. 
  4. If you are volunteering this year, check the schedule below (or tomorrow at the meeting) and make sure these are the times that you can do. If you cannot do each week, you will not be on this list but we would still LOVE to have you volunteer when you can make it. We cannot have enough volunteers, so if you are able to help 1, 2 or three times per month--we still want you! Feel free to join us whenever you can.
  5. Also, if you are an adult volunteer and have not filled out a CORI and SORI check at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, you need to do this. Please drop in any weekday between 830 and 330 to pick one up--go to the reception desk as you enter the building and tell them you are volunteering and need a criminal background check form, fill it out and they will take a copy of your license as well. 
  6. If you know of other people that would like to volunteer we can use a few more adult volunteers and at least 3 more high school volunteers. Feel free to forward this message to your friends or invite them to the meeting tomorrow. 
  7. Please look at the schedule and think about if you could coordinate on any day. We would like to get coordinators for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. This means that you would:
    • Take attendance--students will be arriving on one bus from Barnstable United (grades 4 & 5) and another bus from HyWest (grade 3)
    • Hand out snack--once for grades 4 & 5, once for grade 3
    • Call home for students that are absent and leave a message saying that they are absent
    • Be the point person for the day and take any information from volunteers and parents
    • Help out where needed

Monday, September 10, 2012

HySOY September 2012 Meetings--All Welcome


Hello Everyone:

I hope that you had a great summer! Here are a list of meetings for September, all are in the United Cultures Resource Room of the Hyannis Youth and Community Center:

Tuesday, September 11th         5:45pm socialize        6-7pm HySOY general meeting--initiatives, programs, vote for new treasurer

Saturday, September 15th       11am-2pm Cape & Islands Family Festival at the Cape Cod Mall. 
Volunteers Needed for our Booth!

Tuesday, September 18th         5:15pm socialize        5:30-7pm HySOY meeting--Technology--bring your laptop, IPad or email us if you need one to use--we'll go over email, spreadsheets, lists and other useful things.                
                       Email me if you are tech savvy and can provide childcare instead.

Thursday, September 20th      3:30-4:30pm Homework Help Training for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.
Any high school student wanting to help out can attend this training.

Saturday, September 22nd                                        10am--Be at the HYCC for the 3rd Birthday Celebration--recruit volunteers and new families for our programs. Volunteers Needed.

Tuesday, September 25th    4-6pm Homework Help Training for ADULTS. Any adult interested in helping out with Homework Help should attend this training.

Tuesday, September 25th          5:45pm socialize       6pm--HySOY Meeting--programming, administrative tasks for Mentoring & Homework Help

Wednesday, September 26th     7 to 8:30pm--HySOY Mentoring Training for mentors at Hyannis West Elementary School


Please email me back if you plan to attend any or all of these meetings. Everyone is always welcome and we'd love to add some new members to our core group this year!

Thanks,

Moira Bundschuh
HySOY, Inc Director
hysoytaskforce@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Homework Help Program Volunteer Training Dates


Upcoming Training Dates:

High School Students:   Thursday, September 20th from 3:30-4:30PM 
at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center

Adults: Tuesday, September 25th from 4-6pm 
at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center

We will begin the Homework Help program again this year in October with Homework Help for students in grades 3-5. This year we have added third grade to help Hyannis West Elementary students in their transition from this school to the Grade 4/5 School. 

We will service 28 kids on Monday/Wednesdays and another 28 kids on Tuesday/Thursdays. In addition, we will have a recreation staff person assisting us with students in their recreational activities. We are currently seeking one volunteer per day to step up and be the "coordinator" for that day. That person will coordinate attendance, snacks, manage volunteer and student needs and check students out of the program.

Volunteers may choose different areas in which they would like to serve:
  • Homework Help--helping students with their daily assignments and projects
  • Skill Building--helping students to work on their English and Math Skills
  • Reading--helping students to complete at least 15 minutes of reading per session
  • Recreation--helping students be active and learn important skills like working in a team, turn taking and conflict resolution
The program will go from 3-5:30pm. Students will rotate through different areas of the program in groups of 8 (for 4 & 5th graders) and 10 (for 3rd graders). As a volunteer, if your day stays the same (such as volunteering on Wednesdays, etc) you will have the opportunity to forge a meaningful relationship with the children in your group. We noticed gains in academic achievement, peer relations and overall self-confidence with the young people that joined us last year. We will use the United Cultures Room, Shepley Room and various recreational areas. 

Please email hysoytaskforce@gmail.com if you plan to join us as a volunteer this year, your availability--days of the week, and the area in which you might like to volunteer. Also, please forward this post to any friends or relatives that you think may enjoy joining us in this program.

Upcoming Training Dates:

High School Students:   Thursday, September 20th from 3:30-4:30PM at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center

Adults: Tuesday, September 25th from 4-6pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Homework Help Volunteers Needed this Fall at the HYCC

Seeking volunteers for our Homework Help Program--Mondays through Thursdays at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center from October through May. 3-5:30pm. Volunteers work with small groups of kids 6-10 (in grades 3-7) with other volunteers to help with Homework, basic skills, reading and recreational activities. If you're interested, email hysoytaskforce@gmail.com for more information.

We have a posting on Cape Cod Volunteers:
http://capecodvolunteers.org/org/opp/10482244757.html

We are currently recruiting volunteers that are interested in helping students in grades 3-7 at our Homework Help Program for the 2012-2013 school year. 

During the school year, the Supporting Our Youth Task Force of the Greater Hyannis Civic Association provides Homework Help at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, United Cultures Resource Room. 

Important Information: 

Dates: October 1, 2012 through May 23rd, 2013 
Days: Mondays-Thursdays 
Times: 3:00-5:30pm (you choose 2-4 dates per month) 
Grades: 3-7 
We serve up to 28 students per day, on a Monday & Wednesday and Tuesday & Thursday rotation. Older students are in groups of 6 and do homework, skill-building activities, reading and recreational activities at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. We have volunteers help in the area in which they feel most comfortable (homework help, reading, basic skill building and recreation). 

Volunteers can help with: 
*Subject area homework--math, science, English, social studies 
*Elective homework--art, music, drama, vocational studies 
*Projects for classes 
*Literacy tutoring 
*Math tutoring 
*Studying for tests 
*Writing and Study Skills 
*Recreational activities 

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Moira Bundschuh, director, athysoytaskforce@gmail.com. We are asking volunteers to commit to a minimum of two days per month. (If you are vacationing for part of that time, we can accommodate this.) If you have an area of specialty (bilingual language skills, math, special education, reading, etc.), let us know and we will mark it down. Each volunteer will need a CORI check performed through the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. We will provide these at the trainings. We welcome adults, high schoolers, and retirees. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sign Up Now For Summer Reading Help in Hyannis!

Students in grades 4-7 can sign up for

Summer Reading Help

through the Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Task Force. Volunteers will help students choose, read and complete requirements for the Summer Reading Lists provided by the Barnstable Public Schools.

 

July 10th through August 16th

 

Tuesdays & Thursdays

 

11am-12pm Hyannis Public Library

 

4-5pm Hyannis Youth and Community Center


Email hysoytaskforce@gmail.com or call 508-258-9111 to sign up your child. Please leave child's name, age, grade entering in September, parent name, telephone number, phone and email (if applicable) as well as what days/times you would like.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hyannis Summer Reading Program for Students in Grades 4 through 7


Summer Reading Help for Students in Hyannis

  
The Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Task Force is providing:

Summer Reading Help for students entering grades 4-7


Students choose, read and complete assignments from the 
Barnstable Public School’s required summer reading list.

Summer Reading will take place on:


Tuesdays & Thursdays

July 10th through August 16th 


11am-12pm at the Hyannis Public Library 

4-5pm at the Hyannis Youth andCommunity Center’s United Cultures Resource Room

Children may feel free to bring a book or choose one when he or she arrives.

To sign up for this free service, email hysoytaskforce@gmail.com or call 508-258-9111, and list the days, times, parent contact information, children’s names and the grade in which he or she is entering in the September. Space is reserved for the first eight children in each time slot.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Next HySOY Meeting Wednesday June 27th from 4-8pm at HYCC

We have suspended weekly meetings for the Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Task Force for the summer--get out and enjoy the good weather.

We will have three meetings this summer:

Wednesday, June 27th from 4-8pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center to develop a budget and work on our 501(c)3 status

July--Homework Help

August--Mentoring

Friday, June 8, 2012

Summer Reading Program


The Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Task Force will be hosting a Summer Reading Program this year for students entering grades 4-7. Volunteers will spend one hour per week working with children either 1-on-1 or in small reading groups of the same book to help students complete their required summer reading. If you would be interested in volunteering one hour per week for 6 weeks (July 10-August 16) either Tuesdays or Thursdays 11am-12pm (Hyannis Public Library) or 4-5pm (Hyannis Youth and Community Center) please email us at hysoytaskforce@gmail.com. We will have an Information and Training Session on:

Monday, June 18th at 4pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center's United Cultures Resource Room.


Also, we received wonderful donations of books for our summer reading program last year from Greater Hyannis Civic Association and Task Force members and would like to continue to supplement our library at in the United Cultures Resource Room at the HYCC. Students will use these books when they are there and we also use them during the year with our Homework Help program. If you would like to purchase (new or gently used) copies of the following books, or make a monetary donation for books (checks payable to the Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Task Force), please email us at hysoytaskforce@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Summer Reading Selected List


4th Grade Books & # of Copies Desired:

The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Cleary, 3
Basketball Bats, Hicks, 5
Frindle, Clements, 5
Amazing Athletes Series: David Ortiz, Venus and Serena Williams, Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, David Beckham, Dwayne Wade, Freddy Adu, Maya Moore, Michael Phelps, Lerner Publishing Group, 5 of same person
Martin's Big Words, Rappaport, 5
How Big Is It? A Big Book All About Bigness, Hillman, 5
So You Want to Be President?, St. George, 5


5th Grade Books & # of Copies Desired:

Love that Dog, Creech, 5
Bud, Not Buddy, Curtis, 2
Lost and Found, Clements, 5
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lewis, 4
The Lightning Thief, Riordan, 3
Artemis Fowl, Colfer, 5
Hatchet, Paulsen, 5
Ella Enchanted, Levine, 5


6th Grade Books & # of Copies Desired:

Among the Hidden, Haddix, 5
The Lightning Thief, Riordan, 3
Hatchet, Paulsen, 5
Maniac Magee, 5
Al Capone Does My Shirts, 5
The View from Saturday, Konigsburg, 5
Bodies from the Ice, Deem, 5
Mummies: The Newest, Coolest, and Creepiest from Around the World, Tanaka, 5


7th Grade Books & # of Copies Desired:

S B. It, Weeks, 5
Hunger Games, Collins, 5
Million Dollar Throw, Lupica, 3
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, Hoose, 5
Swindle, Korman, 5

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Interested in Learning More about HySOY?

Are you interested in learning more about what the Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Task Force is all about? If so, you can meet current board members and volunteers at two upcoming events.

June 9 & 10: Hyannis Maritime Festival-we will have a booth at Azelton Park with children's crafts, sponsorship opportunities and more information about what we do. We have some great prizes to give away as well. Feel free to visit us and learn more.

June 17: Father's Day Car Show--Hyannis Main Street--visit our booth in front of the Hyannis Public Library and learn more about us and sponsorship opportunities.

As always, feel free to email us at hysoytaskforce@gmail.com for more information.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer Reading Volunteers Needed

The Summer Reading Program will take place this summer from July 10-August 16th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-12pm at the Hyannis Public Library and 4-5pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. We will have an Information Session for prospective volunteers on June 18th at 4pm at the youth center's United Cultures Resource Room. Please RSVP to this post or email hysoytaskforce@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering 1 hour per week for 6 weeks.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Interested in Becoming a Mentor at Hyannis West?

We had two great Mentor Information Sessions in May, but it's not too late to sign up to become a mentor, or learn more about the program, for the 2012-2013 school year.

If you think that you would like to:

  • spend one hour per week with a student at Hyannis West Elementary
  • can commit to a minimum of one year, with a preference of four years to the same child
  • make a difference in the life of a child and provide positive support to a great school
Please contact us at hysoytaskforce@gmail.com. We will offer training in the fall and mentoring will begin in October 2012.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

End of the Year Homework Help Party

We are planning to have a party the last week of Homework Help at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center (June 13-16). Let us know if you'd like to help with food, drinks, decorations or little end-of-the-year gifts for our 30 Homework Help kids! Hysoytaskforce@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

HySOY 1st Anniversary Party May 8th at 6pm

Join the Hyannis Supporting our Youth Task Force for our 1st Anniversary Party on 
Tuesday, May 8th at 6pm 
in the United Cultures Resource Room at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Everyone is welcome to celebrate building positive community with our youth through mentoring, homework help, literacy initiatives and sponsorships. Please RSVP to hysoytaskforce@gmail.com.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Mentoring, Summer Sponsorships and Literacy

We had an exciting week at the task force. We gave out information about our mentoring program at Hyannis West Elementary School, talked with parents about Summer Sponsorships, learned about keeping kids safe on the Internet and sorted books for our Early Literacy program.

We have about 20 children looking for full or partial scholarships to summer activities such as camp, swimming, tennis, sailing, basketball, baseball, gymnastics or arts and crafts. To fund these programs we still need to raise about $1500--with a little over $5000 having been generously donated so far! Thanks so much for your support!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hyannis West Mentor Information Sessions

Interested in making a difference in the life of a kindergarten student at Hyannis West Elementary School? Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Task Force mentors spend one hour per week during the school year forming a dedicated friendship with one student. We are currently recruiting mentors for the 2012-2013 school year and will be having two Information Sessions:

Tuesday, April 24th at 6pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center's United Cultures Resource Room

Saturday, April 28th at Noon at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center's United Cultures Resource Room

For more information and to RSVP email hysoytaskforce@gmail.com or call 508-258-9111.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Summer Sponsorship & Door Prizes

Join our Summer Sponsorship Opportunities & Be Entered for Door Prizes!


We are currently seeking to sponsor students in our free Homework Help after school program at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center to attend activities during the summer. Some of the current sponsorship wish list items include swimming lessons, day camp, leisure programs, basketball and baseball camps.

When donating, you will receive an entry for a variety of door prizes for every dollar that you donate for the children’s summer camp programs.  The door prizes will be selected on June 17, 2012 and winners may pick up their prize at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on Tuesdays from 6-7:30pm.


Cape Cod Autumn Elegant Vacation – Mid -Week
Five Nights stay at the Commodore Inn- Harwich-
Picnic Basket/Wine


Women’s Eureka Townie Bike


Ice Time– For Men Only
Men’s Size 11 Hockey Skates
Men’s Large Bruins Shirt


Business Professional’s Special
Electronic Esthetics- PC System Cleaning
Laptop Case:, Phone Card


For Women Only
Port Cargo Women’s Designer Sweater
and Gift Card


Family Day at the Beach
Sea Street Café Gift Card/Beach Tumblers
Children’s Novels/Sandcastles Supplies


Golf Lover’s Gift
Hyannis Golf Course Framed Artwork


Designer Beach Attire
Mariner’s Mirror Designer Beach Bag
and Beach Blanket


Old Time Cape Cod
Centerville Country Store Framed Print


Italian Dinner for Two
Colombo’s Gift Card/Wine Bottle


Theater Lover’s Night Out
Four Movie Tickets and Popcorn

For more information, contact Moira at hysoytaskforce@gmail.com or (508) 258-9111 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (508) 258-9111      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

HySOY Early Literacy Book Drives

Looking for a quick way to help out our Early Literacy Initiative?

We are looking for volunteers to help with a book drive to collect new and like-new children's books for ages 2-8. This book drive supports the organization's Early Literacy Initiative. Volunteers will obtain and decorate boxes and place them at various locations around Hyannis. Get the whole family involved in decorating a box, placing it at a local business, checking to see when it is full and then dropping it off at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on Tuesdays from 5-7pm. Contact Pat Cassidy, Literacy Coordinator, at pqcass@aol.com for more details and see our listing on www.capecodvolunteers.org.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Upcoming HySOY Events

FYI: No meeting Tuesday, April 17th at 6pm due to School Vacation Week.

Tuesday, April 24th at 6pm--Mentor Information Session--HYCC--learn more about mentoring a student at Hyannis West Elementary School for 1 hour per week during the 2012-2013 school year. Baked goods needed.

Wednesday, April 25th at 6pm--Internet Safety Workshop for Parents--HYCC, Shepley Room--In conjunction with the Barnstable Police Department and the HYCC, police officers will lead a workshop on keeping your child safe on the Internet.

Thursday, April 26th at 5pm--Sponsorship Information Session for Parents--HYCC--Parents of students in our Homework Help Program will learn about different summer activities and will receive help filling out sponsorship and scholarship application paperwork. Anyone with Spanish or Portuguese translation skills is urged to volunteer during this time. We are trying to place 28 Homework Help students into summer activities. Baked goods and sponsorship donations needed.

Saturday, April 28th at Noon--Mentor Information Session--HYCC--learn more about mentoring a student at Hyannis West Elementary School for 1 hour per week during the 2012-2013 school year. Baked goods needed.

Tuesday, May 8th at 6pm--Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Anniversary Party--HYCC--Join us in celebrating our 1st anniversary as an organization! Learn more about our different programs, meet other people that are involved and enjoy a fun social time with other people that are building positive community with our youth.

Saturday-Sunday, June 9-10th--Hyannis Maritime Festival--Azelton Park--Help us at our booth. We will be doing sponsorship donations, raffles and children's crafts.

Sunday, June 17th--Father's Day Car Show--in front of the Hyannis Library facing Main St--Help us at our booth. We will be doing sponsorship donations and raffles.
We have a lot of exciting events coming up this spring.

  • Tuesday, April 24th at 6pm - Mentor Information Session--HYCC--learn more about mentoring a student at Hyannis West Elementary School for 1 hour per week during the 2012-2013 school year. Baked goods needed.
  • Wednesday, April 25th at 6pm - Internet Safety Workshop for Parents--HYCC, Shepley Room--In conjunction with the Barnstable Police Department and the HYCC, police officers will lead a workshop on keeping your child safe on the Internet.