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Plethora of City of Boston Programs

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Here is a subset of various City of Boston programs that folks may be interested in:

“Toys for Tickets”: *In keeping with a successful holiday tradition in
Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that any driver issued a
non-public safety parking ticket on Boston’s streets on specific dates
in December, has the option of resolving their ticket by providing a toy
of equal or greater value than the fine on the ticket. For exact dates,
617-635-4811

*Mayor’s Holiday Special: *Take advantage of the City of Boston’s one
stop holiday planning website and enjoy great discounts this Holiday
season. Over 8,000 half-price show tickets, great parking rates, store
discounts and more.  www.mayorsholidayspecial.com

*Boston Offers Two Hours of Free Metered Parking This Holiday Season:
*In keeping with a popular tradition, the City of Boston is offering two
hours of free metered parking at each of the city’s parking meters on
Saturdays through Dec 27.

*Special State Election for the US Senate: *Do not forget to vote on Dec
8 in the Special Election Primary to fill Senator Kennedy’s seat. To
vote in any election, you must send in your voter application form and
have it postmarked 20 days prior to the election. Remember that you must
be 18 years old by Election Day and a U.S. Citizen. To be eligible to
vote in the Special Election Final on Jan 19, you must register to vote
by Dec 30! Obtain a national mail voter registration form at
www.cityofboston.gov/elections/voter_reg.asp
Our Vote Matters!: *Find the answers to questions asked by young voters.
www.bostonyouthzone.com/myc/pdfs/youth_voting_guide.pdf

*Harry Potter at Boston’s Museum of Science: *Check out the Harry Potter
exhibit at the museum! It will offer fans a glimpse of costumes, props,
and more than 200 other authentic artifacts from the film sets—including
the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut, and the Gryffindor common room.  Through
Feb 25. Adult tickets $26 and children tickets $23. www.mos.com
<http://www.mos.com>

*First Night 2010: *Bring in the New Year celebrating art and community
at this day long citywide festival. Perfect for Families! Get a first
night button as your ticket to entertainment! Dec 31, 1pm-12am.
www.firstnight.org <http://www.firstnight.org>

*Citizen Connects: *The Citizens Connect iPhone app is Boston’s FREE
iPhone app that lets you report street issues to City Hall.  Send
pictures and text auto-tagged with your location and receive a tracking
number that allows you to follow up if the problem persists.  Download
Citizens Connect from the App Store.
www.cityofboston.gov/mis/apps/iphone.asp

*Donate Your Old Cell Phone to Our Troops: *Cell Phones for Soldiers
hopes to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of
prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas in 2009. Donate
your phone at a variety of sites throughout the city including the Roche
Community Center in West Roxbury and the Boston Centers for Youth and
Families Central Office. www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com

*Greater Boston Food Bank: *Fight hunger by volunteering to clean, sort,
box, and weigh food for distribution throughout the greater Boston
region. www.gbfb.org/volunteer <http://www.gbfb.org/volunteer
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*FOR YOUNG ADULTS*    

*Firefighter Exam: *If you are interested in becoming a firefighter and
at least 19 years old, then consider taking the Firefighter Exam on
April 24. Must be a resident of Boston for at least 1 year.
617-343-3024, www.cityofboston.gov/fire/employment

*Year Up Paid Internship: *An intensive one-year training program for
young adults ages 18-24, who provide Fortune 100 companies like Merrill
Lynch, American Express and Bank of America with information technology
entry-level talent. www.yearup.org

*CVS Pharmacy’s Pathways to Retail Careers Pre-Employment Program: *Are
you looking for a great job opportunity? If so, take advantage of the
Pathways to Retail Careers Pre-Employment Program. For out of school
youth, ages 18-24. High School diploma and GED not required.  Class
starts in January. For those interested inquire early. Roz, 617-232-0330
x143
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*THE RED CROSS *
      
*Red Cross Health and Safety Trainings: *These First Aid and CPR
programs are available for any age group and are designed to enhance
understanding and increase participants’ confidence and skill retention.
www.bostonredcross.org <http://www.bostonredcross.org

*American Red Cross of Mass Bay: *Get involved with the American Red
Cross of Mass Bay through your Red Cross High School Club. If you are
interested in volunteering with the Red Cross or starting a Red Cross
club at your high school, contact Amelia, 617-274-5320,
aubourga@usa.redcross.org <mailto:aubourga@usa.redcross.org>

*Babysitting Training with the American Red Cross: *This course is
designed for students in grades 6-9, ages 11-15, interested in becoming
responsible babysitters. Students receive a certification in Infant &
Child CPR, Babysitter’s handbook and a babysitter’s bag complete with a
flashlight, mini first aid kit and family interview forms.
617-274-5200   www.bostonredcross.org <http://www.bostonredcross.org>

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*FOR GIRLS ONLY *

*The Athena Conference: *Be a part of an annual leadership conference on
Dec 6 hosted by Harvard women to promote female empowerment among high
school girls. The conference consists of workshops, speakers, and
discussion groups, all of which are free of charge for students.
Breakfast and lunch included! Dec 6, 9-5 pm. Amanda,
amandamorejon@college.harvard.edu

*GLC Holiday Social:  *The Girls Leadership Corp focuses on character
building and self-empowerment. Get involved in your community and work
on issues facing girls every day. GLC is accepting applications. Those
that are interested should attend their holiday social on Dec 3,
4:30-6:30pm at the BCYF main office, 1483 Tremont St, 2nd Floor. RSVP,
Amy, 617-635-4920 x2131

*Science Club for Girls:  *Young women in grades 7-12 can apply to work
after school as a Junior Mentor for the Science Club for Girls. As a
junior mentor, you will provide support for an after school program
while serving as a role model for elementary girls and learn about
leadership, science, and how to teach younger girls. Erika,
617-953-2293, eobannon@scienceclubforgirls.org
<mailto:eobannon@scienceclubforgirls.org>* *

*Viva La Cultura Girls Mentoring Program: *Sociedad Latina is recruiting
mentees and mentors. Mentees are girls in grades 5-8. Mentors are adult
women. The program includes arts and cultural activities, field trips
and group and individual mentoring. Tatianna, 617-442-4299 x114,
tatiana@sociedadlatina.org <mailto:tatiana@sociedadlatina.org>

*Orchard Gardens Community Center: *A tutoring and enrichment
after-school program for girls. Now accepting applications. Mon-Fri,
3:30-6:30pm, $30 per week. 617-635-5220
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*JFK Profiles in Courage Contest: *Students are asked to write an
original and creative essay of less than 1,000 words that describes the
political courage of a U.S. elected official – win up to $10,000.
Deadline Jan 9.
www.jfklibrary.org/Education+and+Public+Programs/For+Students/

*The American Red Cross and Bob’s High School Heroes Scholarship
Program: *Nearly every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. High
schools that sponsor American Red Cross blood drives make vital
contributions to the community by helping to maintain an adequate blood
supply. Become a High School Hero and your school could win a
scholarship for up to $10,000.  1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543).

*FETCH! Auditions: *Would you love to be on FETCH, a popular kids show
on PBS? WGBH is looking for friendly and extroverted kids to be a part
of the Season 6 cast. Jan 9 & 10. For kids ages 9-13 who can be in the
Boston area throughout the summer for filming fetchnews@wgbh.org
<mailto:fetchnews@wgbh.org>

*Belt It Out! Statewide Safety Belt Contest: *BIO is a statewide safety
belt competition put on by MA SADD and MADD MA that runs through spring
2010. BIO gives you the chance to win fabulous prizes for your school!
Prizes will be awarded for greatest increase in percent use, most
innovative programming, and best collaboration with media.
www.masadd.org <http://www.masadd.org>

*The AAA Poster Program: *Enter the AAA Traffic Safety Poster Program
and win up to $2,000! Help bring out the creativity in young people,
while educating them in important traffic safety issues.
www.aaapublicaffairs.com/Main/Default.asp?CategoryID=7&SubCategoryID=25&ContentID=389
<http://www.aaapublicaffairs.com/Main/Default.asp?CategoryID=7&SubCategoryID=25&ContentID=389>

*Power of an Idea Scholarship Contest: *Boston Public High School and
Boston Charter School students (grades 9-12) will have an opportunity to
create an invention by taking an idea from concept to creation to
patent. The winner of the contest will receive a $15,000 scholarship to
be used for tuition and expenses for higher education. Also, as part of
the prize package, the winner will receive legal patent services for the
winning device, machine or process. Deadline: Dec 21.
www.burnslev.com/constants/power-of-idea.asp
<http://www.burnslev.com/constants/power-of-idea.asp>

*Win $600 for SAT Vocab Videos: *The MIT Alumni Association is running a
nationwide contest in which students compete to create funny, creative
sketches teaching SAT vocabulary. They will award up to $600 in prize
money to the video that receives the most number of votes from viewers.
$200 of the prize will go directly to the winner(s) and $400 to the
class or school club chosen by that person.  To encourage participation,
they will give a contestant 1 free iTunes song for every 5 videos he/she
submits or refers (up to the first 1,000 video submissions). Contest
starts Jan 1. www.brainyflix.com <http://www.brainyflix.com>

*Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest: *Students responding to this
year’s writing contest should study the Holocaust and then respond to a
writing prompt in an essay of no more than 1,200 words. First place
winners can win a scholarship ranging from $2,500-$10,000. Deadline: Apr
2. Must be submitted online. http://holocaust.hklaw.com/2009/index.asp

*“Four Downs for Finance” Contest: *Students in grades K-12 are
encouraged to complete an essay about the importance of saving money.
The Grand Prize winner will receive a New England Game Day Experience, a
school visit from offensive lineman Dan Koppen, and a $500 savings
account! Deadline: Dec 16. Christina, 617-367-6900 x259
www.mass.gov/treasury/savingmakescents

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*SAVE THE PLANET*   

*Winter Program at Franklin Park Zoo- Bio-Protectors: *Come learn how
you can make your “carbon footprint” smaller and participate in fun and
environmentally-friendly projects and games! Dec 12, 9-12pm. Program
includes behind-the-scenes tours, up close encounters with live animals,
tasty snacks and more! 617-989-3742, www.zoonewengland.org
<http://www.zoonewengland.org>

*Nickelodeon’s Big Green Grants: *This program is a unique funding
initiative that teams up kids and adults to help bring resources to
their community. Each Green Grant will provide up to $5,000 for
resources to schools and community-based organizations to support
environmentally friendly projects that educate and inspire kids to take
care of the environment, be active and live healthier, and engage in
community service. Deadline: Dec 31. www.bghevent.com/grant/index.htm
<http://www.bghevent.com/grant/index.htm>

*Kill-A-Watt: *This new tool, available as a free rental from libraries,
can be used to measure the energy efficiency of your household
appliances. By connecting your household appliances to the
Kill-A-WattTM, you can assess how energy efficient they are and better
understand your energy consumption at home. Visit the nearest library to
borrow a Kill-A-WattTM now and start cutting your energy use today.
www.cityofboston.gov/environmentalandenergy/kill-a-watt.asp

*Food and Fuel Campaign:  *Check out ways you can save on food and fuel
while helping the environment with the City of Boston Food and Fuel
initiative. www.cityofboston.gov/mayor/food_fuel.asp

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