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Festival on the Common

A new initiative coordinated by Social Capital Inc, the Tanner Youth Coalition is a collaboration between embRACE, Keystone Club at the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, Spectrum, the Woburn Youth Council, and Woburn Welcomes. The Tanner Youth Coalition will be running a trio of events during the month of December to spread holiday cheer in the Woburn community, see below for details!

Woburn Positivity Video

--The video date has been postponed due to weather and COVID-19 concerns.-- To spread some hope in a time of need and some holiday cheer with all the wonderful holidays coming up, embRACE is putting together a Holiday Positivity Video with multiple groups and participants! Following CDC as well as WPS guidelines concerning COVID-19, embRACE will choose an outdoor location in Woburn and compile a video of positive words and the diverse clubs of our city. Participants will be asked to create hand-made signs with positive messaging, and embRACE welcomes participants to make signs in different languages! After assembling filming, the positivity video will be shared with all participants as well as the greater Woburn community to spread hope and holiday cheer. If you or your group is interested in participating in the filming, please reach out to Sophia Matthews at!

Holiday Centerpiece Raffle

Woburn neighbors, brighten your winter or holiday table with a beautiful floral centerpiece!  This no cost raffle is open to all Woburn residents.

This year, we are not able to get together with family, friends, and loved ones as we typically would.  In order to spread winter/holiday cheer through Woburn, The Woburn Youth Coalition (Keystone, SCI, Woburn Youth Council, Woburn Welcomes, WMHS embRACE, and WMHS Spectrum) will be raffling three floral centerpieces.

Please complete this Google Form between December 1 and December 17 to be entered into the raffle.  Winners will be announced on Friday, December 18.  (Centerpieces will be delivered to the winners. Participants MUST have a Woburn address - no P.O. boxes.)

Thank you McCue's Garden Center for generously donating the centerpieces!

Community Culture Card Drive

Help spread holiday cheer! Send a card to a member of the community and receive one back!

The Intrepid Keystone Club and Woburn Youth Council are facilitating a card swap among residents of Woburn. If you would like to participate, sign up by filling out this Google Form. Please sign up by Friday, December 18.

You will receive an email with the information of the person you are sending the card to by Friday, December 11. Feel free to include any traditions your family has surrounding the holidays or even a recipe to a favorite holiday meal!

Food Train!

A new project coordinated by embRACE & Woburn Welcomes: 

In an effort to spread holiday (and general) cheer during the craziness that has been 2020, WMHS embRACE is partnering with the community group Woburn Welcomes to offer a fun, COVID-19 safe way to connect people through recipes and food.

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Over the past month we've had two Woburn Parents Network workshops to help parents address the stress that parents and children may experience with the return to school later this month.

Kristen Herlihy, local mom, life and fitness coach and licsw presented “Feeling Anxious? Emotional School Supplies for an Unexpected Year.”  It discussed clearing away emotional triggers, mental road blocks and hidden feelings by learning coping skills for establishing a balanced academic year. You can find the video embedded below.

Jon Mattleman, the Clinical Director for Minding Your Mind's New England area office, presented a workshop entitled "Back to School: Re-entry and Resilience". In the workshop Jon addressed how we can support our children as they get back to school and help them manage ongoing challenges. With his signature compassion and humor, counselor Jon Mattleman provided attendees with context to the factors impacting this school year, highlighting the resilience we've all shown during this challenging time, and how we can use that to be a source of strength, stability, and support for the youth in our care. You can find his video embedded below.

Woburn Parent Network, a collaboration between SCI Woburn, Woburn Public Schools and The James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club, was formed in April to help bring relevant programming to and encourage productive conversation between the parents of Woburn.

This project is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

The goal of Woburn Parent Network is to connect parents and families in Woburn with each other for mutual support and with the resources necessary to thrive.  Community connectivity and support is essential now more than ever before due to the global health crisis we are experiencing.