For more than three decades, the Parish of the Epiphany has had a relationship with the people of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Boston's South End and for almost 20 years we've partnered with their youth programs. It's a long and strong friendship! St. Stephen's Youth Programs (SSYP) works in low income communities in Boston and Chelsea to provide enriching after school and summer programming for students in grades 1-8, jobs and support for high school students. SSYP also organizes and executes community campaigns to tackle the root causes of poverty. SSYP is committed to safer neighborhoods and reduced gun violence, higher quality and better funded public schools, urban teen employment opportunities and training, and empowering and equipping parents to advocate for their children.
Here's how you can get involved:
1. On Sunday, 5 May, come hear the Reverend Liz Steinhauser, Senior Director of Youth Programs at SSYP, preach at Epiphany's 8:00 and 10:00 services. She will lead discussion at the adult formation class. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more and be inspired!
2. In May and June, we will be collecting new and gently used children's book for the Literacy Program at SSYP. Please consider donating your picture books, early readers, chapter books, non-fiction books or graphic novels that are appropriate for children in kindergarten through 8th grade. There will be bins for the books in the back of the Church and in the entryway to Hadley Hall.
3. August 5-8 is Epiphany's B-SAFE week! B-SAFE is the name of SSYP's summer program. In order to reduce costs for the program participants, SSYP partners with about 55 Episcopal churches throughout the Diocese. These partners collectively provide lunch everyday to almost 700 kids and staff at six sites for five weeks. Partners host a full day field trip at the end of each week. This year, Epiphany will provide lunch for about 85 kids and staff at the St. Stephen's South End site. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday lunch os from 11:00am-1:00pm. On Thursday, we will host a field trip day from 9:30am to 3:00pm outside of the city. The day will be full of fun activities, water play, food, and friendship. This is a great day for our Epiphany family to turn out to welcome and build relationships with our friends from SSYP. Sign-up here.
4. There are ongoing volunteer opportunities at SSYP as well- reading buddies, mentors, Blackstone School library volunteers, food preparers, and folks who would like to share a talent, skill, or passion are always appreciated.
Please be in touch with Betsy Walsh for more information on any of the above and to volunteer.