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RAISE in the Community

North Andover Youth Center 

The Youth Center offers programs for middle school and high school aged students. Programs fall into the following categories: adventure, social/recreational, leadership, support services, and court-related services. North Andover Public Schools has also partnered with the Youth Center to provide inclusive summer experiences.

Understanding Our Differences 

Disability awareness curriculum that teaches children to see the whole person and better understand the peers with disabilities. The curriculum covers Blindness and Low Vision, Deafness and Hard of Hearing, Autism,  Physical Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Chronic Medical Conditions such as Allergic Conditions, Asthma, Diabetes, and Epilepsy.

Race Amity Day 

The Governor of Massachusetts and the Board of Selectmen of North Andover have proclaimed the second Sunday in June as Massachusetts Race Amity Day. The purpose of this day is to recognize and celebrate our multicultural, multi-ethnic multiracial citizens, and to encourage friendship, collegiality, civility, and respect. This student-driven event was a huge success!

Little League RAISE Awards 

Teams recognized a player who is respectful, might not have the most skill, works hard, displays good sportsmanship and is a great teammate. The coaching staff of each team sets the criteria or chooses the award themselves.

The Boston Celtics 

In conjunction with the Play Ball! Foundation, the Celtics are offering a series of 3 workshops to selected students of the Lawrence and North Andover Public Middle Schools to inspire dialog around the unique role that sports can play in teaching the values of diversity and inclusion and promoting conflict resolution. The three goals for these workshops are: Discussions involving the issues of diversity and inclusion, ways to respond and the “power of the bystander," and how to lead a similar conversations with younger kids. Each workshop is attended by members of the Celtics coaching staff and players on the current Celtics Roster. 

In the news: Celtics players work with students on diversity ‘playbook’ - from The Boston Globe, January 19, 2018.

Download the playbook