Boston Public Library eCard: Sign up for a free BPL eCard to access many digital resources for kids and adults. Resources for kids include learning databases, language learning (Little Pim), TumbleBookLibrary, and TumbleMath.
The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, based Massachusetts General Hospital, is a free on-line educational resource to empower adults to support the mental, emotional and behavioral well-being of the young people in their lives, in challenging times. Its innovative multimedia platform offers engaging content with blogs (articles, Q+A, practical tips), videos (short films, PSAs, webinars) and a podcast, all regularly updated by new research, current events and user feedback. Topics include anxiety, stress, depression, learning, trauma, suicide, and societal issues like digital media, cyber bullying, plus self-care and resilience building to manage through uncertainty and promote endurance. Many of these resources are available in Spanish.
The Clay Center’s Back-to-School During COVID-19 page addresses key topics - in English and Spanish - that can be helpful to school leaders (teachers, nurses, psychologists, counseling teams, athletic coaches, SPED colleagues and Parent Advisory Councils) and Youth and Family Serving organizations. It includes guidance on fostering resilience and endurance during the pandemic as well as resources on ever-important mental health topics like anxiety, stress, and depression, among others.
Young Adult Anti-Racist and Social Justice Resources
A curated list of resources in Wakelet - a format much like Pinterest boards, created by Sophie Gagnon, a Teen Services Librarian.
Helping Children Cope (Ready.gov)
Help Children Understand Social Distancing
SalasinProject on Facebook
The Salasin Project has run a FREE program for children (5-10 yrs.) and families via zoom and/or Facebook since Aug. 18 (10:30–11 AM every Tuesday). The program, Joyful Children and Families, is interactive, fun, and engaging. The program will cultivate healthy communication skills and develop a child’s ability to increase the sense of well-being and mindfulness by fun and intriguing activities and practices.
Community Action Youth Programs
Youth Programs provides free youth development programs for those age 14-21, with lower incomes, in Hampshire county, Franklin county, and North Quabbin. Youth Programs inspires young people to build community in partnership with guiding adults. Through positive youth development programming, young people develop the skills, the strengths, and the resilience to overcome barriers and be successful as adolescents and adults.
GenerationQ and GenerationQ Middle School
GenerationQ is a confidential educational and social/support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and straight allies ages 14-21. This peer-led group provides an opportunity for youth to make new friends, find support and get educated on LGBTQIA+ topics.
The Franklin County Food Access Resources page was just updated! It's printable too.
Check it out and share it with anyone you know who could use information about free meals and food pantries in our area!
Mass Support offers support about stress that can come with the new school year
The helpline is open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm if you or someone you know is in need of support.
Visit https://masssupport.org/ or call 888-215-4920