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Tenacity recognizes the major impact the COVID-19 is having on our community. Our team is compiling resources to support both youth and families during this time. We’re working collaboratively in an effort to offer the Tenacity community access to the most reliable and accurate information available.

Updates on COVID-19

General information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the City of Boston website and the Centers for Disease Control and Disease Prevention website.

Sign up for daily coronavirus text updates from the City of Boston by texting BOSCOVID to 99411.

Food Access

Food Sources for Youth:
Boston Public Schools are offering take-away breakfast and lunch for all BPS students at meal sites across Boston including schools, BCYF centers, and YMCA locations. For a complete list of locations, see this map.

To see what food access is being provided by your child’s public, private, charter or Metco school, visit the Boston School Finder’s comprehensive list.

Food Delivery (for individuals with limited mobility):
Building Audacity is organizing volunteers to deliver meals for individuals who have limited mobility, are high-risk, or are quarantined. If you would like to request meal delivery support, enter your information here.

Additional Food Resources:
Abundance Boston offers an application you can download to your phone (or visit their desktop website) to find additional resources related to food access.

To receive assistance applying for SNAP benefits, visit the Greater Boston Food Bank’s website.

To access other food resources, call Project Bread’s FoodSource hotline: 1-800-645-8333.

Funding & Employment

If you have lost your job or your work hours have been cut due to COVID-19, you may qualify for Unemployment Insurance. The process has been streamlined to make it easier during this State of Emergency.

The United Way has launched a COVID-19 fund. Dial 2-1-1 for information on how to access their flexible family fund.

If your MA-based small business has been impacted, you may qualify for a Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

A list of relief funds for artists, musicians, nonprofits and more can be found here.

If you are having trouble paying your utility bill, you may be eligible for assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or from the Salvation Army’s Good Neighbor Fund.

Health & Wellness

If you are uninsured, MassHealth has extended its open enrollment until April 25, 2020. All walk-in centers are closed, apply through the MassHealth Connector.

Parents Helping Parents of MA has a 24-hour free, confidential parental stress line: dial 1-800-632-8188.

Online 12 Step Recovery Meetings: virtual AA meetings can be found here and virtual New England area NA meetings can be found here.

There is helpful information on managing stress and anxiety during this crisis from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Additional Resources

The Boston Youth Resource Form has a list of resources for young people and families ranging from food and medicine to education and parent support.

The Boston Public Library has free online resources such as audio books, courses, newspapers, music and movies with a library card. If you don’t already have a library card, Massachusetts residents can enroll for a free e-card here.

Internet Access & Technology:
Comcast is offering 2 FREE months of internet access to eligible new customers (usually $9.95/month). You can apply for their Internet Essentials program here.

Boston Public Schools are offering free Chromebooks for any child without access to technology. The only requirement is that the child attend a Boston public school.

Emergency Child Care:
If you are working on the emergency response to COVID-19 and require back-up childcare, Massachusetts has launched the Exempt Emergency Child Care Program.

Actualizaciones en COVID-19

Puede encontrar información general sobre COVID-19 en el sitio web de la Ciudad de Boston y en el sitio web de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades.

Acceso a Alimentos

Fuentes alimenticias para la juventud:
Las Escuelas Públicas de Boston están ofreciendo desayuno y almuerzo para llevar a todos los estudiantes de BPS en los sitios de comidas en todo Boston, incluidas las escuelas, los centros BCYF y las ubicaciones de YMCA. Para obtener una lista completa de ubicaciones, vea este mapa.

Para ver qué acceso a los alimentos se esta proporciona a la escuela pública, privada, autónoma o Metco de su hijo, visite la lista de búsqueda de escuelas en la página web Boston School Finder.

Entrega de alimentos (para personas con movilidad reducida):
Building Audacity está organizando voluntarios para entregar comidas a personas con movilidad limitada, de alto riesgo o en cuarentena. Si desea solicitar asistencia para la entrega de comidas, ingrese su información aquí.

Recursos alimentarios adicionales:
Abundance Boston ofrece una aplicación que puede descargar a su teléfono (o visitar su sitio web) para encontrar recursos adicionales relacionados con el acceso a los alimentos.

Para recibir asistencia para solicitar los beneficios de SNAP, visite el sitio web del Greater Boston Food Bank.

Para acceder a otros recursos alimenticios, llame a la línea de Recursos de Alimentos de Project Bread: 1-800-645-8333.

Financiamiento y Desempleo

Si ha perdido su trabajo o sus horas de trabajo se han reducido debido a COVID-19, puede calificar para Seguro de Desempleo. El proceso se ha simplificado para hacerlo más fácil durante este estado de emergencia.

The United Way ha lanzado un fondo COVID-19. Marque el 2-1-1 para obtener información sobre cómo acceder a su fondo familiar flexible.

Si su pequeña empresa con sede en MA se ha visto afectada, puede calificar para un préstamo del Administración de Empresas Pequeñas: Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

Recursos Adicionales

Seguro de Salud:
Si no tiene seguro, MassHealth ha extendido su inscripción abierta hasta el 25 de abril del 2020. Todas las oficinas de los centros de registración están cerradas, tiene que aplicar a través de la página web Conector MassHealth.

Acceso al Internet:
Comcast ofrece 2 meses gratis de acceso al Internet a nuevos clientes elegibles (es generalmente $ 9.95 por mes). Puede solicitar aquí su programa Esenciales del Internet.

Literacy

  • Book Clubs will continue virtually – Students will be provided books or PDFs plus additional reading materials
  • Daily literacy-related quotes, riddles, activities, and Tenacity throwbacks from Ms. Li at the Curley on Instagram at The_Real_Ms_Li
  • All sites will be having students use “Bookshare” to access more books for literacy
  • “Journal buddies” exercises will be done to keep in touch socio-emotionally while working on literacy skills at the Frederick

Tennis

  • Indoor fitness activities/games will be sent out to students
  • Daily ‘solo tennis’ drills and challenges, specifically made for people stuck at home on Instagram at CP_solotennis
  • Fitness and tennis challenge videos going out to Frederick students

Family Engagement

  • Each site will send weekly emails to families on Mondays to check in, offer any new resources, and offer themselves as resources for their kids
  • Direct, individual outreach to parents across all sites will happen on a bi-weekly level
  • Each fellow and staff member will be made responsible for a set group of families to keep in touch with while school is out of session
  • Each site will send out virtual newsletters to families

Virtual “Field Trips” or Electives/General Ed

  • McCormack fellows will be doing virtual museum visits online with students
  • Digital content will be sent weekly on life-skills for students
  • Survey sent on Monday to students. Survey questions included: How do you feel? What’s your workload like?, etc… CP will leverage this survey to schedule 1-on-1 check-ins and identify our students’ individual needs during this time
  • Rolling out an interactive Skills Module that falls under CP’s four main categories (Academics, Fitness & Wellness, College & Career Readiness, and Life Skills), each suited to a particular grade. Skills included: Interviewing, Public Speaking, etc.
  • Interactive Outreach: Bi-weekly “Email Blast” will inform our CP students of what we are offering them in that week
  • Setting-up FinLit virtual workshop for 11th and 12th graders
  • Setting-up FinLit virtual workshop for newly hired STRP students for whom this may be their first paid job
  • Opening up a “homework hotline” using Google Classroom
  • Fun activity: use Chrome extension to watch movies together as a group and then discuss!
  • FinLit class that was originally postponed will now be piloted and offered as an interactive seminar via Zoom
  • Scheduling 1-on-1 visits via Facetime. Topics of discussion include:
    • Working on resumes
    • Talking to student about spending this time wisely
    • Have them think about things they could be doing right now to benefit them
    • Self-care ideas
    • Building a new skill set

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Navigating the COVID-19 Reality

Coaching from Home – Day 29 & Day 36

Coaching from Home – Day 29 & Day 36

What does an Argentinian soccer legend from three decades ago have to do with a quarantined youth development organization in Boston? Absolutely nothing, at least until last Tuesday.

Coaching from Home – Day 28

Coaching from Home – Day 28

J.R.R. Tolkien once famously (and incorrectly) said that he was all out of ideas after writing The Hobbit. After coaching from home for a month, coming up with different plans and workouts with fewer and fewer resources, I was starting to think that way, too.

Coaching from Home – Day 21 & Day 23

Coaching from Home – Day 21 & Day 23

One of my new favorite sounds has become the rhythmically smooth thump of a good tennis rally against a brick wall—or at least, the way it sounds on camera.

Explore a New Place

Explore a New Place

Itching to go out and explore? These resources will take you on virtual visits to amazing places in the U.S. and round the world.

Stay Sane While Staying at Home

Stay Sane While Staying at Home

Everybody’s daily life has changed in the last week, and we’re all adjusting. It’s not easy, but here are a few ideas that might help.

Coaching from Home – Day 7, Day 10 & Day 11

Coaching from Home – Day 7, Day 10 & Day 11

It started snowing right in the middle of filming a target workout for practicing drop shots. If I’m remembering correctly, that’s the first real snow we’ve had in Boston since before Christmas.