Social issue(s): Homelessness, Early Education, Hunger, Housing, Access to Play, Childcare, Poverty, Trauma, Substance Use Disorder, Domestic Violence.
Our Mission: Horizons for Homeless Children hopes to improve the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and help their families succeed by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services.
Horizons for Homeless Children created the Playspace Program with the belief that play is essential to healthy childhood development, and that every child has the right to play.
To make healthy play possible for children living in homeless shelters in Massachusetts, regional staff build and maintain developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed, “kid-friendly” spaces and stock them with books, toys, games, and arts materials. Playspaces provide the opportunity for children to have a safe place to play, use their imaginations, heal from trauma, and just have fun.
We are looking to recruit passionate and motivated students to provide onsite support to children and volunteers in our Playspaces, located in various shelters across MA. They will join our Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs) twice a week for 3-hour Playspace shifts. If needed, Horizons staff will work with academic partners to meet specific internship course requirements.
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In order to be considered for the position, students MUST:
For more information about our internship opportunities, please contact Alec Van Dyke at 617-553-5485 or email us at email@example.com.