Venture Teams at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (“Monty Tech”) have much to be proud of after the school’s completion of its second year with UWYV. All of Monty Tech’s Venture Teams took advantage of the school’s plentiful resources to assist homeless shelters in the area. While each Venture supports similar organizations, the students channeled their talents into a variety of professional fields and disciplines within the school. Thanks to the tireless efforts of their Champion, Monty Tech Teams had the opportunity to pitch their Venture ideas to Massachusetts Senator Jen Flanagan, who voted to launch both teams unconditionally.
TEAMS LAUNCHED TO DATE:
2011 – 2012
Appreciate the Arts
Appreciate the Arts Venture Team was started by Isabella and Gage, two high school students at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in North Central Massachusetts. While they love having the flexibility to learn a trade as well as academic subjects during the school day, they felt that access and opportunity to arts-based activities was lacking in their school community. Appreciate the Arts Youth Venture is an organization that hosts arts events at their school for students, faculty, staff, and outside community members to participate in. In effort to keep their Venture sustainable, they plan to recruit local artists to donate their work to silent art auctions, host talent shows for individuals to enter and charge admission, and to sell t-shirts and refreshments for profit. Isabella and Gage are hoping to create more opportunities for young people to participate in the artistic endeavors they love.
2012 – 2013
Helping the Homeless
While visiting a local homeless shelter, members of Helping the Homeless noticed the lack of available space for children to do their homework. In order to fix this, the Venture has teamed up with the woodworking shop at their school and has made plans to create a functional homework help kiosk for the shelter. In addition to the space itself, the team plans to make monthly visits and provide tutoring assistance to any children who may be at the shelter. By creating this safe learning zone, the team hopes to give homeless children confidence and an environment to academically thrive.
Horizons for the Homeless
Students at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School saw the perfect opportunity to combine their passion with helping a community they knew needed assistance. The Venture Team, Horizons for the Homeless, joined forces with the cosmetology department at their school and with Horizons for Homeless Children, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families by ensuring that they are prepared for school success. The Venture offers low-cost haircuts, coloring and mani/pedicures to the public, with proceeds of each appointment going towards Horizons for Homeless Children. The Venture’s continued efforts not only assist the shelter, but also give community members surrounding the school the opportunity to boost their confidence without hurting their wallets.
2013 – 2014
Monty Tech Cares
The men of Monty Tech Cares knew that it was not just enough to help the community here and there, but instead to make it a systematic part of the school’s mantra. Their venture establishes an annual day of service for the students of Monty Tech to come together and help a part of the community in desperate need. This year they worked with the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Fitchburg to help repair the areas of the building that had fallen to neglect.