Wayside Affinity Groups
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Wayside Affinity Groups (WAGs)

Wayside Affinity Groups (WAGs) provide a safe space for people of similar backgrounds and interests to come together, create understanding, support, share, receive validation, explore freely, socialize, and build relationships. WAGs are voluntary and can be structured with talking points, a mission, and by laws or they can be informal with shared ground rules. Groups can also have a purely social focus.

WAGs are fully supported by Wayside management, but are generated and led by staff.

To form a recognized WAG a staff member or group of staff members must contact the Department of People and Culture and submit a WAG request.

WAG Requests include:

• If a formal group, clarified purpose of the group in the form of a defined mission. If an informal group, provide the group’s purpose or intent, the location, time, and frequency of meetings

• A contact person to be listed in communications for new members to join

• A designated person to write up a summary of meeting topics and to distribute any shared resources or reading materials to other group members

Wayside will provide the WAG:

• Training on how to lead an affinity group with a healthy balance of process and content

• Logistical support in communications about the group to All Wayside staff (Communication support to see if other staff are interested, figure out what timing & location make sense, etc.)

• Starter guidelines for the group (how to form, basic group ground rules, etc.)

• A small food budget

• The group will be listed on the Wayside Employee Intranet page

Get your WAG started today by emailing [email protected] or filling out this FORM.

Download your Starter Guidelines HERE.

Current WAGs

LGBTQ+ Staff of Wayside

  • Ariel Rubin
  • (973) 619-3265
  • For LGBTQ+ staff at Wayside to have a place where they feel connected and safe, a place of support, and a place to share.
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD - once monthly most likely
  • Competitive Basketball Group

  • Levi Grant
  • (508) 270-1260
  • To play competitive basketball in the community while building camaraderie and rapport with fellow Waysiders
  • MetroWest YMCA
  • 6p-8p
  • Weekly - Wednesdays
  • Wayside Tennis LOVE

  • Danielle DeMoss
  • (617) 284-2641
  • Recreational and social group that will meet to play tennis.  All skill levels encouraged to attend!  A way to enjoy the warm weather and play a fun sport!  
  • Lowell Field, 190 Grove St. Waltham, MA
  • 6:00pm
  • Weekly - Wednesday Evenings
  • The Art Group at Wayside

  • David Sebastian
  • (617) 513-8003
  • Get people together and do art in the studio at Green House Graphics. An art group for adults.  
  • Green House Graphics Studio, 68 Henry St. Framingham, MA
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Weekly - Wednesday Evenings
  • POCA (People of Color Association)

    Designated Contact Name

    Joshua Beebe - for new members

    Tanisha Wilson - for summary distribution


    [email protected]

    [email protected]

    Phone Number

    (781) 891-0556 ext. 5669

    Purpose of WAG

    To create a space where people of color feel valued, understood, and supported within Wayside; to retain staff of color, to bear witness to their experiences and to build resiliency within our community

    Meeting Location

    Wednesdays at the Waltham Office (431 River Street Ste. 1, Waltham, MA 02153) and on Fridays at the Medford Office (5 High St, Medford, MA 02155).

    Meeting Time


    Meeting Frequency

    Twice a Month (1st Wednesday and 3rd Friday) dates may change

    Courageous Conversations

    Designated Contact Name

    Benjamin Jackson


    [email protected]

    Phone Number

    (781) 423-5202

    Purpose of WAG

    To create a consistent space within Wayside that has the direct purpose of encouraging the creation and continuation of courageous conversations in the workplace.

    Meeting Location

    Waltham Office (431 River Street Ste. 2, Waltham, MA 02153) 

    Meeting Time


    Meeting Frequency

    2nd Monday of every month

    Contact Information

    Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
    1 Frederick Abbott Way, Framingham, MA 01701
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