Wayside Youth & Family Support Network Receives $5K Grant From the Foundation for MetroWest

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network Receives $5K Grant From the Foundation for MetroWest



May 31, 2019 


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Wayside Youth Family Support Network Receives $5K Grant From the Foundation for MetroWest

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Wayside Youth & Family Support Network’s Tempo Young Adult Resource Center received a $5,000 grant from the Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program. The YIP grant will allow Tempo to provide support services to approximately 150 young adults who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness and in need of transportation, emergency food kits, hygiene supplies and professional attire for job interviews.  

This funding will allow us to continue the important work we do with young adults in need of extra support,” said Wayside’s Tempo Program Director, Yolanda Ortiz. “am honored to work with a team of young adults who are making positive changes in their lives and I’m grateful that many young adults get a second chance at Tempo.”   

Tempo is a one-stop resource for young adults with extra challenges either due to family, mental health or substance abuse issues. Staff at Tempo focus on building skills that will enable young adults to complete their education, have healthy relationships and allow them to reach personal goals. The main goal at Tempo is to provide unconditional support to youth between the ages of 17-24 during a critical point of transition to adulthood. Many have grown up in foster care or residential programs and lack strong family or community ties. Without an advocate, young people may find themselves homeless, helpless, in prison or struggling with substance abuse issues.  

“The Foundation for MetroWest is thrilled that our Youth in Philanthropy students have chosen to support Wayside’s Tempo Young Adult Resource Center,” said the Foundation’s Program Officer, Julie Williams. “It is inspiring to see the students’ ability to both connect with and value the critical work Wayside’s Tempo program is doing to support other young people in our community.” 

About Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
Founded in 1977, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network is a non-profit, nationally accredited human services agency dedicated to Building Strength, Hope and Resiliency through its family-based outreach services, residential treatment programs, and community-based counseling services to thousands of children, youth and families throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts. To learn more about Wayside, please visit www.waysideyouth.org. 

About Youth in Philanthropy 

Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is an experimental leadership development program offered through the Foundation for MetroWest designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists – those who give their time, talent, and treasure for the common good.  The inaugural program ran in 1997, and over the past 22 years YIP has grown to become the largest and oldest youth philanthropy education program in the country. To learn more about the Foundation for MetroWest and the other services they provide, please visit www.foundationformetrowest.org.   


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