Fall 2017 Newsletter | Community


The Healthy Development Initiative holds Open House events at the UMass Center at Springfield

On June 23, The Healthy Development Initiative offered opportunities to learn about their research and outreach in Springfield. Researchers, professionals, and community members gathered for tours, informal presentations and Q&A's on a variety of topics. Special emphasis was given to the subjects of families and early childhood development.

The following day, a Family Fun Day was organized for families with infants and young children. The center provided snacks, games, prizes/raffle, and opportunities to sign up for research studies.



The Healthy Development Initiative participates in the College Matters for U Program

The College Matters for U Program at the UMass Center at Springfield allows students from area schools to visit the Center and participate in a full-day of engaging activities. The goal of the series is to educate students in grades K-12 about S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) career options and expose them to opportunities available after high school graduation. This experience also exposes students to the college environment.

The Center-based Healthy Development Initiative participated in program outreach as workshop presenters. Their workshop focused on healthy brain and cognitive development, and opportunities for college degrees in psychology and neuroscience.

It’s another year in the history books for the College Matters for U Program at the UMass Center at Springfield. Earlier this month we marked the conclusion of the second academic year of offering this program to students from area public schools. College Matters for U is a team effort with university and community partners. Thanks to our sponsors and partners, the Center hosted 29 schools, including a middle school from Holyoke, over a 9-month period. In essence, we served nearly 800 students and chaperones, and interacted with an exceptional group of inquisitive, young people from each of the 29 schools.

This collaboration with Springfield Public Schools and other area school districts supports our collective efforts to create a pipeline of young people who will consider college and other career pathways that will help them become positive contributors to the greater society. We look forward to hosting more students during the 2017-2018 program year that will launch in October 2017 with the SPS College and Career Awareness Month activities. Again, thank you for your support!

Jamina Scippio-McFadden
Director of Student Services, Marketing and Community Relations
UMass Center at Springfield