Our Internship Program

YAVP Awards Night

Location: YAVP 
Our first annual YAVP award night was a rousing success! We honored our members and local businesses for work provided and internships completed. It was a time for people to take pride in being recognized for their accomplishments.
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The Young Adult Vocational Program helps evaluate and train its youth in having a positive work ethic. The Program offers training via individual one-on-one feedback, group seminars, volunteer/training and internships at various sites throughout the greater Arlington area. 

YAVP has received various awards for its commitment and service to the community. Listed below are several awards that YAVP has received.

  1. Ryan at Alliance For Animals2005 -YAVP received a Certificate of Appreciation for our leadership and commitment to delivering meals to the elderly through the Meals on Wheels Program.
  2. 2008-YAVP was presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 5 years of continuous service to delivering meals four times a week to the elderly through the Meals on Wheels Program.
  3. 2008-YAVP received the Employer of the Year Award for offering employment to consumers of the CASCAP INC. Consumer Provider Program.
  4. 2009 - YAVP received the Presidential Service Award four our participating in the Middlesex "Meals on Wheels Program" YAVP was recognized for our commitment to strengthening the community and for making a difference to seniors through volunteer service
  5. 2010-YAVP received an award for helping deliver meals to the elderly through the Minute Man Services Meals on Wheels Program. This award is presented by the President’s Council.
  6. 2010-YAVP received the Gift of Time Award presented by Minuteman Services Meals on Wheels Program.
  7. 2011-Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Certificate of Appreciation, July 2011
  8. 2011-Minuteman Senior Services Gift of Time Award, May 2011
  9. 2012-Minuteman Services Certificate of Appreciation, May 2012
  10. 2012-ACMi (Arlington Community Media inc.) Awards for Nonprofit Produced Special or Series Award.
  11. 2013-Minuteman Services Certificate of Appreciation, May 2013

YAVP has also received letters of appreciation from the founders of the Arlington Food Pantry, Marge and Warren Johnson, for helping the Food Pantry staff when it opens to the public and for sorting the tons of non-perishables the pantry collects during its yearly postal food drive.

Internship Program

YAVP in 2008 has begun an Internship/Training Program which currently partners with various businesses and institutions in the greater Arlington Area. This is a specialized program for those members who have shown that they are dependable and reliable. They are matched based on motivation and interest. The duration is approximately three months. At the end of the three months, a review of the performance of the individual will be conducted and to evaluate the effectiveness of the internship experience. Both parties can then decide if they want to continue the partnership and set new goals if appropriate. Listed below are the various businesses and institutions that have partnered with YAVP.

Our Business Partners Bjorn and John helping at a playground

  • Alliance for Animals
  • Arlington Town Hall
  • Arlington Chamber of Commerce
  • Arlington Community Media inc.
  • Arlington Robbins Library
  • Back Pages Books
  • Big Foot Moving and Storage
  • Boston Area Gleaners
  • Clearly Creative
  • Courtyard Nursing Home
  • Gemma Gourmet Pizza Shop
  • Landscape Design
  • Malden High School
  • Minuteman Senior Services, Meals on Wheels Program
  • Newton Free Library
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital Coffee Shop and Cafeteria
  • Pleasant St. Congregational Church
  • Regent Theatre
  • Somerville's Project Soup
  • Sustainable Arlington
  • The Computer Cafe
  • Watertown Savings Bank
  • Waltham Public Schools, John W. McDevitt Middle School

YAVP has various connections within the Greater Arlington Area such as the Arlington Council on Aging, Arlington Community Media inc. , and Minuteman Senior Services Meals on Wheels Program.

YAVP also works within the community and offer seasonal work to those who need help and are willing to pay our young adults. These young adults with the supervision of Bjorn Krammer, our Community Service Organizer, who will help negotiate a fair asking price agreeable to both parties and oversee the service. Ex: raking leaves, shovelling snow and other odd jobs.

Other Projects

YAVP has partnered with Watertown Savings Bank in a project to maintain several planters in the Arlington Center Plaza. Our members have been hired by Randall Buck who is Senior Vice president of Technology of Watertown Savings Bank to water these planters three times a week. Bjorn Krammer oversees the watering and supervises a member to help water the planters. 

Click here for the Alliance for Animals Website.

GinaBoston Area Gleaners

Boston Area Gleaners which YAVP collaborates with, is headed by Plimpton Oakes. This non-profit organization salvages left over food and delivers it to people in need such as homeless shelters. Food from Trader Joe's, and local farms are delivered by an assigned YAVP member who accompanies Oakes and are paid a stipend