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Wednesday, October 11 • 7:30am - 9:00am
Building Reciprocal Partnerships for Long-term Impact through Co+Build: The YMCA Case Study (90 mins)

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Wentworth Institute of Technology has a long and rich history of engaging its neighbors in the local community to strengthen “town/gown” relationships and to create long-term partnerships with community residents, organizations, and businesses. Wentworth, one of New England’s premiere design and engineering institutions, encourages students to not only master their area of technical expertise, but also to bring their passion and talent to bear on real-world problems and make a difference in the community. Through Co+Build, a community-focused design and construction program that brings urban issues to the forefront and helps to create more vibrant neighborhoods, Wentworth students, faculty, and community members work with the community to complete hands-on neighborhood projects from initial design phases to completion, helping to graduate more engaged members of our society.

Enter YMCA of Greater Boston. Founded in 1851 as America’s first Y, the YMCA of Greater Boston strengthens the Greater Boston community through a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Today, the YMCA of Greater Boston stays true to its roots as a values-driven, volunteer-led, human service organization strengthening children, families and communities.

Through multiple innovative approaches to shared spaces and capital improvement projects, the Y and Wentworth have developed a reciprocal partnership focused on providing additional benefits for the City of Boston. This poster session will reflect on the best practices for long-term, reciprocal, town/gown collaborations through past authentic and successful design/build projects and the lineup of future service learning opportunities facing the partnership.

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Erik Miller

Director, Community & Learning Partnerships, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Colorado Ballrooms

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