The Hopkinton High School Junior Experience Program is an internship/career exposure program incorporated into the junior year high school curriculum to provide students with insights into careers as they plan for college. Envisa sponsored a day-long consulting workshop in which members of our team put a group of students through their paces in a “Day in the Life” format.
For most of Americans, it wouldn’t take much more than an unexpected rent increase, an injury, lost job, divorce or prolonged illness to challenge our ability to pay for our home, utilities and food. Each year, hundreds of families find themselves temporarily homeless due to unexpected life events. With a declining number of state-funded homeless shelters, grassroots organizations like Friends of Families in Transition (FIT) have sprung up to provide food, support and dignity to families who have lost their homes and are currently housed in hotels and motels in Metrowest Boston. For these families, temporary hotel housing gives shelter, but has many challenges. While families work to secure permanent housing, they are moved from familiar urban settings with available public transportation and nearby services to suburburn hotels with no transportation, limited access to walkable services, no available kitchens or food storage, and unfamiliar schools and environments for children.
FIT supports these families by coordinating hot, home-cooked meals, delivery of fresh produce and supplies, coordination of social outings, and other resources. Envisa wanted to get involved in this neighbor-helping-neighbor service and teamed up to cook and deliver a hot meal to families housed in hotels in Northborough, MA and Westborough, MA. While we hope the families enjoyed the baked chicken, sauteed green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, we know that our employees really enjoyed being able to share a bit of their time and energy to offer some hands-on support. We all know that at any moment, we could be the ones needing a hand, so we’re happy to offer one when we can.
Sponsored by the Ashland Education Foundation, the Metrowest College & Career Fair brings together businesses, colleges and universities to help provide Metrowest youth with some insight into possible future careers and education opportunities. Envisa is proud to have been a participant since the fair’s inception, and looks forward to talking with middle and high school students about technology consulting careers and the educational background that will help make those careers possible.
When a local FIRST Robotics team from New Hampshire advanced to the International Championships in St. Louis, MO, Envisa helped sponsor the team’s travel expenses. In addition, the team was coached by Envisa Consultant Michael Tidd, who is also an alumnus of the program.
Starting in 2006, Envisa helped launch the LEGO League after school programs in Framingham, MA. Initially focused on teams at the McCarthy Elementary School, the program grew to encompass teams from eight different schools in the district and provided opportunities for well over one hundred children to participate in Jr. FIRST LEGO League and an introduction to NXT robotics. In addition to providing coaches, computers and other materials, Envisa also helped with financial sponsorship of two FLL Expo events, providing employees to serve as judges to evaluate team projects. Because of its focus on teamwork, real-world problem-solving, creativity, engineering design and robotics, the FIRST LEGO League prepares students with hands-on skills needed to succeed in the 21st century marketplace.
Citizenship today requires individuals be knowledgeable of public problems, but more importantly, have the capacity to act together toward their solution.
-Dr. Suzanne Morse, President of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change