2019 Atlas and Athena athletic mentoring program connects freshman and upperclassman!

Last year’s ATHENA Squad Leaders and Participants

Last year’s ATLAS Squad Leaders and Participants

Each fall, junior and senior athlete leaders give a warm welcome to all incoming freshman athletes with the Atlas and Athena mentoring program. Upperclass “Squad Leaders” are trained to facilitate discussions with younger athletes on positive choices and building team and community during a training retreat hosted by Project Adventure. Then, after school for five consecutive days, Squad Leaders are partnered with a group of 15-20 freshman as they lead them through an active curriculum that covers proper diet, adequate sleep, good sportsmanship, and other tools that make for an outstanding student athlete, and help them become more successful adults.  Students also discuss how to avoid negative influences, such as drug use or binge dieting.

The goal of the program is to prepare students for the rigors of being a student athlete and to create lasting connections between freshman and upperclassman athletes well after the program ends. The upperclassman are always so excited to take on the challenge of being an Atlas and Athena Squad Leader because the remember their Squad Leader from when they were Freshman and valued their experience in the opening month of their high school career.

Who will attend: All DHS freshman fall athletes. All upperclassman “Squad Leaders” have been recruited and trained prior to the program start date.

Dates of Program: September 15-20, 2:00-2:40 in the Vye Gym at DHS

For more information, email Lyla Harrod at [email protected]

DanversCARES’ Continued Focus on Positive Youth Development

Over the past decade, DanversCARES has encouraged families to aspire to “healthier decisions, healthier lives, healthier futures”. The topics addressed and programs offered may vary, but our goal always remains to encourage the healthy, positive development of the children, youth and families of Danvers. The Positive Youth Development approach is the guiding concept for the work of DanversCARES, as this wholistic approach not only calls for direct work with students of all ages, but also education and engagement of parents, teachers and community members.

What is Positive Youth Development?

Positive Youth Development is an intentional, prosocial approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances young people’s strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.” (Source: Youth.gov)

We have chosen two applications of the Positive Youth Development approach to guide our programming:

  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) – SEL is the process of developing students’ and adults’ social and emotional competencies—the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that individuals need to make successful choices. (Source: Department of Education)
  • Developmental Assets®️ Framework – Search Institute has identified 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their families, schools, and communities (external assets). The remaining assets focus on the social-emotional strengths, values, and commitments that are nurtured within young people (internal assets). (Source: Search Institute)

We Rise by DHS Student Daisy Powers

Please take a moment and view this video produced by DHS graduating senior Daisy Powers as part of her senior internship with DanversCARES.  Speaking out, speaking up, being a voice for change, taking action, inspiring others…this is what youth empowerment is. Daisy and her peers have certainly embodied all this and more. We are so proud and so blessed to have worked with Daisy Powers and many other DHS youth this year.

DanversCARES Recognizes Youth and Community Volunteers

DanversCARES recognized several youth and community volunteers at the June 4 Annual Meeting held at the Danvers Council on Aging.



 Jake Spignese, Danielle LaRoque, Ali Griffin and Anna-Lauren Djoko Judith Ryan, Danvers Health Department-Collaboration Award, Pam Cochrane, Maple Street Church, Outstanding Volunteer Award; Nancy Hathaway, East Boston Savings Bank, Community Partner Award. Peg Sallade, Director DanversCARES and Stephanie Beilin, Outgoing Chair, DanversCARES

Skaine Pierre-Recipient, Outstanding Youth Leadership Award, Emily Paddol, and Sarah Mondi, Danvers High School, and Lyle Harrod, Assistant Director, DanversCARES.

Annual Meeting

Join DanversCARES in celebration of our youth and our community volunteers on Monday, June 4, 2018 from 8 to 10 am at the Danvers Council on Aging, 25 Stone Street, Danvers, MA.

Exploring “Community” through Place Based Learning

Danvers Cares was a Community Partner in a Visual Art Place-Based Service Learning lesson during this 2017-2018 academic year: “We Are All Part of the Puzzle.”

The individual puzzle pieces created by Lotte Calnek’s first semester Studio Art classes were combined to make a 5’ x 24’ mural illustrating their experience at Danvers High School as a “place” of meaning and influence in their lives. It is currently on view in the second floor Guidance Department wing hallway.

Additionally, school-wide students, faculty, and staff were asked to optionally provide their remembrance of being a student at Danvers High. So let’s hear from you!

If you are alum of Danvers High School and would like to participate in communicating your remembrance of being a student, please write:

  • a few sentences to a short paragraph
  • first name
  • last name initial, and
  • year of graduation.

Please email your responses to: [email protected].

Social Host Laws: It’s Illegal to Furnish Alcohol to Minors

As prom, graduation, and summer time approaches, it is important for parent and students alike to understand the risk and liability of allowing underage drinking to happen at home, in a rented hotel room or on any other property under your control.

Massachusetts has a set of social host laws that help prevent underage drinking.  The law in Massachusetts is clear.: Whoever furnishes alcohol to a person under 21 years of age shall be punished by:

  • A Fine of up to $2,000 or
  • Imprisonment for up to a year or
  • Both

A social host is anyone (adult or minor) who is in control of the premises and who furnishes alcohol or allows it to be consumed on the premises. If in violation, you or your child may be charged criminally. It is also possible to sued civilly with higher damages depending on the circumstances.

A criminal or juvenile record can be prevent a person from getting a job or joining the military. Making bad decisions about alcohol can jeopardize involvement in school activities, sports or clubs, college admissions, and financial aid.

Adapted from: BSAS SA3251 Preventing Underage Drinking

Please click the link for a PDF to download the following brochure more detailed information.



The Third Annual Light the Night Purple Walk is Here!

Join DanversCARES and our many community partners at our 3rd Annual Light the Night Purple walk on Wednesday, May 9 at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, at the Rotary Gazebo. The event is to show support of those facing challenges with substance use disorders. Celebrate spring.  Celebrate hope. Celebrate prevention, treatment and recovery! Come and show that as a community, we care about this issue!

T-shirt pick up starts at 6:30, opening remarks at 6:45, walk at 7:00 pm with closing remarks afterward.

Other ways to show your support!

  • Wear purple on May 9
  • Wear a purple lapel ribbon
  • Put a purple bow or this flyer on your door or window
  • Light your home or office with purple lights!

Contact [email protected] with any questions. Thanks to the many businesses and community volunteers that make this possible!

For a downloadable flyer click here: Light the Night Purple Flyer 2018 (1)

Internet Safety Night Rescheduled!

Join DanversCARES and the Danvers Public Schools in hosting Katie Greer for a night of information on Internet Safety on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 pm at Holten Richmond Middle School. This presentation is for adult community members. 

Internet Safety Night Cancelled

Due to the winter storm and closing of Danvers Public Schools on Wednesday, March 14, the Internet Safety night with Katie Greer, previously scheduled for Wednesday evening at 7 pm, is now cancelled. Stay tuned for more information on any future event.