J-Team member Daniel Madden, left,
pauses with children from the JCC Kids
Space program (left to right): Jasmine Leng,
Miya Wranovix, Jack Barilaro, Melody Zhao.
GREATER SPRINGFIELD/LONGMEADOW – The Springfield JCC is doing its part to cultivate future community leaders through J-Team, a community leadership and mentor program for 5th- through 8th-grade students. “This age group appreciates having a dedicated program and space that is separate from the younger age groups,” says Kim O’Neill, Tween Coordinator at the J. The program is available to local students Monday through Friday, 2:30 – 6 p.m. at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St.
Students can participate as many days as they choose. J-Team activities include field trips, swimming, community service, homework help, mentor development and training, and leadership training. The leadership training portion uses “The Leader In Me” curriculum, based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. To learn more about J-Team, contact Becca Coolong, Youth and Family Services Director at the J, (413) 739-4715, email@example.com.