Five College Community-Based Learning (CBL)

Holyoke Bound

Spring 2014 Holyoke Bound information

Holyoke Bound is a day-long orientation for students who will be working or volunteering in Holyoke. Come learn about the rich industrial, political, and social history of Holyoke. 

When: Saturday, February 22, 2014

Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm

Where: Peck Full Service Community School

1916 Northampton Street

Holyoke, Ma 01040

Registration is now closed.

Community Partner: 



Holyoke Bound Spring 2014

Morning Session:

  • History of Holyoke: Creating Holyoke, Voices of a Community
  • Panel of community-based organizations, including Library 451, Needle Exchange Program, Take IT Back, CRUSH, Peace & Unity Group

Afternoon Session Workshops:

  • Adult Basic Education: What does it mean in Holyoke?
    Every year, adults across Holyoke return to school improving their English language skills, seeking their GED, or building basic academic knowledge and skills. Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs fill a critical but often overlooked role in the education system. This workshop will explore the Adult Basic Education system in Holyoke: what it is, who participates, and how partnerships with colleges and universities can support it.
  • Super Tutor Mentor (UMass Student Bridges)
    This fun and energetic workshop is an orientation into the art of being a great tutor and mentor. It will give insight into what it truly means to support, teach and learn from your mentee.

  • Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself (UMass Student Bridges)
    This workshop gives an in-depth look into what it means to serve the community. The workshop will help students identify their assumptions and realize what it truly means to build community partnerhsips with an open mind.

  • The Carlos Vega Collection (Penni Martorell)
    The Holyoke City Historian Penni Martorell will introduce the Carlos Vega Collection, a rich resource of documents and artifiacts illuminating the history of Latino Communities in Holyoke.

  • Language Literacy and Culture in Urban Communities (Dr. Jonathon Rosa, Anthroplogy UMass Amherst)
    How do stereotypes about language and culture reduce skills to deficits in urban contexts? What strategies make it possible to build on communities' linguistic and cultural assets rather than reproducing stigmatization?



Transportation to Holyoke Bound, Bus picks up Promptly at:

8:20 am depart Haigis Mall
8:35 am depart Library Circle Hampshire College
9:00 am depart Blanchard Hall Mount Holyoke
9:20 am drop off at Peck School

For additional information please contact Maria Cartagena at