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MissionSAFE uses a Relational/Developmental/Trauma-Informed model that intentionally works to create conditions for resilience and positive transformation in youth. An essential component of this model is the belief that healthy, growth-fostering relationships with caring adults are at the center of positive change. Our programs aim to provide a feeling of emotional and physical safety that allows youth the freedom to explore, make mistakes, develop self-knowledge and begin to grow. We bolster that with opportunities to master skills and broaden their horizons. We meet youth "where they are" and model and help them see that they can move forward in their lives. We provide the environment and access to the tools to begin that journey. We assist middle school, high school, and out of school youth between the ages of 11-24 develop and strengthen communication skills, increase employability through job readiness workshops, improve graduation rates with after school tutoring and dedicated work spaces and connection to college readiness and trade school resources. Our program are year round, which include school year and summer employment opportunities. In addition our youth dedicate 6 hours a month to, which may consist of clothe drives, food bagging and delivery, mentoring, or toy drives. More specifically, we offer boxing and fitness and partnership with Power Boxing and Fitness, after school tutoring, entrepreneurship, men's groups and social skill building, art programs, and opportunities to stay involved in civic engagement.
We are a city agency that focuses on addressing climate change, preserving our historic buildings, and protecting our waterways. We help educate the residents of Boston on how to participate in building a sustainable city. Residents can participate in community advisory boards and as commissioners. We value community input in decision making decisions.
Maverick Landing Community Services (MLCS) is a multi-service organization that helps children, youth, and adults break barriers to build 21st-century skills. MLCS is in the heart of a historic East Boston housing development, with 77% of the 1400 residents living in poor and subsidized housing. Our youth work has focused on activities that divert youth away from violence and promote positive youth development through STEAM-based play in our children’s and teen makerspaces. We integrate wrap-around services into our programming with a family services coordinator, who works closely with youth and families to provide social and emotional support. A case manager supports bettering youth and families who struggle with social and emotional challenges and the stressors of poverty, systemic racism, violence in the community, and now COVID. We work with over 50 children & youth ages 10 to 24. For youth ages 14 to 18 per year, we provide skills-based employment in the summertime and throughout the school year with mentoring and support from youth workers and a case manager. For young adults ages 18 to 24, we provide job readiness and case management designed to minimize obstacles to college and employment. Post-pandemic, we have developed weekly play and family sessions through our kickback series with emotional wellbeing for youth and families available through Peace Circles. It partners with the Transformational Prison Project, the Neighborhood Trauma Team, and the DAs restorative justice department twice per month.
Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition’s vision is that Mattapan will become known as one of the healthiest communities in Boston, with easy access to affordable and healthy food. Our streets will be clean, safe, walk-able, and bike-able. Our residents of all ages and abilities will take regular advantage of the abundant and inviting play spaces and recreational opportunities. The Vigorous Youth’s mission is to support MFFC’s mission and goals through bike education and advocacy, food access programming, and personal and self development workshops.
About the Organization: The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) is a community-based organization that strives to ensure that all workers can earn a fair wage, be treated with respect and dignity, and return home to their families alive and well. MassCOSH is based at 42 Charles Street in Fields Corner, Dorchester. About the Program: Teens Lead at Work (TL@W) is a youth-led program at MassCOSH that hires Peer Leaders ages 14 to 19 to educate, empower, and advocate for young people. TL@W Peer Leaders develop their public speaking, research, listening, and community organizing skills. TL@W's work includes: Training Peer Leaders to educate other teens about how to prevent workplace injury and violence, sexual harassment, and other injustices. Bringing youth together with their peers to learn about workplace and societal issues through the lenses of gender, race, and class. Supporting young workers' efforts to research and identify issues of concern to them in the workplace and in their community. Engaging teens in organizing campaigns to address their concerns and foster them as young labor, social, and environmental justice activists. Informing Peer Leaders about how to understand and influence the legislative process.
Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) seeks youth with or without prior work experience, an interest in developing their leadership skills and commitment to improving their community to be part of the 2021-2022 School Year Youth Employment Program. Founded in 1966, MPDC is a multifaceted community development agency in Roxbury that owns over 1300 units of affordable housing, operates a performing arts venue and a community center, and implements a range of community-based programs for residents and members of the broader Roxbury community. The Position: MPDC is seeking ambitious and dependable young people between the ages of 15-18 to serve as School Year Youth Employment Program interns. Youth selected as interns will also be required to attend regular professional development sessions. Interns will participate in a general orientation prior to the start of the program with the rest of their colleagues. Following orientation, interns will complete MPDC’s two-week advanced Workforce Academy training, which will include refreshers on key work readiness and professionalism. Interns will also participate in weekly workshops and trainings, based on selected enrichment tracks, as well as academic assistance and college and career readiness.
Level Ground’s vision is to bridge the gap between workforce development and Boston’s most vulnerable youth through an integrative approach of meaningful longitudinal employment and post-secondary opportunities. Equips youth with a foundational understanding of healthy living concepts Provides professional development, career guidance, and mentorship Helps youth map out their academic/post-secondary goals as it relates to their career interests Supports academic development through tutoring/college preparation Connects youth to internship opportunities that relate to their career interests Provides technical training in the fitness industry, with options to pursue nationally-recognized credentials
To provide youth with a safe, fun and effective environment. We believe that the Youth are the future and we must prepare them for today. Instilling core values that allow them to tap into their authentic self while also understanding they will continue to learn, adapt and grow. Lena park is dedicated to advancement of our youth and unleashing the potential that is within.
Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn (L2TT2L) and its after school Inventive Minds at Work is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEAM) program that engages you in the creative possibilities of technology, science and engineering as you develop personally meaningful projects and also serve your community. Playful curiosity is what is needed to succeed as a youth teacher; no experience expected! Returning youth teachers have asked that L2TT2L be a 100% in-person program with a Code of Care that helps keep everyone healthy and safe during these pandemic conditions. Young people will learn digital design and fabrication using a lasercutter, vinylcutter, 3D printer and digital embroidery machine. They will also be introduced to creative coding on the screen and off the screen with microcontrollers, tiny computers that make things light up, make sounds and move. Learning the basics of electronics, including how to design simple circuits and use a soldering iron will help youth build projects. They will learn to power projects using solar energy. Designing mechanisms will also be a part of what they learn. This year, we have a special project, where youth will build an origami paper microscope called a foldscope to be able to see microorganisms! Using art techniques such as painting and resin molds will help make projects pop! Youth teachers will serve the community, too, as they go out to teach in teams of 3 (each team with an experienced youth teacher!) at community organizations sharing what they have learned with elementary and middle school children & tweens in free 3-week summer STEAM (STEM + art) camps The young children and tweens usually love and admire the youth teachers and are eager for what they can learn from cool teenagers.
LEAP Self-Defense, Inc. (d/b/a Girls’ LEAP) is a nonprofit organization with 23 years’ experience delivering empowerment self-defense programs to girls in Greater Boston. Girls' LEAP goals are to: 1) Support youth to cultivate protective factors against violence and its negative effects 2) Prepare youth should they need to defend their boundaries and/or physical safety 3) Build a social-emotional foundation for youth to grow into healthy young adults and leaders 4) Support youth in examining their intersectional identities and issues of equity in their communities Our 2021-2022 objectives are to: Deliver empowerment self-defense programs to 300+ youth ages 8-18 in Greater Boston through virtual and in-person programming Deliver our Teen Mentor Program to 15 teens ages 14-18 in Greater Boston (up from 6 teens in 2019) Continue to expand the breadth of our Teen Mentor Program with increased opportunities year-round including academic and mental health support Continue improving our LEAP Program curriculum by further integrating anti-racist and culturally responsive teaching methods, incorporating language and activities that are more inclusive of marginalized gender identities and developing advanced programming levels for both in-school and out-of-school implementation Maintain the diversity of Board, leadership and teaching staff of at least 70% persons of color Expand Thought Leadership/Community Conversation series on race and racism, gender identity and other issues relevant to Boston youth Build out virtual programming as a means to reaching more youth
*This job requires an additional application: https://girlsleap.org/join-us-application *
Kwong Kow Chinese School operates an Afterschool Program runs from 3 pm to 7 pm, Monday through Friday. Students join different classes at KKCS according to their grades (K-G8) in the public school. Our primary focus is on academic achievement. We provide homework help, enrichment lessons for English, math, and other school subjects, as well as Chinese classes, and a variety of clubs and activities.
We provide a diverse range of services at our site. We not only work with youth, but we also work with adults as well. We strive to provide the needed support for families in low-income housing that need technology, emotional, and social support. In the case of our youth, the junior staff will be interacting with adults and kids alike on a daily basis, maintaining a positive and supportive attitude will enhance their interactions with kids and adult staff alike. Handling criticism is important for any employee. Being able to cope and adjust oneself to be better professionally is an important professional skill. Decision making is important when we interact with the children, Junior staff are encouraged to interact with the children and sometimes make decisions as to what they want to facilitate (individual activities, one-day lessons, large group sports activity)
IFSI’s objectives are to: Improve English skills for our limited English proficiency population and, at the same time, build various language and math skills to maximally improve academic success. Provide up to 25 high school youth with participation in civics education, academic, support and vocational skill-building. For example, they may learn new skills in coding projects leading to, potential, future employment. Offer enrichment activities including music education, chess and coding from Friday-Sunday Deliver online mental health support workshops to parents to help them identify any problems or issues with children. Provide rich opportunities to students to develop life skills to be used in the workplace To pair youth with mature adults to establish positive connection.
Health Comes First is a storytelling and community organizing group that builds leadership among BIPOC youth in Boston schools. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our work has uplifted student voice and established democratic structures for mental health support during the school day. We promote mental wellness in schools in coalition with city and community partners. Our efforts are designed and run by youth—many of whom have never ever seen their voices and stories turn into actions and commitments by adults. We are changing school cultures around mental health. Through our work, we believe that students, faculty, and staff can have the resources and support necessary to have healthy physical, emotional, and social lives in and out of school.
Future Chefs serves low-income teens of color who are committed to completing high school with additional external risk factors for disconnection from school and work related to systemic racism, being a first generation American, without family role models for attending college, or from single-parent households. Our focus is in the Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods with high concentrations of young people living in poverty. We do not view our young people as the sum of their risk factors, but by their potential, commitment, and abilities. Future Chefs provides one program in three sequential phases, each building on developing social/emotional and job/education-readiness skills. Future Chefs Prepares uses kitchen-based activities to introduce high schoolers to the essential skills necessary for job/education readiness. Learning targets include teamwork, good communication, problem solving, identifying one’s own strengths and challenges, and effectively asking for/receiving help. To reinforce these skills, young people who cook together in our kitchen will also design and pitch their own food business. Future Chefs Delivers employs teens in authentic paid work generated by our social enterprise. Students expand their culinary skills while producing food in our kitchen, and practice a range of essential/job readiness skills. They receive real-time feedback and have the opportunity to adapt and implement new competencies. While Future Chefs uses the medium of kitchen work, our program prepares young people with the transferrable skills and social/emotional learning they will need for success in any field. This academic year we will launch our social enterprise that we have been testing and piloting – preparing meals ready to heat and eat. These will be low or no-cost meals to support hunger relief efforts in Roxbury. FC Sustains coaches students on their transition out of high school, providing individual ongoing support as they put career plans into action in quality employment, further education, or both. Our staff spends years fostering relationships with students so that when they have moved on from high school, they will rely on Future Chefs as a source of support and coaching to guide them through the inevitable obstacles on the way to a successful career.
Our organization's objective is to provide safe, fun, and friendly ice-skating to the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury neighborhoods. We provide affordable youth and adult skate rentals. We offer a USFSA-sanctioned Learn to Skate program . We are a safe place for youth to come skate with their friends after school and a place for neighborhood families to enjoy the outdoors. Last winter, with limited capacity, we served nearly 7,000 skaters.
Freedom House envisions a future where all students achieve at high levels and as successful adults contribute to their community. We believe that income inequality creates both opportunity inequality and outcome inequality. A quality education is essential to both an individual's career aspirations and financial well-being, and a community's overall health and vitality. Freedom House is therefore committed to the objective of improving outcomes for Boston's residents across the education pipeline and increasing the 2 and 4 year college graduation rate for low income, minority and first generation college students.
To reach and engage youth and others in our community towards positive thinking and behaviors that elevate our lives and neighborhood.
To build leadership skills, build publics speaking skills and build presentation skills to improve science literacy. Improve understanding of why taking care of the earth is important. Increase desire to take care of the earth and to build landscape maintenance skills and improve ability to work as part of a team. To expose participants to new career opportunities.
The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. We offer classes for all ages at our schoolhouse in woodworking and furniture, fashion and fiber arts, book arts and mixed media, drawing, photography and other crafts. We also send instructors out to teach visual arts, woodworking and tinkering to children and teens at 20-30 locations throughout Boston, including schools, libraries, community centers and public housing sites. We teach 1,600 students in our schoolhouse each year, plus 2,000 children through our School Partnership Program. Find more information at http://www.eliotschool.org. The Eliot School is an Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that is welcoming to all.