YouthBuild USA

YouthBuild champions today’s opportunity youth who aspire to improve their lives and communities but lack the knowledge, skills, and resources to reach their full potential. Through hundreds of YouthBuild programs in the United States and around the globe, these young people pursue their education, prepare for future careers, and grow into community leaders – building brighter futures for themselves, and…

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The Home for Little Wanderers – Transitional Programs

The transition to adulthood can be difficult to navigate, especially for youth in their late teens or early 20s who have spent most of their lives in state care. The Home recognizes the unique issues that our youth “aging out” of the system face – including homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, early pregnancy and substance abuse—and offers resources and support designed to…

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Friends of Children

Our programs include CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Seeing Our Voices, and Foster Dignity, providing basic personal growth needs to children in and aging out of foster care. We also advocate for the lives of vulnerable children on a state legislative level through our Children’s Union. Our FOCUS advocacy mentorship program connects young people who have aged out of foster care with adult community members who…

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Silver Lining Mentoring

Founded in 2001, Silver Lining empowers foster youth in Greater Boston to flourish through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. We provide long term one-to-one mentoring and life skills development for young people who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Our volunteer mentors are often the only adults in our youth’s…

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HopeWell – My First Place

Through the My First Place model, HopeWell master-leases apartments and sublets to program participants. Young people meet weekly with staff to get consistent, focused counseling. The triad supporting their development comprises a Youth Advocate (social worker), Education and Employment Specialist, and Housing Specialist, who together with the young person create an Action Plan with short- and long-term goals.

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More Than Words

More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth (16-24) who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Youth learn to run a bookstore while developing their soft skill set in order to be successful in future employment and education…

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Valley Opportunity Council

VOC’s Summer YouthWorks program is a work readiness program that involves workplace readiness training and a job placement during July and August. YouthWorks is open to Chicopee residents ages 15 – 22, and prioritizes at risk youth. VOC’s Education Opportunity Center (EOC) assists Massachusetts residents in choosing and applying to college and finding and applying for financial aid.

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Stars Training Academy

Stars Training Academy, a division of Stars Behavioral Health Group, collaborates with community agencies across North America to provide enriched training and customized consultation to achieve high fidelity and sustainable implementation of evidence-supported and evidence-based practices. The Stars Training Academy serves as the purveyor of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model.

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