Youth Programs

The Youth Division funds community organizations who work with Boston youth 14-21 years old connecting them to programs who provide: access to educational services, career and employment opportunities. The Human Services Division manages a component of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding targeted to provide Boston residents with support services enhancing their ability to enter and continue employment or education opportunities moving themselves and their families up the economic ladder.

JCS works with many partners in acting as a funding agency and direct service provider to help the youth of Boston. In our network there are non-profits, service providers, intermediaries, and government agencies.
The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) is the local organization that serves as Boston’s Workforce Investment Board, overseeing much of the funds flowing through JCS. JCS works with the PIC on program development and policy development for youth programming in Boston.

The Boston Youth Service Network, BYSN, www.bysn.org is the network of non-profit service providers who offer alternative education, career exploration, and summer job programs for youth in Boston. JCS funds these organizations and works with them on program development and policy development.

Boston Public Schools (BPS) is the local public school district. JCS and BPS fund some of the same non-profits that provide alternative education programming to help youth achieve their public school diploma. JCS works with BPS on program quality and policy development.

The Youth Transitions Task Force (YT) is a partnership of non-profit service providers, local and state agencies, the Boston School Department. This group of over 30 members meets monthly and is dedicated to supporting struggling youth and youth who have dropped out. The Boston PIC is the convening agency for this group.

The Commonwealth Corporation is a quasi-public agency that works as part of the state government. JCS receives much of its youth funding from the Commonwealth Corporation. JCS represents Boston as part of the network of 16 workforce areas across Massachusetts which works with the Commonwealth Corporation as its funder and partner in program development and policy development.

Alternative Education
Alternative Education programs offer help to students who have dropped out of high school or who are at risk of dropping out. Some programs provide the preparation necessary to achieve a GED while other programs help students achieve a Boston Public Schools diploma. All of the programs give counseling, work readiness training, help with support services, and follow-up.

Career Exploration and Summer Jobs
Career exploration programs offer an intensive 6-8 week initial program, usually as a paid experience during the summer, to introduce youth to the various jobs in a given industry. After the 6-8 weeks the program helps the youth work toward achieving the job they select. Help is offered in education, counseling, work readiness, training, support services, and follow-up.

Summer Jobs programs are offered by many non-profits throughout Boston. However, the Boston Youth Fund, the Boston Private Industry Council, and Action for Boston Community Development manage the majority of the summer jobs in Boston each year.

Current JCS Youth Grants:
The Workforce Investment Act, WIA, provides federal money to each of the states by formula and each state in turn distributes their allocation by formula to local areas in each state. JCS is the recipient of this WIA money for Boston from the state. The Youth portion of the WIA grant is used for alternative education and career exploration programs for non-profit organizations to provide services for Boston youth, ages 14-21, who are income eligible.

The Alternative Education Initiative, AEI, provides city money to Boston non-profits for alternative education services for Boston youth, ages 16-21.

The YouthWorks grant provides state money to areas across the state for summer jobs. JCS is the recipient of this money for Boston. This money is used by Boston non-profits to provide summer jobs to Boston youth ages 14-21.

The YouthWorks Year-Round Jobs grant provides state money to areas across the state for jobs during the school year. JCS is the recipient of this money for Boston. This money allows Boston non-profits to provide jobs for Boston youth ages 14-21.

Staff contacts in Youth Services

Ms. Dee Dee Allen, Staff Assistant
Jobs and Community Services
43 Hawkins Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-918-5269 (T)
617-918-5299 (F)
DeeDee.allen.jcs@cityofboston.gov
Ms. Mary Ashley, Contract Administrator
Jobs and Community Services
43 Hawkins Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-918-5264 (T)
617-918-5299 (F)
Mary.ashley.jcs@cityofboston.gov
Ms. Sacha Long, Program Coordinator
Jobs and Community Services
43 Hawkins Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-918-5265 (T)
617-918-5299 (F)
Sacha.long.jcs@cityofboston.gov
Mr. Larry Smith, Deputy Director
Jobs and Community Services
43 Hawkins Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-918-5262 (T)
617-918-5299 (F)
Larry.smith.jcs@cityofboston.gov

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