The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) has led a comprehensive reform of the education and workforce development system for all young people that are placed in DYS custody.
DYS has orchestrated this reform effort through a contract, referred to as the Comprehensive Education Partnership, with Commonwealth Corporation (CommCorp-the state’s quasi-public workforce agency) and the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES-a statewide education agency). The goal of this partnership is to create a continuum of options and opportunities--high-quality education and training, vocational and employability programs, and other services--that will give DYS youth the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to build a better future.
Some of the key areas of services delivery of the Comprehensive Education Partnership include:
Effective Workforce Development Strategies for Youth
- BRIDGING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP (BOG) INITIATIVE: Implementation of vocational and employability programming that provide career readiness, work-based learning opportunities and connections to employment
- EMPOWER YOUR FUTURE: A life-skills, career development and employability curriculum guide developed for all phases of the DYS continuum.
Positive Youth Development Approach to Programming and Reform Framework
- Promotion of research and “best practices” that support an asset-based approach to working with youth
- Professional development, workshops and training on culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies
- Collaboration with community partners who are motivated and engaged about working with youth from a range of cultural, ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds
Program Assessment and Improvement of DYS Programs and Infrastructure
- Education Quality Assurance Initiative, to support an assessment and improvement process to ensure quality educational programming in DYS facilities
Quality Curriculum and Instruction for DYS Youth
- Continuous improvement of an infrastructure to support the delivery of educational services to youth in care
- Direct educational services (including Title 1) provided by quality teachers with Massachusetts teaching certifications
- Standardized delivery of academic content in residential programs
Substantial increases of education resources in classrooms, including text books, materials, technology, and content manuals (English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science.)
This information is provided by the Department of Youth Services.