Youth Violence Prevention Through Positive Youth Development

To address youth violence in the Commonwealth, we have aligned two funding streams: Primary Violence Prevention Through Positive Youth Development and Youth At Risk: Secondary Violence Prevention and Intervention Through Positive Youth Development.

The primary goal of DPH’s Youth Violence Prevention programs is to build the capacity of community based organizations to utilize positive youth development strategies to reduce multiple high-risk behaviors and threats to health and well-being. Research demonstrates youth with more developmental assets — such as positive family communication, caring school climate and sense of purpose — have better health outcomes.

For additional information regarding Primary Youth Violence Prevention and/or Youth at Risk programs, please contact Babanina James at: Babanina.James@State.MA.US or (617) 624-5457.

Primary Youth Violence Prevention Programs focus on utilizing a positive youth development approach, target youth at high risk for violence but who are not necessarily engaging in violence yet and would include programming considered “primary prevention”. These “upstream” initiatives include but would not be limited to:

  • Peer Education and Community/Civic Engagement initiatives
  • Programs which work to build self esteem and self worth
  • Programs (including recreation) which work to promote leadership and teamwork
  • Mentorship programs
  • Programs which work to create “safe spaces” for disenfranchised youth including LGBTQ youth, homeless/unaccompanied/unstably housed youth and immigrant and refugee youth
  • Programs which offer assistance with school work
  • Job training/readiness and internships

In addition to the populations previously mentioned, these programs serve youth from impoverished communities or communities heavily impacted by violence or drugs, youth engaging in substance use and youth struggling in school. Programs under the Youth Violence section work with youth at the younger end of the targeted age range of 10-24.

For additional information regarding Primary Youth Violence Prevention and/or Youth at Risk programs, please contact Steven Smyth at Steven.Smyth@State.MA.US or (617) 624-5490.

Primary Violence Prevention Programs

Agency and Address Program Name and Contact Info Region
Boston Asian Youth Essential Services
199 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02111
YES Program
(617) 482-4243
Greater Boston
Brookview House Inc.
2 Brookview St.
Dorchester, MA 02124

95 Moreland St.
Roxbury, MA 02119
Above & Beyond
(617) 265-2965
Greater Boston
Center For Human Development Inc.
332 Birnie Ave.
Springfield, MA 01107

Bangs Ctr.
70 Boltwood Walk
Amherst, MA 01002
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
(413) 733-6624
Western MA
Chelsea Education Foundation
500 Broadway
Room 216
Chelsea, MA 02150

Chelsea HS
299 Everett Ave.
Room 1077
Chelsea, MA 02150
REACH Program
(617) 466-4477
Chelsea MA
Community Action Fran Ham N Quab Reg
393 Main St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 376-1120
Western MA
Girls Incorporated Of Holyoke
6 Open Square Way
PO Box 6812
Holyoke, MA 01041
(413) 533-0796 x 109
Holyoke/Western MA
Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion
405 Shawmut Ave.
Boston MA 02118
Cacique Youth Program
(617) 535-1711
Greater Boston
International Institute Of Greater Lawrence
125 Amesbury St.
Lawrence, MA 01840

137 Monument St.
Haverhill, MA 01832
Haverhill VIP
(978) 687-0981
L U K Crisis Center Inc.
545 Westminster St.
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Youth Development Services
(800) 579-0000
Lawrence Community Works
168 Newbury St.
Lawrence, MA 01841
Movement City Youth Network
(978) 722-2604
Lowell Community Health Center
161 Jackson St.
2nd Floor
Lowell, MA 01852
Lowell Youth Council
(978) 322-8596
Mass Coalition For Occupational Safety And Health
1532B Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02122
Teens Lead At Work
(617) 825-7233
Greater Boston
Northstar Learning Center
53 Linden St.
New Bedford, MA 02740

Roosevelt Middle School
119 Frederick St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
Tying on Success & Leading Senoritas
(508) 991-5907
New Bedford
Old Colony YMCA
320 Main St.
Brockton, MA 02301
Kidz Konnect
(508) 583-2155
Open Sky Community Services
4 Mann St.
Worcester, MA 01602
Safe Homes
(508) 755-0333
Project R.I.G.H.T.
320A Blue Hill Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02121
Youth Leadership Development Project
(617) 541-5454
Greater Boston
Sociedad Latina
1530 Tremont St.
Roxbury, MA 02120
Pathways to Success
(617) 442-4299
Greater Boston
Springfield School Volunteers
Smith College
Morgan Hall
37 Prospect St.
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 585-3242
420 Pearl St.
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 321-3900
YMCA of Metro North
2 Centennial Dr., #4A
Peabody, MA 01960

20 Neptune Blvd.
Lynn, MA 01902
Kaya Program
(781) 581-3105