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Next Step for YOU Boston Youth? College.

YOU Boston is known for providing at-risk young people with work opportunities, from summer jobs to training to transitional employment. But work is just the beginning. YOU staff are continually encouraging young people to think about the next step in their lives – and for some, that's college.

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This Operation Exit Alum Turned His Second Chance into an Extraordinary Life

Operation Exit changed Devin Edwards' life. The program, which helps court-involved young people enter sustainable careers, gave Devin the crucial second chance he needed. His mentors gave him unwavering encouragement. Devin did the rest.

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Join the YOU Boston Team! YOU Boston is now hiring!

Want a job where you can make a real difference? You're in luck! YOU Boston is currently looking for a Job Developer and Retention Specialist!

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Operation Exit Graduate Featured in New York Times Magazine

"This here is a lottery ticket." That's Nate Awan's take on the Operation Exit program that changed his life. Awan, a YOU Boston member and Dorchester native, shared his story in a recent New York Times Magazine article on American workers. The article, "The Jobs Americans Do," tracks Awan's journey from a tough childhood, a string of expulsions, violence, and prison to a crucial second chance — the opportunity to train for a union position in the building trades through Operation Exit.

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“Operation Exit” Graduates Celebrate their Success with Robert Kraft

Returning to civilian life after six years in the army, Edward Morgan, 27, found himself adrift in his native Dorchester. “I did random jobs. I was a driver, a chef. They didn’t last too long. I found myself getting in trouble and I couldn’t sustain those jobs,” he said. When he joined Operation Exit, a career preparation program for at-risk young people, Morgan couldn’t quite believe his luck: A three-week training in the building trades culminating in placement services for union apprenticeships starting at $19-24 per hour.

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My Brother’s Keeper Participant Speaks with President Obama

By the time he arrived in Greensboro, North Carolina last week, Devin Edwards had already undertaken the journey of a lifetime. Edwards, 22, grew up in hard circumstances on the streets of Boston. But as a young adult, he found a second chance learning to code in Operation Exit's Resilient Coders program, excelled in a paid internship in Boston's Health & Human Services Department through the Professional Pathways program, and delivered a speech this summer before Mayor Walsh, local media, and youth participants in the city's Summer Youth Employment program.

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Summer Employment Program Celebrates Success

Graduates of YOU Boston’s summer employment program gathered yesterday with Mayor Walsh, community leaders, public safety officials, and employers to celebrate the seven weeks they spent working jobs that benefited both the community and themselves. The program participants – all high-risk young people – beautified school grounds, prepared hot meals for residents, and planted community gardens, among other jobs. At wages of $10 hour, they also earned an average of approximately $1,600 for the summer.

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Young People Make Videos to Explore Race and Policing

While violent images on the national news expose tensions between law enforcement and communities of color, young people in Boston are creating their own images to promote dialogue. With the help of Press Pass TV, YOU Boston participants joined with other area youth to make videos that capture their perspectives on race and policing.

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