About YOU Boston

Who We Are

YOU Boston is a workforce development organization that works with young people, ages 16-24, who are court-involved or gang-affiliated, reentering the community from incarceration, or seeking a refuge from poverty or violence. Our mission is simple:

To empower and motivate young people to gain the educational, employment, and career advancement necessary to be successful in the workforce, in the community, and in their lives.

What We Do

YOU Boston offers every young person a two-fold second chance: An opportunity to work and learn, along with intensive staff support. This dual approach, of both challenge and encouragement, helps young people build the resiliency they need to take actionable steps toward a better future.

Career Development

YOU Boston fits each individual to work experiences that will help them advance their skills and potential. They reflect on their growth through the MA work-based learning plan and daily performance evaluations. Summer youth employment gives teens an opportunity to learn job readiness skills, gain work experience, build their resumes, and stay safe during the unstructured summer months. Year-long transitional employment guides young people through three levels of gradually advancing workplace responsibilities: 1) Paid job readiness training, 2) Subsidized employment on teams working on a community service project, and 3) Individual placement in a subsidized internship with private employers or community-based organizations. Operation Exit provides paid job training to returning citizens in one of four career sectors: building trades, culinary arts, municipal government, or web development.

Intensive Case Management

YOU Boston case managers work one-on-one with youth to connect them to essential social services, get them thinking about future education or training, and help them develop an individual service plan identifying three personal goals and concrete steps for achieving them. Young people also work on personal and socio-emotional challenges in youth empowerment workshops.

Learn more about YOU Boston’s specialized services.