Operation Exit

Operation Exit launched in 2014 to give young people returning from incarceration a second chance to improve their lives by training for successful new careers in the building trades. Participants receive a stipend and individualized case management while they learn new job skills. They also benefit from the support of a team of partners dedicated to their success, including YOU Boston, the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, and the Boston Police Department. Operation Exit typically runs once per year, and referrals come from a number of community partners.

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Other Special Initiatives

YOU Boston is always seeking creative new opportunities for youth to gain workforce and essential life skills. As part of this effort, YOU Boston launches new initiatives with community partners from time to time. Check back for updates on new special initiatives.