The goal of MJE’s Youth Programming is to help youth living in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Jamaica Plain, who are at risk of witnessing, perpetrating, or experiencing violence move from a place of anger and hopelessness, to a place of strength, confidence, sustainability, and leadership. Programs include Youth Peer Leadership for high school youth, Service Learning for Middle School youth, Homeless Teen Mothers programs, and a gender-specific girls program.
We aim to respond to identified needs that arise in our communities each day. As a result, MJE youth programs have grown significantly since they began in 2013. Future growth will result from expanded partnerships and opportunities to provide programming at schools and community centers.
Recent Youth Program outcomes include:
- 250 youth served since the program began in 2013.
100% of graduating seniors during the past three years have gone to college prepared to succeed.
- 100% of students progressing to next grade on schedule in 2016.
- 100% of youth will increase their ability to educate and advocate for change in the community and through public processes.
- 85% of youth become involved in Civic Engagement efforts with MJE in their communities.
- 100% learn self-awareness and leadership skills that promote personal development and meaningful decision-making.
- 100% of youth engage with positive, ongoing, caring adult mentors from MJE’s You Matter program participants and Alumnae Network as well as college-age mentors.
- 85% of youth stay actively engaged with MJE through high school.