Each year, Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ Streetworker Program impacts the lives of thousands of high-risk Boston youth. BCYF Streetworkers spend each day in Boston's neighborhoods, mediating conflicts, responding to crises, and providing valuable support and services for young people. Whether in the South End, Dorchester, East Boston, Roxbury, or another neighborhood, BCYF Streetworkers and Violence Interrupters create valuable ties among Boston’s youth, their families, and their neighborhoods.
Streetworkers are often the first to respond in a crisis, supporting the victims of violence and their families during some of the most difficult times of their lives. They are known for “helicoptering” high-risk youth out of the city during times of violence in order to keep them safe, and also mediating and deescalating conflicts. When a young person needs someone to talk with, a Streetworker is there to buy them a slice of pizza and listen. When a family is impacted by violence Streetworkers are often first responders, visiting often, ensuring they have groceries and other necessities, and supporting the family in accessing counseling. When a young person or family could benefit from enrichment opportunities, Streetworkers take them on field trips, engage them in community activities, and supply them with necessary resources, fostering relationships and building trust.
These opportunities allow BCYF Streetworkers to provide a valuable resource to our neighborhoods, however they cost money. We are looking to raise $5,000 to offset these costs so Streetworkers, who already give so much, don’t bear the burden of supplying these much needed services out-of-pocket. A small donation goes a long way in providing mentorship and guidance to some of Boston’s most vulnerable youth and families.