SONGS AND NARRATION BY ROXBURYYOUTHWORKS (RYI) YOUTH MURALS ON SLIDES #3 AND #21 BY RYIYOUTH
OUR HISTORYWe are one ofWe are one ofthe oldest people-the oldest people-of-color-run, non-of-color-run, non-profitprofitorganizations inorganizations inthe City ofthe City ofBoston.Boston.RoxburyRoxburyYouthworks Inc. wasYouthworks Inc. wasfounded by the Honfounded by the Hon(ret.) Julian T.(ret.) Julian T.Houston in 1981.Houston in 1981.Founder of RYI and current President of the Board Julian T. Houstonwith Co-founder Hubie Jones
Today, we provide innovative,Today, we provide innovative,community-based support services tocommunity-based support services toyouth up to 22 years of age that areyouth up to 22 years of age that areinvolved with the child welfare and/orinvolved with the child welfare and/orjuvenile justice system.juvenile justice system.RYI firstRYI firstbegan to helpbegan to helpdecrease re-decrease re-incarcerationincarcerationamong youngamong youngmen & womenmen & womenfrom Roxburyfrom RoxburyDistrict Court.District Court.OUR HISTORYMural by RYI Youth
Our MissionRYI’s mission is to help youththat are caught in cyclesof poverty, victimization, and violence,to transition successfully into adulthood.
Our YouthWe are youth between the ages of 13 to 22 who have had to grow up way too fast. We are allWe are youth between the ages of 13 to 22 who have had to grow up way too fast. We are allunique and yet we have our own struggles in common.unique and yet we have our own struggles in common.Our neighborhoods & streets, the places we all call home, and cannot imagine living without,Our neighborhoods & streets, the places we all call home, and cannot imagine living without,are rich with culture, history, family, and friends.are rich with culture, history, family, and friends.But they are also filled with violence. A desperate kind of violence that stems from feelingBut they are also filled with violence. A desperate kind of violence that stems from feelingtrapped by the cruel poverty that surrounds us.trapped by the cruel poverty that surrounds us.From infancy many of us witnessed & suffered tragedies that no child should ever have toFrom infancy many of us witnessed & suffered tragedies that no child should ever have toexperience.experience.We could have been a statistic, part of the voiceless, the dead, the forgotten, if we hadn’tWe could have been a statistic, part of the voiceless, the dead, the forgotten, if we hadn’tfound hope and the road to a better life at Roxbury Youthworks.found hope and the road to a better life at Roxbury Youthworks.We struggle with substance use, physical and emotional neglect and abuse, hunger,We struggle with substance use, physical and emotional neglect and abuse, hunger,poverty, and a school system that is failing us.poverty, and a school system that is failing us.
Racial & GenderRacial & GenderComposition of Our YouthComposition of Our Youth
Where Our Youth LiveWe also Provide Services toWe also Provide Services toYouth in Chelsea and EastYouth in Chelsea and EastBoston, MABoston, MA
The Quality of Life of Our YouthIncome:Income:Boston’s income inequality has a strong racial/ethnic component. More than one third of families ofcolor had annual incomes of less than $25,000—while almost half of Boston’s white families hadannual incomes of $100,000 or more.(Source: A measure of Poverty:A Boston Indicators Project Special Report, 2011, pg. 4)With 42% of its children in poverty,the Roxbury /Dorchester/Mattapan area representsMassachusetts’ largest concentration of child poverty.(Source: A measure of Poverty:A Boston Indicators Project Special Report, 2011, pg. 4)In the Roxbury/Dorchester/Mattapan corridor,85% of families are headed by a single parent,mainly mothers, & at least 20% of the adultshave no high school diploma.(Source: Poverty’s Grip Tightens in Boston, Study Says;Boston Globe, November 9, 2011)
The Quality of Life of Our YouthCrime:Crime:Though only about a quarter of Boston’s population is Black, Blacks accounted for overhalf of all arrests made in 2008.(Source: 2008 Crime Summary Report, Boston Police Department, pg. 64, & NewBostonians Demographic Report, The Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians)Over 50% of all arrests for violent crimesin Boston in 2008 were in theRoxbury/Mattapan/Dorchester neighborhoods.(Source: 2008 Crime Summary Report; Boston Police Department, pg. 50)In 2010, over 50% of aggravated assaults& over 75% of homicides in Boston took placein the Roxbury/Mattapan/Dorchester districts.(Source: Part One Crime Reported by the Boston Police Department by Offense& by District/Area, Boston Police Department, 2012)
The Quality of Life Of Our YouthEducation:Education:20.7% of the BPS class of ‘09 dropped out; that is one in five students.In 2009-2010, Roxbury had the highest annual dropout rate among Bostonneighborhoods.(Source: Boston Public Schools 2009-2010: Student Dropout Rates)On the 2007 Massachusetts comprehensive exam, 80 % of white BPS 8th grade studentswere proficient or advanced in reading, compared with only 48% of African American orHispanic students.In math, 52% of white students were considered proficient or advanced, compared with20% of Hispanic students & only 14% of African Americans.(Source: Council of the Great City Schools: "Beating the Odds: Analysis of Student Performance & Achievement Gaps" Boston results, 2007)
The Quality of Life of Our YouthHealth:Health:The death rate from all causes is 30% higher in the poor neighborhoods of Boston;residents are two & a half times as likely to die from diabetes, four times as likely todie of HIV/AIDS, & twice as likely to die from injuries.Of the 22 waste sites in Boston, half are in the predominantly Black & Latinoneighborhood of Roxbury.(Source: Mayors Task Force Blueprint: A plan to eliminate racial & ethnic disparities in health; Boston Public Health Commission, 2005)Lead poisoning is concentrated in the Boston neighborhoods that arepredominantly communities of color: Dorchester, Mattapan, & Roxbury.In Boston, asthma is more common among people of color. Boston’s Black &Latino children are hospitalized for asthma at higher rates than White or Asianchildren.(Source: Mayors Task Force Blueprint: A plan to eliminate racial & ethnic disparities in health; Boston Public Health Commission, 2005)
Organizational Structure & GovernanceWe operate 8 sites & a total of three programs acrossMetro Boston in Roxbury, Dorchester, Hyde Park, &Chelsea.Our 38 member staff is made up of multi-cultural &bi-lingual individuals most of whom reside in thesame communities we operate & where our youthlive.RYI is led by Executive Director Mia AlvaradoRYI receives strategic, fiscal & executive oversightfrom its volunteer multi-cultural 13 member Boardof Directors.Mia Alvarado – RYI ED
Our BudgetOur Current Annual Operating Budget is $2.6 Million.Our Current Annual Operating Budget is $2.6 Million.The majority of our funding - 89% - comes from TheThe majority of our funding - 89% - comes from TheDepartment of Youth Services for our District Office Programs &Department of Youth Services for our District Office Programs &the Department of Children & Families for our GIFT & thethe Department of Children & Families for our GIFT & theDimock Street Lead Agency Programs.Dimock Street Lead Agency Programs.
Our ProgramsRYI works with youth to prevent further incarceration, abuse &RYI works with youth to prevent further incarceration, abuse &exploitation. We engage the most troubled youth and help them makeexploitation. We engage the most troubled youth and help them makehealthier life choices.healthier life choices.RYI’s primary goal is to keep youth safe by strengthening theirRYI’s primary goal is to keep youth safe by strengthening theirengagement with their families & community.engagement with their families & community.Our staff members work within aOur staff members work within apositive youth development frameworkpositive youth development framework& utilize their knowledge of, && utilize their knowledge of, &relationships with community resources,relationships with community resources,to access what is needed for each youthto access what is needed for each youth& their family.& their family.We run three distinct programsWe run three distinct programsthat include:that include:
District Offices (DOs)OurOur Staff in our sevenStaff in our seven District OfficesDistrict Offices (DOs) guide youth who(DOs) guide youth whotransition from the Department of Youth Service (DYS) securetransition from the Department of Youth Service (DYS) securetreatment facilities & residential placements back to their homestreatment facilities & residential placements back to their homes& communities. The DOs support youth with setting positive life& communities. The DOs support youth with setting positive lifegoals, helping them to understand the consequences of poorgoals, helping them to understand the consequences of poordecision making & to recognize the rewards of positive actions.decision making & to recognize the rewards of positive actions.Each year we serve up to 150 youth through our DO Programs.Each year we serve up to 150 youth through our DO Programs.
Big Cause for CelebrationThe Department of Youth Services’ most recent statewide reportcompared youth detention rates between 2003 & 2008 & found that in theMetro Boston region, the number of incarcerated youth decreaseddramatically from 387 in 2003 to 130 in 2008. DYS attributed thisdecrease in youth recidivism to the work of community partneragencies such as RYI.
The GIFT Program(Gaining Independence for Tomorrow)Since 2008, GIFT has addressed one of the mostSince 2008, GIFT has addressed one of the mostdisturbing issues facing young people today:disturbing issues facing young people today:The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).RYI Life Coaches provide round the clock, intensiveRYI Life Coaches provide round the clock, intensivesupports to our GIFT girls throughout their recoverysupports to our GIFT girls throughout their recoveryfrom commercial sexual exploitation, including thefrom commercial sexual exploitation, including theguidance and resources that the girls need to achieveguidance and resources that the girls need to achievetheir goals.their goals.In the past 4 years, GIFT has served 150 youth that have been victimsIn the past 4 years, GIFT has served 150 youth that have been victimsof CSEC. Most of these Youth have been "pimped out" by numerousof CSEC. Most of these Youth have been "pimped out" by numerousadults &/or arrested for their acts.adults &/or arrested for their acts.
Facts About the CommercialSexual Exploitation of Children
Big Cause for CelebrationRYI is a founding member of the Suffolk CountyDA’s Support to End Exploitation NOW (SEEN)Coalition.GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEGISLATIONDrastically increasing punishment for offenders and protection for victimsOn November 22, 2011, as a result of SEEN’s work, Governor Patrick signedMassachusetts’ new human trafficking legislation which defines child sexualexploitation as trafficking of a person under 18 for sexual servitude, punishable byfive years to life imprisonment. The legislation also establishes a civil remedy forvictims to sue perpetrators - for rape, torture, & terror.Our GIFT Program girls tookpart in this effort bytestifying at the MA StateHouse about theirvictimization throughcommercial sexualexploitation.
What Makes Us Unique?Parent Time Group – A weekly support group for parents of DYSInvolved youth. The goals of Parent Time include: To support parents as they navigate the DYS system. To provide a save place for parents to express their feelings and relievestress. To provide parents with the opportunity to meet other parents facingsimilar issues. To help parents gain a little more insight into their children’s behavior.We construct & keep a safety-net of community supports around ouryouth.We work with law enforcement, child-serving public agencies & othernon-profits to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children throughpublic awareness campaigns & legislative action.Our staff know how to access quality community services for ouryouth & also know how to navigate the complex social servicessystem from a professional and a personal vantage point.Many of our staff live in the same neighborhoods as our youth. Thisproximity allows them to have first hand knowledge of the obstaclesthat our youth face on a daily basis.The Civic Action Corps Initiative – Through a grant from theDepartment of Labor, RYI and three Roxbury based non profitorganizations collaborate to provide; educational assistance, lifecoaching, health services, skills training in the building trades,and a stipend to young people who have been involved with theJuvenile justice system.Thinking for A Change - Our DYS Youth whoparticipate in, and complete the 25 module,Thinking for A Change violence preventioncurriculum receive a stipend for every hourthat they spend in class and on homework andalso full funding for driver education classes.We have remained innovative & haveimplemented programming in responseto the changing needs of our youth.The most recent of these include:
Why Roxbury Youthworks Inc., Needs YourSupportIt will be difficult for them towin this battle without yourhelp. The financial and moralsupport of individuals likeyou, will provide our BostonYouth the opportunity tobreak out of the cycles ofviolence, poverty andvictimization and into happysuccessful futures.Our Boston Youth are fightinga daunting economic andracial battle that causes themto live in conditions thatmirror those of developingthird world countries.Boston cannot afford to lose another generation of innercity youth to incarceration, drug use, early death, childcommercial sexual exploitation and violence. Theeconomic, human and creative losses are much toocostly to ignore.Mural By RYI Youth