1 SONGS AND NARRATION BY ROXBURY YOUTHWORKS (RYI) YOUTH MURALS ON SLIDES #3 AND #26 BY RYI YOUTH
2OUR HISTORYRoxbury Youthworks Inc. wasRoxbury Youthworks Inc. wasfounded by the Hon (ret.) Julian T.founded by the Hon (ret.) Julian T.Houston in 1981.Houston in 1981.We are one of the oldest people-We are one of the oldest people-of-color-run, non-profitof-color-run, non-profitorganizations in the City of Boston.organizations in the City of Boston.Founder of RYI and current President of the Board Julian T. Houstonwith Co-founder Hubie Jones
3Mural by RYI YouthOUR HISTORYRYI first began to help decrease re-incarceration among young men & women from Roxbury District Court.RYI first began to help decrease re-incarceration among young men & women from Roxbury District Court.Today, we provide innovative, community-based support services to youth up to 22 years of age that are involvedToday, we provide innovative, community-based support services to youth up to 22 years of age that are involvedwith the child welfare and/or juvenile justice system.with the child welfare and/or juvenile justice system.
4RYI’s mission is to help youth that are caught in cycles of poverty, victimization, and violence, to transitionsuccessfully into adulthood.OUR MISSION
5We struggle with substance use, physical and emotional neglect and abuse, hunger, poverty, and aWe struggle with substance use, physical and emotional neglect and abuse, hunger, poverty, and aschool system that is failing us.school system that is failing us.We are youth between the ages of 13 to 22 who have had to grow up way too fast. We are all uniqueWe are youth between the ages of 13 to 22 who have had to grow up way too fast. We are all uniqueand yet we have our own struggles in common.and yet we have our own struggles in common.OUR YOUTH
6Our neighborhoods & streets, the places we all call home, and cannot imagine living without, are richOur neighborhoods & streets, the places we all call home, and cannot imagine living without, are richwith culture, history, family, and friends.with culture, history, family, and friends.But they are also filled with violence. A desperate kind of violence that stems from feeling trapped byBut they are also filled with violence. A desperate kind of violence that stems from feeling trapped bythe cruel poverty that surrounds us.the cruel poverty that surrounds us.OUR YOUTHFrom infancy many of us witnessed & suffered tragedies thatFrom infancy many of us witnessed & suffered tragedies thatno child should ever have to experience.no child should ever have to experience.We could have been a statistic, part of the voiceless, theWe could have been a statistic, part of the voiceless, thedead, the forgotten, if we hadn’t found hope and the road todead, the forgotten, if we hadn’t found hope and the road toa better life at Roxbury Youthworks.a better life at Roxbury Youthworks.
8We also Provide Services to YouthWe also Provide Services to Youthin Chelsea and East Boston, MAin Chelsea and East Boston, MAWHERE OUR YOUTH LIVE
9THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF OUR YOUTHIncome:Income:Boston’s income inequality has a strong racial/ethnic component. More than one third of families of color hadannual incomes of less than $25,000—while almost half of Boston’s white families had annual 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)t
10Crime: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 YOUTH
11Education: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 Boston neighborhoods.(Source: Boston Public Schools 2009-2010: Student Dropout Rates)On the 2007 Massachusetts comprehensive exam, 80 % of white BPS 8th grade students were proficient oradvanced in reading, compared with only 48% of African American or Hispanic students.In math, 52% of white students were considered proficient or advanced, compared with 20% of Hispanicstudents & 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 YOUTH
12Lead poisoning is concentrated in the Boston neighborhoods that are predominantly communities of color:Dorchester, Mattapan, & Roxbury.In Boston, asthma is more common among people of color. Boston’s Black & Latino children arehospitalized for asthma at higher rates than White or Asian children.(Source: Mayors Task Force Blueprint: A plan to eliminate racial & ethnic disparities in health; Boston Public Health Commission, 2005)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 to die of HIV/AIDS, & twice as likely to diefrom injuries.•Of the 22 waste sites in Boston, half are in the predominantly Black & Latino neighborhood of Roxbury.(Source: Mayors Task Force Blueprint: A plan to eliminate racial & ethnic disparities in health; Boston Public Health Commission, 2005)
13We operate 8 sites & a total of three programs across Metro Boston inRoxbury, Dorchester, Hyde Park, & Chelsea.Our 38 member staff is made up of multi-cultural & bi-lingual individualsmost of whom reside in the same communities we operate & where ouryouth live.RYI is led by Executive Director Mia AlvaradoRYI receives strategic, fiscal & executive oversight from its volunteermulti-cultural 13 member Board of Directors.Mia Alvarado – RYI EDORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE & GOVERNANCE
14OUR 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.
15OUR PROGRAMSOur staff members work within aOur staff members work within a positive youthpositive youthdevelopment frameworkdevelopment framework & utilize their knowledge of, && utilize their knowledge of, &relationships with community resources, to access what isrelationships with community resources, to access what isneeded for each youth & their family.needed for each youth & their family.We run three distinct programsWe run three distinct programsthat include:that include:RYI works with youth to prevent further incarceration, abuse & exploitation. We engage the mostRYI works with youth to prevent further incarceration, abuse & exploitation. We engage the mosttroubled youth and help them make healthier life choices.troubled youth and help them make healthier life choices.•RYI’s primary goal is to keep youth safe by strengthening their engagement with their families &RYI’s primary goal is to keep youth safe by strengthening their engagement with their families &community.community.
16Our Staff in our seven District Offices (DOs) guide youth who transition from the Department of YouthOur Staff in our seven District Offices (DOs) guide youth who transition from the Department of YouthService (DYS) secure treatment facilities & residential placements back to their homes & communities. TheService (DYS) secure treatment facilities & residential placements back to their homes & communities. TheDOs support youth with setting positive life goals, helping them to understand the consequences of poorDOs support youth with setting positive life goals, 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.DISTRICT OFFICES (DOS)
17BIG CAUSE FOR CELEBRATIONThe Department of Youth Services’ most recent statewide report compared youth detention rates between2003 & 2008 & found that in the Metro Boston region, the number of incarcerated youth decreaseddramatically from 387 in 2003 to 130 in 2008. DYS attributed this decrease in youth recidivism to the workof community partner agencies such as RYI.
18Since 2008, GIFT has addressed one of the most disturbing issues facing young people today:Since 2008, GIFT has addressed one of the most 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, intensive supports to our GIFT girls throughout their recoverysupports to our GIFT girls throughout their recovery fromfromcommercial sexual exploitation, including thecommercial sexual exploitation, including the guidance and resources that the girls need to achieveguidance and resources that the girls need to achieve their goals.their goals.In the past 4 years, GIFT has served 150 youth that have been victims of CSEC. Most of these Youth have beenIn the past 4 years, GIFT has served 150 youth that have been victims of CSEC. Most of these Youth have been"pimped out" by numerous adults &/or arrested for their acts."pimped out" by numerous adults &/or arrested for their acts.THE GIFT PROGRAM(GAINING INDEPENDENCE FOR TOMORROW)
19Facts About the CommercialSexual Exploitation of Children
20GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS ANTI-HUMANTRAFFICKING LEGISLATIONDrastically increasing punishment for offenders andprotection for victimsBig Cause for CelebrationRYI is a founding member of the Suffolk County DA’s Support to End Exploitation NOW (SEEN) Coalition.On November 22, 2011, as a result of SEEN’s work, Governor Patrick signed Massachusetts’ new humantrafficking legislation which defines child sexual exploitation as trafficking of a person under 18 for sexualservitude, punishable by five years to life imprisonment. The legislation also establishes a civil remedy forvictims to sue perpetrators — for rape, torture, & terror.Our GIFT Program girls took part in this effort bytestifying at the MA State House about theirvictimization through commercial sexual exploitation.
21What Makes Us Unique?We have remained innovative & have implemented programming inresponse to the changing needs of our youth.The most recent of these include:Thinking for A ChangeOur DYS Youth who participate in, and complete the 25 module,Thinking for A Change violence prevention curriculumreceive a stipend for every hour that they spend in class andon homework and also full funding for driver educationclasses.
22What Makes Us Unique?Parent Time GroupA weekly support group for parents of DYS Involved 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 relieve stress.¨ To provide parents with the opportunity to meet other parents facing similar issues.¨ To help parents gain a little more insight into their children’s behavior.
23What Makes Us Unique?The Civic Action Corps InitiativeThrough a grant from theDepartment of Labor, RYI and threeRoxbury based non profitorganizations collaborate toprovide; educational assistance,life coaching, health services, skillstraining in the building trades, anda stipend to young people whohave been involved with theJuvenile justice system.
24What Makes Us Unique?Many of our staff live in the same neighborhoods as our youth. This proximity allows them to have firsthand knowledge of the obstacles that our youth face on a daily basis.Our staff know how to access quality community services for our youth & also know how to navigatethe complex social services system from a professional and a personal vantage point.
25What Makes Us Unique?We construct & keep a safety-net of community supports around our youth.We work with law enforcement, child-serving public agencies & other non-profits to end the commercialsexual exploitation of children through public awareness campaigns & legislative action.
26Why Roxbury Youthworks Inc., Needs YourSupportBoston cannot afford to lose another generation of inner city youth to incarceration, drug use,early death, child commercial sexual exploitation and violence. The economic, human andcreative losses are much too costly to ignore.Mural By RYI Youth
27Our Boston Youth are fighting a daunting economic and racial battle that causesthem to live in conditions that mirror those of developing third world countries.It will be difficult for them to win this battle without your help. The financial andmoral support of individuals like you, will provide our Boston Youth the opportunityto break out of the cycles of violence, poverty and victimization and into happysuccessful futures.Why Roxbury Youthworks Inc., Needs YourSupport