programs

THE GIFT PROGRAM

Dimock Street Area Lead

BUILD Program

DISTRICT OFFICES

Boston Girls Program

Roxbury District Office

Dorchester District Office

Roslindale District Office

Chelsea District Office

Home** Programs
Since its founding, RYI has provided community-based, non-residential services to area youth and currently provides diverse programming that is designed specifically to meet the varying needs of the clients. RYI youth are African-American, Latino/a, Cape Verdean, Haitian, and Caucasian; mainly speaking English, Spanish, Portuguese Creole, and French Creole.


Mural by Roxbury Youthworks participants

Goals and Objectives

Our agency's primary goal is to keep youth safe by strengthening their engagement with their families and community. Our staff members work within a positive youth development framework and utilize their knowledge of, and relationships with community resources, to access what is needed for a youth and his/her family.

Objectives include:
1. Stabilize and reintegrate youth into the community coming out of court-ordered detention and treatment facilities.

2. Address the multiple needs of young people who have been commercially sexually exploited.

3. Work with law enforcement, child-serving public agencies and other non-profits to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children through public awareness campaigns and passing of legislations.

4. Prevent youth and their families from becoming further system involved ie: keeping youth with their own families and reuniting them whenever possible.

5. Assist youth in achieving their goals through educational advocacy and support, enhancing their job readiness and finding them employment opportunities.

6. Provide basic needs assistance such as food, clothing, hygienic products and a safe place to gather.

7. Teach clients how to be active and engaged community leaders while finding opportunities for them to apply these skills.

Services/Programs

District Offices (DOs)
RYI has 4 programs across 7 sites in Metro Boston that include:

The Community Service Network supports youth committed to the Department of Youth Services (DYS) as they transition from secure treatment facilities back to their home or an alternative placement. The RYI and DYS casework team are co-located in 4 District Offices located in Dorchester, Roxbury, Roslindale and Chelsea. We work with youths until they “age out” of DYS or end their voluntary services, assisting them to complete their education, gain employment, receive behavioral/mental health and other services.

GIFT

Gaining Independence For Tomorrow (GIFT) provides prevention, intervention, support, stabilization and therapeutic services to young girls who are current victims, former victims, or are at high risk of becoming victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Through intensive individual mentoring, weekly psychosocial support groups, enrichment activities and leadership opportunities, our Life Coaches aid the girls in their recovery from exploitation and/or work to prevent them from entering an exploitive relationship.

BUILD

Being United In Leading our Destiny (BUILD) applies the successful model we developed at GIFT, but exclusively serves cisgender males, transgender and gender nonconforming youth who are victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and/or sexual assault or are at high risk of becoming victims. BUILD has an outreach component in which the Outreach Life Coaches engage youth in areas and programs where runaway and homeless youth gather. BUILD also provides drop in hours for its youth.

What makes GIFT and BUILD different from other programs serving this population is that they are open seven (7) days a week. Life Coaches work a Sunday-Thursday or Tuesday-Saturday schedule. Another unique quality of these two programs is that Life Coaches maintain their relationship with their youth even if they move out of the Metro Boston area.

Dimock Street Lead Agency

Through RYI's Dimock Street Lead Agency in Roxbury we work with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to facilitate and monitor all contracted youth and family support and stabilization services so that children are not removed from their family or are reunited in a safe and timely manner. We also identify programs for youth that need an alternative placement such as intensive foster care, group care, residential care or independent living.