Youth Force – Public Policy Advocacy
Dorchester Bay’s Youth Force program is a youth leadership initiative that trains local teens to be community leaders and community organizers, who in turn train other local teens to be leaders and organizers in their own neighborhoods. The program is designed in a community organizing framework, and it focuses on building youth leaders, building youth relationships and building youth power.
Youth Force members learn leadership and community organizing skills such as meeting facilitation, engaging in campaign work, relational meetings, power analysis and research actions. The program goal is to build youth power in Dorchester and beyond and to strengthen the local community by tackling specific, winnable issues.
We grow leaders through engaging them in the issues that affect them directly. Mayor Menino was so impressed that he had his own private meeting with Youth Force at Dorchester Bay’s office.
Youth Force is currently engaged in three campaign: Jobs Not Jails, Youth Leadership Initiative, and Youth Jobs. Youth Force leaders are the driving force behind the YouthWorks Budget line item which organizes and advocates for Youth Jobs. For fiscal year ’17, Youth Force leaders requested $13.34 millions to hire 4,179 youth across the state throughout the school year and during summer. While the Governor and Senate Ways & Means only approved $11.5 million, Youth Force is resilient and continues to fight for youth justice.
Youth Leadership and Development (Y.L.I.) engages over 600 youth in education, recreation, leadership, community services, summer camp, “Team Expeditions,” sports leagues, “Youth Force” organizing training, youth summit, and after school educational support programs. We are currently strengthening the connection between youth development and Technology programs as we build up our after school educational services.
Youth Jobs Coalition (YJC) – #ihaveafuture