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DYS Youth Voice What Matters Posted on Jun 21

DYS Youth Voice What Matters

“Voice What Matters”, the banner above the stage read, and that is exactly what the youth of the Department of Youth Services (DYS) did. From paintings to sculptures, to videos, songs and dance, they showed who they are and what matters to them. This year   …Continue Reading DYS Youth Voice What Matters

Youth Showcase Illustrates the Value of Arts Education Posted on Jun 10

Youth Showcase Illustrates the Value of Arts Education

On June 16, 2016 The Department of Youth Services (DYS) is hosting the Share Your Art, Share Your Voice! Statewide Youth Showcase at the Paramount Theatre in the Boston Theatre District. This statewide event demonstrates the talent of youth committed to DYS and acknowledges the dedication   …Continue Reading Youth Showcase Illustrates the Value of Arts Education

DTA Cultural Partnership Goes Beyond Providing Benefits by Providing Experiences Posted on May 13

DTA Cultural Partnership Goes Beyond Providing Benefits by Providing Experiences

Did you know anyone in Massachusetts with an EBT card can get reduced or free admission into more than 10 museums across the Commonwealth? The MA Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) partners with educational and cultural institutions statewide granting access to some of the state’s   …Continue Reading DTA Cultural Partnership Goes Beyond Providing Benefits by Providing Experiences

ORI Mary Truong featured among Boston’s Most Influential Minority Leaders Posted on Apr 29

ORI Mary Truong featured among Boston’s Most Influential Minority Leaders

Mary Truong, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants (ORI), was among a list of a dozen of Boston’s most influential minority leaders who were chosen for the Get Konnected! Founder’s Choice Award which recognizes citizen activists. Get Konnected!, started by African   …Continue Reading ORI Mary Truong featured among Boston’s Most Influential Minority Leaders

Four Things about “SNAP to Skills” in MA Posted on Mar 11

Four Things about “SNAP to Skills” in MA

This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance was selected to participate in the “SNAP to Skills” project to enhance education and training opportunities for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. As a recipient of SNAP individuals   …Continue Reading Four Things about “SNAP to Skills” in MA

Outpouring of Donations Make DCF Kids Christmas Wishes Come True Posted on Jan 13

Feeling the joy of the holidays is especially important for children receiving services from the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Not all kids are able to spend Christmas with their biological families and being in need of DCF support can weigh heavily on families   …Continue Reading Outpouring of Donations Make DCF Kids Christmas Wishes Come True

Boston Public Market Opening Ceremony Posted on Aug 11

Boston Public Market Opening Ceremony

The highly-anticipated Boston Public Market is officially open, providing residents and patrons access to nutritious food at a first of its kind market in the United States. Similar to the iconic year-round Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, the Boston Public Market offers yet another destination   …Continue Reading Boston Public Market Opening Ceremony

DYS Statewide Youth Showcase 2015 Posted on Jun 5

DYS Statewide Youth Showcase 2015

3rd Annual Event A Huge Success! On May 27th, honored guests, youth, staff, and community stakeholders gathered to spotlight the positive successes and work of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) youth and programs at the hugely successful 3rd Annual DYS “Share Your Art,   …Continue Reading DYS Statewide Youth Showcase 2015

Foster Parents are Lifelong Parents Posted on May 28

Foster Parents are Lifelong Parents

Growing up, Eleanor and Norman Herzig were accustomed to the constant hum of a household with eight or more children living under one roof. It was the noise of their childhood – they came from families of eight and 11 children respectively – and it   …Continue Reading Foster Parents are Lifelong Parents

DYS Statewide Event Spotlights Youth Success Posted on May 14

DYS Statewide Event Spotlights Youth Success

A common challenge for many adolescents is finding healthy outlets where they can explore their interests in constructive ways. For many youth who come into our care and custody, individual access to healthy outlets can sometimes be a significant challenge. One way the Department of   …Continue Reading DYS Statewide Event Spotlights Youth Success