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Category Archives: Children, Youth and Families

May is Mental Health Month: Take the Hero of Hope Pledge! Posted on May 10

May is Mental Health Month: Take the Hero of Hope Pledge!

Since 1949, May has been officially recognized as Mental Health Month.  The first Thursday in May is celebrated as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy   …Continue Reading May is Mental Health Month: Take the Hero of Hope Pledge!

The Transformative Power of Performing Arts: Using Creative Arts to Strengthen DYS Youth Success Posted on Apr 8

The Transformative Power of Performing Arts: Using Creative Arts to Strengthen DYS Youth Success

By Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, Communications Coordinator, Department of Youth Services Studies show that integrating the creative arts into a young person’s life enhances their academic, social, and personal developmental outcomes. The Department of Youth Services (DYS) uses creative arts programming to provide supportive relationships and to build skills   …Continue Reading The Transformative Power of Performing Arts: Using Creative Arts to Strengthen DYS Youth Success

Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall Posted on Oct 19

Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall

By Daniela Trammell, director of marketing at MRC Last week the  Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), the City of Boston, and a number of local businesses assembled in Boston's City Hall to celebrate “Disability Mentoring Day.” This event affirmed the joint partnership between MRC and the City, both   …Continue Reading Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall

Community partnership addresses important barriers for DYS youth Posted on Sep 18

Community partnership addresses important barriers for DYS youth

By Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, communications coordinator for the Department of Youth Services Through an enduring government and nonprofit partnership, youth engaged with the Department of Youth Services (DYS) are receiving leadership and employment training from social enterprise More Than Words (MTW). Since 2006, More Than Words (MTW) has   …Continue Reading Community partnership addresses important barriers for DYS youth

Childcare for Refugee Populations: Partnerships for Increased Access Posted on Aug 30

By: Diane M. Randolph, Director, Community Building Unit/ Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) There is a well-known African adage: It takes a village to raise a child. Seemingly this phrase hasn’t lost its accuracy. The United States has consistently received an influx of   …Continue Reading Childcare for Refugee Populations: Partnerships for Increased Access

DYS state-wide training event celebrates staff and client achievement Posted on Jul 31

DYS state-wide training event celebrates staff and client achievement

By DYS Commissioner Edward Dolan The dedication and efforts of DYS staff are critically important to the mission of impacting the lives of youth in our care. We recently recognized our employee’s work by honoring more than 100 DYS clinicians, caseworkers, district managers and resource   …Continue Reading DYS state-wide training event celebrates staff and client achievement

Fostering youth development at DCF’s Annual Youth Summit Posted on Jul 24

Fostering youth development at DCF’s Annual Youth Summit

By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain On July 19 the Department of Children and Families (DCF) hosted the agency’s annual Foster Youth Summit for youth in our care. We were honored to be joined by Governor Patrick and Secretary Bigby to kick off this event. More   …Continue Reading Fostering youth development at DCF’s Annual Youth Summit

Department of Transitional Assistance receives special recognition from the Obama Administration for its tornado response Posted on Apr 13

By Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families Marilyn Chase Following the unusual tornadoes that touched down last June in Central and Western Massachusetts, the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) quickly responded to ensure assistance for affected residents. The DTA team exhibited tremendous fortitude, putting   …Continue Reading Department of Transitional Assistance receives special recognition from the Obama Administration for its tornado response

An inspirational visit with lasting effects Posted on Apr 11

By DYS Assistant Commissioner Peter Forbes Recently, Celtics guard Keyon Dooling met with DYS youth at the Metro Youth Service Center in Dorchester. Keyon spoke to them about his life experiences, from growing up in a rough neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, to becoming an NBA   …Continue Reading An inspirational visit with lasting effects

Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention Posted on Apr 5

Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention

By DPH’s Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services Unit Marci Diamond Sexual violence is everyone’s issue: in fact, a new national study found that one in three women and one in five men in Massachusetts have experienced sexual violence, typically starting at a young age.   …Continue Reading Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention