Reemphasizing the commitment of the Administration to stopping youth violence, Governor Deval Patrick and Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz visited Safe and Successful Youth Initiative Programs (SSYI) in Springfield and Boston this month.
Launched in 2011, SSYI has provided over $18 million in grants to the cities of Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Worcester and Springfield. Since then, in these cities, youth homicides have dropped 25% and youth victims of aggravated assaults have dropped by 19%.
Speaking frankly, a young Springfield man addressed a crowd and noted that it was the second chance he’d received in the program that allowed him to be alive today. In Boston, Police Commissioner Bill Evans spoke passionately about how important connections to caring adults can be in the lives of many of the young people he sees today. The Commissioner went on to share that, after the loss of both his parents at a young age, it was other adults in his community that took an interest in him and pushed him to succeed.
In his remarks to young men, local providers, and public officials in Springfield, Governor Patrick said:
“All of us are hungry for a safe and secure community, including every one of these young men. And their leadership and kindness and vision and humanity is something I saw on clear display [when we spoke] in the other room. And that is called up and celebrated and encouraged in this program. And that’s really all it’s about.”
A Summer of Friendship and Growth posted on Aug 22
Shannon Curtin’s second summer in the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Urban Youth Collaborative Internship Program (UYCP) was spent, among other things, leading a dance party for two at Resources for Human Development, Boston, Inc. Curtin who grew close with one particular individual, said she …Continue Reading A Summer of Friendship and Growth
Coffee and a Familiar Face posted on Aug 11
Braintree’s Rick Swan, who is legally blind, runs a small coffee shop in the lobby of One Ashburton Place in Boston – home to many state agencies including EOHHS. Swan started running the shop with his wife, who is also legally blind, approximately four years …Continue Reading Coffee and a Familiar Face
A New Hope for Women with Addictions posted on Aug 8
The second phase of the Women’s Recovery from Addictions Program (WRAP) in Taunton opened in July, 2016 officially closing the chapter on the day when women with substance use disorders are sent to prison for treatment. State officials who recently toured the new unit including Governor …Continue Reading A New Hope for Women with Addictions