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Creating pathways to success for youth at high risk requires a tailored and holistic approach that must be delivered seamlessly by organizations and their networks. While different combinations of risk factors—as well as a range of skills and ages—require various services, these 13 organizational practices characterize agencies/programs that are highly effective in serving youth at high risk.

Pathways to Success for Youth at High Risk

This report details 12 key strategies that nonprofits can implement to create successful pathways to transition to adulthood for youth who face risk factors such as homelessness, truancy, and gang involvement.

In Massachusetts, 265,411 children under age 18 live in households that require public assistance to make ends meet. Many are disconnected from the existing system, such as K–12 schools, and are dependent on relationships with community organizations that play a critical role in building a strong foundation for youth. This report discusses the importance of creating pathways to success for youth at high risk to:

  • Reengage them to reach development and achievement milestones on the path toward long-term success; and
  • Provide opportunities for success to those youth who need it most or to those who have been left behind.

Pathways to Success for Youth at High Risk

Authored by: Colette Stanzler, Anne Radday, and Ralitza Abadjieva for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and the Black Ministerial Alliance