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RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative

 70 Colby Street
 Medford, MA 02155
[P] (339) 674-9262
[F] --
www.rhd.org
[email protected]
Reggie Saladin
INCORPORATED: 1970
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 23-1727133

LAST UPDATED: 05/25/2015
Organization DBA RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative Internship
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative has a mission to increase  opportunities for inner-city youth to explore careers in human services and gain valuable work experience while earning income to pay for college and other needs. The program offers summer internships to low-income and minority youth, who work alongside trained professionals in residential and arts-based day programs serving adults with developmental disabilities. The youth develop an understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities while gaining job experience and earning income, and the people served by the programs make meaningful friendships and gain new experiences.

Mission Statement

The RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative has a mission to increase  opportunities for inner-city youth to explore careers in human services and gain valuable work experience while earning income to pay for college and other needs. The program offers summer internships to low-income and minority youth, who work alongside trained professionals in residential and arts-based day programs serving adults with developmental disabilities. The youth develop an understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities while gaining job experience and earning income, and the people served by the programs make meaningful friendships and gain new experiences.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $49,273.00
Projected Expense $49,273.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative Internship

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Overview

Mission Statement

The RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative has a mission to increase  opportunities for inner-city youth to explore careers in human services and gain valuable work experience while earning income to pay for college and other needs. The program offers summer internships to low-income and minority youth, who work alongside trained professionals in residential and arts-based day programs serving adults with developmental disabilities. The youth develop an understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities while gaining job experience and earning income, and the people served by the programs make meaningful friendships and gain new experiences.

Background Statement

RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative internship program was established in 1995 in order to provide work experiences for low-income and minority youth interested in careers in human services. RHD Boston's youth internship program is part of a larger, statewide effort backed by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.
 
RHD Boston's Urban Youth Collaborative currently provides up to 11 internship slots each summer for youth who are seniors in high school up through recent college graduates. Some of the youth come from a program also working with at-risk, low-income, and/or minority youth: A Better Chance program. The youth are assigned to work at RHD Boston's residential homes, or at Outside the Lines, an arts-based day program in Medford; these programs serve adults with developmental disabilities.
 
The internships help youth earn money for college and gain valuable work experience and insight into careers in human services. The youth also develop an awareness and understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities by spending time with them in groups and one-on-one. The interns organize group activities and outings for the participants, and work alongside professionals in the field.
 
Even if the youths do not ultimately choose to pursue careers working with this population, they still build awareness and understanding into other careers and into their everyday lives. Their insight helps break down barriers and stigma within the larger community. Ultimately, some interns continue with careers working with differently abled people, others choose human services careers such as social work or health care, while others go into unrelated fields. RHD Boston has hired several interns for full-time positions in the program's history.
 
Urban Youth Collaborative is a part of RHD Boston, which also includes Outside the Lines and residential programs for adults with developmental disabilities. RHD Boston is a program of Resources for Human Development, a multi-faceted human services nonprofit with a mission to empower people of all abilities as they work toward the highest level of self-determination possible. RHD serves people in 14 states challenged by homelessness, illness, disability, and economic disparity; its caring, effective, efficient, and innovative programs help people build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments from the past year:
1) UYC's 2014 class of interns was the first to receive the state-authorized training on Proactive Alternatives for Change, a three day intensive class focused on best ways to approach challenging behaviors.  All 11 interns passed the rigorous course.  The overall UYC orientation creates an atmosphere of peer support, while covering topics from safety to interacting with people with developmental disabilities, to human rights.
 2) UYC continued its partnerships with the Better Chance program in the town of Winchester with two Better Chance interns returning for the summer of 2014.  A Better Chance's mission is to improve the educational and career opportunities for under-resourced youth through internships and other strategies. 
3) Commonwealth of Massachusetts awarded UYC a new contract which is eligible for renewal for up to 10 years.   
3) Participants in the day and residential programs took part in group activities organized by the interns; they went bowling, visited neighborhood pools, parks and museums, and attended community festivals.
4) Participants in the day and residential programs were able to spend one-on-one time with the interns, making art, going on trips in the community, all of which helps them improve their social and communication skills.
5) Interns from the Urban Youth Collaborative are accepted at top universities, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bowdoin College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Harvard.
 
Goals for the current year:
1) Extend the summer internship duration to 10 weeks giving interns the opportunity to earn more money for college and benefiting the individuals they serve. 
2) Provide weekend internship hours during the school year, giving opportunities to interns to gain more experience and income, and providing additional opportunities to the adults in the day and residential programs for group activities and one-on-one interaction.
3) Bring in outside artist for workshop in support of intern work.
4) Implement an animation workshop so that interns learn how to use this modality in working with participants.   

Needs Statement

RHD Boston’s Urban Youth Collaborative Internship program has identified the following program expansion and enhancements as priority needs for the next three years. Specifically:

  • Adults with developmental disabilities, especially those with complicated health problems, need intensive one-on-one assistance during the creative art-making process. Expanding the summer Urban Youth internship program will increase the number of interns that are available to the Outside the Lines Art Studio and residential sites.  Further expansion will cost approximately $20,000. 
  • An identified need is to add a school-year internship for teens to work with people with developmental disabilities on weekends and holidays. This expansion will simultaneously allow for more one-on-one support to individuals with developmental disabilities and increase learning and earning opportunities for at-risk youth. Cost per school year for two interns will equal $3,000.
  • Interns often lack transportation options.  Funding for transit passes and other transportation-related costs for interns is estimated at $2,000 per year. 
  •  At-risk youth need opportunities to learn about career paths, earn money and develop hard and soft employment skills. The Urban Youth Collaborative Internship program provides these opportunities, often as the first job held by participants. Staff have identified the need to enhance the program’s mentorship component to focus more deeply on hard and soft skill development at a cost of $3,000.

CEO Statement

RHD Boston's Urban Youth Collaborative is one of several groups in a statewide initiative that offers practical work experience to low-income youth interested in careers in human services. These internships carry benefits to three populations: the student interns, the participants in day and residential programs, and the general public.
 
The student interns gain practical job skills during their internships; they work alongside experienced human services professionals to gain knowledge and insight into human services professions, especially those careers working with developmentally disabled populations. They also gain soft job skills such as punctuality and building relationships with co-workers.
 
The student interns explore potential careers in human services, and develop an awareness and understanding of people with developmental disabilities. Some interns translate this experience into careers working directly with people with developmental disabilities; some choose to pursue careers in other areas of human services such as health care or social work. Other interns have chosen careers unrelated to human services, and take the awareness and empathy they have built while with the Urban Youth Collaborative to those careers.

The second group to benefit from the student internships are the participants in the day and residential programs operated by RHD Boston. The student interns provide another window to the world to people that often are isolated and withdrawn. The student interns concentrate on building relationships with the participants, making meaningful connections that last well beyond the summer as interns often return during breaks to visit with the participants. The student interns offer fresh faces, energies and ideas to the participants, engaging them in group activities, educational, cultural and recreational community outings, both one-on-one and in groups, and one-on-one conversation; the interns also give the staff opportunity to work more intensively one-on-one with participants who need extra attention. With the interns, the participants learn new skills, meet new people, see new places, and become involved in their communities.

The third group to benefit is the general public; as the interns and participants go into the community to public pools and parks, bowling alleys, and festivals and museums, their community outings break down barriers between disabled and non-disabled populations, and reduce the stigma of disability. The participants increasingly begin to feel they are included, and others see them as vital members of the community.

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
RHD Boston's Urban Youth Collaborative Internship program is based in Medford, Massachusetts in eastern Middlesex County.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Employment - Single Organization Support
  3. Human Services - Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative Internship

RHD Boston’s Urban Youth Collaborative Internship program offers paid internships to minority at-risk youth interested in careers working with people with developmental disabilities. The program is part of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services’ Urban Youth Collaborative Program (UYCP).  In 2014, the program hosted eleven interns; seven were placed at Outside the Lines, a day program in Medford, and three were placed in area residential group homes. The remaining two interns worked with a job support specialist and supported work at the UYC office.  All programs are operated by RHD Boston.  At Outside the Lines, an arts-based day program for adults with developmental disabilities, interns work alongside professional artists and teachers as they help participants learn and refine art techniques, prepare their artwork for exhibitions, plant and maintain the studio’s garden, and engage participants in recreational activities.  In the residential program settings,  interns worked with adults with developmental disabilities; they organize recreational activities and outings, help residents improve life skills, arrange and conduct cooking classes, play games, and engage residents in other home-based activities.
Prior to placement, all interns receive intensive training including CPR and First Aid, Topics in Developmental Disabilities, and the state's Proactive Alternatives for Change.  
 
A detailed description of the 2014 intern experience is provided in an attachment at the end of this profile.   
Budget  $58,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) At-Risk Populations People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 
The Urban Youth Collaborative sets short-term indicators of success for each summer's program including the following:
  • 100% of interns will complete the summer program
  • 100% of interns will report growth in their understanding of the experiences and strengths of individuals with developmental disabilities
  • 100% of interns will report learning new skills and having a better understanding of their career and personal goals
  • 30% of interns will ask to return for the following summer
  • 90% of clients matched with interns will report a positive experience
  • 90% of art-based program staff will report positive outcomes from interns' work.

The interns receive guidance and support from RHD Boston staff as well as from their peers in the program. 

 
Program Long-Term Success 

Interns in the program consistently describe participation in the Urban Youth Program as transformative. They report their experiences help shape their long-term academic and personal goals, help them better understand the challenges of people with developmental disabilities, and help them communicate more effectively and more empathetically with disabled and non-disabled people alike. The interns also report that their experiences set them apart from other students competing for college admissions. Interns have gone on to colleges such as Bowdoin, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design; one intern is now a full-time staff member at Outside the Lines, and another committed to a year of service with Global Year Citizenship. 

Anecdotally, there also are long-term program impacts on clients such as improved socialization skills and increased ease in trying new art-based projects. A positive experience with an intern over the course of a summer can mark a turning point for a client's life. 
 
 
Program Success Monitored By 
 
The internship program uses the following methods for monitoring program success:
  • attendance and completion rates for interns
  • observation of interns' work with clients
  • exit interviews and surveys with interns
  •  interviews with program clients about experiences with interns
  • input from staff on intern impact 

At the end of each summer program, staff prepares an annual report to the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.  Interns also participate in a presentation at the Massachusetts State House during which legislators learn about the program's accomplishments. 

 
Examples of Program Success 
Over the course of the Urban Youth Program, RHD Boston has hired several of the interns for full-time positions at either Outside the Lines or the residential programs. Some have been hired as art teachers and have since moved on; others have remained at RHD Boston and have been promoted. One of RHD Boston’s program directors was a part of the original group of interns.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dale Anderson
CEO Term Start May 1995
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Dale Anderson, Regional Director for RHD Boston, is responsible for all RHD Boston programs, including the Urban Youth Collaborative Internship program. Mr. Anderson has 30 years professional experience working with, and administering programs for, individuals with developmental disabilities. Mr. Anderson joined RHD Boston in 1995 after 12 years working in progressively responsible positions at a state residential facility. As regional director of RHD Boston, he is responsible for all aspects of program development and operation, administrative oversight, fiscal management, recruitment, training and evaluation of staff, and licensing.  Mr. Anderson has an Executive Masters in Rehabilitation Administration from the McLaren School of Business of the University of San Francisco. 

Co-CEO Mr. Reggie Saladin
Co-CEO Term Start Sept 1995
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

Reginald Saladin, Director of Training and Development for RHD Boston, leads the Urban Youth Collaborative Internship program for RHD Boston. In this role he handles all aspects of recruiting, hiring, training and oversight of the internship program and relates to colleagues around the state who are part of the statewide collaborative. Mr. Saladin joined RHD Boston in September, 1995 and has served in a number of vital capacities including residential adviser, manager of the day program for adults with developmental disabilities, training coordinator and administrator of  information technology.   Mr. Saladin observes that mentoring interns in the program is a “true privilege.”

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Susan Burnham Director, RHD Boston

Susan Burnham, Director of RHD Boston, started with the organization in 1995 as Clinical Director of a program for individuals with intensive clinical needs who were leaving an institution for community living.   Ms. Burnham served as Clinical Director until November 2007 when she assumed the role of Director of RHD Boston. RHD Boston includes: 1) residential and individual supports for men and women with intellectual disabilities, a dual diagnosis of mental illness and/or physical disabilities, 2) Outside the Lines Studio, an innovative art-based day program for individuals with developmental disabilities and 3) Urban Youth Program Collaborative Internship program, a summer paid internship for at-risk, minority youth learning to work with adults with intellectual disabilities. Prior to her employment at RHD, Ms. Burnham worked at the Fernald State School beginning in September of 1980. Ms. Burnham’s undergraduate degree is in psychology from the University of Florida.  She has pursued graduate coursework at Northeastern University.

Ms. Whitney Hoke Clinical Coordinator OTL --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers 2013
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

RHD Boston’s Urban Youth Collaborative Internship Program is, by its very nature, a collaborative effort. The internship program is part of a larger state-wide collaborative of 19 programs that was initiated by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services in 1992.  The state has been the primary source of funding for RHD Boston's internship program since its inception, with substantial in-kind resources provided by RHD Boston.  In recent years, staff have partnered with A Better Chance in Winchester, MA to recruit interested, eligible youth. A Better Chance works to open the door to educational opportunities for thousands of young people of color. Its mission is to increase the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment and Software
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
Crime Coverage
Employee Benefits Liability

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Dr. Michael Denomme Ph.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation RHD Associate Director - retired
Board Chair Term Jan 2014 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Fred Bonaparte National Sales Director for Bose Sound Systems (retired) Voting
Avrene L. Brandt Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice Voting
Jo Ann E. Connelly M.S.W., L.S.W. President/CEO, Greater Philadelphia Food Bank Voting
Michael Denomme Ph.D. Retired Voting
Kevin Douglas MSW United Neighborhood Houses Voting
Caryn Reichlin Johnson M.S., OTR/L, FAOTA Department of Occupational Therapy, Jefferson School of Health Professions Voting
Diane Menio CARIE Voting
Peter Neuschul Principal, xCell Strategic Consulting, retired Voting
Anthony J. Parrotto President, Kingwood Advertising (retired) Voting
Barbara Shoulson LCSW Psychiatric Social Worker, Private Practice Voting
Sheldon Steinberg V.M.D. School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Voting
Tanya Stewart President, Food Safety Essentials, Inc Voting
Samantha Thomas BSN Former RHD Consumer; Now Mental Health Coordinator for George W. Hill Correctional Facility Voting
Marvin Weisbord Co-Director, Future Search Network Voting
Bertram Wolfson Esq Corporate/Trust Attorney and Partner, Erskine, Wolfson, Gibbon and Fisher Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 64%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Terms on the Resources for Human Development board of directors are for an unlimited time.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $49,273 $26,141 $29,268
Total Expenses $49,273 $26,141 $29,268

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $25,141 $25,141
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    State -- $25,141 $25,141
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- $1,000 $4,127
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $42,846 $22,979 $25,728
Administration Expense $6,427 $3,162 $3,540
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.00 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 88% 88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets -- -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative is a program of RHD Boston, which in turn is a program of Resources for Human Development.
 
All programs of Resources for Human Development, including the RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative and RHD Boston, are locally managed within the parent organization's decentralized model. Programming and budgeting decisions are made at the local level, better enabling each program to respond quickly to any arising needs in the individual community. The parent organization provides oversight, clinical guidance, and assistance with finance and accounting, benefits and human resources, and fundraising and marketing.
 
Each program, including the RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative, maintains an independent and balanced program budget; each program must be self-supporting and receives no financial contribution from the parent organization. All money raised by individual programs stays within the individual program budget.
 
In FY 2014-15, the RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, and by RHD Boston. The program's fundraising plan for the next three years, currently under development, includes raising program dollars to expand the Urban Youth Collaborative to include more interns, longer internships, and additional work hours.

Foundation Comments

RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative is a program of Resources for Human Development Boston, which in turn is a program of Resources for Human Development (RHD). As such, the IRS Form 990s and Audited Financials posted above are that of RHD.
 
The financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per Boston Urban Youth Collaborative. Please note, asset and liability data is not available for Boston Urban Youth Collaborative as this program is housed in the organization RHD. Asset and liability data is not specifically broken out for this program of RHD.

Documents


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