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YouthHarbors, a program of Justice Resource Institute

 160 Gould Street
 Needham, MA 02494
[P] (857) 399-1905 x 2429
[F] (857) 399-1901
https://jri.org/services/health-and-housing/housing/youth-harbors
[email protected]
Dave Dorvilier
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INCORPORATED: 2009
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EIN 04-2526357

LAST UPDATED: 02/25/2019
Organization DBA YouthHarbors
Former Names YouthHarbors, a program of Rediscovery at JRI (2014)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

YouthHarbors’ mission is to create educational opportunities and pathways to self-sufficient adulthood for high school students who are facing homelessness and lack family support by providing a continuum of services which focus on housing stabilization, drop-out prevention, and skill building.

Mission Statement

YouthHarbors’ mission is to create educational opportunities and pathways to self-sufficient adulthood for high school students who are facing homelessness and lack family support by providing a continuum of services which focus on housing stabilization, drop-out prevention, and skill building.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $431,515.00
Projected Expense $431,461.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • YouthHarbors

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Overview

Mission Statement

YouthHarbors’ mission is to create educational opportunities and pathways to self-sufficient adulthood for high school students who are facing homelessness and lack family support by providing a continuum of services which focus on housing stabilization, drop-out prevention, and skill building.


Background Statement

YouthHarbors began in 2009 when an adjustment counselor at Malden High School approached Rediscovery, YouthHarbors' then-parent organization, for a solution to the persistent problem of high dropout rates for homeless high school students without family support. We proposed a program designed to meet these students’ housing, health, and employment needs and stay in school. This program was implemented in Malden in collaboration with local high schools and a network of community providers and donors. Since 2009, we have been able to expand to 5 additional sites: Somerville High School, Lowell High School, Everett High School, Boston Day and Evening Academy, and Jeremiah E. Burke High School. In 2011, Rediscovery merged with the Justice Resource Institute (JRI), a larger human services agency in Massachusetts. JRI's funds are not used for its privately-funded programs, and we must still raise the funds ourselves. All donations to YouthHarbors are legally restricted to YouthHarbors.

YouthHarbors provides a continuum of services to meet the needs of our youth. We work with unaccompanied high school students who are experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness. First and foremost we find students suitable, reliable housing so they can stay in school and focus on their education. Program staff offer individually tailored services to help each youth meet their personal goals and provide our students with every skill necessary to graduate high school and transition into self-sufficient adulthood. We focus on drop-out prevention and independent living skills which prepare youth for the future. YouthHarbors also connects youth to educational and clinical supports. Services are designed to end the growing epidemic of homelessness among unaccompanied high school students and the correlating factors of under-education, underemployment, and chronic poverty.


Impact Statement

In our first nine years, YouthHarbors has served more than 808 youth, 647 of whom received our full range of services including case management services, rental assistance, and life skills development coaching. Ninety-three percent of youth receiving our case management services gained stable housing by the end of the year and 97% graduated or were on track to graduate high school. In FY 2017 YouthHarbors served 159 students, 75 of whom were fully enrolled in our program receiving housing stabilization, life skills development, and additional wraparound services. We successfully provided stable housing for 99% of these youth and 97% have graduated or are on track to graduate. We celebrated the high school graduation of 30 seniors this year.

The indicator which reveals the most about the impact of YouthHarbors’ programs is our graduation rate, 97% of the students receiving the full range of our services graduate. As we know, homeless and unaccompanied youth are 87% more likely to leave school without a diploma. Our graduation rate is an affirmation of the fact that when provided stable housing and proper supports these youth are better able to focus on their studies and their futures. This can radically change their lives. Additionally, our stable housing rate of 93% is indicative of the importance of a support network at this point in a youth’s life. YouthHarbors does not simply provide housing to a student, we create a support network and work with them to develop the skills and knowledge they will need throughout their lives to remain housed and provide for themselves and their families.


Needs Statement

There are up to 6,000 unaccompanied homeless youth in Massachusetts.[1] These youth are 87% more likely to stop going to school than their housed peers.[2] When these youth are forced to drop out to focus on survival, they severely jeopardize their futures, widen the achievement gap between themselves and their peers, and perpetuate a cycle of poverty and homelessness. Further, these youth are at high risk for a host of negative circumstances. The 2013 Massachusetts Special Commission on Unaccompanied Youth's "Homeless Youth Report" found that 32% of homeless youth are members of a gang versus 5% of housed youth, and 43% of homeless youth have been forced into sexual contact compared to 8% of their housed peers. Often other people may not even realize that a high school student is homeless. Many students are hesitant to seek out help, a reluctance rooted in fear of being relocated to another community or a distrust of adults often tied to past trauma. Two-thirds of homeless youth report being uncomfortable sharing information about their housing status with friends, teachers, classmates, or counselors. These students may become homeless for a variety of reasons, including abuse, neglect, mental illness, familial substance abuse, rejection by their family, deportation of the youth’s family or financial strain and instability. The same circumstances that resulted in a student’s homelessness, as well as homelessness itself, often result in a student falling behind in school or being repeatedly held back. These are the students who have no one to turn to and are most likely to slip through the cracks. To address their unique challenges, YouthHarbors has developed a program that is dynamic and meets youth where they are, utilizing a wrap-around service delivery model to meet each youth’s individual needs.

[1] The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, 2016.

[2] “Don’t Call Them Dropouts.” America’s Promise Alliance, 2014.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
City of Boston- Roxbury
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- South Dorchester

Malden High School:  Malden, MA
Everett High School:  Everett, MA
Boston Day and Evening Academy:  Roxbury, MA
Somerville High School:  Somerville, MA
Jeremiah Burke High School, Dorchester, MA
Lowell High School, Lowell, MA 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Human Services NEC
  2. Housing, Shelter - Housing Support
  3. Youth Development -

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

Under Development

Programs

YouthHarbors

When a youth is identified as needing our services our first priority is to meet the youth’s immediate needs including the provision of emergency shelter and basic necessities. For youth with nowhere to spend the night, YouthHarbors utilizes its close partnerships with local shelters to access safe, youth-specific emergency shelter beds. Additionally, Case Managers keep their offices stocked with food, clothing, and basic hygiene products. With immediate needs addressed, YouthHarbors’ staff begins the work of finding stable, long-term housing. Options vary based on each youth's circumstances. The range of options may include stabilization through mediation between youth and caregiver, living with extended family or friends, finding an apartment with suitable roommates, placement with a host family, or renting rooms with rental assistance from YouthHarbors.

Once stable housing has been established, case managers work with each student to provide support and coaching for a variety of identified life goals. A primary goal is ensuring that students are on track or get back on track to graduate high school. Our case managers work with the student, educators, and the administration at our partner schools to provide the student whatever support is necessary to achieve this goal. This support may include attendance monitoring, arranging makeup work for missed assignments, connecting students with tutors, assistance with homework and assignments, connecting students with needed academic supports to accommodate learning differences, and counseling to help keep each student on track.

Additional goals focus on life skills development and may be focused on:

• Housing: navigating roommate and landlord relationships, maintaining a home, developing independent living skills

• Career: finding a job, writing a resume, interview skills, locating employment opportunities through community partners

• Financial Literacy: budgeting, saving, building a positive credit history

• Post-Graduation Planning: navigating FAFSA (financial aid) as an independent student, completing college applications, transitioning to trade school, workforce, or the military

• Health: accessing health insurance as an individual, connections to medical, dental, mental health, and substance abuse providers

• Social-Emotional Regulation: Identify and develop coping strategies, use of effective communication skills, appropriate expression of self, active listening, self-reflection

This blend of case management and support in accessing clinical services results in youth being well prepared for their transition to adulthood. Youth generally remain in our program for one year but many elect to keep in touch following graduation. Alumni typically reach out for support in navigating early adulthood, particularly in the areas of employment or enrollment in college.

Budget  $431,515.00
Category  Housing, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

The true impact of YouthHarbors is on the students who will graduate high school as a result of the support they receive. As previously mentioned, homeless and unaccompanied youth are 87% more likely to stop going to school than their housed peers.[1] The value of a high school diploma is indisputable. People without a high school diploma are more likely to be unemployed,[2] and twice as likely to live in poverty as their counterparts with a high school diploma.[3] The average high school dropout earns $10,000 a year less than a high school graduate.[4] Furthermore, high school dropouts are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested in their lifetime.[5] YouthHarbors’ programs provide students with the support and resources they need to graduate high school and mitigate these potential future consequences. We are confident that our activities will address the issue of unaccompanied homeless high school students dropping out of school based on our previous results. Among the students we have served, 93% establish stable housing and 97% graduate high school.


[1] “Don’t Call Them Dropouts.” America’s Promise Alliance, 2014.

[2] Dennis Vilorio, "Education matters," Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2016.

[3] "By the Numbers: Dropping Out of High School". PBS. 2012.

[4] “The Consequences of Dropping Out of High School”. Center for Labor Market Studies, 2009.

[5] “The High Cost of High School Dropouts”. Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011.

Program Long-Term Success 

YouthHarbors tracks the amount of money that our program saves the communities we serve at a state and federal level. This allows us to see the larger impact of individual assistance to homeless high school students in Massachusetts. Of the 467 youth who have received the full range of YouthHarbors services over the past eight years,452 students have graduated with the help of YouthHarbors. These graduates will save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts more than $210 million in costs for future state aid over their lifetimes ($467,023 per graduate). These same graduates will save the United States $137 million ($306,096 per graduate) over the course of their lifetimes.[1]




[1] McLaughlin, J., “The Fiscal Returns to Completing High School and Additional Years of Schooling Beyond High School in the U.S. and Massachusetts. Boston, MA: Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University presentation for the Boston Youth Transition Funder Group. 2012.

Program Success Monitored By 

JRI operates comprehensive data systems to continuously measure and assess the quality of services to better serve our clients. Programs outcomes are tracked through the JRI Client Assessment Tracking System (CATS), an electronic data collection system that includes a comprehensive battery of validated, trauma-informed assessments and clinical outcome variables. JRI also utilizes an electronic record system, eHana, to record information about the services provided to each individual and their progress through program interventions. The client record provides information for the review and evaluation of services provided.

All JRI programs submit data, including risk management indicators, complaints, and critical incidents monthly to JRI’s clinical and quality management teams to monitor the effectiveness of interventions and identify emerging trends. Program Directors assure that program goals are developed with family input while taking into account licensing, regulatory and quality mandates. The voices of family and program participants are heard through formal satisfaction surveys and daily interactions with staff. Programs' administrative teams review systems, processes, and methods to ensure continuous program quality. JRI programs measure service outcomes and the achievement of goals for persons served as part of regular reviews of each person’s individual action plan. In 2016, JRI committed funding for a revolutionary project involving the long-term tracking and evaluation of clients after discharge.

The success of YouthHarbors’ services is calculated by evaluating the number of students who quickly find stable housing, stay in the program, utilize various financial and life skills services offered, and overcome their barriers to successfully graduate. This data is utilized to further tailor services to the specific needs of our clients. As part of the Host Homes Program, we will implement additional outcome tracking measures to better understand the impact of our services. New tracking measures will capture improvements in life skills, changes in attitudes and beliefs regarding workplace development, and procurement and maintenance of employment.

Examples of Program Success 

In 2017 Joan, 19 years old, became homeless after disclosing that she was sexually assaulted and molested for years by her adoptive mother’s boyfriend; her mother did not believe her and kicked her out of the home. Unsure of what to do next and with no caregiving system to support her, Joan felt completely alone. She had no idea how she would support herself and still attend school every day. Then YouthHarbors connected with her. We developed the adult support network that she needed, locating stable housing, helping her secure employment, and providing the resources and guidance she needed to help her address her trauma and develop her life as an independent adult.

No youth should ever have to choose between surviving and getting an education, the choice that Joan almost had to make. Her story embodies the mission of YouthHarbors and we are proud to provide support to youth such as her and help them overcome the challenges that they face. We work with students to stabilize their housing situations, help them to maintain their enrollment in high school, and support them in developing life skills and achieving a variety of individual goals. For Joan, this support, as well as her hard work and determination, resulted in her successful graduation from high school. Currently, she is attending a prestigious liberal arts college with a full-tuition scholarship.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Andy Pond
CEO Term Start Jan 1987
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Andy, President and CEO of Justice Resource Institute (JRI), has served as the agency's leader since September 2006.  He holds Master's Degrees in both Social Work and Teaching.  He joined JRI in 1985 as a teacher, and has been a part of the agency ever since. In the course of his varied career at JRI, he assumed roles of increasing responsibility and complexity, including many years dedicated to work with adolescents suffering from the effects of complex trauma.

As President and CEO, he brings a wealth of experience, grounded in his training as teacher, clinician, and writer. He has integrated these skills to become an expert designer and manager of complex systems of care, aimed at assisting children and adults to meet their full potential.

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Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

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Senior Staff

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Awards

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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

YouthHarbors has a number of different collaborations that help us, and homeless youth, reach their goals. We work in close collaboration with Bridge Over Troubled Waters which provides youth-focused shelters; as well as local landlords and host families who rent rooms and apartments to homeless, unaccompanied youth. We also work with different programs within JRI to provide additional support to students as necessary, including My Life My Choice which focuses on the prevention of, or removal from, the commercial sexual exploitation of girls. Other collaborations include Y2Y (a youth-focused shelter in Harvard Square), Short Stop (a community-based program that provides housing and transitional care to youth), and the Somerville Coalition for the Homeless.

Our largest collaboration is with the schools. A unique strategy of our program is the decision to build viable partnerships with a growing list of area high schools. YouthHarbors’ Case Managers are placed on-site within the schools. Being a part of the daily school environment provides benefits including:

• Direct outreach to our target population

• Youth getting to know us and thus becoming comfortable approaching us for help

• Working relationships with educators, helpful in organizing tutoring or other education services as well as advocating for students by educating teachers and school staff on the impact of homelessness and trauma on learning and school performance.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

The Management listed above is the management of Rediscovery, which is a division of Justice Resource Institute.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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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 Ms. Andrea Nix
Board Chair Company Affiliation Phillips Academy
Board Chair Term Mar 2016 - Mar 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Mark S. Cuddy Executive Vice President, Richardson-Cuddy Insurance Agency, LLC Voting
Mr. Jim Cunha Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Voting
Mr. Robert J. Guttentag Retired Voting
Ms. Andrea Nix Phillips Academy Voting
Ms. Dawna Paton Managing Director, Aceso Innovative Partners Voting
Mr. Andy Pond CEO, Justice Resource Institute NonVoting
Mr. Stephen Porter Psychiatrist, Massachusetts Medical Society Voting
Ms. Francine Rosenberg Northshore Education Consortium Voting
Ms. Valerie Samuels Posternak, Blankstein & Lund, LLP Voting
Ms. Audrey Shelto Vice President, Health Care Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Voting
Ms. Monalisa Smith Mothers for Justice and Equality Voting
Ms. Judith Tsipis Professor & Director of Genetic Counseling, Brandeis University Voting
Ms. Linda Turner State of Massachusetts 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
Mr. Dana Brown Principal, Malden High School (YouthHarbors Site) --
Mr. John Casey YouthHarbors Program Administrator --
Mr. Stew Chapin Trustee at Bennett Family Foundation (YouthHarbors Supporter) --
Mr. Charles Coolidge Individual YouthHarbors Supporter --
Mr. Cyril Fonrose Former YouthHarbors Student --
Mr. David Greenberg Individual YouthHarbors Supporter --
Ms. Elisabeth Jackson Executive Director of Bridge Over Troubled Waters (services for at-risk youth including emergency shelter beds) --
Ms. Dawna Paton JRI (Justice Resource Institute) Board Member --
Ms. Deb Reuman Chief Financial Officer of JRI (Justice Resource Institute) --
Mr. Sam Samuel Margolius YouthHarbors Program Manager --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

The Board listed above is the board of Justice Resource Institute.

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$115,700 $97,917 $72,924
Government Contributions $10,000 $10,000 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local $10,000 $10,000 --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- $13,387
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $154,900 $154,700 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $111,000 $244,710 $394,063

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $302,301 $419,101 $394,271
Administration Expense $33,973 $44,006 $41,647
Fundraising Expense $55,310 $44,121 $44,121
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.00 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 83% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 20% 17% 51%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
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Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
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Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

The financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per YouthHarbors.  The IRS Form 990's and Audited Financials posted above cover the entirety of Justice Resource Institute, of which YouthHarbors is a program within a division. There are no assets and liabilities listed for YouthHarbors as the assets and liabilities are calculated on an organizational level.

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

YouthHarbors' goal is to provide unaccompanied homeless high school students with the skills and stability they need to graduate high school and transition into self-sufficient adulthood. Our program helps youth find and retain housing, finish school, locate part-time work, maintain their health, plan for college, and learn independent living skills to carry them into the future.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

YouthHarbors’ methodology is rooted in the belief that trauma can impact a multitude of aspects of the lives of our students from housing, to education, to social-emotional regulation. As such, our practices are evidence-based and trauma-informed. Because we know that 72% of homeless youth report experience major trauma such as physical or sexual abuse and 80% experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, YouthHarbors diligently integrates trauma-informed care into all facets of our programming.[1] Case Managers are trained to consider each youth’s trauma history when designing and implementing a service delivery plan. Staff receive training in the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework, Psychological First Aid, appropriate boundaries, suicide assessment and prevention, identifying and addressing commercial sexual exploitation, and developing treatment plans including setting goals, objectives and developing interventions.[2] Case Managers have access to a clinical review team comprised of a multi-disciplinary team made up of clinicians, psychiatrists, and social workers which works with the case manager to develop appropriate interventions for clients who present with more clinical need. Further, we advocate for our youth by briefing our partner teachers and school staff on the impact of homelessness and trauma on learning and school performance. According to the National Child Traumatic Health Stress Network, trauma can result in lower grades, increased absences, and difficulties concentrating.[3] Our focus on trauma-informed care and our close collaboration with local area schools distinguish YouthHarbors from other organizations providing services to homeless youth.

All YouthHarbors services are based on a Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework. PYD is an approach which engages youth where they are, in their communities, school, with their peers, in a manner that is constructive and strength focused. Positive outcomes are promoted by identifying and fostering youths’ strengths while also providing them with opportunities and supporting them in building positive relationships.[4] Initial intake and assessment of each youth focus on identifying each youth’s strengths and interests. Goal setting and case management are based on these assessments and ensure that youth are engaged to lead their own development with support from their YouthHarbors case manager. Ultimately, this framework empowers youth to develop and enact their post-graduation transition plan ensuring a safe and successful transition out of YouthHarbors’ programs and into adulthood.

Case Managers develop rapport with youth and develop routines and rituals with each youth to establish a sense of predictability, safety and structure. Youth who have experienced trauma generally have an overactive body alarm system causing them to be hypervigilant and constantly sensing danger. By carefully and thoughtfully working through the therapeutic process, our staff are able to establish a safe space for our youth which allows them to be vulnerable, switch from survival mode, and work through challenges. Case Managers meet with youth weekly and utilize these sessions to observe a youth’s mental status and functioning to determine how to best address their needs and concerns.


[1] The Street Outreach Program, The Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families.

[2] The Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) treatment framework was developed by the TraumaCenter at JRI by staff/faculty members Margaret Blaustein, PhD and Kristine Kinniburgh, LICSW.

[3] “The Effects of Trauma on Schools and Learning”. National Child Traumatic Health Stress Network.

[4] “Positive Youth Development,” Youth.gov.


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Founded in 1973, Justice Resource Institute (JRI) is now one of the largest human and social services non-profit leaders in New England. Its clinical, educational, residential, and human service programs operate throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. These services annually support thousands of at-risk youth, adults and families in their homes and communities. Evidence-based programming and best practice is the cornerstone of JRI’s commitment to excellence. Services focus deeply on promoting child safety and understanding complex need, including violence and victimization. Programs include a nationally recognized trauma center; behavioral health outpatient clinics; secure treatment centers; forensic services; housing and support services for individuals living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS; residential services for adolescents and teen mothers; educational advocacy services and alternative day schools for youth with special needs; foster care; supportive housing and emergency shelter for homeless individuals; and day, residential, and vocational services for adults with disabling conditions and developmental needs.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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