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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

波士頓市府150萬元青年發展基金即起受理申請

(Boston Orange 編譯) 波士頓人民服務辦公室 (OHS)12日宣佈,以1025歲青及少年為對象的2023年度青年發展基金 (YDF) ,總額150萬元即起受理申請,1028日下午4點截止。

波士頓市長吳弭表示,打造參與社區以發展、保護青少年是政府最重要的責任之一。波士頓市很感激所有在社區內提供防止暴力服務的非牟利機構,並盼望能繼續支持打造社區的努力。

           波士頓市人民服務長Jose Masso表示,在青少年需要的地方為他們服務是他們防止暴力策略的關鍵部分。波士頓市府很高興能支持為青年及青少年提供高品質及參與性活動的非牟利機構。

                      青年發展基金將優先支持下列類型機構,設立於受到不成比例的槍枝或青少年暴力社區的波士頓非牟利機構;以青少年為服務對象,重點關注外展及鼓勵高危險性青少年參與,或是以獲得服務不足青少年人口為特定對象;使用正向青年發展框架,以及/或是有意義的青少年參與做法。

                       重點還會放在有意形塑個別行為,以及影響暴力危機的關係、社區及社會因素。以證據為基礎的防範青少年暴力策略包括,但不限於下列種種:

                     加強青年及青少年的發展技能           

                     當青少年不再學校時,把他們和有關愛心的成人連繫起來

                      打造有保護的環境

                   干預以減少傷害,並防止未來的危險

            去年青年發展基金分給了波士頓市內55個為青少年服務的社區內組織,為6334名青少年服務,其中85%是為有色青年服務。

 

MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES REOPENING OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FUND APPLICATIONS 

BOSTON - Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - Mayor Michelle Wu and the Office of Human Services (OHS) today announce applications are now open for the 2023 Youth Development Fund (YDF) fall grant. The YDF is a yearly competitive grant aimed at supporting non-profit organizations that work with Boston youth and young adults ages 10-25. A total of $1,500,000 will be awarded to Boston nonprofit organizations providing positive violence intervention, prevention, and response services throughout the city. Applications are now open and responses are due Saturday, Oct 28th at 4:00 p.m. 


“Developing and protecting our youth by creating an engaging community is one of the most important responsibilities we have as a City,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “We are grateful to all of the non-profit organizations delivering violence prevention services in our neighborhoods, and look forward to providing continued support in building this community.”


"We are excited to be able to continue to support many of our non-profit partners in the work of building community and providing high-quality, safe and engaging activities for youth and young adults in Boston,” said Jose Massó, Chief of Human Services. “This robust network of programs meets youth where they are and is a key part of our violence  prevention strategy.”  


This fund aims to increase the number and variety of youth development programs intentionally contributing to metrics that prevent youth and young adult violence in Boston neighborhoods. The Youth Development Fund will prioritize the following types of organizations: 

  • Boston-based nonprofits in neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by gun or youth violence
  • Youth-serving entities with an intentional focus on outreach and engagement of high-risk/proven-risk youth and young adults or other specified underserved youth population
  • Organizations using the positive youth development framework and/ or meaningful youth engagement practices 


There will also be a concentration on supporting activities that implement prevention strategies intended to shape individual behaviors as well as relationship, community, and societal factors that influence the risk for violence. Examples of evidence-based youth violence prevention strategies include but are not limited to: 

  • Strengthening youth and young adults’ developmental skills 
  • Connecting youth to caring adults and a safe space when not in school 
  • Creating protective community environments 
  • Intervening to lessen harms and prevent future risk 

 

Last year’s YDF funds were allocated to 55 community-based organizations across Boston that, together, served youth and young adults in all neighborhoods of the city. In total, 6,334 youth were served and 85 percent of those served are youth of color.

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