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Very Young Girls chronicles the commercial sexual exploitation of young women. Roxbury Youthworks is the only provider of Life Coaches for victims of commercial sexual exploitation.  

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We recently celebrated three decades of helping Boston youth realize their potential.

For thirty years, Roxbury Youthworks, Inc. (RYI) has worked with youth to prevent further incarceration, abuse and exploitation. We work with the most troubled youth to help them make healthy choices. It is only through our combined efforts that we may guide youth safely in our community. It is only through unity in the community that we can give all youth the opportunity for a healthy and positive future.

30th anniversary celebration
Friends and patrons gathered to celebrate
our current work and ongoing legacy Thursday,
April 7th, at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston.

We were privileged to honor four special guests who have made a direct impact on our agency or the communities we serve:

  • Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis;
  • our First Board President Hubie Jones;
  • the Latin Grammy-nominated musical group PROMISSA that works to end human trafficking;
  • WilmerHale law offices that have represented us since 1981.      

We help facilitate internships at the Statehouse. We encourage dialogue between youth and police to break down stereotypes. We pick out shirts and ties and drive youth to job interviews. We host awareness breakfasts about our girls being commercially sexually exploited. We bring out their youthful spirit at fishing expeditions, water parks and Red Sox games. 

Contributions from this event will help to continue these acts (and much more!) and ensure our agency continues to promote youth education, employment, leadership and volunteerism. 

Master of Ceremonies
Rep. Smitty Pignatelli

Honorees include:
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis
Hubie Jones

Honorary Co-chairs are:
Mayor Thomas Menino
Karl White, Chairman of the Board of Directors
The Hon. (ret.) Julian Houston

Host Committee:
Mary Adams
Sonia Alleyne Matthews
Mia Alvarado
Bruce Bickerstaff
Margaret Clough
Stephen Crawford
Stephanie Everett
Angel Kelley Brown
Joel Kemp
Savvas Liasis
Melissa Loerch
Sandy Matava

Kim McLaurin
Allyce Najimy
John Pena
Alisha Perdue
Rafael Ruiz
Kevin Sheehy
John Swift
Diana Thompson
Paul Vaitkus
Gina Walcott
Michelle Waters-Ekanem
Susan Wayne

For more information about the 30th anniversary, please contact celenia toledo, Director of Development, at 617-427-8095 or