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Here you can find links to organizations we work with, and articles or websites that are relevant to our mission.

Agency Collaborators
Further Reading

Parents Helping Parents Empowering parents to nurture children and prevent child abuse
parentshelpingparents.org

Mothers for Justice and Equality

Mothers for Justice and Equality was founded in the fall of 2010 by a team of mothers, clergy and nonprofit leaders to target the root causes of violence, while keeping a spotlight on the continued murders of Boston's youth and the impact of acts of violence on our community. Read our Impact Report to learn more.

For more information visit the MJE Website: mothersforjusticeandequality.org
MJE on Facebook

The Children's League of Massachusetts

Citizens for Juvenile Justice

Please call your legislators in
support of the CHINS —
S. 1963 Faces Bill

Mass Coalition for Fair
Sentencing of Youth

Department of Youth Services, (JDAI) Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Roxbury Youthworks is one of the founding members of the SEEN Coalition
Stay up to date with current SEEN Coalition happenings by visiting this link.

 

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Girls' Initiative
Youth Policy Initiative

Executive Summary

Gender-responsive programming for girls intentionally allows gender to affect and guide services, creating an environment through site selection, staff selection, program development, content, and material that reflects an understanding of the realities of girls’ lives.

The Report on High Risk Girls and Gender-Specific Programming is written to engage the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in a conversation about the most effective ways to serve girls at high risk, so that they achieve positive life
outcomes and reach their full potential. We are writing for several audiences: state legislators, state agencies that deliver publicly-funded services to girls, community-based agencies that support girls at high risk, and anyone who cares
about the best ways to support girls as they mature. While the focus of the report is on girls at high risk, the promising practices that are most effective with this special population are the same practices that are most effective with all girls.

This report argues that although boys make up the majority of youth involved with the juvenile justice system, it is important to focus on girls because:

Girls are now the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population.

It is smart public policy to focus on girls before their numbers increase to the level of male juvenile delinquents.

Girls have unique risk and protective factors, unique developmental pathways, unique crime patterns, and unique needs.

  • Nearly all juvenile female offenders have been subjected to some form of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse.
  • Girls are most often arrested for non-violent crimes and status offenses, including
    truancy, curfew violations, probation violations, disorderly conduct, runaways, or
    prostitution.

The juvenile justice system was designed for boys and we too often try to squeeze delinquent girls in to an existing boys program, without stepping back to evaluate if that program is effective or even suited for girls’ needs.

Click here to download a PDF of the complete report, Girls' Initiative, Youth Policy Initiative.