Youth Development Network
The Youth Development Network (YDN) partners with three Boston public high schools to reduce chronic absenteeism among students. Our services are completely voluntary for students and families. With current staffing, YDN serves 200-300 students a year.
Refer a student from one of our participating schools to the YDN Program
Academic year programming
“I was referred to YDN program because of my frequent absences and tardiness. YDN program has helped me in many ways, from home visits to meetings after school. It also helped with my grades and kept me in school, YDN program has helped me become more social and interactive with others. I recommend this program to anyone who is struggling because it won’t just improve your grades and academics but get you ready for real-world and social skills.”
- Jeremiah E. Burke, High School Student
Support school structure around attendance.
Develop a system of identifying issues with student attendance.
Meet with parents at home, school or other location.
What are the obstacles to attending school?
What are the resources needed to overcome obstacles?
Guide and support each student towards success.
Our summer program is a partnership between YDN, BPS and the Division of Youth Engagement & Employment, Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF).
YDN staff created this program to address tension between the academic and financial needs of students. This is the only summer youth employment program designed for students who have summer school obligations. YDN staff provide workshops and professional guest speakers.