Brockton, Massachusetts

 

Overview

Brockton, a fourth-time 100 Best Communities for Young People winner, continues to help young people graduate and succeed despite challenges and budget cuts. Since 2009, Brockton has made graduation a priority by establishing Brockton’s Promise, which uses America’s Promise Alliance’s Five Promises framework for youth success. Brockton has also focused on helping at-risk youth succeed. The Schools on Wheels program helps homeless teens thrive academically, and its Safe Corners Street Outreach Program, Brockton After Dark, and Late Night Basketball provide safe places for at-risk youth during non-school hours which help them stay away from gangs and violence. The community is also using advanced technology to curb bullying: TipSoft, implemented by Brockton Public Schools, is an anonymous text message system in which students can report bullying or other concerns to administrators.

Community Programs

  • The Boys & Girls Club of Brockton has a Youth Jobs Program Initiative to ensure that funding cuts do not impact youth’s access to jobs
  • TipSoft , implemented by Brockton Public Schools, is an anonymous text message system in which students can report bullying or other concerns to administrators.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Brockton and Brockton Public Schools work with School on Wheels to mentor and provide academic support to children affected by homelessness.
  • The Safe Corners Street Outreach program has outreach workers in alternative schools and helps at-risk youth and gang-involved youth away from bad choices through relationship building, sharing experiences and programs like Brockton After Dark and Late Night Basketball.
  • Graduation and Recovery Coaches help students learn appropriate behavioral responses, develop social skills and improve academics so that they do not get wrapped up in the state Department of Youth Services.

Youth Voices

Right when I started to feel like I couldn’t achieve and succeed, I made the decision to attend Youth Build. At this school, my fellow students and I have grown and become adults. I can only speak for myself, but I believe that its programs like these in Brockton that save so many lives every day.

—Chris