Launched in 1995, Youth & Police in Partnership (YPP) is a collaboration between Children’s Services of Roxbury, local law enforcement and the Boston Police Department. YPP was created to address the spike in crime and violence that was plaguing the city of Boston. For more than two decades, the program has consistently engaged at-risk youth, Boston police officers and other community partners in work designed to effect positive change throughout the city’s most troubled neighborhoods.
CSR’s YPP program has two primary goals
- to strengthen the connection and improve the relationship between inner-city youth, residents and the police
- to address various youth-impacting issues, including violence, poverty, truancy, unemployment, substance abuse and sexuality
The YPP program is designed to complement the Boston public school calendar
- September to June
- Monday through Friday, 4:30pm to 6:30pm
YPP engages youth from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds who have witnessed violence in their homes or in their communities
- Youth between the ages of 14 and 18 are eligible
- Youth are paid the minimum hourly wage
Our Youth & Police Partnership program is supported by numerous critical partners, including community service officers, the BPD Training Academy, MBTA Transit Police, Northeastern University Police, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers.