YVP Funder Collaborative


The Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative is a network of businesses, foundations, government agency funders, and key experts formed to share knowledge, identify funding gaps, and promote dialogue to help funders and businesses coordinate and strategically align their efforts to increase their impact on youth violence in Boston. The Collaborative takes a public health approach to youth violence prevention and is focusing its initial efforts to ensure adequate funding support to five communities along the Blue Hill Avenue corridor: South End/Lower Roxbury, Dudley Square, Grove Hall, Bowdoin/Geneva, & Morton/Norfolk.

The work of the YVP Funder Learning Collaborative is driven by shared financial commitment from sustaining leaders: State Street Foundation, The Boston Foundation, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, BNY Mellon, and the Trefler Foundation.

Click here to learn more about resources and knowledge products developed by the YVP Collaborative. 


Pathways to Health and Healing Summit 2014

On November 12th, 9 am-2 pm, join public and private leaders from across the City to support young people who are dealing with trauma resulting from high levels of violence and social stressors in many Boston neighborhoods. Community leaders and expert practitioners will share the scientific background around trauma and violence, as well as highlight organizational collaborations and personal stories about how to support healing.

The day will include remarks from Mayor Martin J. Walsh and John Rich, MD, MPH, Professor of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University, 2006 MacArthur Fellow, and Author of Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men. Join us for a day that will:

  • Highlight current research demonstrating the negative impact that violence and social stressors have on health outcomes
  • Feature personal stories and models of how programs are working collaboratively to promote recovery and resilience
  • Provide concrete opportunities for attendees to move into action together

Please email yvpfc@rootcause.org for RSVP details.

Meaningful Youth Employment Initiative

Click here to learn more about the Meaningful Youth Employment Initiative. The Initiative is an effort to raise the level of meaningful employment opportunities for young people living in Boston neighborhoods with the highest levels of poverty and youth violence.

What is meaningful employment? More than a paycheck, meaningful employment provides a quality work experience by incorporating: 

  • Paid work experience
  • Quality supervision
  • Well-designed learning plan
  • Connections to supportive services, particularly: positive youth development and mentoring activities, trauma-informed practices, mental health services, and family supports