Our YEP program is an inclusive career-readiness program that addresses barriers to employment in meaningful and measurable ways. YEP remains the only school-based career-readiness program in Boston targeting youth with disabilities. Annually, YEP serves over 85 students in both classroom and after-school settings.
YEP has existed for over 16 years and has impacted the lives of hundreds of youth. The program is delivered weekly and addresses barriers to employment via a three-tiered curriculum:
Youth complete a course regarding financial literacy, career-readiness, and entrepreneurship.
Classroom learning is supplemented by guest speakers, job shadow days, field trips, and trade shows. YEP participants start real businesses in their communities.
Mentors from the business community assist youth in the classroom via guest lectures, job shadow days, and mock interviews.
| Volunteer Application
Interested in supporting YEP?
We are looking for individuals and organizations with experience in the business world to "adopt" each of our sites in Boston Public School classrooms and Boys and Girls Clubs. Doing so requires minimal commitment but provides maximum impact, as partners agree to teach two Guest Lectures and provide one Job Shadow Day.
Our staff helps plan all of these experiences and is present throughout. You don't need to bring experience working with youth, just your wisdom and expertise!