Youth Skill Building & Employment Training

Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI)



The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) is a multi-faceted strategy for reducing youth violence. SSYI provides funding to support a coordinated intervention strategy in partnership with community-based organizations, education, training, and workforce development programs that also include street outreach, trauma counseling, and case management support. Massachusetts implemented SSYI in 2011. Funding currently goes to 12 communities that demonstrate the highest rates of youth violence: Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Springfield, and Worcester.


  • AIR Report City Profiles

    Provides data on cities being served by SSYI funds. Snapshot includes the network of service providers, crime trends in each city compared to that of the larger SSYI network, and data on community conditions associated with youth and violence in the relevant community.
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  • SSYI Propensity Score Match Report

    Comparison between cohorts of clients who did not receive SSYI services compared to those who did receive SSYI services. Included to demonstrate a decrease in recidivism
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