Youth Skill Building & Employment Training

Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI)



The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) is a youth violence prevention and intervention initiative that operates in cities with the highest juvenile crime rates. SSYI targets a small number of individuals, ages 17-24, that local police have identified as “proven risk” or “impact players.” These individuals are substantially gang involved, most likely to be a victim or perpetrator of violent weapons offense, or engaged in high volume illegal activity. SSYI reaches out to these individuals and offers a chance to redirect their lives through educational, employment, and behavioral health services. Over 1,800 youth are involved with the program each year.  Since taking office, the Baker-Polito Administration has allocated over $27.9M for cities to implement SSYI. The Governor’s FY20 budget (H1) funded SSYI at $10 million, $1.9 million above FY19, an increase of 23% to help expand the program to young women.


  • 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 communityLearn More

  • Investing in Intervention

    States can do so much more to address the alarming rates of gun violence in our cities. Read the full report to learn how Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York are transforming communities with sustained investment in evidence-based violence reduction strategies.Learn More



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