Empower Your Future | Department of Youth Services

Skill Building to Support Youth’s Career, Educational, and Life Goals


Empower Your Future is an initiative designed to help young people develop academic/technical, workplace readiness, and personal/social competencies needed to be proactive, resilient, and adaptive as they transition back to their communities to attend school or work. It is a key lever in preparing young people for success upon discharge from DYS, and in promoting youth engagement and youth voice.

EYF provides engaging and relevant content for young people – a library providing a wide range of content for skill-building to support youth’s future career, educational, and life goals. In partnership with DYS’ educational, clinical, and program staff, the structure relies on the personalization of content for each youth to support their specific needs. EYF instructional time includes a class period dedicated to the connections between EYF topics and the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT skills) that youth are developing with Clinical Services.

For more information, please contact Hamzah Latif at [email protected] or click below to get in touch.


As the juvenile justice agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Department of Youth Services promotes positive change in the youth in our care and custody. Our mission is to make communities safer by improving the life outcomes for youth in our care. We achieve our mission through investing in highly qualified staff and a service continuum that engages youth, families, and communities in strategies that support positive youth development. DYS serves youth between the ages of 12-21 who have been committed to its care and custody by the courts, referred by the police upon arrest, and youth previously committed to its custody who choose to engage in voluntary services with DYS (Youth Engaged in Services or YES).

Commonwealth Corporation is a quasi-public agency that was established in 1996 under the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. 

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