The Department of Opportunity Youth builds the capacity of schools, inclusive of all youth, but specifically opportunity youth, including but not limited to homeless, home and hospital tutored youth and those with attendance challenges. In addition to providing referrals and direct services to students, the department provides ongoing support, training and professional development to increase staff skills in the areas of student services, evaluation and learning.
- Identification of students in need
- Professional development for schools and parent groups
- Connecting schools to best practices, resources, and partnerships, with the support of community leadership
- Referrals to existing educational and social services
On March 30th, 2020, Mayor Marty Walsh announced a partnership between the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and Boston Public Schools (BPS) to award 1,000 housing choice vouchers to BPS families.Half of the vouchers are for BPS families currently living in shelters, while the other 500 vouchers are for BPS families outside the shelter system, but may be doubled up living with another family or in another difficult housing situation. BPS families experiencing homelessness should contact their local shelter or email Kedan Harris, assistant director of Opportunity Youth at Boston Public Schools, at kharris@
bostonpublicschools.org for referrals. Outreach to referred families to start the application phase will begin on May 1 and will take six to eight weeks to reach all certified families.