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Policy Advocacy Accomplishments
The Boston Youth Service Network (BYSN) has continued to develop and expand the advocacy capacity of the Network. Through combined efforts, Network members and the BYSN Youth Council broadened the reach of the Network by engaging in new partnerships and initiatives that continue to sustain and multiple pathways to success for youth at risk.
FY13 - 50% increase in Alternative Education Initiative funding.
FY14 - BPS revises weighted-student funding formula to include Alternative Education programs.
FY14 - BPS develops out-of-school time credit-bearing opportunities.
FY15 - Liberty Mutual Foundation Partnership resulting in $1,000,000 direct program funding to 32 non-profit organizations focusing on youth homelessness prevention.
FY15 - Liberty Mutual Foundation Partnership resulting in $550,000 capital grant funding to Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston and Y2Y Youth Homeless Shelter in Cambridge.
FY16 - Joint written recommendation to Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development with Boston Special Education Transitions (B-SET) Task Force; resulting in $15 RFQ to fund a pilot training program for Network staff.
FY16 - BYSN Youth Committee structure change to BYSN Youth Council: increased youth engagement in policy advocacy and community engagement.