Roxanne Longoria

Network Coordinator

2 Oliver St.

Boston, MA 02109


Our mission is to collaboratively improve the quality and diversity of services for youth at risk that allows them to develop the academic, work-readiness, life skills and support structure necessary to become self-sufficient adults. 

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Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative


It’s essential to involve young people in planning programs and pathways that will serve them.


The Youth Voice Project is composed of youth leaders who reach out to opportunity youth and advise the OYC. As a team, these Peer Leaders provide research and outreach strategies to find data that may help the OYC engage youth in Boston.


Past Research


In 2013 and 2014, the Peer Leaders from Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and the Boston Youth Service Network (BYSN) conducted focus groups and surveys of opportunity youth, gathering valuable information on who they were and what they felt was important. Final report | final presentation. In addition, the Peer Leaders worked with the OYC to create a set of guidelines for successful youth engagement. The Peer Leaders turned their recommendations into the Integration Ladder.


Current Projects

The Youth Voice Project is currently being run by the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative & DSNI. For more information about their current initiatives, including youth voice, please visit