Established in 2006 through an appropriation to the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) from the State Legislature and through funding from Title 1 transition and reentry funds, the Bridging the Opportunity Gap (BOG) initiative addresses the career readiness and employability needs of DYS clients.
The BOG initiative provides a variety of employment-related services to DYS youth, with a special focus on those returning to their home communities following residential treatment. BOG programs offer comprehensive employability services including career readiness, vocational, and entrepreneurship training, workforce certifications and subsidized employment experience.
The goals for the Bridging the Opportunity Gap initiative include:
Download an overview on our Bridging the Opportunity Gap Initiative.
View the Bridging the Opportunity Gap and Community Reentry Grant grantees.
The BOG initiative also includes a Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), providing comprehensive employability services to DYS clients during the months of July and August.
Download the Summer Youth Employment Program profile.
View the Summer Youth Employment Program grantees.