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Recent News

Worcester Youth Center receives share of summer jobs money

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WORCESTER – The Worcester Youth Center has been a home to youth looking for positive emotional and educational growth, but the resources and opportunities it offers aren’t cost-free.

After Attorney General Maura Healey announced a disbursement of grant money to a variety of Massachusetts organizations, the Youth Center saw the opportunity to grow its community and add jobs for youth members.

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Youths create new rain garden at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester

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WORCESTER – A recent Bancroft School graduate brought a new rain garden to Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary this summer.

Starting as a co-op project, the rain garden was a two-month project led by Paris Jensen, who used to be a camper at the sanctuary.

“It’s amazing to see all the progress that’s been made,

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Governor Patrick Praises Youth Initiative

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette – December 2014
José Vazquez of Worcester knew only a rough life.The 21-year-old said growing up, he ran with the “wrong crowd” and got into all sorts of trouble, especially with local police.”I’ve been locked up a few times,” he said.Monday morning at the Worcester Youth Center, with Gov. Deval Patrick at his side, Mr. Vazquez was instead the poster child for the success of a 2011 initiative launched by the Patrick administration to keep troubled young men on the right track.

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Worcester Youth Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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UMass Memorial Medical Center- June 2014
The Youth Center has provided thousands of young people with a safe place to build lasting, positive changes in their lives. The Center was built from a grassroots effort to provide a place for young people to gather following a challenging summer in 1991 which saw the arrests of many youths for loitering and disturbing the peace. These arrests revealed a problem in Worcester—that the city lacked positive opportunities for older youth.

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Big 2-0; Youth Center celebrates second decade of service.

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette – June 2014
At the start, the Worcester Youth Center was not much more than a room in the basement of City Hall. But by the early 1990s, the warm welcome had turned cooler and there was a growing tension between the youth of Worcester and authorities, for whom their presence had become something of a burden

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Worcester Youth Center Focuses On Green Jobs

Worcester Telegram & Gazette - January 2014

For a first meeting, it was a good sign. A group of young people gathered around a conference table at the Worcester Youth Center, listening as staff member Jeanette Roach offered them a chance to work in green jobs and learn in a college classroom.

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What Happens When College Students And Residents Work Together

Worcester Connects - September 2013

On September 20th, 2012 a cold call visit to the Worcester Youth Center changed my life. I was standing in front of the Youth Center’s receptionist asking to see the director because of a community project idea that a few Holy Cross students had been discussing via email. The director, Samuel Martin, came out to greet me and we began to talk about the facilities at the Youth Center.

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Addiction Through The Eyes of Youth

Worcester Magazine - April 2013

Addiction. For many artists, this subject is an influence that has woven its way into their lives one way or another. This sentiment holds true for many of the young artists that meet each week for YouthReach Arts, a program put forth by the Worcester Youth Center in collaboration with YouthReach and the Worcester Art Museum. YouthReach Arts provides an opportunity each week for adolescents to come together and create art using a variety of mediums. The focus, driven by students who attend, recently turned to addiction in the community and how it affects these youths’ lives.

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