GREAT Youth and Families Program

Homelessness is a traumatic experience for families, and especially for children who lack the capacity to cope with the toxic stress of homelessness. The goal of the GREAT Youth and Families Program (GYFP) is to provide children and parents with individualized support to help them overcome the trauma of homelessness. By providing these services at a young age, the program diminishes the likelihood that these children will experience homelessness again in their lives, a challenge that can often plague families for generations.

To learn more about the program or how your child can attend, please call (781) 333-2289.

A Safe Space

When a child experiences intense stress like homelessness, it impacts development in parts of their brain, making it hard for  them to build strong mental health, academic skills, and other skills that contribute to their success later in life.

That’s why GYFP provides therapeutic and trauma-informed services so that kids and parents  can cope with and heal from past trauma.

Learning Together

We offer one-on-one homework help and tutoring so that children can offset educational challenges caused by homelessness and experience academic success in school.

We also work with schools and parents to ensure that every child receives the support services they need, and that educators have the tools and training they necessary to work with children who have experienced trauma.

Summer Enrichment

To keep kids learning during the summer, GYFP offers an on-site camp and connects kids in its program with local day and overnight camps in the Greater Boston area. Children who participate in this program participate in hands-on activities like arts and crafts, group arts and play therapy, and field trips.

Pre-school age kids can join a program to learn about being healthy and work on social skills.

1169

kids served (since 1986)

213

kids served (FY18)

140

volunteers to run program

74

parents served (FY18)

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