Greater Boston Area
Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring - AFCMentors ($15,000)
The AFCMentors program at Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring matches at-risk youth in foster care with committed volunteer mentors in consistent one-to-one relationships. Mentors are intensively screened and trained to work with youth who have experienced abuse and neglect. Each mentor/mentee match meets for at least eight hours each month, receives ongoing support, and attends monthly group events with other matches. The primary goal of the program is to provide a consistent, positive role model to foster and adopted youth. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the program’s non-personnel expenses.
Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County - Family Advocacy Program ($30,000)
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) unites medical staff, the police, prosecutors, forensic interviewers, and social workers in one location to assess and investigate child abuse cases. The Family Advocacy Program serves child victims of sexual and serious physical abuse and their non‐offending caregivers. Family Advocates provide emotional support and concrete assistance, such as crisis intervention and referrals, to non-offending caregivers who are pivotal to positive child adjustment following abuse. The primary goal of the program is to ensure child safety. HFC funds will support a full-time Family Advocate.
Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts – Community-Based Nurturing Parenting Program ($30,000)
The Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts is a non-profit that provides support and education programs to families in the Boston area. The Community-Based Nurturing Parenting Program provides fifteen-session community workshops for all families in need of parenting assistance and trains community members to perpetuate these programs. The goal is to build parents’ nurturing skills and understanding of healthy child development so they can create positive environments for their children. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the program’s non-personnel expenses.
Merrimack Valley Young Men’s Christian Association – Stewards of Children Initiative ($20,000)
The Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Steward of Children Initiative trains local public school teachers, administrators, and youth serving organization staff in child sexual abuse prevention using the evidenced-based 2.5 hour Stewards of Children curriculum. The training consists of a combination of video presentations and on-line training to support different learning styles. The primary goal of the initiative is to train more adults to become stewards of children so that children are better protected throughout the community. HFC funds will support program staff and cover the costs of training kits.
My Life My Choice at the Justice Resource Institute – Survivor Mentoring Initiative ($20,000)
My Life My Choice at the Justice Resource Institute is a nonprofit that supports adolescent girls who have been commercially sexually exploited. The Survivor Mentoring Initiative pairs girls ages 12 to 18 who have been exploited or are at high-risk for exploitation with a Survivor Mentor. Survivor Mentors are adult female experts in exploitation-related trauma and survivors of the commercial sex industry themselves who provide vulnerable girls with love, acceptance, belonging and support. The primary goal of the program is to help abused and at-risk girls find a path to safety and stability. HFC funds will support Survivor Mentors.