Changing Tracks participants meet with Police Officer Kenneth Grubbs at the Mattapan Library to address how to strengthen the relationship between you and police, (l-r) Officer Grubbs, Rodney Mason, Changing Tracks Youth Employment Specialist Gregory Jacques and Jonah Rodriguez.
Funded with a $1 million grant from the federal Department of Labor, the Changing Tracks Initiative aims to reduce barriers to treatment and increase employment opportunities for courtinvolved young people of color affected by substance abuse. Changing Tracks assists juvenile justice-involved youth through the application of an intensive case management model helping participants access gainful employment, education resources and mentorship services. These supports are aimed at preventing individuals from being expelled from school, incarcerated, or remaining court-involved with the ultimate goal of diverting youth from the “school to prison pipeline.” In the ABCD project, multiple collaborations are connecting youth with integrated workforce development and substance abuse treatment services. Training focuses on six high-demand industries: building trades, early care and education, culinary arts, hospitality, criminal justice and health care.