In the evolution of the Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance, the interlocking crises of the coronavirus and white police violence against youth and other people of color call on us to both broaden our organizational vision and bring into focus the complex, interrelated challenges that are deepening youth trauma and other threats to healthy youth development and well-being. Young people will likely disproportionately experience the protracted educational, health, social, and economic consequences of these crises. Rather than regarding youth and young adults as merely victims, we as an alliance must support their front-and-center role in recovering from the dual traumas of the coronavirus pandemic and racism endemic in police departments and society.
The Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance is a partnership of youth serving organizations dedicated to creating a seamless system and network of youth services.
With the support of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, ten youth serving organizations convened at a retreat in October of 2014. Their purpose was to discuss the challenges facing youth organizations and to identify common concerns and pathways for working together. Our challenge became finding ways to strengthen youth serving organizations while providing the foundation for quality services to children.
Since its inception, the GNBYA has grown to over 50 youth serving organizations. GNBYA has eight active committees focusing on key areas to build organizational capacity for all its members. Committees include:
As we move forward, we will to continue to build community partnerships across all sectors: government, schools, non-profit entities, businesses and others. It is these partnerships that will allow us to strengthen the youth serving community and provide high quality after school and out of school programs for children.
Alliance members are working collaboratively on multiple issues with the goal of maximizing the resources of our member organizations, while creating an environment for quality programs focused on children.
Members provide a safe haven for children, promote healthy living and behavior, reduce isolation, develop social skills and provide opportunities for children to grow.
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Current as of 1/17/2023