DYS Programs

DYS Programs

DYS Programs

Partnering with the Department of Youth Services

Students’ experiences and their sense of identity shape their views of the world and where they see themselves in it. 

Since 2003, the Collaborative for Educational Services has been a partner to the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) in creating access to high-quality education and employment opportunities for youth in the care and custody of DYS. The Collaborative is helping to equip an especially vulnerable population of young people with the tools they need see their world, and themselves, in a new light.

Through cutting-edge and culturally responsive instruction, which builds on student strengths, a population of young people who have a long history of need, neglect, trauma, and challenges are empowered to see their own potential and possibilities and give them the foundation to live the lives they envision for themselves.

DYS Education Practice Briefs

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For more information about the Department of Youth Services, please visit:

For more information, contact: 
Director of DYS Education Initiative
413.586.4900 x5952
Detail from a community mural by DYS students. This visual arts integration project was designed to reinforce a sense of place for youth in preparation for their re-entry into the community.