DYS Programs

DYS Programs

DYS Programs

DYS Comprehensive Education Partnership

Since 2003, the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) has been a partner to the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) in creating access to high-quality secondary and post-secondary education, career exploration, and workforce development opportunities for youth in the care and custody of DYS. CES 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.

Each year, many of our youth overcome individual and systemic barriers to learning and attain their high school diplomas or equivalent (HiSET®), complete meaningful training programs, participate in dual enrollment, postsecondary college or training courses, earn industry recognized credentials, and achieve other milestones on their way to successful adult lives.

Through cutting-edge and culturally responsive instruction building on student strengths, these young people are empowered to see their own potential to live the lives they envision for themselves.

DYS Education Practice Briefs

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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.