Community Partnerships

The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) is a partner to the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) in creating access statewide 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. In addition, we partner with a wide array of community organizations to support students in pursuing successful career paths as they transition into the community.


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Partnerships in the Community

Community partnerships are the cornerstone of positioning DYS youth for a successful return to their communities and progress toward their academic goals. Among the partners with whom we work are:

Petey Greene Program: Supports the educational journeys of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people by providing the high-quality, individualized tutoring and academic support that every learner needs to acheive their educational goals.

UMASS Project RAISE (Reclaiming Access to Inquiry-based Science Education for Incarcerated Students): Working with youth in juvenile facilities, Project RAISE has developed an iPad app-based textbook to help improve the education of incarcerated high schoolers, giving them a better chance of completing their educations and building meaningful careers.

BreakFree Education: Partners directly with juvenile justice agencies across the country, providing the resources, training, and networks they need to make school relevant and meaningful. 

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