YVP Funder Collaborative


The Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative is a network of businesses, foundations, government agency funders, and key experts formed to share knowledge, identify funding gaps, and promote dialogue to help funders and businesses coordinate and strategically align their efforts to increase their impact on youth violence in Boston. The Collaborative takes a public health approach to youth violence prevention and is focusing its initial efforts to ensure adequate funding support to five communities along the Blue Hill Avenue corridor: South End/Lower Roxbury, Dudley Square, Grove Hall, Bowdoin/Geneva, & Morton/Norfolk.

The work of the YVP Funder Learning Collaborative is driven by shared financial commitment from sustaining leaders: State Street Foundation, The Boston Foundation, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, BNY Mellon, and the Trefler Foundation.

Click here to learn more about resources and knowledge products developed by the YVP Collaborative. 

Past Events: 


Pathways to Health and Healing Summit 2014

Thank you to all who joined us at Pathways to Health and Healing: A Summit on Building a Trauma-Informed Community on November 12th at Roxbury Community College. The YVPFC was pleased to welcome over 175 attendees from a wide range of sectors, including philanthropy, city and state government, public safety, education, community health centers, direct service organizations, and advocacy groups, among others.

Speakers included leaders and experts from the Mayor's Office, Boston Public Health Commission, the Drexel University School of Public Health, and other institutions who shared their knowledge on the issue of trauma and how it affects today's youth. Additionally, attendees joined community organizations, schools, health centers, youth programs, and other neighborhood institutions for conversational breakout sessions to hear about personal stories and what is working. 

The Summit aimed to catalyze ongoing dialogue and collaboration for trauma-informed communities in Boston. Please email yvpfc@rootcause.org to learn more. 


Meaningful Youth Employment Initiative

Click here to learn more about the Meaningful Youth Employment Initiative. The Initiative is an effort to raise the level of meaningful employment opportunities for young people living in Boston neighborhoods with the highest levels of poverty and youth violence.

What is meaningful employment? More than a paycheck, meaningful employment provides a quality work experience by incorporating: 

  • Paid work experience
  • Quality supervision
  • Well-designed learning plan
  • Connections to supportive services, particularly: positive youth development and mentoring activities, trauma-informed practices, mental health services, and family supports