Help Trauma Impacted, Boston Area Youth
SMART TEAM, a division of the Justice Resource Institute (JRI),provides positive transitions for court-involved, homeless, and traumatized youth, 13-24 years old. These youth are low income families, unstably housed, often gang-involved, and have high levels of exposure to community violence. The stress of these circumstances can trigger young people to engage in reactive behavior, such as weapons carrying, aggression, gang affiliation and other risk taking behavior that can increase their vulnerability.
SMART Team, a division of JRI,was selected as a 2016 Social Innovator. The 2016 Boston Social Innovation Forum is working for social change across Greater Boston by helping organizations,such as SMART Team, gain visibility, expand networks, and strengthen impact.
BOSTON TRAUMA RESPONSE (BTR) also provides rapid response to homicides affecting young people, short-term case management,coping groups, and follow-up psychological first aid services. Following a traumatic event, the youth involved often feel helpless, confused, and in emotional shock. Often there is no one available in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy to help the victims through these difficult hours.The BTR staff and volunteers have the ability to respond to an emergency within 30 minutes. HOTLINE: (617) 431-0125
CLINICAL SERVICES TEAM provides confidential clinical services,advocacy and case management to young people and their families who are impacted by the criminal and or juvenile justice systems. SMART Team has developed a specialized model of in-home therapy for proven risk youth.
TRANSITIONAL HOMES program provides court-involved young people the opportunity to thrive in safe, supportive, and secure home settings.Building on the structure of the foster care model, Transitional Homes keeps young people out of incarceration and in the community. This gives them an opportunity to make positive changes in their lives while saving tax payers the cost of incarceration.
YOUTHHARBORS provides housing assistance, an adult support network, and individualized life skills development to homeless,unaccompanied high school students. These young adults are too old for child welfare services, and adult shelters expose them to a world that is developmentally inappropriate and dangerous for them.
SMART Team's comprehensive services, expertise, networks, knowledge of how to navigate the justice system, and willingness to tackle the toughest cases have transformed the lives of many proven-risk youth, and turned them into productive members of society.