The mission of Youth and Family Enrichment Services is to educate, inspire, and empower members of at-risk, immigrant communities in Boston. YoFES is committed to providing children, families, and adult individuals with the necessary tools to lead successful, healthy, and fulfilling lives in the face of poverty, social and racial inequity, and cultural transitions.
Survival in urban environments is a challenge for any young person. This is an even bigger challenge for the youth of immigrant families. YoFES is a powerful support system for children who have a disadvantaged start in life. We are aware that our kids are affected by social inequality in Boston neighborhoods, therefore there are mentors and educators in place for them to grow. We succeed in strengthening communities, supporting families, and raising healthy children in the face of these circumstances through enrichment, education and healthcare.
A Distinct Identity
Located in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, YoFES provides comprehensive, low cost, and culturally sensitive programming for both children and adults living in the Boston area. Our programs include Open Access to Music Education for Children (OAMEC), the Youth Builders After School program, the YoFES Summer Program, as well as Project SMART, a targeted initiative designed to raise sexual health awareness and provide free education and STI screenings within Boston’s Haitian-American community.
We have witnessed powerful transformations with at risk youth within the past two decades at YoFES. Our environment fosters creative thinking, teamwork, and perseverance. We have seen the power of music break through the barriers put up by social and racial disparities in our community. We've seen the smiles, healing, blossoming of hidden talents and the impact of nurturing these children and their families. Through inspiration, collective strength and teamwork, we provide our students with building blocks that are vital to success in a challenging world.