History of YoFES

In 2003, Dr Prudent Co-Founded YOFES with the help of other health professionals because she saw a great need within the Haitian community to provide services to help immigrant families raise healthy children despite economic and social disparities. Her passion and interest in music as a form of therapy for trauma patients led to the forming of YOFES’ flagship program called “Open Access to Music Education for Children” (OAMEC) which brings music education to neighborhood children and offers other academic enrichments as alternatives to street life for many Boston-area youth. 

Meet Our Founder!

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Dr. Nicole Prudent is a retired primary care pediatrician at Boston Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. She was born and raised in Port au Prince Haiti, obtained her medical degree at the Universidad Autonoma of Guadalajara, Mexico, and completed her residency in pediatrics in Washington DC. She earned a Master’s in Public Health Degree with concentration in Maternal and child health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also a graduate of the LEND (Leadership in Neuro Developmental Disability) fellowship where she learned about the management of non profit organizations, in addition to disability programming and policies.