Our Programs

Build Them Up

BTU is a community response to the increase in violence, HIV/AIDS, and risk-taking behaviors among young adults in Boston. BTU Peer Educators and near-peer trainers provide weekly evidence-based health prevention workshops to small groups of youth aged 8-21 at various replication sites throughout Boston.


Build Her Up

Young women 14-17 years of age learn critical thinking and coping skills in order to build self esteem. Scholars teach gender-sensitive, evidence-based health prevention workshops and address co-occuring mental health issues by and for young women and girls.


Build Him Up

Young men 14-17 years of age learn critical thinking and coping skills in order to build self esteem. Scholars teach gender-sensitive, evidence-based health prevention workshops and address co-occuring mental health issues by and for young men and boys.


Core Community Response Volunteers

CCRV is an internship program for trade school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in human service, public health, social work, information technology, business administration, and management fields. Students receive placements with partnering organizations and complete a community service project.


Rhodes Scholars Afterschool Employment Initiative

Youth are hired 10 hours per week to co-facilitate prevention workshops on HIV/AIDS/STI, violence, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. They also co-facilitate focus groups and real talk group discussions, attend coalitions meetings, and provide community outreach.


Community-Based Organizations — Young Leaders

The CBO Young Leadership Institute (CBO-YL) is for young women and men 16-24 years of age who train the trainers of youth development and peer education. They are trained in non-profit management, health promotion and health prevention, and community service and outreach. CBO-YL participants serve as mentors and co-facilitate BTU-SPI program.


Career Mentoring Moms

CMM recruits business women to serve as career role models and mentors for 15-30 low income, high risk adolescent girls over a 12 month period.