Your life is yours. How do you want to live it? Move forward, create positive change in your community, and achieve your full potential. ABCD offers a range of youth programs to help you stay in school, prepare for a career, and build a strong foundation for a successful future.

Empowering Youth

Empowering Youth

In 2022 we expanded youth programs to Mystic Valley and Metro North


ABCD Services link: Career Explorations

Career Explorations

Get ready for a career in healthcare, early childhood education or culinary arts with professional training, mentoring, a paid internship and more.
ABCD Services link: HOPES


Throughout the school year, ABCD’S HOPES program is open to 18-24 year olds who are court involved. You'll receive culinary training at a restaurant with the goal of being hired. where you trained.
ABCD Services link: Level Up

Level Up

You want to make a life for yourself. Get ahead. Find a satisfying career that’s in sync with your interests. Where do you start? Right here.
ABCD Services link: SummerWorks


This summer, earn an income, gain firsthand work experience, explore a career path, and make lasting friendships and connections.
ABCD Services link: University High School

University High School

If you’ve struggled academically and been left behind by the traditional school system, the creative UHS approach could be the answer.
ABCD Services link: William J. Ostiguy High School

William J. Ostiguy High School

If you’re committed to recovering from substance abuse, we provide a safe, sober and supportive school environment where you can earn your high school diploma.
ABCD Services link: WorkSMART


Throughout the school year, ABCD’s WorkSMART program helps Boston high school students like you get ready for the future you want through career readiness and a paid, supervised internship.
ABCD Services link: Youth Engaged in Action (YEA!)

Youth Engaged in Action (YEA!)

If you’re an eligible 13 year old, you’re in for a meaningful and fun summer experience. Build financial awareness, learn about careers and civic engagement, gain leadership skills, and have priority admission status to ABCD’s YEA! program.