Adolescents and teens
Adolescent and teen years can be a tumultuous time. Young boys and girls may regularly face pressures and challenges, and without the proper support in place, it may be difficult to cope. Fortunately, a variety of local organizations have identified key challenges that youths face and are working to help them pull through.
Girls ages 10-14 are at highest risk for sexual assault and exploitation, according to Boston’s Girls’ LEAP, or Lifetime Empowerment & Awareness Program . The program helps young girls build decision-making skills, increase personal confidence through self-defense and empowerment workshops.
Samaritans Inc . is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to reducing suicide by increasing happiness. The organization provides free services in greater Boston and Metrowest communities to alleviate despair, isolation, distress, and suicidal feelings among individuals by educating the public about suicide prevention. Their services are not limited to youths.
Pictured: Geneva Bowdoin (left) and Flavio Daveiga (right), Cape Verdean liaison and neighbohood coordinator with the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, reached out to peer leaders with Catholic Charities.