Cambridge House Authority | Brighter Futures

As a result of its record of success, the Work Force program has received numerous awards and recognitions. The Work Force has been the winner of the highly prestigious Ford Foundation/Harvard University Innovations in State and Local Government Award, was designated a Best Practice Program by the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Youth Employment Coalition, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, by the MA Department of Housing and Community Development, and by the Commonwealth Corporation, and has been cited for excellence in several books and numerous professional journals

Unique for its depth of engagement, the Work Force program supports students during five critical years of their development into adults with strong emphasis on the transitions from 8th to 9th grade, and from 12th grade to college or employment. Each student sets personal and professional goals, and to ensure they succeed in reaching them our staff tracks academic performance and school attendance, helps plan coursework and provides access to computers, homework help and 1:1 tutoring. In addition, staff facilitates regular meetings between parents and school personnel.

                                                                                                                      

Since 1984, The Work Force has achieved remarkable success:

THE WORK FORCE

The Work Force is a comprehensive educational enrichment, college prep, and work-readiness program for teenage residents of Cambridge public housing. Students in 8th through 12th grade participate in weekly after-school workshops that teach personal empowerment, educational attainment, and economic mobility skills at locations in the city’s three largest family public housing developments, as well as its only public high school. The program also exposes participants to a variety of paid, part-time “exploratory” jobs with more than 45 local private and public sector employers who help them to hone workplace skills and  achieve their goals.

Unique for its depth of engagement, the Work Force program supports students during five critical years of their development into adults with strong emphasis on the transitions from 8th to 9th grade, and from 12th grade to college or employment. Each student sets personal and professional goals on an annual basis. To ensure they succeed in reaching  their goals, our staff tracks academic performance and school attendance, helps plan coursework and provides access to computers, homework help and 1:1 tutoring. In addition, staff facilitates  parental engagement with the program and school personnel.

As a result of its record of success, the Work Force program has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being chosen for the prestigious Ford Foundation/Harvard University .