Young Adult Resource Network

Youth at YARN

The Young Adult Resource Network (YARN) fosters resiliency and independence for youth aging out of the foster care system through building positive, trusting relationships, and connecting young adults to community resources in hopes they can lead fulfilling and productive lives.

YARN is a “wraparound” support program that assists youth involved with the Department of Children and Families, aged between 17 and 22, navigate the paths to living independently in their community.

The hub of the program is the Community Advocacy Center in Dorchester. The Center is a welcoming place where youth can choose to participate in activities such as skill-building workshops, do homework, access resources, connect with peers, or simply shower, do laundry, eat a healthy meal, check email or relax in the “family room.”

Above all, they feel safe and supported by trained and caring Life Coaches who provide services tailored to each young person’s needs. The program’s philosophy is meeting kids where they are and not basing services on preconceived assumptions for this population.

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Location and Contact Information
88-98 Nightingale Street, Dorchester, MA 02124
Phone: 617-287-0160

Safe Space and YARN are open Monday-Friday between the hours of 11 am-7 pm,* and on additional nights and weekends for activity nights and special group meetings.
*Times subject to change

Safe Spaces at YARN

Safe Space is a program for LGBTQ-youth, focused on offering services, amenities, and a connection to the community. It is co-located with our YARN program. Safe Spaces is a judgment free environment where young adults can celebrate their gender and sexuality however they identify.

Safe Space at YARN offers Peer Mentors, Life Coaches, and Suicide Preventions, along with access to all of the other amenities available at YARN.

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Young adult expresses Herself Through Music

Gwen, a youth in YARN, has been hard at work in the program’s recording studio. Just recently, she completed her third song, in which she sings about how the YARN Program has positively influenced and guided her through her early adulthood. Gwen enjoys sharing her experiences with others and discovered that with the help of Vinny Prezioso a music production consultant who works with The Home, she can express herself through song writing and recording. Her lyrics are inspiring to listen to especially for other young adults who could benefit from the services the YARN Program has to offer.

Listen to Gwen’s latest track: