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You still haven’t registered? Here are five good reasons why you should.

Join us for YouthConnect’s Annual Partnership Breakfast on Thursday, November 17th 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. We are back in-person after a long three years!

Attendees will have the opportunity to see a compelling program that includes first-hand stories about how YouthConnect has become a national model for urban areas dealing with youth delinquency and violence.

Tickets are $100 per person with sponsorships starting at $1,000!

1. Celebrate YouthConnect’s positive impact on youth and families in Boston

Over the past 26 years, YouthConnect has served thousands of youth and families in the Boston area, addressing mental health crises, safety concerns, and helping families meet their basic needs. The Partnership Breakfast will be a fantastic opportunity to highlight the critical work of the program!

2. Hear from Boston Police Commissioner, Michael Cox

This year, we will be hosting the recently appointed Boston Police Commissioner, Michael Cox. Commissioner Cox worked in the Boston Police Department for 30 years before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he served as Police Commissioner for 3 years. He is dedicated to building trust in and giving back to the communities he serves, and we are excited to have him at our event! Join us at our Annual Partnership Breakfast to hear him speak about his experience in policing and his views on meeting the needs of young people in our city.

3. Celebrate YouthConnect’s partnerships and collaborations

Annually, the program makes over 2,000 referrals on behalf of our clients and their families, connecting them to community resources fit to their needs! This event will be a time for YouthConnect to share space with youth and family serving programs around Boston- and you can be a part of this celebration!

4. Hear from our two honorees, Keyla Jackson & Michael Kozu

We are excited to recognize the inspiring work of our two honorees: Keyla Jackson and Michael Kozu.

Keyla Jackson is a leader in the Boston non-profit sector. As a community advocate and analyst at MassHousing, she engaged in efforts around public safety and community empowerment.

While in this position at MassHousing, Keyla lead the way for the development of MassHousing’s Hub and COR programs which opened communication to address the multi-sectional needs of community residents. In collaboration with various partners including the Boston Police Department, she increased the capacity of communities to prevent crime and reduce violence. She currently works in Boston Public Schools as the Director of Capital Planning and is working to decarbonize the city’s building sector while improving other essential aspects of life for the community she serves.

Michael Kozu has been part of the Project RIGHT, Inc. (PRI) team for over twenty-five years, serving as Co-Director for the past five years. Mr. Kozu has been the key staff person for this public safety/neighborhood restoration partnership in Grove Hall, while organizing residents and community representatives on neighborhood issues.

Along with an extensive list of accomplishments, Mr. Kozu has been involved with youth and community issues in Boston since 1982. He participated with the Boston Asian: Youth Essential Services’ capital fundraising campaign and is currently on their board. His work in the Boston community includes work with Dorchester Youth Collaborative, Office for Children, and Citywide Parents Council.

Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox

Honoree Keyla Jackson

Honoree Michael Kozu

5. Experience YouthConnect’s impact from the perspective of a social worker and client!

This year, YouthConnect social worker, Anne Trainor will share a testimonial with one of her clients, speaking about the impact of YouthConnect!

“YouthConnect affords the opportunity to make authentically meaningful impact on the population we work with by showing up consistently, giving clients support, and seeing the clients for all of their amazing characteristics.,” explains Anne Trainor.

We hope to see you there!