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Tempo Young Adult Resource Center

68 Henry Street, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-1424
Monday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Website: http://tempoyoungadults.org/

Montachusett Opportunity Council: Fitchburg Community

connections coalition
76 Summer Street, Suite 210, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 829-0163

Mentoring Programs

African Community Education Program
24 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 799-3653
Services: mentoring for African immigrant youth in grades 5–12.

Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-9pm

Big Brothers Big Sisters
484 Main Street, Suite 360, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 752-7868
Services: mentoring services to children at risk (ages 6–13)

Center for Living & Working, Inc. – Transition to Adulthood Program(TAP)
484 Main Street, Suite 345, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 755-1782
Services: prepare youth (14-22) with signi cant disabilities for independence of adulthood.

Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative – Therapeutic
Mentoring Services
Various Contracted Providers 1-888-217-3501
Services: teaching children new skills, especially how to interact with adults and other children.

Friendly House, Inc. – Pilot Mentoring Program
36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 755-4362
Services: Career and college readiness for youths (ages 13–17).

Hours: M-F 9am-5pm

LUK, Inc. – LUK Mentoring Program
545 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
40 Southbridge Street, 4th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
99 Day Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
251 Main Street, Webster, MA 01570
Services: one-to-one, community-based, and site-based programs for youth (ages 6–17).

LUK, Inc.
545 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 Monday–Friday, 9:00am-7:00pm
(978) 345-0685
LUK Toll Free: 1-800-579-0000temp
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MIHN Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network
923 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978) 342-9501
St. Peter’s Church – After School Mentoring Program
929 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 767-1356
Services: On Wednesday and Thursday, children (ages 6–15) are matched with college volunteer mentors for homework help, arts, sports, and games.

Tempo Young Adult Resource Center
68 Henry Street, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-1424
Monday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Website: http://tempoyoungadults.org/

Training Resources of America – Young Parent Demonstration Program
2 Foster Street, 3rd Floor, Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 753-2991
Services: Mentoring services focused on education, career advancement and personal development (ages 14–21).

Worcester Police Department – The Clergy Police Youth Partnership
9-11 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-8696
Services: reach, assist, and transform youth, especially those affected or drugs, crime, and/or violence (ages 5–21).

YEATEAM (Youth Empowerment and Activism)
Raquel (774) 242-6461 or Marianna (774) 641-1132
Services: young people and adults who creatively and strategically fight racism together (ages 13–18).
YWCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters – The Girl’s CHOICE Program
1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 767-2505 ext. 3073
Services: fosters long term mentoring friendships between professional women and middle school.

Spectrum Health Systems’ Prevention of Abuse and Violence through Education (P.A.V.E.) Program

585 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA
Phone: 1-800-464-9555 (x 1156)
Website: http://www.spectrumsys.org/programs/domestic-violence

Services: Spectrum’s Prevention of Abuse and Violence through Education (P.A.V.E.) program is a 40-week psycho-educational program designed for men who batter their partners.  The program helps clients recognize violent and controlling behaviors, take responsibility for their actions, and learn non-violent ways to resolve conflict with others.  Clients are required to attend forty 2-hour group sessions.  Intervention may also require referrals to develop a sober and drug free lifestyle, obtain employment training or acquire parenting skills.

New Hope Inc.

Main Office

140 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone 508-226-4015
Fax 508-226-6917
RESPECT (Intimate Partner Abuse Education Program) 877-222-0083
Please send all general email inquiries to new-hope@new-hope.org

Satellite Offices

By Appointment Only
1-800-323-HOPE (4673)

By Appointment Only
1-800-323-HOPE (4673)

By Appointment Only
1-800-323-HOPE (4673)

MJ Leadenham Center (Supervised Visitation & RESPECT Program ONLY)
91 Prescott Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone 508-753-3146
Fax 508-753-3148
RESPECT (Intimate Partner Abuse Education Program) 877-222-0083

District Court Advocate Locations

Attleboro District Court
88 Main Street
Attleboro, MA
Court Clerk’s office:  508-222-4869
SAFEPLAN Advocate:  508-226-4015
Serving the towns of Attleboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro and Norton

Dudley District Court
279 West Main Street
Dudley, MA
Court Clerk’s office: 508-943-7123 ext 0
Serving the towns of Charlton, Dudley, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge, and Webster

East Brookfield District Court
544 East Main Street
East Brookfield, MA
Court clerk’s office:  508-885-6305
SAFEPLAN Advocate office:  508-885-0908
Serving the towns of East Brookfield, Oakham, Paxton. Warren, Spencer, Leicester, Barre, New Braintree, Rutland, Hardwick, West Brookfield, Brookfield

Milford District Court
161 West Main Street
Milford, MA
Court Clerk’s office: 508-473-1260
SAFEPLAN Advocate: 508-949-0452 Ext 2181
Serving the towns of Milford, Bellingham, Hopedale, Mendon and Upton

Taunton District Court
40 Broadway
Taunton, MA
District Court Clerk’s office: 508-977-4900
SAFEPLAN Advocate: 508-824-5205 Ext 2190
Serving the towns of Berkley, Dighton, Easton, Rayham, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Taunton

Uxbridge District Court
261 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA
Court Clerk’s office: 508-278-2454
SAFEPLAN Court Office: 508-278-6561
Serving the towns of Uxbridge, Sutton, Douglas, Northbridge, Millville, and Blackstone

Westborough District Court
170 Oak Street
Westborough, MA
Court Clerk’s Office:  508-366-8266
SAFEPLAN Court Office:  508-366-8266 ext 144
Serving the towns of Westborough, Northborough, Southborough,  Shrewsbury and Grafton

Probate Court Advocate Locations

Taunton Probate Court
40 Broadway
Taunton, MA
Probate Clerk’s office: 508-977-6040
SAFEPLAN Advocate: 508-824-5205 EXT 2090
Serving the towns of Attleboro, Norton, Mansfield, New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea, Westport, Achusnet, Taunton, Dighton, Seekonk, Easton, Raynham, Rehoboth, and Berkley

Phone: (508) 753-3146
Toll-Free, 24-Hour Hotline: 800-323-HOPE (4673)

Services: New Hope is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is “Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence in Our Community”. While some programs serve only domestic or sexual violence survivors, New Hope is a dual mission agency which addresses both issues together. Since domestic and sexual violence are often intertwined, our clients benefit from the full spectrum of programs we offer, allowing them to receive domestic and sexual violence services all in one place.

We offer a wide range of services which combine crisis intervention, violence prevention, life transition and self-sufficiency opportunities, while promoting behavioral and systemic changes to reduce violence at the individual and community levels.

Toll-Free, 24-Hour Confidential Hotline

Our trained hotline specialists assist callers with crisis intervention, risk assessment, and safety planning. Callers are also provided with information about New Hope’s services and other community resources to address domestic and sexual violence.

Our Hotline is also available to family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers who may be concerned about someone they know that may be a survivor of domestic or sexual violence.

Emergency Shelter

We provide women, men, and children safe haven in New Hope’s two confidential emergency shelters. While at the shelter, clients receive crisis intervention, counseling, economic literacy training, financial advocacy and case management, including a housing plan.


Dedicated to supporting both groups and individuals, trained counselors work with children, adolescent, and adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


Advocates stationed in seven district courts and one probate court assist individuals with obtaining restraining and harassment orders. These advocates are located in Attleboro, Dudley, East Brookfield, Milford, Taunton (District and Probate), Westborough and Uxbridge. This program is partially supported by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) through the 1984 VOCA grant from OVC, OJP, US D.O.J.


Community-Based Advocacy

Community advocates assist individuals with finding resources to enhance their safety while staying in their home community. Local assistance aims to minimize future risk and prevents the need to flee to shelter.

Supervised Visitation

Located at the MJ Leadenham Center in our Worcester office, supervised visitation is provided to non-custodial parents due to a prior history of domestic or sexual violence. Staff model healthy parenting skills with these adults while they visit their children in a safe, monitored and nurturing setting.

Housing Stabilization

Our housing stabilization program provides individuals with funding for rent, utilities, or other costs necessary for providing stable, reliable housing which was jeopardized as a result of domestic or sexual violence.

Civilian Police Advocate

Our civilian advocate in the Attleboro Police Station provides individuals with services such as crisis intervention, safety planning, and assistance with the criminal justice system.


Girls Scouts

81 Gold Star Blvd. Worcester, MA 01606
Phone: 800-462-9100
Fax: 508-852-7674
Website: http://www.gscwm.org

Services: Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) is in the forefront of helping girls develop the courage, confidence and character to make a difference in their own lives, in their communities and in the world.

Girls Inc.

125 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 755-6455
Email: info@girlsincworcester.org
Website: http://www.girlsincworcester.org

Services: After 100 years, Girls Inc. of Worcester continues to inspire all girls to be strong (healthy), smart (educated), and bold (independent).  We put our mission into practice through the Girls Inc. Experience- consisting of the people, place and programming that together, empower girls to succeed.  As the oldest and only facility-based, girl-centered organization in Central Massachusetts, the Girls Inc. Experience is what makes us unique among youth serving organizations.

Girls Inc. provides more than 1,400 girls in Greater Worcester with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique challenges girls face.  By offering researched-based programming, girls learn to set and achieve goals, overcome obstacles, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable, and explore nontraditional fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Worcester Police Department

9-11 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01608 (address of Police Dept.)

The Clergy Police Youth Partnership

Program Contact:
Sgt. Miguel Lopez
Program Supervisor
(508) 799-8696

Mentoring takes place at 10 local places of worship and at the South East Asian Coalition

The mission of this collaboration is to reach, assist, and transform youth, especially those whose lives have been affected or influenced by alcohol and other drugs, crime, and/or violence. Through a collaboration of faith leaders and police, the aim is to improve the personal development of youth, build a system of community support and create healthy and safe neighborhoods.

No cost
Serve any 5-21 year olds

LUK Inc.

Four Locations:

1. 545 Westminster St. Fitchburg, MA 01420

2. 40 Southbridge Street, 4th floor Worcester, MA. 01608

3. 99 Day St. Fitchburg, MA 01420

4. 251 Main St. Webster, MA. 01570

1-800-579-0000:  contact number for all sites


LUK Mentoring Program

Free mentoring for youth between the ages of 6 and 17 in Central MA. Services available in English. Spanish translation is available.

LUK’s one-to-one community-based and site-based programs serve youth ages 6 to 17 living in the 65 cities and towns of Central MA. Adult volunteer mentors meet with mentees for at least one hour per week for at least one year, provide support through friendship, and focus on improving mentees’ social competencies, academic engagement and performance and preventing and decreasing offenses.

Mentors, youth, parent/guardians are all interviewed and information gathered helps determine who the mentor and youth will be paired with.

All volunteer mentors agree to a background check and attend training before they are matched with a youth

Eligibility and additional information:
Eligible youth are boys and girls ages 6 – 17.

The majority of youth involved in the LUK Mentoring Program are youth with a learning, emotional or behavioral disability. We also serve youth living in the foster care system.

Any youth who would benefit by having additional adult support may be a part of the program.

The program is provided free of cost.

Support Groups

Types of Groups: Therapeutic support group and support group for parents/guardians of adolescents who are using or in recovery.

Childcare and transportation is available for both programs. Stipends may be provided when applicable.

Therapeutic support group helps those who have been impacted by an under the influence incident including, but not limited to, the loss of a loved one while the other support group is for those in recovery.

The other support group is for parents and guardians of adolescents who are using or in recovery.

Eligibility and Scheduling:

Therapeutic support group is for anyone affected by someone operating under the influence incident. All ages encouraged to attend. Program is free. Meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (at Southbridge location).

The other support group is for parents & guardians of adolescents who are using or are in recovery from substance abuse. Participation is based on a rolling admission. Program is at no cost to you. Date and times are based on location. Every Thursday from 6-7:00 pm (LUK Worcester office), every Wednesday from 6-7:00 pm (LUK Fitchburg office), every Wednesday from 6-7:00 pm (Lowell General Hospital)


Behavioral Health Clinic

LUK Behavioral Health Clinic – Mental Health Services serves youth and families. With Family Counseling, Individual Therap, Couples Counseling, Expressive Art Therapy, Group Counseling, Psychoeducation Groups, Psychological Evaluations, Medication Management, Psychiatric Consultation, Individual and Family Assessment and Parenting Assessment.

LUK Behavioral Health Clinic  also helps with Substance Abuse. The Moving On Program – Uses the evidence-based Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an effective treatment of youth. CLYR (Continuous Learning for Youth in Recovery) – Using the evidence-based Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach/Assertive Continuing Care, an effective home-based recovery support and treatment service for youth. CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training)–an evidence-based support group for parents of youth in recovery. In addition they provide Substance Abuse Evaluations and Outpatient substance abuse treatment.

Spanish & Portuguese capacity for some programs.

Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center provides evidence-based trauma-focused treatments for youth ages 0-18 including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Trauma in Schools. They also do training in trauma-focused evidence-based treatment for youth ages 0-18 and training in trauma-informed services.

Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative Services division provides In Home Therapy.  An intensive therapy for a youth and family to treat the youth’s behavioral health needs and assist the family as they support the youth in the home.Therapeutic Mentoring  is also available and consists of 1:1 coaching and support for youth to learn social skills, and better ways to interact with other youth and adults. Finally In Home Behavioral Services assist youth and family with specific problem behaviors that get in the way of everyday life.

Victim Services operates the STEP Program,  which provides therapeutic services, advocacy, and outreach for individuals (and their friends/families) who have been impacted by an under-the-influence accident.


Spanish, Cantonese, Twi, French, French Creole, and Polish capacity .


Accepts various insurances, including the following MassHealth products: MBHP, Neighborhood Health Plan, Beacon, Network Health, Fallon, Medicaid, Limited Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Tufts, Children’s Medical Security Plan. There is limited funding available  for uninsured/underinsured for substance abuse treatment. Private pay with sliding fee scale available. CLYR Program is grant funded through DPH and SAMHSA.

The Victims Services is free for individuals who have been impacted by an under-the-influence accident.

Friendly House Inc.

36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Tel: (508) 755-4362
Fax: (508) 793-7800

Pilot Mentoring Program:

Jennifer Lonergan, Program Coordinator

Mentoring for teens ages 13-17.

Geared toward career and college readiness, the program works with at-risk teens ages 13-17 in the Worcester Community.

Registration and other information:
There is no cost to participate in this program.

Those who wish to participate must complete a registration form and attend a training session.

Services are in English, but special arrangements may be made for those who are limited-English or non-English speaking.

Food Pantry:

(508) 755-4362


Food distribution on Monday and Wednesdays 12:00 pm–4:30 pm and Fridays, 9:30 am–3:00 pm.

Plumley Village Location:
16 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA 01608

Food distribution on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm




Social service workers help families with food, shelter, clothing, resume, job search, information and referral, holiday baskets and toys.


Children’s Behavioral Health

Offered via various contracted providers


Therapeutic Mentoring Services

Member Behavioral Health Services
1-888-217-3501 (24 hours, seven days a week)

Therapeutic mentoring program geared to helping children and teens learn new and more effective social skills.  Services may be available in different languages depending on the provider.

Some children and teens want to get along with others, but need help and practice learning to talk or act in new ways.  A Therapeutic Mentor will go with your child to the places where the child has the most trouble and teach him or her new skills, such as better ways to talk or act with other children and adults.

For children under the age of 21 who are on or eligible for MassHealth insurance and who have a mental health diagnosis.

Go to: www.mass.gov/masshealth/childbehavioralhealth for additional information and eligibility criteria

Center for Living & Working, Inc.

484 Main Street, Suite 345 Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: 508.755.1782
TTY: 508.755.1003/ VP: 508.762.1164
Contact: Krista Rancourt
508)762-1165 (video phone)

Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP)

Preparing disabled youth to transition to the community and have greater independence. Services are available in English yet , interpreters can be provided if needed for certain languages.

Through this MRC state-funded program CLW provides IL services to Chapter 766 eligible youth to prepare them for transition to adult services.  Participants are between the ages 14- 22 and may have a significant disability of any type.  The goal of the TAP Program is to prepare youth with all disabilities, including physical, cognitive, sensory or emotional limitations, for their transition to the community and greater independence through the adult human services system.

Eligibility and additional information:
This is a free service program. All youth between the ages of 14 and 22 who have a significant disability of any type are eligible.

For additional information please visit us at: http://www.centerlw.org


Support Groups:

Types of Group: In addition to the Transition to Adulthood Program, the Center for Living & Working, Inc also has a support group for deaf parents called Dead Parenting Group.

Services: Support group for deaf and hard of hearing parents at no cost. Transportation and childcare is available if requested ahead of time.

Eligibility and scheduling:
Must be a deaf or hard of hearing parent. Must call for dates of program.

YEATEAM (Youth Empowerment and Activism)

23 Ferdinand Street, Worcester,MA 01603

Raquel Castro

Marianna Islam

A Worcester-based collective of young people in solidarity with their adult allies who creatively and strategically fight racism in all forms.

YEA is a volunteer-driven collective for youth ages 13-18 and their adult allies. No members are paid, rather we all, youth and adult commit to this work out of our personal thirst for racial justice and our dedication to a better tomorrow. All members go through a rigorous application and induction process that occurs in September of each year. YEA collaborates with many organizations within and outside of Worcester who share a similar commitment to racial justice and youth empowerment.

Applicant must be aged 13-18

Applicant must have a two year minimum commitment

Applicant must regularly attend every YEA Team meeting (every other Thursday evening)

Applicant must follow mandatory attendance at the annual YEA Team Empowerment Retreat

Applicant should bring passion and dedication to examining and fighting racism

Applicant must plan and facilitate anti-racism workshops for youth and the community in Worcester and at conferences and events outside Worcester

Applicant must have openness to learn and grow and commitment to speak truth to power!

Big Brother’s Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.

484 Main Street–Suite 360 Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 752-7868


Mentoring for boys ages 6-13 and girls ages 6-12.

Provides programs specializing in mentoring services to children at risk. Children are paired with a volunteer in their area with similar interests, and every volunteer is checked for background information to make sure they are the right match for a child.

Registration and additional Information:
Boys ages 6-13 and girls ages 6-12 are able to register.

English and Spanish spoken.

No income guidelines used to determine eligibility.

Service Area:
Acton, Ashland, Auburn, Boxborough, Boylston, Charlton, Dover, Dudley, Framingham, Grafton, Holden, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Leicester, Marlborough, Maynard, Millbury, Natick, Northborough, Northbridge, Oxford, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Stow, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Sutton, Wayland, Webster, West Boylston, Westborough, Worcester

ACE – African Community Education

24 Chatham Street Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 799-3653

Mentoring for Empowerment and Exchange

Mentor Coordinator

One to one mentoring for African immigrant youth grades 5th-12th. English and various African languages spoken.

African Community Education Mentoring for Empowerment and Exchange (ACE MEE) works with African immigrant youth, grades 5th-12th, who are part of the ACE Community. The youth meet with their mentors on Saturdays, for a year. The mentors work with the mentees to help them reach their academic and career goals, as well as, give guidance for day to day issues through activities and consistent conversation

Our model is site-based and 1:1 mentoring.
Registration and additional information:
Service is free. Services are made available for children and young adults currently enrolled in the ACE program (serving African immigrant youth, grades 5th-12th).

For more information about the youth we serve or about how to become part of the program: www.acechildren.org


Training Resources of America

2 Foster Street, 3rd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 753-2991

ESL and GED Classes

Cynthia Vlasapy (Coordinator)

Free ESL and GED courses. Other programs also available through TRA such as ACHIEVE, Young Parents, Youth Build and Career Pathways course. Programs are guided to help Worcester residents improve language skills, obtain a GED (equivalent to a high school diploma) among other services.

ESL & GED evening classes ESOL Monday & Wednesday 4:30–7:45pm
GED Tuesday & Thursday 4:30 -7:45pm

Registration is on-going.
Must call to schedule an intake (interview and testing) or to request information on the other services available through TRA. Most services are for those 16 and older, with the exception of Young Parents.


Serves out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 21, assisting with Adult Basic Education/GED preparation and more.

Young Parents:

Offers pregnant and parenting out-of-school youth, aged 14-21, who have not achieved a high school diploma with a variety of educational and life skills training.

Youth Build

Provides low-income, out-of-school youth, aged 16-24 with on-the-job, hands on construction skills training and GED preparation.

Career Pathways Course

Offered Monday – Thursday for ESOL students who want to improve their English, work on their job skills and find a career in Manufacturing


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