About Us

With solid foundations come more productive and prosperous futures…

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The Work Force is a comprehensive after-school educational enrichment and work-readiness program for low-income teens in Cambridge public housing. Holistic in design, the program provides participants with sustained networks of learning and support over a critical seven-year span: from the eighth grade through the first two years of post-secondary education. Our goal is to help our participants to acquire the wide range of skills necessary for long-term success.

The Work Force provides each teen with:

  • Accessible program sites, located within the CHA’s largest housing developments, which promote strong connections with students and their families;
  • Weekly after-school workshops that instill critical social, educational, and vocational competencies;
  • A system of personalized adult support and formal case management tracking;
  • Paid work experiences with a variety of local public and private sector employers.

Work Force is sustained through generous financial support by:


Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation

Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation

Massachusetts Department of Education

Brighter Futures Campaign Supporters
Anonymous Richard and Barbara Currier Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation Carol and Sherman Spritz
Louise Adler Fred and Kimiko Eke Bonny Lamb James and Sue Stockard
Susan Ayers Susan Flannery Lori Lander Dori Stern
Betty and Arthur Bardige Ann Fleck-Henderson Jacqueline Olds Robert Straus
Gerard and Judith Clark Theresa Hamacher Michal Regunberg
Camden Foundation Mary and Joe Hoffee Ellis Seidman and Jenny Netzer



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