About The YouthSpeak Program

  • A leadership and workforce development program for youth and young adults ages 14-18 who reside within the Boston Housing Authority System.
  • This Leadership and Workforce Development program is done thru the creative lens (utilizing the arts). 
  • Priority is given to people of Color and LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • Priority is given to folks who reside in Boston Public Housing and Section 8.
  • We have summer and after-school cohorts.
  • Participants have several classes/workshops where they work in creativity while addressing social issues, looking into Leadership, Workforce Development, and Public Health issues. 

Are Recruiting Youth15-18 who are BHA Residents 


In our SPOKE/BHA workforce development leadership program

Youth and Young Adults will work in cohorts with teaching artists to create projects exploring the role of young people as leaders in the communities where they live, work, go to school or visit. The program will focus on advocacy for the issues, interests and experiences of youth living in Boston Housing.

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Participants will receive
$14.25 per hour
Wraparound supportive services

Alumni and career service

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  • Youth can work up to 20 hours per week during the summer.
  • Youth can work up to 12 hours per week after school.
  • We pay $14.25 per hour on a biweekly basis (every other Friday).
  • We pay by direct deposit only
    (No paper checks).
  • Participants can apply by scanning
    the QR on the recruitment flyer.

BHA Leadership Youth Committee

From each cohort, we will be identifying future leaders for our Boston Housing Authority Youth Leadership Committee.

  1. We will be selecting up to 30 youths.
  2. The committee will meet and discuss issues specific to the BHA neighborhoods.

Case Management Services

The program offers one on one case management services for participants and their families to connect with community resources and address other personal and family needs.

Raymond J Rodriguez

What We Do?

  • We use an in-house curriculum that looks into Leadership, Public Health, and Workforce Development thru the creative lens.
  • We do video/digital production, poetry, spoken word, shoes/clothing restoration, visual arts, painting, and dancing among other forms of art like mosaic work plus landscaping.

Our Supporters

Mass Cultural Council

SPOKE YouthSpeak Program Classes

Poetry / Spoken Word Class
Mosaic Tile Class
Sneakers/ Clothing Restoration
Landscaping @ No Man’s Land Class