The YouthHarbors program serves homeless, unaccompanied high school students who statistically are 87% more likely than their housed peers to drop out of high school.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: YouthHarbors provides participants with case management, rental assistance, housing search support and life skills development to increase safety, achieve housing stability, reach educational goals and break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Age: 18-22
Gender: All students
Capacity: We accept referrals from all of its partner high schools.
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Jonathan Regis
Program Director
555 Amory Street, Suite 2
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-2672
Who we serve

YouthHarbors' youth are ambitious, hard-working students who are determined to complete their high school education and become productive members of society. This is difficult, however, when they are trapped in a "survival mode" that threatens their ability to concentrate in school and depletes their energy because of worries relating to where they will spend the next night or how they will get food.

YouthHarbors works to ensure that these youth are safely housed so they can concentrate on school, and that they are given all the tools and skills they need to be able to focus on their future and achieve success.

The YouthHarbors program works because it operates with a dynamic, can-do attitude and meets youth where they are, using a wrap-around service delivery model to meet each youth's individual needs.

In the 2022-2023 academic year, Youth Harbors will provide services to 255 individuals.  Each year, Youth Harbors distributes nearly $250,000 in rental assistance to individuals and households.  

Participating High Schools

YouthHarbors could not exist without our valuable partnerships with the high schools in the following cities and towns:

  • Malden
  • Everett
  • Boston
  • Somerville
  • Lynn
Participating Colleges
  • Roxbury Community College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • MA College of Art
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
No matter how hard it gets, no matter how many people say you can’t do it, no matter how many times you doubt yourself or think you’re not capable…Keep trying!
Malden High School Graduate
Our model

YouthHarbors begins with the identification of a high school student who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Students are deemed eligible for the program based solely on the criteria of being unaccompanied and homeless.


YouthHarbors staff works to find the student stable, long-term housing once immediate shelter needs are met. Housing options range from housing with extended family or friends to finding an apartment with suitable roommates, but a student can occasionally be placed with a host family.

Individualized Life Skills Workshops

These workshops are individually tailored to each student, vary widely, and can include workshops that are:

  • Career-Oriented: Finding a job, writing a resume, or improving interview skills.
  • Domestic: Cooking food safely, maintaining an apartment, doing laundry, managing and negotiating roommate relationships.
  • Academic: Planning educational goals, connecting with academic tutors.
  • Financial: Managing a budget, paying bills on time, learning to save for the future.

The program is flexible so as to meet the unique needs of each homeless youth. Clients generally stay in the program for a total of 6 to 12 months, after which they are eligible for Rediscovery's alumni services.

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For assistance determining which programs or services will meet your individualized need, please fill out the form below. If you have a question regarding a particular program, please contact the Program Director listed in the “Let’s Connect” box above.

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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.