New Bedford Shannon

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United Way of Greater New Bedford, in partnership with the New Bedford Police Department, operates the New Bedford Shannon (NBS) Program, which is dedicated to building a safer community by providing prevention and intervention services and supports to at risk youth and young adults ages 10 – 24 years in the City of New Bedford. The program is supported by the Commonwealth’s Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative and administered by Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPPS).

NBS represents a network of community members and organizations that provide prevention and intervention services and supports to at-risk youth and young adults ages 10 – 24 years in the City of New Bedford.  NBS’s program model focuses on the core components of the Comprehensive Gang Model, including a Street Outreach/Case Management Team and a coordinated law enforcement response through targeted suppression and prosecution.

The goal of NBS is to prevent the onset or further escalation of gang involvement and serious delinquency in New Bedford among moderate and high-risk youth.

New Bedford Shannon’s Outreach/Case Management Services

  • NBS’s Outreach/Case Managers who have the “pulse” of the community provide a range of prevention and intervention services to young people identified by local schools, the courts, law enforcement and others of being at risk of becoming involved in gang activity.
  • Services provided to the community, include:
  • Street Outreach in “hot spots” in the community
  • Responding to critical incidences of youth violence any time of day/night

Services offered to Shannon eligible youth, ages 10 – 17 include:

  • Assistance with school mediation
  • Individual mental health counseling provided by a licensed clinician.
  • LGBTQIA support groups
  • Grief and trauma support groups
  • Subsidized employment for 5 weeks in the summer to those eligible
  • Financial literacy, life skills, personal development, etc.

Services offered to Shannon eligible youth, ages 18 – 24 include:

  • Career readiness training which involves the use of the Power Source curriculum
  • Employment opportunities once a client is considered “job ready” and able to handle a work environment
  • HiSET Instruction to provide out-of-school youth and young adults ages 16-24 the opportunity to advance their basic educational skills and earn their HiSET (formally known as GED)
  • Individual counseling provided by High Point
  • LGBTQIA support groups
  • Grief and trauma support groups
  • Financial literacy, life skills, personal development, etc.

Program Location

New Bedford Shannon is located at 376 Nash Road, New Bedford

Contact

To make a referral or to get more information about the New Bedford Shannon Program, contact Renee Ledbetter at 508-742-6971 or rledbetter@unitedwayofgnb.org.