In 2017, United Way of Greater New Bedford responded to a need in the community for greater public safety by becoming the lead agency on The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI). SSYI is a comprehensive program to end youth violence across Massachusetts. New Bedford is one of 11 cities that are currently running SSYI. The initiative, operated out of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), with support from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), is a coordinated intervention strategy between local law enforcement and various community partners that combines best practices in public safety and public health to eliminate violence in the community.

    SSYI is specifically focused on “proven risk” young men and women identified in New Bedford who are either perpetrators or victims of shooting or stabbing violence. SSYI supports a continuum of services for these individuals, which includes street outreach and engagement, intensive case management, mental health counseling, and employment and education services. Without these services, these young men might otherwise continue to be perpetrators or victims of violent crimes in New Bedford.

    For question regarding SSYI, contact Yanire Mendes at