Changing Tracks Initiative

The Changing Tracks Initiative is a community diversion program that seeks to significantly improve the life chances of youth of color in Boston affected by the juvenile justice system. Changing Tracks will assist juvenile justice involved youth through the application of an intensive case management model helping participants access gainful employment, education resources, and mentorship services. These supports are aimed at preventing individuals being expelled from school, incarcerated, or remaining court involved with the ultimate goal of diverting youth from the “school to prison pipeline”.

What does Changing Tracks offer?

  • Marijuana Support Groups
  • Jobs and Employment Services
  • Mentorship
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Health and Wellness
  • Financial Literacy
  • Getting back into School
  • APEX
  • CORI Sealing
Students Building

Go directly to Changing Tracks Referral Form

“Youth of color involved who have substance abuse or behavioral challenges are much more likely to be treated punitively than to be supported through access to counseling and support services.”

Eligibility Criteria

  • 14-24 years of age
  • Individuals who are court involved or have been involved with the
    Juvenile Justice Department which includes:
    • the supervision of the JJS, either in out-of-home placements, on probation, or on parole; or
    • under a diversion program as an alternative to juvenile prosecution by the JJS;
  • No adult conviction
  • Youth 18-24 may have open cases, but cannot have adult convictions
  • Youth having trouble in school

Program Start Dates


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Info Sessions

When: January 6th,13th, and 20th 2016
Where: ABCD at 19 Temple Place, Boston MA 02111
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In order to schedule an Info Session please fill out the online application to be contacted.

Program Start Date:

February 1, 2016

Application Completion Deadline:

January 4, 2016

Use this form to make a referral:

Our Team

Tahara Samuel
Case Manager
(617) 348-6762

Gregory Jacques
Employment Specialist
(617) 348-6723

Jumaane Kendrick
Program Manager
(617) 348-6758

Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. ABCD, Inc. is funded in part by a grant from the US Department of Labor.