Community Partnership

The Boston Urban Youth Foundation (BUYF)

Initiative Description:The BUYF is a community-based organization that seeks to prepare socially and academically disadvantaged Black and Latina/Latino youth for college and successful futures. The foundation of the School Success Program is a comprehensive network of community-based case managers. Case managers work closely with each student in middle school and then in high school (once in high school, youth join the College Visions Program). Youth work at least twice a week with case managers who provide program participants with one-on-one counseling and family and school advocacy.

Extensive interviews and observations with Latina/Latino and Black youth were used to gather data.

Study Results: Community-school partnerships were perceived as critical in the quest to combat truancy and the alarming dropout rate among urban youth.

Reference: Rodríguez, L. F., & Conchas, G. Q. (2009). Preventing Truancy and Dropout Among Urban Middle School Youth: Understanding Community-Based Action From the Student’s Perspective. Education & Urban Society, 41(2), 216-247. doi:10.1177/0013124508325681

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good