Positive Youth Development

Many New Bedford area youth, especially those living in poverty, face an uphill struggle toward becoming healthy, educated, responsible, self-sustaining adults. In our work with youth, our job is to awaken a sense of possibility and opportunity and help them take action steps toward achieving the new personal, educational, and vocational goals they have set for themselves.

Parents and volunteers are welcome to come share their gifts and talents with us.

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Early Childhood Education

We operate two nationally-accredited child development centers that provide full-day, year-round early education and care for children 1 month old up to when they go to kindergarten. Our centers offer safe, planned learning environments and curricula that promote children's cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical development. NorthStar was recently recognized by Root Cause/Social Impact Research as one of 21 Recommended High Performing School Readiness Organizations in Massachusetts, selected from over 400 "school readiness" programs.

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School Age Programs

Through school-community partnerships, we create afterschool opportunities for children and youth to achieve academically, socially, emotionally, vocationally, civically, and physically.

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Student Support Programs

In today’s global economy, high-quality education is no longer just a path to individual opportunity, but also the way to community safety, economic prosperity, and social well-being. Thus, we have a stake in helping all students develop into responsible, educated, productive, and caring adults.

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Community Health Programs

For the past four years, researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have partnered with NorthStar on a research project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR Cumulative Risk Assessment (CRA) initiative that explores how a combination of factors may be increasing disease rates among city residents. “Cumulative risk” looks at how chemical pollution and “social stressors” (such as poverty, discrimination, unhealthy and unsafe housing, and living in a dangerous neighborhood) can pile up and harm some communities more than others. When its findings are finalized, the research study can support community efforts and city planning to identify and protect residents who are especially burdened by the pileup of health risks.

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