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EDCO Youth Alternative (EYA) provides a full academic program, along with counseling and related support services, for students who have dropped out, are significantly at risk of dropping out, or are several years delayed in earning a  high school diploma.  These students require a more supportive environment than a large, traditional high school can offer. The program is funded by the City of Boston and Department of Labor through the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, along with the Boston Public Schools. Students at EYA enjoy small, accredited classes in regular high school subjects with the goal of attaining a BPS high school diploma. An individualized case plan is developed for each student to set high, attainable, goals. At a minimum, these goals include the attainment of a high school diploma and a successful step beyond graduation.  In SY 2014 – 2015, sixty-five students were served in the program.  EDCO Youth Alternative Program, in Boston, has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Boston Public Schools due to the excellent services and positive results it has achieved over its thirty plus years.

Program highlights and emphases:

  • Respect for one’s self and others
  • Honesty and open communication
  • Personal responsibility for one’s own actions and progress
  • Non-violent and thoughtful resolution of difficulties
  • Tolerance of individual differences
  • Value of academic skills
  • Development of problem-solving and long-term planning skills