OWD works with many partner agencies to carry out its mission and reach a wide demographic of Boston residents. OWD remains thankful to all its partners for the tireless advocacy and programmatic efforts on behalf of Boston residents. Below, please find some of OWD’S primary partnerships:


American Job Centers

The Adult Services unit works closely with Boston’s one-stop career centers in its role as an intermediary or “broker” of services. Individuals looking to explore skills training can access information through Boston’s one-stop career centers or directly through the training provider.

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Boston Private Industry Council (PIC)

PIC is the local organization that serves as Boston’s Workforce Investment Board, overseeing much of the funds flowing through OWD. OWD works with the PIC on program development and policy development for youth programming in Boston.


Boston Public Schools (BPS)

BPS is the local public school district. OWD and BPS fund some of the same non-profits that provide alternative education programming to help youth achieve their public school diploma. OWD works with BPS on program quality and policy development.


Boston Youth Service Network (BYSN)

BYSN is the network of non-profit service providers who offer alternative education, career exploration, and summer job programs for youth in Boston. OWD funds these organizations and works with them on program development and policy development.


Commonwealth Corporation

The Commonwealth Corporation is a quasi-public agency that works as part of the State government. OWD receives much of its youth funding from the Commonwealth Corporation. OWD represents Boston as part of the network of 16 workforce areas across Massachusetts which works with the Commonwealth Corporation as its funder and partner in program and policy development.


English for New Bostonians

English for New Bostonians (ENB) is a public-private-community collaboration addressing the urgent need for increased English language learning opportunities for adult immigrants in Boston.



SkillWorks is a career ladder initiative created to address the needs of employers for more skilled workers for improved access to jobs with family-supporting wages. SkillWorks represents a public-private partnership and currently funds programs in the sectors of healthcare, hospitality, automotive services and building services.

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Youth Transitions Task Force (YT)

YT is a partnership of non-profit service providers, local and state agencies, and the Boston School Department. This group of over 30 members meets monthly and is dedicated to supporting struggling youth and youth who have dropped out. The Boston PIC is the convening agency for this group.

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