Dear youth workers,

As a project of Health Resources in Action (HRiA), we at the BEST Initiative value our collaborators, communities, and staff above all else. We feel it is our responsibility as a public health institute to demonstrate best practices in public health to limit community spread of COVID-19 to the extent of our abilities. As a reminder, we have cancelled or postponed all our in-person trainings. Please see the block below to find out more.

We know that right now, things are uncertain and possibly uncomfortable as we adjust to this "new normal." We (the BEST Initiative) want to use this opportunity to share some resources for you and your young people. We hope you find them useful, and if there's something missing from our list, don't hesitate to reach out and let us know! You can connect with us via email at [email protected] .

Resources for Youth Workers :

Resources for Youth/Communities:

General COVID-19 Resources and Information:

And finally, click here to read the Massachusetts Public Health Association’s guidelines on how you can advocate in the state of Massachusetts to protect the most vulnerable populations, including immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, and low-income folks.
We want to know how COVID-19 is affecting your work, and how we can help support you. Please fill out this short, two question survey by April 23rd to let us know what the BEST Initiative can do for you in these uncertain times.

Save the date for our upcoming, rescheduled trainings! If any of these dates change, we will let you know by mid-late April.

  • "Integrating Icebreakers and Games Into Your Programs" will go on as scheduled (Wednesday, June 3rd)
  • "What We Bring: White Youth Workers in Communities of Color" will now be split over two weeks, and held on Tuesday, June 9th and Tuesday, June 16th
  • "Creating Restorative Communities" will now be held on Wednesday, June 24th
Thank you for your understanding as we work together to keep our communities safe and healthy. If any of this changes, we will share that information on our website and via email. 
If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]  
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