Safe Space Guarantee

1. Check-in Policy

The Center will be operating 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. The residents in and out of the site will be track by the staff. The Center intake hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. During the intake process, clients will provide basic information such as name, date of birth and social security number, complete an Intake assessment and referral form, a verification of homelessness, an application for transitional services and informed of the documentation needed to enter the program.

The Center general eligibility criteria are:

→ Youth age 17-22

→ Reside in the State of Massachusetts.

→ Tuberculosis (TB) test within the last 6 months

→ If you are working with an agency/program provide a referral form verifying, you are homeless.

→ Submit a police clearance no older than 30 days.

→ Participate in structured meeting covering areas related to substance abuse, personal hygiene, life skills training (i.e., financial management) and job readiness.

→ Follow all the Center Rules (See Appendix section for details)

2. Safety

The Rising youth Center is committed to providing all youth with a safe and welcoming space. Based on the Youth Development Institute model, building safety among the group is a top priority. If the youth don’t feel safe, then they won’t be able to build relationships and participate to the full extent. A safe environment is one that’s physically, emotionally and culturally safe.

Physical: The surrounding environment is comfortable and has necessary resources to protect youth from harm. Emotional/Cultural: A young person feels emotionally safe when he or she is fully accepted and valued as an individual by adults and peers.

The Center is open to all youth of Malden, Medford, Melrose and Somerville. This means that we work with teens from all different backgrounds. Instead of assuming who the teens are we come to know them through dialog. Some are eager to share their experiences while others will never let anyone know. The center hope that building friendships and having conversations with the teens may change their lives. Through our procedures, agreements with the youth, positive activities, and supportive staff, we take safety seriously so that the youth can comfortably express themselves. The center will not judge or discriminate, and we won’t tolerate it in the program either.