Maria A. Rosario
Senior Accounts Manager
David Jones, MBA
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Director of Education
Director of Youth Services
Megan Ryan, LICSW
Director of CLINICAL Services
DIRECTOR OF PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION SERVICES
Director of New BEDFORD SHANNON
Director of SSYI
Director of the HEAL CENTER
Retired Juvenile Probation Officer
John F. DeMello
Institute for Marine Remote Sensing
College of Marine Science
New Bedford Public Schools
University of Massachusetts
HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Our Values, Mission, & Legacy
BUILDING ON STRENGTH
We focus on what’s right with children, youth, and families instead of what’s wrong with them.
DOING WHAT IT TAKES
We meet children, youth, and families “where they’re at.” Our youth-serving programs include “24/7” availability; after-hours mediation in a family conflict can prevent a youth being removed from their home.
Where schooling is the most reliable route out of poverty, we focus on school enrollment (keeping youth in regular schools whenever possible), consistent attendance, more positive attitudes toward school, higher grades, grade promotion, and educational goal-setting beyond high school.
We bring the special challenges facing children, youth, and families of color to the policy tables—such as disproportionate minority representation in juvenile justice, special education, school discipline, and foster care. Beyond ethnicity, cultural competency includes recognizing the strengths of youth culture.
Recognizing that the multiple issues disadvantaged children, youth, and families face cross professional, bureaucratic, and agency boundaries, we have has long been committed to teaming up with other organizations to expand, improve, and integrate services and supports.
CREATING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
In addition to providing community-based programs, we work with families, government agencies, and other organizations to remove historic barriers to educational and economic opportunity, to increase our society’s investment in children, and to open pathways for all children and families to achieve a better life.
NorthStar’s mission is “to help young people overcome poverty, discrimination, educational disadvantage, violence, and other adversity through learning essential competencies and hopefulness with which they can transform their lives and communities. In advocacy and public policy, we as a minority-led nonprofit organization advance diversity as a strength and resource to open pathways to create a better life.”
Your support helps local families thrive. There are so many ways to create a positive impact in the lives of children, young adults, and the families that support them. Donations, volunteering, and business alliances, all help us toward the common goal of lifting each other up.
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