A program of RFK Children’s Action Corps, the High Risk Youth Network (HRYN) is a resource for organizations and providers serving youth at high risk in the City of Boston.

Growing up is challenging work for all young people. However, some of our youth must overcome almost insurmountable obstacles including violence, drugs, raising children, difficulty with parents, homelessness, struggling in school or dropping out, joblessness, unemployment, etc. These youth at high risk need our help to become all they were meant to be.

At HRYN, we highlight promising practices from providers throughout the city of Boston who work with youth at high risk by addressing the ecological barriers to their success. This information is designed to help providers strengthen connections, collaborations and communities.


Benefits of Membership:

  • Professional Development Trainings & Resources (CCE credits coming soon!)
  • Learning and Information Sharing: Members will participate in skills exchange workshops to enhance their knowledge base and acquire tools to improve their current practices, access the members-only portion of the HRYN website, and access to other youth-serving agencies for information and helpful resources.
  • Leadership Opportunities: Members of the Network will have the opportunity to develop as leaders and be given opportunities to apply and demonstrate their skills in the Network, while also spotlighting their agencies. Committee assignments, recruitment, planning execution, and representing both the Network and their agencies will all provide opportunities to develop public speaking, presentation, motivational, and organizational skills.
  • Professional Network and Partnering: Leveraging your relationship with the RFK Children’s Action Corps, members will have the opportunity to engage and inform a national network of thought leaders and innovators, enhancing members’ capacity to positively impact high-risk youth in their community.
  • Referrals: The Network allows members to share agencies’ information, experience and expertise with youth looking for referrals and will serve as a marketing spokesperson for its member agencies.
  • Internships/Practicum Opportunities: Students/University members have access to organizations where they will receive real life/ hands on experience in addition to internship opportunities.

To learn more about benefits.

Become a Member!

Membership Application (Growth)
Opportunity Application
Foundation Application
Individual Application


For more information about the Network and available resources, email Theresa Conti or call 978.423.8410.


Please join us for the
High Risk Youth Network breakfast forums

Twelfth Baptist Church
160 Warren Street (Hester Hall), Roxbury, MA
(Off street parking available directly cross the street)
9:15 am – 11:30 am
Upcoming Meetings: 9/22, 10/27, 11/17


Network Overview

Established in 2004, HRYN became a program of Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps in January 2016. Made up of representatives from more than 70 public and private agencies annually (with more than 100 different organizations represented over the past 3 years), the HRYN is dedicated to the belief that all youth deserve the opportunity to grow up to live full, healthy lives, and become productive citizens. It is facilitated by Myra Kinds, Program Director, on staff at RFK Children’s Action Corps. Network members serve on an Advisory Committee that supports Myra and helps set the priorities and implement programs of the HRYN.

The primary role of the Network has been to help build the capacity of services for high-risk youth in Boston by providing members with information on and access to strategies that support the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of young people. The HRYN achieves this by convening a monthly gathering with partners across all sectors, creating a connected community, accountable to one another and focused on youth and how to improve services through collaboration and sharing of organizational resources.