Targeted Health Initiatives

Haitian-American Responsible Teen Program

YoFES knows the risk teenagers face in growing up in America. And they know the price of focusing on the wrong priorities can exact an even higher price for newly arrived immigrants. It is one of the reasons why the nonprofit created what it calls HART–Haitian-American Responsible Teen program. The 12-week comprehensive prevention education program is especially tailored for Haitian youth ages 13 through 19 and addresses concerns such as pregnancy prevention, the risks of HIV and importance of nutrition and a healthy diet.

With this  health initiative, YoFES is able to engage high school youth in making prevention a priority as they prepare for their future. Participants receive a stipend, contribute to research on Haitian teens and protect their health. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health, the program is facilitated by Boston Medical Center and YoFES, which hosts site programs at eight area high school campuses in Greater Boston. HART program sites include:

• Boston International High School, 100 Maxwell Street, Dorchester, MA 02124
• Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, 459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
• Community Academy of Science & Health, 11 Charles St., Dorchester, MA 02122
• Everett High School, 100 Elm Street, Everett, MA 02149
• Malden High School, 77 Salem Street, Malden, MA 02148
• Randolph High School, 70 Memorial Parkway, Randolph, MA 02368
• TechBoston Academy, 9 Peacevale Road, Dorchester, MA 02124
• West Roxbury Academy, 1205 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132

If interested in participating in the HART program, please contact Ms. Marie Foureau at (617) 414-4467, or via email at

Project Smart

YoFES recognizes that sexually active adolescents and young adults run a high risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections and human immunodeficiency virus or HIV. It is the reason the nonprofit teamed up with Boston Medical Center on a research project it calls Project Smart, aimed at preventing the spread of HIV, STIs, Chlamydia and viral Hepatitis B and C. The goal is to conduct research and benefit the Haitian community at the same time.

This culturally oriented, evidence-based education and prevention program caters to 18 to 25 year-olds of Haitian descent who reside in Boston and who can help reduce the rate of infection among peers.

If interested in participating in the six-day research workshop, please email us your name, date of birth, phone number and email address to All participants must be Boston residents and be either Haitian-born or of Haitian descent. Successful attendance and completion of the workshops earn participants a total $100 stipend, $75 initially and an additional $25 one month after the workshop.

For questions or more information, please call 617-364-0370 or 617-414-0513.

YoFES offers variety of health education workshops focusing those focused on nutrition and childhood obesity, sexual transmitted infections and diseases, HIV and AIDS. Additionally, in the aftermath of the January 12, 2010 Earthquake, YoFES offered individual and group counseling to affected youth in Greater Boston’s Haitian community.

Health Initiative Collaborators

Boston Medical Center

We partner with BMC’s Haitian Health Institute on the HART program, Haitian Health Career Leadership Conference, other health careers programming, and needs assessment.

Boston Public Schools

The BPS Office of English Language Learners, Boston Newcomers Academy, Boston Adult Technical Academy, and other schools help plan programs and refer BPS students to YoFES services. Various schools have hosted our Youth Builders programs. OAMEC offers in-school music instruction in partnership with the Newcomers Academy.

City Agencies

Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness.

OAMEC Partners

Suzuki Institute of Boston, Johnson String Instruments, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston City Singers and Haitian Mental Health Network

Other Haitian Groups

Haitian Multi-Service Center, Haitian American Public Health Initiative, Boston Haitian-American Parents Association, Center for Community Health, Education, Research and Service.

Church Of The Holy Spirit

in Mattapan, long-time site of our middle school Youth Builders program. We work with many other churches as well such as Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, ReadBoston, and the Boston Food Bank.

Certified Nursing Assistant ProgramHealth Programs

YoFES also offers certified nursing assistant training as part of its program offering. The CAN program is hosted at the Boston Adult Technical Academy, 20 Church Street, Dorchester, MA 02116. The specialized class offers young Haitian adults with a route to gainful employment and a way to enter the healthcare field.

Haitian Youth Health Career Leadership Seminar

YoFES works with the Haitian Health Institute to conduct the annual Haitian Health Career Leadership Conference, which is an annual event that has been conducted by HHI since 2001 and annually since 2003. Local college and gradate students also assist with planning. The conference is intended for high school and college aged students. We work with guidance counselors in the Boston Public School system to publicize the conference and identify Haitian students who are interested in attending the conference. Recruitment of college students is conducted via the numerous student organizations on the BMC (Boston Medical Center) medical campus. The majority of students recruited through this method have expressed interest in pursuing health and health related careers.

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