FITCHBURG — LUK Inc. is excited to announce a new partnership with the Fitchburg Housing Authority to provide positive youth development activities at Green Acres, funded in part by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Child Youth Violence Prevention Unit, according to a joint press release from the nonprofit organizations.
Throughout May and June, LUK and FHA will host activities for youth at Green Acres to build assets and skills of the young people living there, according to the organizations.
“We are thrilled to work with the Fitchburg Housing Authority and look forward to reaching more families in our community,” said Beth Barto, LUK’s CEO.
“Over the last few years, the Fitchburg Housing Authority has made it a priority to improve the quality of life of the children that live at Green Acres. Our new partnership with LUK continues the progress we have been making,” said Douglas M. Bushman, FHA’s executive director.
“I want to thank the staffs of both LUK and the FHA for working on this important grant that will go towards helping the children and youth at Green Acres,” said Linda E. Byrne, chair of the FHA.
The intent of the funding is to use positive youth development strategies to help youth manage challenges they face and to respond without violence. Due to COVID-19, youth and families at Green Acres have faced increased stress since March 2020. These activities are designed to strengthen relationships and build skills so youth can cope with acute and ongoing stressors, according to the organizations.
The engaging activities will be staffed by LUK staff who specialize in positive youth development as well as peer leaders who can provide positive role models.
For more information about the upcoming activities, please email LUK@LUK.org or call 800-579-0000.
LUK Inc. is a nonprofit multiservice agency dedicated to improving the safety, health, and emotional well-being of youth, families and adults through five regional offices in Central Massachusetts: in Fitchburg, Boylston, Webster, and Worcester.